Tag Archives: weimar republic

The beer-hall putsch, revisited

Not everybody remembers the early history of the Nazis. Hitler’s party had failed to achieve some of his goals. He and his Stormtroopers had gotten busted in September 1921 for attacking a meeting of the Bavaria Union, for which Hitler had gone to prison for a month. In short, he was on the radar of […]

Reliving the Weimar Republic

I wrote many months ago about the Weimar Republic and how and why it collapsed into fascism once conditions got bad enough. Remember? Bad stuff happening now that Trump has unleashed all his ugly hate in his choices for the people to staff his new administration. Not surprising. I’m amazed that it took everyone so […]

Social Security in the cross-hairs for both parties

It’s that time once again to have the GOP threaten to shut down the government. We’ve run up against the debt ceiling and now need to have the ceiling moved up (something that used to pass without much notice during the W years). But the ‘Freedom Caucus’ is in charge and they’re anxious to risk […]

The search for a man on horseback

Noam Chomsky has just crossed a Rubicon. In a recent interview with Chris Hedges, Chomsky lays out his fears for the US and what is happening here: “I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime,” Chomsky added. “I am old enough to remember the 1930s. My whole family was unemployed. There were far […]

Does the Tea Party WANT a default?

(warning–conspiracy theory ahead) I’ve been watching the clownies in DC dance the debt ceiling dance. What supposedly started as a fight over Obamacare (which more properly should be called ‘Romneycare‘ or even ‘Heritage Foundation care‘) has now morphed into a battle over government size. The Tea Party types, spurred on by ideologues with lots of […]