It was less than two months ago when Thomas Perkins, billionaire watch-owner and Death-Yacht Race 1996 winner, fretted in the Wall Street Journal that America was one Google bus away from going Full Metal Kristallnacht on the 1%’s asses. The cause of his distress was because someone threw a brick at a nerd-laden Google bus during an anti-gentrification rally (first shot of Kristallnacht) and also because someone complained about the hedges around his ex-wife’s house; his ex-wife being housewife fap-book scribbler Danielle Steele. In this go-around, Steele’s hedges will be playing the part of the Reichstag fire.
Of such things, rabid nationalism, with its belief that a superior race of people has a right to purge society of undesirable or inferior elements, is born.
Now that the left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers of New York City have installed strong man Bill de Blasio at the helm, in place of amiable man-of-the-people huggy-bear Michael Bloomberg, rich guys everywhere are in a panic because the peasants are revolting, and not in “those people are gross” kind of way.
Sleepless nights abound, as billionaires await the sound of jack-boots kicking down their doors and dragging them out of their gated communities and into concentration camps, which are like gated communities but without really nice golf courses and private docks.
Our latest entrant in The Godwin-ing Of The Zeitgeist is Home Depot founder and billionaire guy Ken Langone, who sees a bad moon rising instead of an opportunity to increase pitchfork (aisle seven) and tiki-torch (aisle thirteen) sales.
Speaking of this zany populism craze, he said:
“I hope it’s not working. Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”
In a word: oy.
As Kurt Eichenwald wrote in Vanity Fair, stop already with the Nazi this and the Nazi that:
It is hard to fully comprehend the magnitude of the Nazi death camps and their impact on the lives of untold millions. But, even so, there are a few things I can say for certain: the Nazis, and the Holocaust they brought were nothing like Obamacare. Or the national debt. Or political correctness. Or criticism of economic inequality. Or the Tea Party. Or the Internal Revenue Service. Or the Obama administration. Or the Bush administration. Or any of the other masses of infinitesimal flotsam spewed up in self-pitying and hysterical analogies by vulgarians with more mouth than brain.
And, damn it, how dare so many of you politicians and political commentators and entertainers spit on the ashes of the earth containing the bodies of millions of the slaughtered, by making such asinine comparisons. How dare you belittle unspeakable suffering, how dare you brush aside the emotional torment of survivors, how dare you feed into the Holocaust denialism by pretending that some difference in political opinions is just as bad as the literal torture and destruction of millions of families.
As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, the day has got to come when one of these guys is dropping the Hitler-bomb and Adolph Hitler his own bad self is going to step out of the wings, Marshall McLuhan-style, and say, “I heard what you were saying. You know nothing of my work.”
I’d even welcome Hitler back for that. Maybe even buy him a beer…
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