I am certainly not the first person to note that Hitler and Stalin shared some similarities- from their humble origin, extreme paranoia, rapid and somewhat unexpected rise to power, total domination of the government to the large genocides perpetrated under their rules. But there is one more similarity that is rarely, if ever, mentioned.
They did not use their power to accumulate and hoard wealth.
Leaders throughout human history have consistently looted their own countrymen. The post-looting behavior of leaders is also consistent and involves some combination of hoarding money, investing it outside their own country or using it to build extravagant palaces or venues for their recreation. Most totalitarianism leaders also use their power to bed tons of attractive women and helping their progeny inherit their wealth. This pattern is seen in groups as diverse as members of the Chinese Communist Party, Politicians in India, Arab Kings and Dictators, African Dictators and Warlords to old-money WASP and other influential families in the USA and UK.
Hitler and Stalin stand out as two of the very few leaders of note who did not use their power to enrich themselves. While they certainly lived very comfortable lives compared to their countrymen, it never approached the level of obscenity seen in otherwise comparable rulers. They also never used their position to get endless amounts of hot young pussy or try to install their children and relatives into positions of power.
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