If you went to publik skool, chances are you were fed an anti-Christian false narrative on the rise of Hitler. It went something like this: “The Germans watched one-too-many Passion plays and decided to kill jews. The End.” Besides being a slur against Christians it also robs you from learning from history. And history is currently repeating itself.
The real history started with the rise of communist revolutionaries, especially in Hungary and Bavaria. The Hungarian revolution came about in 1919, and these revolutionaries were some sick brutal animals. The Germans were aware of this. Another revolution during the same time was attempted in Bavaria and initially succeeded. Here the Germans started battling the commies in the streets, and eventually Catholics, Freekorp, and a small contingent of the German Army succeeded in defeating the commies. An interesting aside, Hitler was originally on the side of the commies and attended the funeral of the first Bavarian leader, Kurt Eisner after he was killed. Hitler would eventually join the DAP, predecessor of the National Socialists in late 1919.
Germany entered into a depression after WWI, and street battles between commies and nationalists (both left and right) were frequent. It was during this time that the S.A. started rising to prominence, especially after Klintzch took over as the leader and later Rohm. The National Socialists under Hitler with their street fighters the S.A. became the only organized force in number to protect people from the commie monsters. This then was the source of their popularity, not Passion plays.
Interestingly in the only free election Hitler was involved in not a single Catholic State in Germany voted for him, including Bavaria, and later the Catholic Church condemned Nazism. So ends the brief history.
How is this relevant today? We are seeing the rise of leftist violence, initially during the Trump campaign, and now during the Trump presidency. At first the Right did not fight back. Then we started seeing women and old men get assaulted simply for wearing a Trump hat. The Right finally fought back notably “Based Stickman”, Huntington Beach, and then Berkeley 2.0. The Left has created the environment for the rise of Hitler 2.0. Furthermore, as of now, the Trump administration is following in the footsteps of Weimer Germany. Clearly antifa and BAMN are domestic terrorist organizations that operate across State boundaries, so why hasn’t the FBI acted by making arrests and at least warning off financial backers like Soros?
Fortunately as of now there are key differences, but this is not guaranteed to persist. First the main Right wing street brawlers consist of Proud Boys, militia, bikers, and Oathkeepers, the latter bringing military organizing capabilities. None of these groups are fascist or white supremacists, or for that matter, anti-jewish. There was a small group of Nazis, some sort of “Europa” group at Berkeley 2.0, but they were shunned by the main group and they numbered only a handful of people. Of course they got most to the press. A quick aside, if you want to keep the Right street fighters on the side of Christianity and Constitutionalism, go over to Oathkeepers and give them a donation. Stewart Rhodes is doing an excellent job keeping people sane.
The other difference is there really isn’t a major white supremacist, or even white nationalist street brawler group of any prominence. You may think “Richard Spencer”, but first he is a white nationalist and does not appear to be especially violent. I would think someone like Andrew Anglin is more capable, but to be honest I know very little of what I’ll call the “Violent Nationalist” and may be totally wrong. So I don’t see the rise of the “Violent Nationalists” anytime soon. Note Proud Boys will resort to violence in self defense, but I exclude such groups from my “Violent Nationalist” term because of the self defense, or community defense aspect. Also note I do not use the term “Violent Right” because Spencer and Anglin are Leftists economically.
We have to take the long view however. It took Hitler 15 years to get into power, and this chapter of street violence has only just begun. We are in year 1. Imagine a deep depression and the rise of a left-of-center nationalist, perhaps from the labor unions rising in prominence. Imagine the now completely radicalized commie Left retaking power in 2020 and upping the street voilence. Under those conditions, a Hitler 2.0 could come to power. This is not far-fetched.
As a Catholic you can help out. Support groups such as Oathkeepers, Proud Boys, and Bikers for Trump, among others. Also, contact your Senator and Representative and complain about the lack of action by the FBI against these leftist terror organizations.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Vox day. Note this is not an exact quote, but I doubt he’d object:
REPORTER: Do you think Trump will resort to violence?
VOX DAY: No, I think Trump is the last chance we have to avoid violence.