Saturday 23 September 2017

What US liberals can learn from the opposition to Hitler and Nazis

Like Mr Trump, Hitler took control of a democratic system in crisis. Establishment politicians on the left and the right were fighting over what seemed like mutually exclusive visions for the country’s future
Like Mr Trump, Hitler took control of a democratic system in crisis. Establishment politicians on the left and the right were fighting over what seemed like mutually exclusive visions for the country’s future

Noah Strote

The left in America is struggling to define a strategy of resistance against the radical agenda of new President Donald Trump and his cabinet.

Some are calling for the adoption of Tea Party-style tactics of total obstruction. Congressional Democrats seem to be taking a more pragmatic approach. Since the inauguration, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has pledged that his caucus is ready to work with the Trump administration on policies that align with Democratic values.

Twentieth-century German history provides a useful perspective. While comparisons between Mr Trump's America and Adolf Hitler's Germany should be made cautiously, we can learn something from the anti-Nazi resistance: The left should not only be fighting extreme measures coming from the regime but also peeling off conservatives to create an anti-Trump coalition.

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