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EP07: Everyone is Hitler

First came Beetlemania. The hot new thing all the cool kids are doing today? Of course, it’s Hitlermania. Whether goose-stepping down Main Street or sieg heiling on Wall Street, everyone seems to be caught up in this awesome new fad that is sweeping the nation. Listen in as Unc and Phew do their best to dissect this craze and unpack all of its wonderful implications. Click on the player above to listen!

Show Notes

  • Hell, that’s craptastic [1:00]
  • Today’s topic: who ISN’T Hitler? [1:15]
  • It’s German spring [2:00]
  • Everything I learned from taking a year of German in high school [2:40]
  • According to intersectional feminism, I am a Nazi [3:50]
  • Intersectionality is the school of thought that says each type of person faces a variety of different oppressive forces from the greater culture [4:20]
  • If you haven’t been on a college campus since 2013, you have no idea how bad it’s gotten [6:00]
  • Everything we do now offends someone [6:40]
  • We’re running the global limit of Godwin’s Law [7:10]
  • As an online discussion involves more and more people, the odds that someone is going to call someone else Hitler or a Nazi gets greater and greater [7:25]
  • I’ve never called anyone Hitler [8:20]
  • There are two sets of rules [8:40]
  • Who has been called Hitler most often in this political cycle? [8:50]
  • Trump is the Hitlerish in the opinion of the public [9:25]
  • The skewing of public perception [9:50]
  • The quickest path to Hitlerama [10:35]
  • Articles in Daily Record and the Huffington Post [11:32]
  • Everything gets turned up to “11” in today’s culture [12:10]
  • So many people who say “Trump is literally Hitler” [12:20]
  • No one is advocating for the actual extermination of people. Hitler led the largest genocide in human history [13:30]
  • People at the time of Hitler knew Hitler was Hitler [14:00]
  • I’m thinking six million dead jews would be some indication of evil [14:15]
  • He who controls the media controls the people [17:10]
  • Most people don’t do a lot of independent thinking [17:35]
  • My thesis in college was based on Thus Spoke Zarathustra [18:15]
  • If you put out an insane message and it appeared on every major network, people would kind of believe it [18:40]
  • Where does this Trump is Hitler message come from? [20:05]
  • Collusion between journalist and the DNC [20:50]
  • So much occurs outside the purview of facts [21:45]
  • John Oliver’s coverage of the Republican National Convention [22:40]
  • Newt Gingrich: people are not safer than they were 10 years ago [24:00]
  • People are basing more on feelings than on facts [24:30]
  • Five terror attacks in 11 days – there is a level of fear in this country I’ve never experienced before [25:25]
  • The mischaracterization of Trump’s acceptance speech [26:00]
  • The Democrats made no reference to ISIS or terrorism on the first night – in 61 speeches – of their convention [27:10]
  • The Catholic priest who had his throat slit in Normandy [27:30]
  • That sense of resignation is more depressing than if I had had feelings about it [28:15]
  • The whole thing is so managed, and that purposefully enhances the culture of Hitlerism [28:45]
  • I’m not voting for Trump, but the idea that you want illegal immigrants to have documentation should not be controversial; that is perfectly reasonable [30:20]
  • That the narrative has been moved SO FAR is proven by the fact that arguing in favor of reasonable immigration IS controversial [31:00]
  • If you come into this country illegally, YOU take the risk of being deported. And I am a liberal! [32:10]
  • Putting up an undocumented speaker at the DNC only stokes the fires of tribalism [34:30]
  • There is a process by which people become naturalized U.S. citizens [35:00]
  • How does the conversation skip past the point just made? We HAVE an existing system. Why don’t you just abide by it? [35:40]
  • The economic repercussions of illegals [36:45]
  • There is a strong cultural impact as well. Look at the problems happening in Europe right now [37:40]
  • The push to open the doors as wide as possible is politically motivated [40:15]
  • The lack of scrutiny being placed on the DNC’s hacked emails is amazing – if we had an objective media??? [42:30]
  • The media’s non-reactions to Hillary’s non-indictment and to Hillary’s hiring of Wasserman-Schultz [43:20]
  • There was clear and unequivocal conspiracy that NO ONE IS DENYING to rig things against Sanders [44:40]
  • From a democracy perspective, this was the clearest and largest example of a direct attempt to influence a political outcome – this is PUBLIC, and no one is denying that they wrote these emails [46:15]
  • 60 Minutes piece on Hillary in which Scott Pelley asked Hillary about the second email scandal, and that part of the interview was excluded from the segment that aired on TV. It’s that editorial decision that is the problem [48:20] (See video below)
  • Adam Curtis and his documentary The Power of Nightmares. BBC documentarian who tracked the changing of the messaging of GW Bush and Tony Blair, who built the vision of a nightmare [49:30] (See videos below)
  • Both candidates are using this sort of messaging [50:00]
  • “I will stop the Hitlers of the world” is the current messaging – from everyone [52:10]
  • Running to their safe spaces en masse – an aversion to dealing with reality [53:50]
  • Not going to Lollapalooza out of fear [55:00]
  • We now have to begin so many otherwise reasonable statements with “I’m not a racist but…” [56:10]
  • Displacement anxiety is a reasonable feeling to have [56:50]
  • I placed a post on Facebook the other day re “Out: globalism. In: nationalism.” That doesn’t make one a racist or a bigot. For me, it simply means I love MY PEOPLE more than I love OTHER PEOPLE [58:00]
  • We lock our doors at night NOT because we hate the people on the outside, but rather because we love the people on the inside [58:50]
  • Instead of engaging on such points, people get taken away by their passion and jump straight to the Hitler option, instead of dealing with the salient points logically and reasonably [59:40]
  • We need answers that are difficult and nuanced, and we need to navigate the gray area in the middle, so we can synthesize new answers via that disagreement [60:40]

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