This piece in the NYRB soberly and without hyperbole lays out ways in which our present moment resembles the period during which the Weimar Republic gave way to Naziism.
Because an ever-shrinking base of support for traditional conservatism made it impossible to carry out their authoritarian revision of the constitution, Hindenburg and the old right ultimately made their deal with Hitler and installed him as chancellor. Thinking that they could ultimately control Hitler while enjoying the benefits of his popular support, the conservatives were initially gratified by the fulfillment of their agenda: intensified rearmament, the outlawing of the Communist Party, [but also] the suspension first of freedom of speech, the press, and assembly and then of parliamentary government itself, a purge of the civil service, and the abolition of independent labor unions. Needless to say, the Nazis then proceeded far beyond the goals they shared with their conservative allies, who were powerless to hinder them in any significant way.
More alarming, it also lays out ways in ways in which the present moment doesn't
resemble that period - but which actually turn out to be even SCARIER.
Well worth a read.https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/1 ... democracy/