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u/sometimesynot · 443 pointsr/pics
u/MasochisticMeese · 123 pointsr/worldnews

You have to remember that Hitler was appointed chancellor by a democratically elected president. Genocide doesn't just happen in a week, nor does change.

Relevant reads

u/PancakesHouse · 67 pointsr/politics

I posted this in another thread, but going to post it again here since it's relevant.


I feel like we should be mailing textbooks/memoirs on fascism/authoritarianism to our representatives...

I thought about organizing a gofundme to send the same book to all Republican representatives (senate and congress) from Amazon, but I think it would be more effective if it was sent from individual constituents in the rep's districts. I personally feel powerless since all my representatives are democrat, but I think it would send a really powerful message if people in red districts sent copies of books directly from Amazon. It would only cost around $10 to do that, and you can include a gift message with your address and why you're sending it.

People smarter than me probably have better suggestions, and could even point out passages that should be highlighted and bookmarked, but here are a few suggestions off the top of my head:

u/Morrigane · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

u/rancid_squirts · 5 pointsr/politics

>As Robert Reich observed in Newsweek, this is one of the ways Trump disseminates propaganda (such as insisting that he won in a landslide). One can easily imagine him telling his crowds that the CIA is plotting against him or that authoritarian policies are necessary to fight whatever enemies he decides are keeping America from being great again.

This reads straight out of It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Mind you it is a work of fiction before the rise of the Third Reich occurred, but there are so many similarities to this book and how Trump is operating.

u/rhc-iv · 4 pointsr/NewOrleans

Re-reading North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud because the stories are really, really unique. Not quite your traditional horror collection. Plus, he graduated from UNO & spent some time offshore, so occasionally some So. Louisiana flavor peeks thru his stuff.

I've also just started It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis for obvious reasons. A really prescient read so far that was published in the 30's.

u/HermitageTheSapian · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Yea, it seems like nobody takes protests seriously unless you're willing to become violent. Ghandi actually felt it the Jews in WW2 should have protested by walking into the ovens. Fascists are willing to kill, giving them an instant advantage over their nonviolent adversaries. The whole "their evil but they wouldn't actually black bag me and send me to a camp" mentality. Several excellent books have covered this trend in fascist uprisings.

u/TotesNottaBot · 3 pointsr/politics

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible which is about Russian society after almost two decades of Putin's rule.

The Warmth of Other Suns and Hillbilly Elegy because, in my opinion, they describe the past in way that informs the present social strife that Trump used to divide and conquer to win the Republican primary and general elections. If the Left is going to have a political answer in 2 and 4yrs for the people who either declined to vote altogether or who voted Trump, we have to understand and have compassion for their plight.

Hell's Angels because of Thompson's pinpointed description of the "politics of revenge". And also his book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 has some parallels to the 2016 election.

It Can't Happen Here is in the same realm as 1984.

u/Shakes8993 · 2 pointsr/politics

>It can't happen here

Funny you should mention this. There was a book written about this very subject in the 30s. Pretty scary. Written by Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

u/phdearthworm · 2 pointsr/politics
u/NuclearTurtle · 2 pointsr/pics

> So we should wage war against everyone who has bad ideas?

If that bad idea involves the systematic murder of 6 million Jews, then yes, I'd say we should try and stop them, forcefully if necessary

> And how would one tell the difference between nazis and non-nazis?

You just need to know the signs to look for. If you want to learn more about them, I'd suggest reading Anatomy of Fascism or The Origins of Totalitarianism, both of which give you a good understanding of how to identify actual fascism. Also, while I'm linking to Amazon, I'd also like to recommend It Can't Happen Here, which is a novel written in the 1930s about how the rise in Fascism would look in America

u/solzhen · 1 pointr/inthenews

Everyone needs to read Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here this political cycle.

u/Merry4th · 0 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

> neither could even the most authoritarian president really create a dictatorship, as in other countries.

It can't happen here.

> Right-wing Americans are, by and large, crazy about the principles of freedom and democracy.

...for white, Christian men. For everyone else, it's "law and order" which is code for authoritarianism.