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IPFS News Link • Philosophy: Fascism

Headed to National Socialism

• Lew Rockwell

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 else."

But what's the point of studying Hitler's rise to power unle

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Comment by Lola Flores
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You are right, the technique of fear-manipulating is not unique to Hitler or Bush, in fact, it's the common thread that binds governing bodies - from the Catholic Church of yesteryear to the Obama Administration.  Through fear, governments can get anything they want without ugly bloodshed.  They put the fear of the Boogieman into the sheeple and they, in turn, ask for whatever it is that the government wants.  Propaganda and brainwashing are beautiful, sterile & perfect tools of control & mass deception



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