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Mass Unemployment Was Behind Hitler’s Unlikely Rise To Power

People who have seen too many ww2-era documentaries and archival Nazi propaganda footage might believe that Mr. funny-mustache was always popular in Germany. Unfortunately, their version of history is lacking in facts. Prior to the severe unemployment crisis in early-1930 Germany, he and his ideologies did not have mainstream acceptance. Sure, there was always a minority of ardent supporters for his world view- but it was not something that most mainstream Germans were enamoured by or wanted to associate with.

While Nazism gained some respectability in Germany because of the onerous conditions imposed by the Versailles treaty– it never became mainstream till the early 1930s. Read a bit about how marginal the Nazis were, even at the height of disorder during the Wiemar republic. So why did that ideology gain popularity so rapidly in the early 1930s?

It has to do with loss of public faith in the established “elites”.

From the end of ww1 to the rise of Mr. funny-mustache, various combinations of the old “elites” had tried to fix the system and keep it afloat- often with disastrous consequences. They simply could not seem the fix things well enough, as each new solution seemed to work for some time and then unravel. The white- and blue-collar workers kept on suffering because of a drop in their living standards, destruction of savings and overt unemployment.

The straw that broke the camels back was the massive increase in unemployment in the early 1930s. Here is article about that phenomena.

and here is probably the most striking graph-

You will get Keynesian economic policies one way or the other.

Now have a look at this recent article-

Yahoo Article: Out of work for a while? Tell us your story

Read the over 1,600 comments and ask yourself- Why can’t something similar to what happened in Germany in the 1930s occur in the USA. Don’t forget that things were much more precarious during the 1930s in the USA than is widely believed.


  1. June 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Regardless whether it will happen or not, there is a possibility that it can happen as the conditions are there.

    So, why let some idiot, of the type of Mr. Funny-Mustache, take over things while someone like you can take them over?

  2. Commander Shepard
    June 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Unemployment is at or worse than depression levels. The ministry of truth uses Enron style accounting to say the jobless rate is at 9%. It;s far worse and even those who are employed have taken pay cuts or are working low wage McJobs. Welcome to America of the 21st century. Remember the CONservative Enron lackey former senator Phil Gramm, “it’s a mental recession”.

  3. June 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Interesting, so what would you say is the “tipping point” for marginal groups to gain power? 25% or so?

    Yup, the white power types on inmalafide are truly scary….

  4. demirogue
    June 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Also remember that he played on the everyday German’s anger at the Versailles Treaty. Germans if you recall, felt cheated because of it. So he not only used the economy, but also German pride to seize control and the scapegoat was of course the Jews And do remember that he was an accomplished author and an anti-hero because of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. We have no such anti-establishment hero nor do we have a populace that cares about the pride of the nation. If anything, what we have now is a population that is still overfed and over indulged and ignorant of the power enumerated through the Constitution.

    Germany at that time was in political chaos with not only the Nazi’s vying for power, but also the communist and anarchists.

    After Hitler’s rise to power,at one point, the Brown Shirts had more soldiers than the regular army and were also a threat to his which he ultimately dealt with in the infamous Night of the Long Knives. Had he not acted, it’s quite possible that the Brown Shirts would have killed him as their loyalty to the party was more important than even Hitler himself.

  5. demirogue
    June 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    On the anti-hero theme, if anyone even attempts that now they’ll be castrated and labeled by the media so fast as terrorists that it’ll be impossible to recover. Then the government will shut them down and do who knows what with them. Ted Kazinsky is one such person. As I read more about the guy, I don’t think he’s so much the media titled whackjob, but someone who was fighting back instead.

  6. Susan
    June 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Since 9/11/01 there has been a rise in quasi-patriotism and xenophobia. It is now politically correct to hate Mexicans, those who practice Islam and middle eastern people. Hatred of illegal immigrants is clothed in some sort of bizarre concern about homeland security. So yes take that and unemployment and people can get crazy. I am 52 and I notice that people in general today think/discern much less than they used to. Sarah Palin’s popularity is a vivid example. It could totally happen again.

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      It’s more likely that you will get a Mexican Hitler this time.

      • James Strictland
        June 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I doubt it. Huge heavily armed chunks of the US would not accept his legitimacy

        Also the US is not 100% certifiable . We didn’t after all deport every Muslim after 9-11 and we were all stone cold crazy at the time. We are not a healthy country and we are somewhat irrational but we are not deep into batshit land.

        The only climate I see Mexican or any Hitler being likely in is a split US where actual factions control different areas. Thats Balkans style ethnic cleansing

        Even than there won’t be that much. Neither side has much deep hate and the population is already either tolerant of each other to a decent degree or well separated,

        I suppose its vaguely possible that some kind of anti-black genocide campaign could happen but by than the US will not be a functional Republic.

        I will note that there is actual ethnic cleansing going on now.

        The Azusa 13 gang story is just the tip and unless we fix the economy it will get worse.


  7. NormanFinkelsteinwasright
    June 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Glad to see another stake in the heart of the Goldhagen Thesis…

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