The title refers to a book by Milton Mayer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Mayer) about Nazi Germany in the period 1933-1943.  That like the scenario of boiling the frog, they don’t know what is going on as they are cooked, and at some point are too weak to jump out of the pot.  Nazi Germany wasn’t all bad to residents, and some had it good for a long time, and Hitler led a patriotic and nationalistic economic and cultural recovery after the demoralizing defeat of World War One.  You could just look away at some of his tendencies.  Maybe they were just exaggerations or little white lies.  Time and time again we heard this at the 2015-2016 Trump campaign rallies.  “We don’t believe in everything he says, but we need change.”

Thom Hartmann reminded us of this German period with his show today November 22, 2106; and relayed it to current events.  He did a book review in 2005 (Review by Thom Hartmann, originally published at buzzflash.com on November 7, 2005), probably in light of the Bush Dictatorship after 9-11 and the Patriot Act: http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2005/11/they-thought-they-were-free

Thom says: “I preface this review of Milton Mayer’s book with all this personal and historical/reference information by way of hopefully establishing enough credibility in your mind to make a simple statement:

It could happen here, too.

This was also Milton Mayer’s great fear and great fascination, after he got to know real Nazis. An American Jew of German ancestry, and a brilliant reporter, Mayer went to Germany 7 years after Hitler’s fall and befriended 10 Nazis. This book is, in large part, his story of that experience. Intertwined through it — written in 1955 — are repeated overt and subtle warnings to future generations of Americans — us, today.

Mayer opens the book by noting that he was prepared to hate the Nazis he would meet. But, he wrote, he discovered they were just as human as the rest of us.”

So today Thom reads this on the Radio Show: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html

Here is a youtube video book review by Richard Corke (kind of stunning to hear it, rather than read it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXPF6lPHfKw.

So the reason I titled it “2015-2016 version” is that throughout the European Union we are seeing governments change to rightists in reaction to being in the Union.  Reactions to the policies of austerity; the implementation of Vienna School of Economics, etc.  The unhealthy reactions going way too far—as it has in this country.

Here is the cautionary tale: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/richard-spencer-speech-npi/508379/

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