‘It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.’ – Robert Fulghum
“I remember I took a course in my first year of college and it was on political science and it was taught by a German gentleman who I found out later had been a soldier in the war and he was talking about the Nazis and showing us some films and I remember that there was a lot of snickering in the class. And it was a very ra ra period in our history here in America and some of the students were laughing at the naivete of the Germans and said “no one in our country would fall for some funny little guy with a mustache who talks so funny and gets red in the face”.
And our professor who had obviously lived through this before had an interesting comeback. He said “You’re right.” He said “You’re never going to have German Fascism in this country. Fascism ties itself to the national roots of the nation. It weaves itself through the myths of who a nation thinks they are and weds itself to them. Fascism worked in Germany because it was German Fascism” he said. If it’d ever happen in America it would be American Fascism. It would be wrapped up in our national heritage and in our national beliefs and John Wayne would be the demagogue president, not Adolf Hitler.” – Dan Carlin
This one-shot scene from the movie Atonement is better than the whole of the recent Dunkirk movie directed by Christopher Nolan.
H.L. Mencken said the following: ‘For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong’.
I think we can all relate to this.
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In November 2016, a clip from an episode of the 1950s western television series Trackdown was published to YouTube, along with the claim that it “predicted Donald Trump” by featuring a snake oil salesman character named “Trump” who claimed that only he could prevent the end of the world… by building a wall around the town: