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    Posted: March 31 2018 at 11:06pm
How to Kill Democracy in Four Easy Steps: Lessons on the Gestapo at 85


Eighty-five years ago the Nazi terror machine began operations. It met little resistance. And that’s the lesson that should really worry us now.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-to-kill-democracy-in-four-easy-steps-lessons-on-the-gestapo-at-85



Comment: In all civilized societies a percentage of the population blames their problems, IE, poverty, lack of opportunity, loss of jobs, lack of health care, etc on other races and religions! In the U.S we have had Anti-papist (whether it be German, Irish or Italian), Anti-Asian (Chinese and Japanese), Anti-Eastern European and now Anti-Hispanics! In this country we are all immigrants and even the original colonists had a group of people that didn't want them here! Don't let this administration fool you! This country is "Great" and what has always made it "Great" is it's diversity! Don't let the far righteous Nazis' destroy this land!       
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Thank you, Arirish!

This is what I have been bleating on about!  I feel like Cassandra - as I am sure do all who know any modern history.

Your article just put it far, far better than I could.

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Good article ! Democracy is killed by those that can kill it. Politicians that fail to fight for democracy. 
In my opinion democracy is always a struggle, citizens should know and fight for their rights. 

There are some differences; in 1933 Germany still was paying for war-debts from world-war 1. Democracy in Germany came after the Kaiser went (to the Netherlands)-in 1918 with lot of chaos and fighting between several groups. 

What the article not realy mentions is that the nazi-party, hitler, was financed by an elite-not only from Germany but international. I would say that the Russian revolution (caused by the Germans in 1917 transporting Lenin from Switzerland to Saint Petersburg to end the two-front-war) was the main reason hitler came to power. 

The Bolsheviks killed the czar and his family. And the Czar was related to most other royal families in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, UK). Only 16 years after Lenin started the revolution in Russia hitler came to power in Germany (to take revange against the killers of the czar, take control of Russian oil, railways etc-owned by western investors till the revolution). 

Still today any country can face a form of dictatorship that is more totalitarian then ever before in history. From the internet to clever camera's already most western countries have a state-control-system that knows more of its citizens that one could dream of during 1939-45. 

Can we avoid a "superstate" ? A state that picks up any sign of opposition "in thoughts" (the 1984 thought-police)? I'm afraid we can not avoid such "totalitarian democracy" (wich by definition is a dictatorship by an elite). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Police
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Donald Trump defends Sinclair broadcasting after critical video

New York: President Trump is jumping to the defence of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is under fire following the rapid spread of a video showing anchors at its stations across the country reading a script criticising "fake" news stories.

Trump tweeted on Monday that it was funny to watch "Fake News Networks" criticising Sinclair for being biased. The president singled out CNN and NBC.

Donald Trump\'s message about \'fake news\' gets issued by Sinclair owned broadcasters in chilling \'news promotion\'.

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Sinclair owns nearly 200 local stations, and a video released by Deadspin over the weekend illustrated many of their anchors saying they were concerned about a "troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country." Deadspin said the anchors looked like hostages recording videos to prove they are alive.

The anchors give no specific examples. Sinclair, whose corporate leadership leans right, uses terminology familiar to Trump and his criticisms of "fake news." In the message, the anchors say they "work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual."

There has been no immediate comment from Sinclair.

Timothy Burke, a video editor at Deadspin, said he read a CNN story last month about the script being sent to local stations and contacted a media monitoring service to collect examples of the statement being read on the air. After receiving more than 50, he fashioned them into a video that shows anchors reading different portions of the text, either simultaneously or one after the other.

He posted a "teaser" with a small portion of the video on Friday night and it quickly attracted attention when tweeted by a Wisconsin journalism professor. Not wanting to see his work appropriated by someone else, Burke said he rushed to get the full video posted Saturday afternoon.

It spread quickly, particularly when tweeted by celebrities like Judd Apatow and Jimmy Kimmel.

The video's repetition illustrates Sinclair's reach in a way mere numbers can't, said Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York.

"That's what makes the video so powerful," he said. "It illustrates a story that in some cases can read like a conspiracy theory. You can see by the video that it's not."

Meanwhile, CNN's Jim Acosta was criticised by some conservative media outlets on Monday for shouting questions about immigration to Trump while the president and first lady were attending an Easter event on the grounds of the White House.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" did a lengthy segment on Burke's Deadspin video on Monday, showing the words being repeated by several anchors. Co-host Mika Brzezinski said she was surprised some of the local anchors didn't refuse to read it.

"This looks like something we would mock the Russians for doing during the days of Pravda," said co-host Joe Scarborough.

Dan Rather's website said that it was "sickening" to watch local journalists being forced to read something that trashes their own profession.

Deadspin received a hat tip from HBO's John Oliver, whose "Last Week Tonight" did a lengthy story on Sinclair last season. "Nothing says 'we value independent media' like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again, like members of a brainwashed cult," Oliver said.

Burke said he's received a number of emails from people who work at Sinclair stations but he's been too busy at his regular job posting sports videos to look into them.

"I'm glad it received a large audience," he said.

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