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When the woke mob came for Hitler

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Kanye West aka Ye is getting cancelled big time by corporate America and cosmopolitan Europe, but where are Ben Shapiro, Bari Weiss, et. al. to defend yet another victim of the Woke Mob ™?

It turns out they’re actually in favor of this!

Ben Shapiro, Eight Years Old, explaining the difference to America between criticizing somebody who happens to be Black and real racism:

One of the main issues with West’s anti-Semitism, Shapiro explained, is that he is targeting Jews in broad strokes. While his defenders claim West is criticizing specific people such as his agent, Shapiro countered, “Well, then, name their names. Why are they representative of the Jews?”

“Here is the difference between anti-Semitism and naming just a person who happens to be Jewish—that you’re blaming all the Jewish people,” Shapiro said. “If I see a black guy and I’m like, ‘Man, that particular guy really ticks me off,’ that’s not racism. If I say, ‘That guy’s black, all black people are terrible,’ that’s racism. Kanye West does the latter thing.”

That’s quite the bar you’re setting there, Mr. Shapiro. By this definition, the German Nazi Party in 1943 was woefully short on real anti-Semites:

I also want to speak to you here, in complete frankness, of a really grave
chapter. Amongst ourselves, for once, it shall be said quite openly, but all the
same we will never speak about it in public. Just as we did not hesitate on
June 30, 1934, to do our duty as we were ordered, and to stand comrades
who had erred against the wall and shoot them, and we never spoke about it
and we never will speak about it. It was a matter of natural tact that is alive in
us, thank God, that we never talked about it amongst ourselves, that we never
discussed it. Each of us shuddered and yet each of us knew clearly that the
next time he would do it again if it were an order, and if it were necessary.
I am referring here to the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the
Jewish people. This is one of the things that is easily said: “The Jewish people are going to be exterminated,” that’s what every Party member says, “sure, it’s in our program, elimination of the Jews, extermination – it’ll be done.” And then they all come along, the 80 million worthy Germans, and each one has his one decent Jew. Of course, the others are swine, but this one, he is a first-rate Jew. Of all those who talk like that, not one has seen it happen, not one has had to go through with it. Most of you men know what it is like to see 100 corpses side by side, or 500 or 1,000. To have stood fast through this – and except for cases of human weakness – to have stayed decent, that has made us hard. This is an unwritten and never-to-be-written page of glory in our history, for we know how difficult it would be for us if today – under bombing raids and the hardships and deprivations of war – if we were still to have the Jews in every city as secret saboteurs, agitators, and inciters. If the Jews were still lodged in the body of the German nation, we would probably by now have reached the stage of 1916-17.

Heinrich Himmler, Secret Speech to Senior Officers of the SS, Poznan, Poland, October 4, 1943

The Nazis had their good Jews and some people have their good Mexicans:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Donald Trump announcing his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, June 16, 2015

Donald Trump is not a racist, and it’s outrageous for the Left to claim he is, just because in a speech announcing his presidential run he said that the typical Mexican who emigrates to the United States is a drug-dealing rapist. He very clearly stipulated that this generalization didn’t apply to all Mexican immigrants. Well not that clearly, (“I assume”) but the point here is that . . . ah forget it Jake.

Even though I was writing about the actual threat that Trump posed to American democracy before almost literally anyone else, I’ve still never really come to terms with the fact that this man was elected president of the United States because essentially the entire American conservative establishment came to support him, and supports him today.

No dictator rules by himself. He must obtain the cooperation, or at least the acquiescence, of the decisive agencies of rule—the military, the police, the judiciary, senior civil servants—and of powerful social and economic forces. In the special case of fascism, having depended upon conservative elites to open the gates to him, the new leaders could not shunt them casually aside. Some degree, at least, of obligatory power sharing with the preexisting conservative establishment made fascist dictatorships fundamentally different in their origins, development, and practice from that of Stalin.
Consequently we have never known an ideologically pure fascist regime. Indeed, the thing hardly seems possible. Each generation of scholars of fascism has noted that the regimes rested upon some kind of pact or alliance between the fascist party and powerful conservative forces. In the early 1940s the social democratic refugee Franz Neumann argued in his classic Behemoth that a “cartel” of party, industry, army, and bureaucracy ruled Nazi Germany, held together only by “profit, power, prestige, and
especially fear.”

At the end of the 1960s, the moderate liberal Karl Dietrich Bracher found that “National Socialism came into being and into power under conditions that permitted an alliance between conservative authoritarian and technicistic, nationalistic, and revolutionary-dictatorial forces.” Martin Broszat referred to the conservatives and nationalists in Hitler’s cabinet as his “coalition partners.” In the late 1970s, Hans Mommsen described the National Socialist “governing system” as an “alliance” between “ascending fascist elites and members of traditional leadership groups” “interlocked . . . despite differences” in a common project to set aside parliamentary government, reestablish strong government, and crush “Marxism.”

Robert Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism

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