I recently read Arthur Bryant’s book Unfinished Victory. It was released in 1940 and attempts to explain why Europe, and in particular Weimar Germany, developed the way they did after the Great War. This book is a quick and enjoyable read. In particular, it points out aspects that are completely ignored by the mainstream narrative today, for instance the shockingly unfair and vengeful treatment Germany received after the Great War, or the engineered hyperinflation of Weimar Germany. I want to highlight a few points I found quite remarkable.
Most interestingly, Bryant points out why there was anti-semitism in Germany, drawing attention to the scheming of the Jews. He does not babble about their supposedly high IQ but instead points to nepotism, usury, and financial engineering. One aspect I was not aware of was that many German doctors and lawyers were pushed out of their chosen profession because they could no longer afford to practice it, due to the deleterious effects of hyperinflation. Meanwhile, as Bryant points out, many Jews had international contacts, which gave them access to foreign currency. Consequently, this put them at a considerable financial advantage over Germans. In contrast, most Germans were reduced to living in abject poverty, which could be both directly and indirectly blamed on the Jews. This is the backdrop that made the rise of Hitler possible. If the common man had not been in such a vulnerable position, Hitler’s speeches would not have resonated at all with the public. Again, this is a very plausible explanation and certainly a much more reasonable one than musing about something “innately evil” in the German race, or some similar bullshit such as that the German’s had a dislike for Jews “for no reason at all.”
The German Nazi regime has not received a fair assessment in our history books, to put it mildly. It is commonly depicted as the embodiment of evil. Yet, this is again where Bryant’s perspective helps. One such instance is that the Nazis controlled the press, the so-called “Gleichschaltung”. This can be explained as a mandatory element of a totalitarian state. Yet, once could very well make the point that a totalitarian or authoritarian state could just as well nourish its own opposition. They are just for show, of course. Still, the optics are probably a bit better if you’re a totalitarian ruler and allow some renegade press to exist. So, why did the Nazis suppress freedom of speech? Bryant argues that it was a counter-reaction to how the Nazis were treated themselves. He writes that the political campaign of the NSDAP was barred from “the wireless”, i.e. radio transmission and they had great difficulty with newspapers as well. (This is just like today’s “deplatformign” of anybody who objects to the mainstream narrative.) Bryant does not draw the following conclusion, but to me it seems clear that this is the reason why Hitler was such an incredibly captivating speaker, sometimes holding four rallies a day. They had to do this because otherwise they would not have reached a wide audience. Arguably, the immense practice Hitler got as an orator was an unintended consequence of the Left denying him and his party access to regular means of mass communications.
The parallels to the current year are quite stark in other regards as well, I think. Hitler’s NSDAP had to combat a frenzied mob of leftists. He had to amass his own private army, which had to first beat up the communist mob before he could speak. Similarly, today Antifa and other thugs are used to suppress opinions the shadow government does not like. Violence is again used as a tool to limit freedom of speech. Now, would the Nazi regime possibly have been a bit less repressive had they not faced over a decade of violent, incessant prosecution by the Left? Countless leading Nazis were killed by communists, and they often didn’t even get a slap on the wrist. On the other hand, Nazi storm troopers (“Saalschutz”, which morphed into the later SA) put many more members of the red plague out of their miserable existence. However, the violence of the Right was a reaction to the violence of the Left. It was an all-out civil war back then. Could we be heading into the same direction? Considering the increasingly violent rhetoric and the immense suppression of any criticism of the globo-homo agenda, it is certainly the case that the ruling class is very afraid of a popular uprising. Violent attacks are also getting more common. We might see a civil war indeed, or maybe Western society will collapse before we get to that point. I am tempted to believe that the latter is a more likely outcome. (EDIT: I wrote the first draft of this post long before Covid-19 hit the mainstream. Now, societal collapse looks like a pretty realistic prospect.)
Bryant’s book is not without its flaws, though. For instance, he repeatedly dismisses some parts of Nazi ideology outright, without discussing them at all. He quotes from Hitler’s Mein Kampf, in which the author mocks the belief of leftist academics that heredity plays no role in humans, yet at the same time they pay great attention to the breeding of cats, dogs, and horses. This part of Hitler’s opus magnum fits the current year just as well. In the same context, Bryant dismisses Darwin’s theory of evolution, together with evolutionary genetics as a whole, as pseudo-science, which is quite something. He’s clearly throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Sure, you may not like the results of genetics, but then you should be brave enough to say that it applies to neither humans nor animals. Of course, this would be ludicrous, which is why Bryant prefers his double-think.
On a side note, Bryant correctly identifies the Nazi regime as a socialist one, which is flat-out denied by today’s mainstream narrative. In fact, Bryant points out that the Nazi flag has a red background because this links it to the traditional color of socialism. Today, we call the Nazi regime a right-wing terror regime. Yet, their policies were clearly influenced by socialism, but with a national as opposed to an international bent. Heck, it’s in the very name: National Socialism. It seems you have to be put through years upon years of “liberal” education to develop the kind of double-think that makes it possible to believe that the Nazis weren’t socialists.
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