Rise of Popularity for Totalitarian Propaganda

Shifting society values towards violence, escalating violence,the disturbing rise of sympathies towards totalitarian regimes, revival of history’s dictators. Today’s ‘Shocking stat of the week’ on the Corus radio network, CFAX 1070 Radio Saturday mornings’ radio show, hosted by Michael Campbell [ http://www.cfax1070.com/Shows/Shows/Money-Talks-with-Michael-Campbell ] : The rising popularity of Adolf Hitler’s MEIN KAMPF. [ http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/01/09/why-is-hitlers-mein-kampf-rising-to-the-top-of-book-charts/ ].

This is disturbing, not only for its perceived ‘propaganda value’, but also for the fact that there seem to be enough readers around to actually seriously listen to this stuff and may get influenced by it. I suspect that those are readers who have never experienced a major war themselves. Since I myself ‘have been there, done it’, and my family suffered the consequences of persecution by the Gestapo during WWII, I can safely say that I will never be influenced by any of those writings.

Yet, funny thing is, that about 12 years ago I purchased this same book at a Calgary, Alberta main bookstore. Translated into English. (Not sure how much has been lost in translation.) Shortly after, this book disappeared off the shelves. The reason for buying this book was, to do research into “what makes the minds of mass murdering dictators tick”. And also, “how could a war like WWII have started”, by that miserable nobody Austrian-born Adolf Schicklgruber alias Hitler).

[One book also in my library is J.W. Stalin’s : Über die Grundlagen des Leninismus”, translated 1972 into German by a Chinese publishing house. Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili) , who according to history is responsible for the killing of some 20 million Russians, including many thousands of Americans (who had left during the great depression era around 1930’s emigrating to the USSR and got lost and were forsaken in the distant Siberian Gulags.]

In reality I have never even got around to looking at one page inside MEIN KAMPF. Stuff like this can only be used as a reference for collecting information.

I always say: “Anybody who survived a major war like we did and was right in the middle of it, could only find disgust in such propaganda materials by insecure and moronic control freaks, and in any movement that could revive totalitarian dictator regimes.” Too bad, too many want to control others.

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TERRORISM

WHAT DEFINES TERRORISM

Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition.[1][2] Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).[from: WIKIPEDIA]

There are several kinds of terrorism, according to this definition, as we know it. The one kind is the systematic terrorizing and killing of unarmed civilians for the purpose of achieving the goal of either ending a war (see: firebombing of civilians, women and children in Germany during WWII by the Allies), or pressurizing civilian populations into submission (see: Cold War Berlin 1961).

The second kind is terrorism in the name of financial and economic advantage by large organized crime empires. Such as in the United States during the active wars incited by the MAFIA and COSA NOSTRA crime families. The third kind is the terrorizing of civilian populations for the goal of creating large territorial empires. Such as the British empire, controlling , enslaving or eliminating peoples in India, South Africa, North America and anywhere else on this planet. The fourth kind are dictatorships which terrorize within their own countries and nations. This terrorism is directed against civilian populations in countries of which the leader or head of state is a dictator with absolute power.

The last kind is terrorism built on fundamentalist religious beliefs, also known now as suicide terrorism. This could be thought of as the worst kind: “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD – or GOD”. The question remains: Could this last kind be considered as retaliation – against the medieval crusades, or as reaction to infringement of religious rights and freedoms ? Or, simply as fanaticism ? This kind of terrorism affects now the entire world, and cannot be easily stopped or controlled, unless fanatic religious beliefs would be completely eradicated. That is not possible!

Yet, the only kind of terrorism that is understandable, is the retaliation against occupation of a nation’s homeland and against the oppression of its citizens. Independence and freedom is what is needed and the removal of occupation forces for any nation to lay down their arms and start working on rebuilding their homeland.

Then again, terrorism is not easy to define. What one man’s terrorist, is another man’s freedom fighter.

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