Hitler & Trump: "The Great Man" Theory Debunked

Authored by Gerold via GeroldBlog.com,

We’re told that great leaders make history. Like so much of what we are taught, that’s a load of bunk. Yes, great leaders make it into the history books, but they do not make history. You make history. I make history. All we dirt people together make history. Government-run schools don’t teach us this because it makes us easier to control.

The “Great Man Theory” [Link] tells us that history can be largely explained by the impact of great leaders. This theory was popularized in the 1800’s by the historian and social commentator Thomas Carlyle  [Link] The Great Man Theory downplays the importance of economic and practical explanations. It is an appealing theory because its simplicity offers the path of least resistance. That should ring an alarm.

Herbert Spencer [Link] forcefully disagreed with the “Great Man Theory.” He believed that great leaders were merely products of their social environment. “Before he can remake his society, his society must make him.” Tolstoy went so far as to call great leaders “history’s slaves.” However, this middle ground still misses the mark.

At the other extreme is “history from below” [Link] aka ‘the people’s history.’ “History from below” takes the perspective of common people rather than leaders. It emphasizes the daily life of ordinary people that develop opinions and trends” as opposed to great people introducing ideas or initiating events.” Unfortunately, this too is only half the equation, and it is no surprise that it appeals to Leftist and Marxist agendas.

Having studied politics and history ever since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, I determined that although history is partly the environments and individuals shaping each other reciprocally, it is more than that. It is you and I who make history with every decision we make, every dollar we spend, everything we learn, every vote we cast and every opinion we voice. It’s even what we don’t do. It is mostly organic and cannot easily be explained in a simple, linear fashion the way the aforementioned political philosophers tried.

Great leaders are merely the right person at the right time and place. However, they do not lead so much as follow from the front. They stick their finger in the air to see which way the wind blows. They may be brutes, bullies or demagogues, but they are sensitive enough to understand the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times and so, they adjust their message accordingly.

That is one reason Jimmy Carter was a failed President. He was a nice guy, but he did not get an accurate reading of the times. Instead, he acted on the wishful thinking that is characteristic of liberals.

One of the significant shortcomings of many political philosophers is their ignorance of human nature. That is why Collectivism in all its forms appeals to the downtrodden. “Share and share alike” is a beautiful ideal so long as you get other people’s stuff, but the flip side of the coin is not quite so appealing.

I heard a radio interview with a self-avowed Communist:

“So do you believe in ‘share and share alike?”

“Yes, I do.”

“And, if you had more than one house, you’d give them away and keep just one for yourself?”

“Yes. I would.”

“And, if you had more than one vehicle, you’d give them away and keep just one for yourself?”

“Yes, I would.”

“And, if you had more than one shirt …”

“Whoa, wait a minute! I have more than one shirt.”

I can’t remember the rest of the interview as I was laughing too hard.

The Great Man Theory is one extreme, its critics are somewhere in the middle and ‘the history of the people’ is at the other end of the spectrum. Despite this, we are still fascinated by great leaders. That is human nature. Whether we are slaves at heart, or lack self-confidence or some other explanation is endlessly debatable. However, the fact remains that we are fascinated by great leaders and our inability to understand them further disproves the accepted theories.

Adolph Hitler is the ultimate example of our fascination with a great man. According to Alex Ross’s “The Hitler Vortex,” [Link] tens of thousands of books have been written about Hitler. “Books have been written about Hitler’s youth, his years in Vienna and Munich, his service in the First World War, his assumption of power, his library, his taste in art, his love of film, his relations with women, and his predilections in interior design (‘Hitler at Home’).”

Tens of thousands of books failed to explain Hitler. Ross, too, does no better when he writes, “What set Hitler apart from most authoritarian figures in history was his conception of himself as an artist-genius who used politics as his métier. It is a mistake to call him a failed artist; for him, politics and war were a continuation of art by other means.”  WTF? Are we to believe Hitler was simply an artist who used the world as his canvas? Equally pointless is the notion that, “Hitler debased the Romantic cult of genius to incarnate himself as a transcendent leader hovering above the fray.”

Although he was a brilliant orator, Hitler’s failures are too innumerable to list.  [Link] He was certainly a failure as a painter and his General staff considered him an incompetent military strategist (fortunately for the Allies.) However, Hitler was merely the right man at the right time and place to achieve power. As Ross explains, Hitler was, “the result of a large protest movement colliding with complex patterns of elite self-interest, in a culture increasingly prone to aggressive mythmaking and irrationality.”  That sounds all too close to home, doesn’t it?

Enter Donald Trump; the right man at the right time and place. He’s a brute, a bully, and a demagogue, but he understands the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times and he adjusts his message to appeal to his base.

I have known many bullies; on the playground and in the boardroom. A bully may achieve short-term gain, but for long-term pain. It is very easy to destroy corporate culture, but extremely difficult, if not impossible, to mend a toxic workplace after the bully was dismissed. Now, extrapolate this to the world under Donald Trump.

John Feeley is the former U.S. Ambassador to Panama portrayed in The New Yorker magazine article “The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration.” [Link] After his first meeting with Trump, he wrote that Trump “saw every unknown person as a threat and that his first instinct was to annihilate that threat. ‘He’s like a velociraptor. He has to be boss, and if you don’t show him deference he kills you.'” 

Feeley fears that “the country was embracing an attitude that was profoundly inimical to diplomacy … ‘If we do that … we will become weaker and less prosperous.’” He is correct in that regard. China is building a large, new embassy at the mouth of the Panama Canal visible to every ship “as they enter a waterway that once symbolized the global influence of the United States.”

Feeley is also correct in warning that the Trump administration’s gutting the diplomatic corps will have negative repercussions. Throughout Latin America, leftist leaders are in retreat, and popular movements reject corrupt governance. Yet, Amerika is losing “the greatest opportunity to recoup the moral high ground that we have had in decades.” Instead, the U.S. is abandoning the region to China. Feeley calls it “a self-inflicted Pearl Harbor.”

China is replacing U.S. influence in Latin America and Chinese banks “provided more than a hundred and fifty billion dollars in loan commitments to the region … In less than two decades, trade between China and Latin America has increased twenty-seven-fold.”  Although that began long before Trump, “We’re not just walking off the field. We’re taking the ball and throwing a finger at the rest of the world.”

Feeley says that he felt betrayed by what he regarded as “the traditional core values of the United States.”  Sorry, Feeley, but Amerika lost its core values long before Trump was elected. Trump is not the cause; he is the symptom, the result of the declining Amerikan Empire.

Hunters know that one of the most dangerous animals is a wounded one. The same is correct about failing empires because they are a danger not only to others but to their own citizens as well. The elites are running out the clock in order to loot as much as they can before it hits the fan.

We dirt people will continue to suffer from stagnant wage growth while the so-called increase in national wealth goes to a tiny minority. [link]

Moreover, nobody wins a trade war that raises consumer prices even if Trump eventually triumphs.

The economy staggers under the weight of phony wars, fake finances, fake GDP, fake CPI, fake employment, fake pensions and fake everything. [Link] The national debt increases $1 trillion every year, consumer debt is at an all-time high [Link] while the tax cuts benefit only the ultra-wealthy. Also, the fake news tells us everything is wonderful. Don’t believe it. “If everything is so awesome, why are Americans drinking themselves to death in record numbers?” [Link]

It is said that every few generations, money returns to its rightful owners. That is what’s happening now.

Amerika emerged relatively unscathed from the Second World War whereas many other countries were bombed back into the Stone Age. The Marshal Plan helped rebuild countries that were to become both America’s future customers and its competitors. Amerika’s busy factories transformed from war production to consumer goods, the demand for which was created by “the Father of Spin” Edward Bernays’ marketing propaganda. [Link]

As well, the U.S. stole the gold that the Nazis had stolen from others, [Link]  and that wealth in addition to robust, productive capacity temporarily propelled the U.S. far ahead of other nations. However, it would not last. Eventually, the undeserved prosperity of the 1950’s and ‘60’s began to run out of steam as other nations rebuilt and competed with the U.S. President Nixon defaulting on the dollar in 1971 by “closing the gold window” signaled the end of Amerika’s good times. The subsequent debt creation now unconstricted by a gold basis helped to cushion the blow for several decades, but wealth was now flowing to Asia along with factory jobs.

For 5,000 years, China was a world superpower with only a short, two-century hiatus that is now ending as China again emerges as an economic superpower. Such a massive shift in wealth cannot be attributed to either leadership or the people below. It is a painful reversion to the mean. All the finger-pointing and wailing and gnashing of teeth … not even bombastic Trump and his tariffs can stem the tide and make Amerika great again as money continues to flow back to its rightful owners.

The USA is a declining, bankrupt, warmongering police state and most of its indoctrinated citizens think they live in a free, peaceful country.

China is a corrupt police state, but most of its citizens know it.

We have met the enemy, and he is us. The future awaits.

Comments

Shadow1275 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:21 Permalink

The National Socialist Workers Party:

 

1. Implemented Health care

 

2. Outlawed firearms

 

3. Froze Wages

 

4. Focused on government work projects

 

5. Implemented controls on Free Speech

 

6. Focused on violence through brownshirt stormtroopers who beat up any who disagreed

 

7. Had an intelligence service which focused on crushing dissent and spying on its own people

 

8. Placed more power in the central government and state then any Nation before it.

 

All of the above are things proposed or carried out by leftists. It is almost as if the true parties espoused by people are those who support individualism and those who support collectivism. Spoiler alert for the Leftist retards: Power corrupts and Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Your Statist Sanders Utopia will never come to fruition. The "Kind Socialist Politicians" will sell you out to the elite in a heartbeat. All you are doing is focusing the power of your society into one single glass for the Elite to sip as they assfuck you into oblivion, Death toll of all of these Statist Nations, IE Imperial Japan, Soviet Union, Communist China, the People's "Republic" of Korea, etc is over 200,000,000 and counting.

 

How is it that the acronym NAZI Literally has the word SOCIALIST in it and people still think they were right wing??? Why is this such a hard concept to grasp for the average individual? 

.....And how is Trump like Hitler exactly???????

Free Man Richard Chesler Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:38 Permalink

There is Hitler with the mythological & impossible '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' and there is Hitler without the mythological ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’.

The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Only liars demand censorship.

The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds.
See the 'holocaust' scam debunked here: http://codoh.com
No name calling, level playing field debate here: http://forum.codoh.com

 

 

 

 

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css1971 jin187 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:38 Permalink

Hitler was an SJW.

He thought that Jews were behind the international banking system which had destroyed his country.

When you read the NSDAP policies, the social part of it reads like any socialist party you care to mention, and that's where the zealotry and willingness to kill people for the common good come from.

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DownWithYogaPants css1971 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:59 Permalink

Uh. The Jews do run the international banking system. DUH!

That is to say the sociopathic / psychopathic jews.

Lots of very good Jews out there.  But I believe one of the requirements of working at private central banking levels is that you check your soul at the door before you are given your ID tag.  That applies to Jew and Gentile or otherwise alike.

PS: This article was overly wordy and not particularly useful.  

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nmewn css1971 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:16 Permalink

"When you read the NSDAP policies, the social part of it reads like any socialist party you care to mention..."

Thank you, now I can stop having those endless arguments with complete fucking morons trying to point out to idiots (but I repeat myself) that the nazis were/are in fact...SOCIALISTS...and it also makes me aware of their lack of understanding that when I say "I am to the right of Hitler." they have completely misinterpreted me as any communist would, I suppose.

Anyone who is NOT a socialist would naturally be to the right of Hitler ;-)  

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nmewn smacker Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:56 Permalink

It's a tough slog sometimes smacker, the socialists/communists of Europe have done a pretty damned good job of brainwashing most people to think that the nazis were on the right of center.

The actual way to look at it (starting left to right) is...communism, national-socialism...then that vast vacillating middle ground then...us and true lassiere faire capitalism.

It should be noted here that those way over there <<< on that other side of this scale, the left side, are always the ones who constantly seek to regulate, intimidate, confiscate and pick the winners & losers in all societies by simply being the authoritarian dickheads they are ;-)

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nmewn sarcrilege Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:20 Permalink

Yes. 

Communism/socialism has always sought total world domination, whether via "armed struggle" or the creeping cancer of adopting conciliatory tones as cover to implement it. 

The problem they have now with implementing it is, people are not, never have been nor ever will be angels in this world. The leaders in these world "super agencies" and organizations (whatever their structure or charter, WHO, UN, IMF pick any) have proven time & time again they DO NOT have the ability to police themselves and most of the common people of the world can see this when they have access to the information. Whether its them globe trotting around the world, limos, jets, caviar, champagne or regular old connected cronyism for personal profit while the average people suffer eating rice and corn under the thumb of despots. 

They can try and sell it to the people or structure it in anyway they like but at the end of the day a captured compensation committee of any government agency (think corporation) is still going to compensate itself and the board of directors as highly as it possibly can.

They really do believe they are special snowflakes ;-) 

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Jessica6 nmewn Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

They think because private companies so much as existed that the Nazis could not be socialist. That they were capitalist. Even though the bulk of their sudden wealth came not from central planning and shovel ready projects but by outright theft. And of course anything nationalist is automatically "right" wing. They also like to forget that billionaires and the landed gentry love socialism since the middle class - the only threat to their life of decadence - is who pays for all these giveaways to the lower classes.

 

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nmewn Jessica6 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

"They think because private companies so much as existed that the Nazis could not be socialist."

Exactly right Jessica, it's just another attempt to disguise the real-world aspects of socialism. If a company has to seek permission from the state to alter it's business model, is told what to produce, when to produce it, in what quantities, how much profit it was allowed or even to exist at all, one is observing a socialist state. 

All of those things existed under national socialism, something socialists either blithely overlook or yell SQUIRREL! to make you look away. 

The Nazis, the Fascists, the Communists...all on the left. Hell, Mussolini even ran the Avanti! (meaning Forward!...fucking lol!!!) which was the official Italian Socialist Party news outlet. 

So yeah, they can obfuscate, lie outright, try to split hairs or do whatever else they want but socialists will never be able to disassociate themselves from Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot or Hitler because they were all on the left side of the scale and so are they ;-)

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smacker css1971 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

Yes, agreed. There's a YT video available called "Judaism Declares War on Germany", which goes back to the 1930s and was what caused Hitler to turn against the joos.

Other fascists (notably Mussolini) did not have that problem and was actually surrounded by joo advisors in his gov.

35% (per BBC) of Italian joos joined Mussolini's fascist partu when he started it.

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jin187 Richard Chesler Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:04 Permalink

Tell me, how are you Nazis any better than the libtards that blame everyone else, and always want someone else to suffer for their problems?

BTW, are you saying that Hitler did indeed try to kill the Jews, and failed?  I thought the holocaust was a lie, and all the Jews were sitting in Bermuda the whole time sipping mojitos.  You guys need to keep your lies straight, if you want anyone other than trailer trash to believe them.

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DownWithYogaPants jin187 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

The holocaust as portrayed does indeed appear to be propaganda.  AKA a lie.  Please do not bring this level of ignorance to the comment section.  Anyone who has given it more than a cursory glance realizes what's happening.

This is not to diminish the 300000 lives lost by Jews in work camps.  It is not to diminish the 60 million lives lost under Stalin.  Oohh but no one talks about those lives because they were lost under the rule of the Jewish Bolsheviks.  Pay no attention to that.

There is adequate suffering to go around.  Don't be a douche bag and replay the propaganda lines of our Neocon / Ziocon overloards.

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HopefulCynical smacker Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

Both of those murderers were surrounded by Jewish communist advisers - including Jewish bankers. So riddle me this, Batman: Why would Jewish banking types be conjoined with communism, as they were when they dumped gold in Trotsky's lap, as they were when they helped Mao and Pol Pot create their murderous regimes?

As they were when Rothschild bankrolled Marx himself?

Oy vey! Maybe communism, being at heart a deceitful mechanism for a small group to capture total control of the masses, fits perfectly into long-held Jew supremacist dreams of world domination?

Say it ain't so, Schlomo!

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smacker HopefulCynical Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:39 Permalink

It is so and you hit the nail on the head.

Communism was just a mechanism of grabbing totalitarian power for the elite few. Everything else was same old same old lies and propaganda to fool the masses.

Since those heady days, the commies have learned that fascism makes the power-grab even better because the corporate are actually better at making money than state apparatchiks.

Communism & fascism are close comrades.

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sarcrilege Richard Chesler Fri, 08/10/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

Let me redpill you Chesler.  Hitler was (((their))) water boy.  You are confusing the rank and file Jews with the Jewish cabalist/talmudic/luciferian  hofjuden who financed Hitler and threw jewry under the bus in order to incite massive exodus to create Israhell on stolen palestinian land, the new center of zionist world order which was going to mutate into a world totalitarian (((communism))).

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Jessica6 sarcrilege Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

David Icke is the only known figure I know of who makes that distinction. My own experience (I grew up around a lot of Jewish people) is that he is absolutely right, as are you. If Israel were really an outcome of the holocaust (interesting word choice by the way) then the national language would be Yiddish not Hebrew. Just as the ultra-wealthy in England always put the screws to the middle class (they can't all be still Normans after 1000 years) and the German aristocracy with their serfs. 

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HopefulCynical Jessica6 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

You're both correct, in essence. Here's the problem:

A radical Muslim wants to behead you.

A moderate Muslim...wants a radical Muslim to behead you.

We see the same basic problem with the Jews as a whole. The Jews who aren't actively part of the globalist cabal, to the extent they're aware of that cabal, have no problem with them plundering us goyim and plotting to rule the world against its will, because MUH TRIBE.

Getting the majority of Jews to renounce the Jew globalists will prove as difficult, if not moreso, than getting the majority of Muslims to renounce the jihadists.

And you know I'm right about this - but hey, downvote away...

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headless blogger Richard Chesler Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:07 Permalink

He went about the "Jewish problem" the wrong way. Germany was collectively punishing an entire ethnic group for damage by a minority of "Jewish Elites".

It's like calling out the evil of African slavery in the USA, and then punishing all whites for it. Collective punishment is basically a tool for the Elites of any power structure to use as their means to wipe entire groups off the map. Right after 9/11 the USA media was basically demonizing Muslims. Once the War machine was in full productive killing mode and the invasions commenced, they reverted back to demonizing whites for their attitudes towards Muslims.....which the Media had started to begin with.

 

 

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Stuto Shadow1275 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:48 Permalink

In response to the slave conditions of reparation from WW1. WW1+2 were the same war. Brown shirt were joined by the communists at the time - Called meat - brown on the outside and red on the inside. What you gonna do when they come for you - public service communists that are fully armed with Obamer. Remember the ammunition shortage.... to government agencies....

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