I’m about to watch this liberal documentary about AfD.
I’m ready to be educated about the wickedness of “rightwing extremism.”
Are there parallels between our times and the 1920s and 1930s? In some ways, there are parallels like Joseph Goebbels here on the Lügenpresse. In other ways, there is no appetite for a European war between nation-states to resettle old scores like there was after World War I. Militarism is gone. There are other fin-de-siècle cultural currents like Social Darwinism, Sorelian violence and vitalism expressed in war to overcome nihilism and bourgeois decadence which are gone. Russia is no longer in the communist camp. China is nationalist.
Nationalism was its own worst enemy in the early 20th century and demolished itself in the World Wars. It was channeled horizontally against other nations rather than vertically against liberal elites. Liberalism won the Second World War. We have learned from our mistakes. The Nordicism and eugenics of the Third Reich hasn’t translated into the 21st century either. If the Third Reich hadn’t had such a terrible foreign policy, what would the world be like today?