Salon: Trump Praised Hitler’s “Economic Miracle” — And That’s Even Worse than It Sounds (Aug. 7, 2021)

In his newly-released book about the 2020 election, Wall Street Journal White House reporter Michael C. Bender reveals that former President Trump allegedly praised Adolf Hitler’s role in Germany’s economic recovery in the 1930s as evidence that the Führer “did a lot of good things.” Read the rest at: https://www.salon.com/2021/08/07/trump-praised-hitlers-economic-miracle–and-thats-even-worse-than-it-sounds/ Republished at RawStory, 7 Aug. 2021. https://www.rawstory.com/trump-hitler-economic-record/

History of Yesterday: A Sweaty Hitler Is a Sincere Hitler, and Sincerity Is Profoundly Persuasive (Aug. 6, 2021)

In 1937, Irmgard Keun published a short novel, After Midnight, which tells the story of two young women in 1930s Frankfurt who find themselves caught up in a parade and rally starring Adolf Hitler. The rally touches off a series of events in which the characters struggle to make sense of their lives, beliefs, andContinue reading “History of Yesterday: A Sweaty Hitler Is a Sincere Hitler, and Sincerity Is Profoundly Persuasive (Aug. 6, 2021)”

Are You Really Going to Make Me Defend Hitler? Style, Grammar, and Usage Edition

In 1958, Dr. Franz Jetzinger published Hitler’s Youth, a scathing repudiation of the Führer’s adulatory backstory as advanced in Mein Kampf and August Kubizek’s The Young Hitler I Knew. Jetzinger had been a bitter opponent of the Nazis since before Hitler became Chancellor and annexed Austria. During Hitler’s reign, Jetzinger lost multiple jobs because ofContinue reading “Are You Really Going to Make Me Defend Hitler? Style, Grammar, and Usage Edition”

Newsweek: Only the Strong Will Survive? American Echoes of a Dark Past (Mar. 16, 2021)

“The lesson is not that contemporary politicians are modern-day Hitlers, but rather that Hitler’s example shows how easily ‘the strong will overcome the weak’ can metamorphose into ‘the strong must allow the weak to perish’ or even ‘the strong must eradicate the weak.’” Read the rest at: https://www.newsweek.com/only-strong-will-survive-american-echoes-dark-past-opinion-1576321

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Dr. Ryan Skinnell is an award-winning writer and speaker. He is an expert in political rhetoric and public discourse, especially as it relates to authoritarianism, demagoguery, and extremism. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Hill, and Public Seminar, among other places.s.