…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Not many people remember Nazi Party comrade Julius Streicher and his infamous and notorious newspaper Der Stürmer. The truth to tell I don’t remember him either – he was hanged after the first Nuremberg trial, before I was born. He died, but his modus operandi lives.
“Beginning in 1924, Streicher used Der Stürmer as a mouthpiece not only for general antisemitic attacks, but for calculated smear campaigns against specific Jews, such as the Nuremberg city official Julius Fleischmann, who worked for Streicher’s nemesis, mayor Hermann Luppe (de). Der Stürmer accused Fleischmann of stealing socks from his quartermaster during combat in World War I. Fleischmann sued Streicher and successfully disproved the allegations in court, where Streicher was fined 900 marks but the detailed testimony exposed other less-than-glorious details of Fleischmann’s record, and his reputation was badly damaged anyway. It was proof that Streicher’s unofficial motto for his tactics was correct: “Something always sticks.”
While I missed Der Stürmer, I recall the vile communist propaganda in Cominform Block media against Josip Broz, nom de guerre Tito, a Yugoslav (Croat) communist who upset Georgian communist Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, better know as Stalin. My later reading of the Third Reich history showed that the Communist propagandists left the Nazi ones behind.
Neither Donald Trump nor Pauline Hanson are my ideal politicians, though my ideal politician has not yet been born. Still, their political pot-pourri and personal peccadilloes aside, they seem to be logical products of the oppressive politically correct times. There are valid reasons to dislike and even oppose some of their ideas, which are sometimes clumsily expressed. However, the intelligent opposition is rare.
Instead, they are atacked dishonestly and personaly. Any two minutes search invariably shows that what is presented as a quatation is truncated, edited, taken out of context and often totally invented. Herr Streicher would be proud. I intended to write more, but many others, better qualified, finally started to wake up:
I do not see any i.e. any non-violent solution. The kids who used to get their jollies by tearing wings off flies, have now taken over the media. The decent people are powerless.