Thursday, September 29, 2016
Our Hitler; Our Holocaust
There has been a lot said from both sides about the importance of the current election cycle. There has been a lot said from both sides about the similarities of Trump to Hitler. To be honest, I don't believe these are unfounded. He strikes me as an obviously ego-centric, unstable, and generally untrustworthy person. He certainly does remind one of the Furor and make one shudder to wonder what sort of holocaust might follow his election as a worst-case scenario.
But what if we're getting the analogy wrong? What if the holocaust has already long-since begun? What if we are already living with it and our Goerings, and Goebbels, and Eichmanns are nothing more than mainstream politicians reasonably proposing to maintain the status quo? What if - for over a full generation now - the incinerators have been quietly humming in our midst and we - like so many nice German people - have turned a blind eye to them, refusing to believe that atrocities like these could ever actually be taking place in a land such as ours?
How then should we vote?