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What Caused Americans to Become Nazis

A formation of armored vehicles, manned by U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel, stand ready to lead a convoy of coalition forces through the parade grounds established for the 50/20 celebration in Kuwait, Feb. 21. This celebration honors the veterans of Operation Desert Storm and recognizes the long standing and successful partnership that is indicative of our many friendships in the region.

Eric Zuesse

The U.S. does vastly more foreign invasions, and political subversions, and coups, around the world, than any other nation does, and none of the countries we’ve invaded and overthrown had ever invaded the U.S. — these are all brutal international aggressions, and they have destroyed each of the countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and numerous others. The coups that the U.S. perpetrated have likewise destroyed many countries, starting in Thailand in 1948, then Syria in 1949, then Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and extending right up to the U.S. coup in Ukraine in February 2014, after which Ukraine’s GDP plunged by 50% and stayed down for years and still hasn’t recovered from the civil war and other destruction that the U.S. Government caused in that country. (Furthermore, repeatedly, in 2013, and in 2017, and even going back as far as 2003, global polling around the world has shown that the U.S. comes out way on top for being the “biggest threat to peace” of any nation on the planet — and it’s cited for that vastly more frequently than is any of the countries that America has invaded or threatens to invade, or calls an ‘enemy’, is. If Americans don’t know this fact that every American needs to know, then it’s because our ‘news’-media hide it from us.)

And, yet, ever since 2001, when we invaded and destroyed Afghanistan, and even more in 2003 when we invaded and destroyed Iraq, the most respected of all institutions by the American people is its military, which is the chief agency of America’s curse upon the rest of the world; so, why are Americans so supportive of this blatantly evil Government — especially of its military?  Are Americans insane, or instead deceived?

Nazism isn’t just a dead political party that was German and hated Jews; it is actually an ideology, a type of fascism which is bigoted against some group or groups, and which proudly invades and uses other aggressive means against foreign nations that characterize themselves as accepting whatever that bigoted-against group is — be they Jews, or Russians, or Blacks, or “Chinks,” or whatever. In other words: nazism, the ideology, is hyper-aggressive, and it is heavily bigoted. It is also very militaristic. The world’s leading nazi country today is certainly the U.S.A. And, as Barack Obama repeatedly said, America is the ONLY “indispensable” country; all others are “dispensable.” And, yet, Obama is popular amongst not only Americans, but in many countries. He was a charming person; Hitler, of course, was not (even though his “Deutschland über alles” was similar to Obama’s American version). And now America has Trump.

This bigotry and international aggression distinguishes nazism from mere fascism, such as ruled in Spain under Franco. He wasn’t interested in foreign conquest, but only in conquering Spaniards (and anyone else in Spain) who resisted his rule. So, he was only a fascist.

Mussolini was an imperialistic fascist, as Hitler was, but he wasn’t nearly as bigoted as Hitler was; and, so, Mussolini, like Franco, is called “fascist,” instead of nazi.

A public’s answer to the question of “Who was the most evil person in all of history?” draws out, and even personifies, their value-system, by defining personally whom the most-evil individual was; and so it’s an extremely important variable to track in each country, and in each year; but, unfortunately, social scientists tend not to be especially intelligent, and so no scientific poll has yet been done on this key question in the social sciences, “Who was the most evil person in all of history?” However, the New York Post, which naturally has almost entirely a NYC audience, did do a poll (no detailed methodology described for it), and headlined on 17 November 1999, “POST READERS: HITLER WAS MOST EVIL” and reported that, “The votes are in: Adolf Hitler is the most evil person of the millennium, and Thomas Edison is the most influential, according to a poll of The Post’s online users.” Someone headlined about it, “Top 25 Most Evil People of the Millennium” and provided considerably more details of that poll. The top ten “most evil” persons in it were: 1. Adolf Hitler at 1,664 votes; 2 Bill Clinton (write-in) at 1,625 votes; 3. Joseph Stalin at 1,284 votes; 4. Pol Pot at 919 votes; 5. Dr. Joseph Mengele at 783 votes; 6. Hillary Clinton (write-in) at 765 votes; 7. Saddam Hussein at 710 votes; 8. Adolf Eichmann at 641 votes; 9. Charles Manson at 548 votes; and 10. Idi Amin at 514 votes. Obviously, since both of the Clintons were high on that list, this was a very Republican readership, and the poll has no scientific respectability, but probably Hitler would have scored at the top of it even if the poll had been scientific and nationwide. Furthermore, Wikipedia has a “Talk:Adolf Hitler/Archive 54” that includes a discussion “World’s Most Evil Person”; and, obviously, Hitler is heavily in contention for that title.

Hitler provided the model of nazism, because he was the extremity not only of imperialism, but of bigotry. Though no scientific poll has yet been done on the terribly important social-science question “Who was the most evil person in all of history?” Hitler certainly is (to put it mildly) extremely unpopular. And, yet, Americans today display more of his values than the values of America’s President at that same time, FDR, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was intensely opposed to imperialism, not only by Germany, Italy, and Japan, but also by England, and by any country.

By contrast to FDR, recent American Presidents are strongly in favor of America invading countries that never even threatened America, such as Iraq in 2003, and Libya in 2011, and Syria in 2012, and threatening Iran almost constantly, and repeatedly trying coups in Venezuela and many other countries that never even threatened America.

There has been a sharp increase in the American public’s support for war, even perhaps war against the other nuclear superpower, Russia, because of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama, who craved in 2013 to take over Ukraine and to take over Russia’s largest naval base, which is in Crimea. Consequently, with the cooperation of all of America’s war-thirsting news-media (who must be virtually owned by the same people who own firms such as Lockheed Martin), the polling on approval-disapproval of Russia went from 50% Favorable and 44% Unfavorable in 2012, to reversing those percentages in 2013, to then suddenly an overwhelming rejection of Russia in 2014: only 34% Favorable, and a massive 60% Unfavorable — and it has been even worse than that, ever since. So, the country, America, whose Government in 2013 was secretly scheming to steal Russia’s biggest naval base, has now achieved a rabidly anti-Russian, thoroughly duped, public, and not only a rabidly pro-military, duped, one.

Americans are deeply duped — just like Germans were, under Hitler.

Where the ‘news’-media are this bad, what else can happen?

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Peter
July 26, 2020

Agree totally.

there is a very good book on the subject written by William Blum – Freeing the World to Death

R.I.P.
R.I.P.
Reply to  Peter
July 26, 2020

I wish I could interview my dear departed father. He was an administrator atr UNRRA’s DP camp in Munich right after the war and I’m sure was intimately familiar with the ‘vetting’ process for esp. the Ukrainian neo-nazi banderites and how they were cherry-picked for US immigration based on their rank and usefulness. The stories he could have told.

R.I.P.
R.I.P.
Reply to  R.I.P.
July 26, 2020

What I do remember vaguely from him is that Canada always got the sloppy seconds from that gang.

W.A.R.ped
W.A.R.ped
Reply to  Peter
July 26, 2020

Blum’s book “Rogue State” should be required reading for all “patriotic Americans.”

American Graffiti
American Graffiti
Reply to  W.A.R.ped
July 27, 2020

Why? We know we’re a rogue state. The true cognoscenti know anyway. Then there’s Pompeo and company (Biden included), who are to Enlightenment as the Pope was to Galileo.

Pompous asses seem to attract each other
Pompous asses seem to attract each other
Reply to  American Graffiti
July 27, 2020

Instead of testing LSD on unsuspecting folks while heading the CIA, he should have dropped some acid himself….might have given him a slim chance to find some enlightenment. Too late now. Much too late.

Cudwieser
July 26, 2020

Agree largely, but would ask for specifics and will make a minor point. Moosey was a fascist because he proposed the notion in the first place. The Nazi part preceded Hitler, but existed as a party to drag Germany from the mire of WW1 in order to set Germany as a nation once again. Hitler took Fascism as a means to an end and added Nationalism and a sense of supremecy in order to create Naziism. All that said I’d ask when and who set America on the road to fascism/naziism? I suspect the imperialistic, nationalistic, fascistic pov isn’t new… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Cudwieser
July 26, 2020

As our instinct for society dictates that the majority always rule,
it is not leaders turning society into Nazis, but a Nazi society
giving leaders no option but to obey.

Olivia Kroth
July 26, 2020

An interesting article, Eric. May I add one aspect: The USA turned Nazi, because the CIA was built up with the help of a German post-war Nazi organisation, the mentality of the CIA is basically Nazi until this very day and strongly influences US politics. Nazi Wehrmacht Major General Reinhald Gehlen helped to build up the CIA after World War II. US intelligence accepted Reinhard Gehlen’s offer to furnish expertise on the Red Army. The Gehlen Organiation in post-war Germany employed hundreds of former members of the Nazi Party, which was defended by the CIA. CIA’s James H. Critchfield worked with… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 26, 2020

Quite the reverse, for it is the greed driven
conscience of society the controls the CIA.

John Ellis
July 26, 2020

It started in the 1600’s when all those greed driven and violent Europeans came to America with the express intent to steal land at gunpoint and to do a genocide on the native population. And as each village of natives was gunned down and put to the sword, with babies either drowned or stabbed to death, the settler-murders would have more free land which did increase their greed and violence more and more. And as greed-violence passes from father to son, today we see the mostly white and more educated upper-half of society hoarding all the land, wealth, healthcare, political… Read more »

John Ellis
July 26, 2020

AMERICANS
Driven by an instinct for survival and void of a conscience

Surely, for government is nothing more than the organized morality of a most violent, corrupt, genocidal and greed driven society.

The Two-Way Rat Line at Work
The Two-Way Rat Line at Work
July 26, 2020

I suggest an interview with Nolan Peterson. He seems to be in the forefront of the movement.

Aleksandar Sarovic
July 26, 2020

I do not remember the time when the US was not nazi. When did the US not have an appetite to conquer other countries? Do not get me wrong; the last thing they want is to capture a state militarily and put their army inside as the occupied force. It is expensive, and the US might lose it. It recently lost everywhere where it used power to occupy. But if a country tries not to listen to the US, it faces aggression as Venezuela and Iran had. Do you think it is not nacism? Do you think any president of… Read more »

Carne Asada
Carne Asada
Reply to  Aleksandar Sarovic
July 26, 2020

Going by Washington’s choice of dictator allies in Central & South America over the decades, our fascist friends down south I used to call them, it’s not too far-fetched to draw that conclusion.

National Audubon Society
National Audubon Society
Reply to  Carne Asada
July 27, 2020

We were told by Washington that Operation Condor was a movement to save the condor from extinction. Even issued a press release on it at Reagan’s urging. You mean they lied?

Los Desaparecidos
Los Desaparecidos
Reply to  National Audubon Society
July 27, 2020

Indeed. They saved 30,000 condors from being slaughtered and slaughtered 30,000 Argentinians instead.

School of the Americas
School of the Americas
Reply to  Los Desaparecidos
July 27, 2020

You seem unnecessarily critical. In our series of Ecology courses, we’ve consistently taught methods to bring nature back into a sustainable balance.

Aleksandar Sarovic
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
July 26, 2020

I know that the elite are so invisible, smart, and powerful that we cannot get what their intention are. Yes FDR was anti-imperialist, as well as Jimmy Carter, and John Kennedy but it does not mean much. I strongly believe the real power was always in the hands of the elite. I strongly believe that the elite support Trump by encouraging stupid attacks on him. If you start watching things this way, impossible may become possible.

Aleksandar Sarovic
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
July 27, 2020

Eric, you know the history of the US much better than me, but I know that winners write history. The same elite cheat on us even when we see the truth with our own eyes. I am the only one who presented the deception affecting the last four American presidents. It is here https://theduran.com/the-conspiracy-of-the-world-exposed/

qatzelok
July 26, 2020

Something I’ve always found interesting about the notion of specifically “Nazi bigotry” is that their alliances were with Japan, Italy, and some Eastern European countries – cosmopolitan and multicultural – while the allies were lead by white, colonial nations (France, UK, USA, USSR) and their many poor and dependent colonies were forced to provide cannon fodder for them.

The bigotry in the world seems to have been *evenly-distributed* during that period, rather than *accumulated in one place* as the victorious-side media regularly suggests.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
July 28, 2020

Why not also mention the time before WW 2 – the 1800s.

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