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The Challenge I Tried To Post On OEN And Was Rejected

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I tried to post   a poll and was rejected.   It was an   unusual poll:   I posted a challenge to all the OEN authors: if any of them agreed with me that GOP   rhetoric   resembled down to the letter the Nazi propaganda methodology,   I urged those people to write an article   about that and call it   Newt Mitt   Uns. The heading is a paraphrase of the statement   Gott Mitt Uns ( God is with us) which was   curved on   the buckle of the uniform belt of every German   military in the WWII- from private to Reichfuhrer ( Fuhrer   Hitler preferred the civilian cloth in most cases).   I like my heading -- it   bears grotesque double- meaning : Newt   is a primary ideologue   of the GOP   and Mitt is its a primary product.   In   German schools   of   Nazi times they   told the students to learn   by heart   the statement,   "If   Jesus would have come back now, He would   have followed the Furher.' In   the GOP- developed   and nourished environment   this would sound   something like "Jesus   guides his   messenger Mitt through his prophet   Newt'. Newt Mitt Uns- works for me. I   formulated   that as a poll to see how many people shared my views and could accept the challenge because that required a detailed analysis, similar   to the   one   written by Matt Taibbi on the real face of Romney:


Apparently it does not work for the OEN administrative   system because   my poll offer was rejected with unusual    fastness- in   about an hour. If the answer comes so quickly it means that   it   is delivered by a software- some   database sorter picks up an   inappropriate phrase or a   word and rejects it   by default.   It is an IF- Then-Else- sequence    working.

I   bear no grudge. To run an enterprise   like OEN is a tough job and   whoever does it must feel comfortable   about the inputs.   I have my own blog and I surely could    publish   an article on it,   write whatever I wanted.   The difference though    in this case was that I did not want to write an article on my own; I asked   other people to pitch in. And the machine   stopped me short. I think in this case the machine harmed itself and harmed the cause.

I understand   why the poll was rejected: it was because   of the Nazi-association. OEN policy   states that Nazi- association is an overused insult   because Nazis were evil people who tortured, performed genocide and also   were lawless.   Supposefully,   the usage of any analogy   to them in the debate would be counterproductive because people would consider that as an   extreme and shut themselves down   on conversation. That's the perception. And   that's a policy. I respect it.

At the same time   I would like to argue that the policy above   reflects a rather deep level of ignorance of the American populace about the   events and human features of the WWII as well as even deeper ignorance in the areas of   distinguishing between human psychology and ideology; those two types   of    ignorance   are uniquely nourished   in the US   due to the   two specific    and unique   features of this society: the   overwhelming     selloff of Christian values and   nuclear bombardment   of Japan.

It is not my goal   here to go deeper into the root cause analysis on why the machine rejected my poll. I just want to mention the following:   the machine   consider the Nazis formally as people who did something bad, so bad that   they became an " unholy ghost- nation of bad people', the characters that   did not seem to belong to any nation or a class, who somehow   did all those atrocious things and who   have nothing to do with us, good, loving, compassionate Americans ( yes, it is only in   America because throughout the world such   denial -- based approach   would be considered   as bizarre, to say the least- MS). The policy insists that   no matter what and how we do here- we are not even close   to those evil ghosts;   we have nothing to do with it; that's what the machine reflects, catering to the American Psyche. Or maybe to the American Psycho?

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Nazism    is a state of mind which assigned itself to the    political movement. The actual   functioning   of it, the practical realization in Hitler's Germany was its final stage,   the stage when it transferred from the psyche to ideology, from an individual feature to the disease of the masses, the same way   the virus   can wake up in the carrier and transfer to other people like a fire. That's   when we see it open and clear and then it is a disaster    to all. But in its    everyday form Nazism   is   a state of mind and    it is within everyone of us. It is one of our   character features and each of us carries it: liberal   and conservative,   Mitt and   Barack, white and   black, Christian, Jew, or Moslem. We are   related to   Hitler as Thomas Mann put it.    In its rudimentary   description   internal Nazism is the self- preference of the   world of LIE over the world of the TRUTH as well as active desire to fortify that LIE at any cost on   one and only   one basis only- what's good for me is good for everyone. Nazism is the grotesque totem of selfishness, the little   Ayn Rand   buzzing   in your head: you, you, you, only   you. And if you turn on the   TV and just   try hear at least one clear message through all that GOP howling, this is what you will hear:

Love yourself,   adore   yourself,   admire yourself- it is good for you and we are here to help you do it ( for a fee, of course- MS).

That's Nazism, folks.   It   is awake    and stares at you. It is legitimized in the GOP methodology to deliver their message.

People who did atrocities are called Nazis by us due to what they did. But in reality they had Nazism in themselves and let it go rampant   when the environment    made it possible. Our environment   here, in the US ( and I hope here we agree)   is very much comfortable   for the development of the virus of Nazism: I would argue that it is the most nourishing environment in years.   I think the   virus will not miss the opportunity; it is the country of opportunity after all.

 We are all simple people and we crave easy answers.  Those answers are there for us always: they all start  with the premise that you  are the salt of the Earth, that you are a very good person, that there are people there that do not want you to succeed or you would be as rich as those who deliver the message: they  look exactly like you. The temptation is great: whether those messengers are proponents of German race or proponents of the  wisdom of the Rich- they all offer  you the hope of the belonging and supremacy; they all are optimistic.You like them. You follow them. You surely imagine yourself  being like them. You adopt the model. And then you become a Nazi.

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So I repeat my challenge to the good authors of OEN: please, if any of you feel capable of writing a deep analysis paper   on the topic   I had just explained, do that.     To jump start this effort I would like to refer to two sources:

  1. In the movie " Life is Beautiful'   there is a scene when Italians read from the new math textbook   ( actually a real one- MS)   for the second grade:


-Evert mentally disabled   person in Germany   costs about 30 marks a day.   There are about 300000 of those in the country. How much   money   annually   would   the   German nation save if   all those people were compassionately euthanized?'

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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