It was common
on the left to intimate that George W. Bush was like Hitler, a remark
that would drive the National Review crowd through the roof
but which I didn't find entirely outrageous. Bush's main method
of governance was to stir up fear of foreign enemies and instigate
a kind of nationalist hysteria about the need for waging war and
giving up liberty through security.
Hitler is the
most famous parallel here, but he is hardly the only one. Many statesmen
in world history have used the same tactics, dating back to ancient
times. Machiavelli wrote in his Art
of War advice to the ruler: "To know how to recognize an
opportunity in war, and take it, benefits you more than anything
the point of studying Hitler's rise to power unle
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