They Thought They Were Free

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Joshua Styles

“The men and women of Germany in the 1930s and 40s were not unlike Americans in the 2010s and 20s — or the people of any nation at any time throughout history. They are human, just as we are human. And as humans, we have a great tendency to harshly judge the evils of other societies but fail to recognize our own moral failures …. If we can truly understand the parallels between our response to covid and the situation in Hitler’s Germany, if we can see what lies at the end of ‘two weeks to flatten the curve,’ perhaps we can prevent the greatest atrocities from being fully realized in our own day. But to stop our bent toward tyranny, we must first be willing to grapple with the darkest parts of our nature, including our tendency to dehumanize others and to treat our neighbors as enemies.” (07/28/22)

https://brownstone.org/articles/they-thought-they-were-free/