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In Which Our Social Personality Is Created By The Thoughts of Other People

He Was Only One Man

by Alex Carnevale

Like most people, Hitler was a hypocrite. But at least he was one hell of a hypocrite.

If Hitler didn't exist, what would Alan Dershowitz do for fun?

Robert Proctor, who wrote an award-winning, widely esteemed book called "The Nazi War on Cancer points out that this organic food movement, the whole-grain bread operation, the war on cancer, the war on smoking, that these things were as fascist as death camps and yellow stars. They were as central to the ideology of Nazism as the extermination of the Jews. Now, that is not the same thing. And I want to be really clear about this: That is not the same thing as saying that banning smoking is as morally disgusting and reprehensible as trying to wipe out the Jewish people. You can say that something is as much part and parcel of an ideology and not say that it is as evil.

- Jonah Goldberg

This labour of the artist to discover a means of apprehending beneath matter and experience, beneath words, something different from their appearance, is of an exactly contrary nature to the operation in which pride, passion, intelligence and habit are constantly engaged within us when we spend our lives without self-communion, accumulating as though to hide our true impressions, the terminology for practical ends which we falsely call life. Proust

Hitler wasn't much of an artist:

Hitler's sense of humor:

According to the book by the last surviving member of his bunker, Hitler recounted how Mrs Goering found her husband waving a baton over his underwear in the bedroom and asked him what he was doing.

He replied: "I am promoting my underpants to OVERpants."

Hitler was a man who got pissed off and did something about it. Some people fall in love, some people have revenge fantasies.

"The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death,” Hitler explained to his aides. “A slow death has something comforting about it. The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science. Religion will have to make more and more concessions. Gradually the myths crumble. All that’s left is to prove that in nature there is no frontier between the organic and the inorganic.”

That's actually pretty good writing there mein Fuhrer.

If Hitler was alive today, he'd be like, "MoveOn.org: those guys got their shit together." Hitler's nom de plume on DailyKos would be "peacebanger." This is only our way of saying He is everywhere, but mostly in Rob Reiner.

Hitler did it all, including....ahem.

"He should have put a paper bag over his personality." - Hitler's dog, Blondi. Hitler didn't have any children. He felt they were annoying, so he got a dog.

He had a fiancée, Mimi Reiter in the 1920s, and later had a mistress, Eva Braun. He had a close bond with his half-niece Geli Raubal, which some commentators have claimed was sexual, though there is no evidence that proves this.

All three women attempted suicide (two succeeded), a fact that has led to speculation that Hitler may have had sexual fetishes, such as urolagnia, as was claimed by Otto Strasser, a political opponent of Hitler. Reiter, the only one to survive the Nazi regime, denied this. Some theorists have claimed that Hitler had a relationship with British fascist Unity Mitford. More recently Lothar Machtan has argued in his book, During the war and afterwards The Hidden Hitler, that Hitler was homosexual, while others argue that he was largely asexual.

more pics of hitler and blondi here

Whenever someone is saying, "I reeeeeallly want to get a dog," I think of Adolf Hitler.

He killed Blondi by testing out a cyanide capsule he would use on himself and Eva.

Hitler's tumblr would be reblogging central. People who reblogged him would be all like, "Heil, mein Führer!"

He said, "If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower." He said, "By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work," he said, and did not himself believe in the Lord.

Anti-semitism was Hitler's favorite thing. He was into anti-semitism like you people are into Obama. JK, we are all unknowing Obamacites. But if you were having a conversation, the Jews would just suddenly come up, as with Obama and everyone I and Pauline Kael knows. ("This sandwich tastes like a Jew" etc.)

Hatred and fear of Jewish people is the lowest condition of existence. It is the first words out of the mouths of our enemies, then and now.

Every time you see a group of people worshiping something, assume it's at the altar of some bad idea.

Nazi women have a rich history. When in doubt, get a hard drinkin' Nazi woman. Everyone loves to go German. It's wrong. It's bad. It's evil.

Hitler was a non-smoker and promoted aggressive anti-smoking campaigns throughout Germany. He reportedly promised a gold watch to any of his close associates who quit (and gave a few away). Several witness accounts relate that, immediately after his suicide was confirmed, many officers, aides, and secretaries in the Führerbunker lit cigarettes.

What makes people do evil things? It's amazing that he thought he was doing what was right. A young man killed his girlfriend and dismembered her body in their bathtub. He wrote a short note, went to the top of the building, and threw himself off it. On the way down, he hit a flagpole and his body separated into two pieces. What pleasure is in an act of evil? Must it feel deserved?

We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilisation will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the Great Germanic nation. Winston Churchill

The fact is that Hitler was beloved by his people — not the military, at least not in the beginning, but by the average Germans who pledged to him an affection, a tenderness and a fidelity that bordered on the irrational. Elie Wiesel

weird flickr debate over what happened to hitler

All these images of him and children. He's like a hypodermic needle. He probably invented AIDS.

hitler and mussolini

There is basically no end to how amusing I find this clip:


We have the greatest to fear from the cynics. Even in the most jaded of commentators there remains a miasma of hope. In the writings of Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and that guy from CounterPunch, we can see the weight of a cynicism that is one with death.

Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording until the gingers take over.


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Try explaining Hitler to a kid. George Carlin

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Reader Comments (6)

Liz Phair

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermats

Adolph Hitler = the man who ruined antisemitism for everyone. Asshole.

He creeps me out. And not even because of the holocaust. It's because he was unattractive and had a spooky mustache. I mean, look at Stalin. He was pretty fucking abhorrent and on a (you could argue) grander scale than Hitler, and what recognition does he get? Psha. I'm convinced it's because he suffered from Alec Baldwin syndrome where by he became more attractive as he got older therefore we have much less of a preoccupation with him. Hell, even my gramma concedes Stalin was a looker and it was him who was responsible for the abduction and killing of her sister back in the day.

I think if Hitler were a cartoon character he'd be Salad Fingers.

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

fascinating take on someone who everyone knows about and feels they know enough about, though the details beyond are very interesting as well.

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandy

[...] In Which Our Social Personality Is Created By The Thoughts of Other People [...]

Good call on Stalin, I never knew he was so handsome.

I feel a post coming on...

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralexcarnevale


June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Lambert

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