I’ve just started “following” this blog and I was taken, shall we say, with this article so I’m reblogging it. It is my opinion that America, under Trump, has seriously begun the slide towards totalitarian fascism and we need articles such as this one to be reminded of “how it begins” and why, once set in motion, only bloody counter violence can end it, if indeed it can ever be ended. We have yet to find either moral or legal solutions to our propensity to plunge into the genocide of “others” we consider less than human when we measure them by our personal standards of what constitutes a “real” human. While on that subject, let me throw out the reminder: a true human is easily recognized by the fact that it does not kill.
Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
Seventy-nine years ago the members of Heinrich Himmler’s Einsatzgruppen were following the German Army into Poland. These forces were intended to do one thing, to eliminate any Poles capable of resisting the Reich and to round up and kill Jews. The sad thing is that while the Genocide committed by the Nazis is in a league of its own, the propensity for others to write about, urge, and promote genocidal practices is not unique.
One of the most troubling aspects of genocide is the degree to which people will go to rationalize and justify it, especially if it is supposedly commanded by their “God.” This includes people who exalt their human leader’s pronouncements to that of a god.
Eric Hoffer wrote:
“The impression somehow prevails that the true believer, particularly the religious individual, is a humble person. The truth is the surrendering and humbling of…
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