This now constitutes a bold political position
There’s a reason Hollywood made so many WWII films, and many more WWII films than any other war in our history. Total good versus complete evil is a concept that really only exists in fiction, not in real life, but of all the wars the United States of America has waged, WWII is where we were really “the good guys” and our enemies were “the bad guys.”
Atrocities are committed in every war, bad guys in every militia, but overall the point remains clear: Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were the bad guys. Period.
It is amazing that today, in 2017, publicly ridiculing the Nazis as bad is seen as a bold political statement to make.
I guess all those WWII movies we grew up with, where Hitler and his henchmen were the bad guys, didn’t leave a lasting impression on many Americans because the Alt-Right movement contains dozens. thousands of members, according to estimates.
When Hollywood wasn’t making German Nazis the bad guys in action movies, Communist Russians were acting as understudies. This lasted for a few decades, during the Cold War; but once Rocky Balboa defeated Ivan Drago in the Soviet Union on Christmas, the Red Army was over.
It’s a shame the studio system couldn’t find a way to make more movies with East Germans as the villains, as they were just the group on this Earth that was both German and Communist, the perfect combination for a cartoonish action film.
Again, however, defamation of the Russians didn’t seem to really stick on the brains of many Americans, as there are very large segments of our population who simply won’t believe that Russia Gate is really a thing.
They also believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin, a calculating cold-blooded killer who was part of the ruthless Soviet KGB, is essentially good people.
Much like how President Donald Trump said the men marching in Charlottesville at an Alt-Right rally chanting Nazi slogans “blood and dirt” as well as “Jews will not replace us “Included and this is a textual quote” some very good people.
Hate and intolerance are not legitimate political positions. Believing that there is a master race, along with all the other subhuman and subordinate races like the Nazis do, makes them bad people. There is no gray area here. It’s really depressing that we literally have to organize rallies to declare Nazis bad these days.
While the Nazis and all other hate groups have rights to freedom of expression and assembly, they have no rights to hate speech, threatening speech and violent gatherings.
They certainly do not have the right to see their discourse integrated, brought into the conventional political arena and therefore normalized.
If there are tens of thousands of Nazis in the Alt-Right movement, such as Marilyn Mayo, a senior researcher at the Center on Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League, the New York Times estimated, in the controversial article “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland”, so it’s an extremely small segment of the population. Still, the mainstream media choose to give this fringe a megaphone to amplify their message anyway.
Nazi leader Richard Spencer shouldn’t be someone very well-known to all those who are addicted to the news and the news.
What is the NYT was trying to accomplish in their Tony Hovater profile post, a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer, was probably well-meaning.
They wanted to show us the banality of a white supremacist, make us realize that they are as middle and middle-american as possible, and therefore we have to be on our guard as to how they exist in the commonplace. Look, they have four cats in their house and eat at middle class corporate restaurant chains! The end result came as pretty much Atlanticis a hilarious and brilliant parody of it, “The Nazis are like you and me, except they are Nazis.”
The Times had so much perspective on the article, and rightly so, that its author Richard Fausset had to publish an explanation and indicate where it failed.
In addition, a National editor Marc Lacey had to justify why they created and published the article. I don’t disagree with their journalistic ideals, and I believe their ultimate goals here had merit. However, the end result was a disaster – it actually normalized an individual who holds intolerant and fanatical views.
The Times can claim otherwise, but that’s how the part really came off. The end result wasn’t actually much deeper or more nuanced than all of the WWII movies and action movies we talked about at the start. This despite being a top-notch newspaper, with an elite journalist doing meticulous work.
It was just as superficial and caricature, except that here the Nazis are portrayed as typical “normies” of sitcom characters, instead of two-dimensional evil ones. Once you’ve humanized the hate-mongers, the next step is to paint them a likeable picture.
Then it’s a slippery slope to portray the Nazis as portrayed in “Spring for Hitler,” the intentionally as offensive as possible fake musical by Mel Brooks in his 1968 classic “The Producers.”
Paul M. Banks conducts The bank of sport.net and LaBanque.News, which is in partnership with News now. Banks, former Washington Times writer, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the blogging community of the Tribune Corporation Chicago now.
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