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Seriously, Trump?

I don't understand US politics and how this all works, but I can't help wondering if people once reacted to the step-by-step stuff Hitler did in a similar way. And after it all, we ask in hindsight, how on earth did someone like that gain so much power?

Assuming the world isn't destroyed in world war three within the next decade, would people of the future be looking back at all this now with the same question?

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On an unrelated note, once upon a time I had this idea to do something called February Frenzy. This was basically a something-fannish-a-day challenge for the 28 days of February. I loved it then, and I loved NaNo last year, and I'm wondering ... should I try frenzying again this year? It's pretty flexible (I count it if I even write 50 words on a fic) so ... well, I have five days to decide?

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Oh, and it's already the second day of CNY. So Happy Chinese New Year if you celebrate!

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kp_mushu
Jan. 30th, 2017 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm sure people reacted to Hitler's policies in much the same way, with some absolutely appalled by them, some not entirely agreeing, but not caring because it didn't directly affect them (so they thought), and some likely enthusiastically supporting them.

Of course, social media can amplify reactions much more than I suspect was possible back in the 1930's. News moves more quickly and for better or worse, the world is a smaller place now. Strongly isolationist policies that might have been feasible then are most definitely impractical now.

We also have to remember that back then, many people who may not have liked Hitler much in the early days didn't want to risk starting another war so soon after The Great War. In hindsight, attempting any diplomatic measures with him were doomed to failure, but it's impossible to know at the time it's happening.

I sincerely hope that's not the path of the US (and the world) is going down now.
shiiki
Jan. 31st, 2017 08:37 am (UTC)
We also have to remember that back then, many people who may not have liked Hitler much in the early days didn't want to risk starting another war so soon after The Great War. In hindsight, attempting any diplomatic measures with him were doomed to failure, but it's impossible to know at the time it's happening.

I think now there's a similar feeling about not wanting to risk a war, but more because the scale of war has accelerated so much with our ability to literally blow up the entire planet.

It's true that circumstances aren't the same; I just kind of look at the whole situation like, 'Is this the modern-day version of Hitler/WWII?'

kp_mushu
Feb. 1st, 2017 06:17 am (UTC)
True. And I've been watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts. I'm on the episode covering FDR and the years leading to the start of WW2, with the rise of Hitler. So many parallels in terms of Americans turning isolationist and protectionist.
willow_wand
Jan. 31st, 2017 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm just heartbroken that this is how the rest of the world sees us. I've donated money to causes, I've written to my representatives. I even made a phone call to my Congressman's office (I have BAD phone anxiety and it used up all my energy that day despite the staffer in his office being very, very nice.) Nothing feels like enough.

Anyway... I hope you are well and having a wonderful new year. :) We had a CNY celebration at our library last Saturday and it did my heart good to see the kids openly learning something new about a different culture than they are used to.
shiiki
Jan. 31st, 2017 08:42 am (UTC)
The reverend at my church said a prayer for all the people in the US on Sunday. That was kind of striking for me, because it was said in the same vein as prayers for the less fortunate countries struggling with war and strife. It really scares me what will be happening over there for all of you.

it did my heart good to see the kids openly learning something new about a different culture than they are used to.

Aw that is really sweet! And go you for introducing them to things about the world beyond. See, now, that's how you fight, sweetie. Expanding the worldview of the next generation so that they know the fear and prejudice that Trump is spreading is not the answer. ♥
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