Next up on Memory Lane Monday we’ve got Hitler, the original emo. Needy, moody and desperate for attention, Adolf was arguably the first emo on the block minus his hipster love of Wagner.
Side note: Unfortunately, Hitler wasn’t much of a tea-time anglophile. All of these quotes, as in the case of our other dictator segments are English translations, and as with all translations they lose a little something something from the original. Just keep that in mind.
Alright, without further ado here are a few of Adolf’s top quote hits:
A fan of Edward Bernays (after all what dictator douche isn’t?) Hitler always had quite a lot to say about propaganda.
“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
Hmm…Something about Homer Simpson and Cass Sunstein?
“As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid.”
Heat is a sign of global warming. Snow is a sign of global warming. A beautiful day? That’s global warming.
“The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.”
Of course, tanks don’t hurt either.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
The greater good and shared sacrifice, right?
“I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.”
Honesty, as in the current case of the Golden Dawn Party, in general wasn’t all that big of a deal for the National Socialists.
“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
“It is not the truth that matters, but victory.”
“Hate is more lasting than dislike.”
“He alone who owns the youth gains the future.”
In a comment eerily similar to comedian Dave Chappelle’s first day of school, Hitler also said, “Anyone who see and paints a sky green and field blue ought to be sterilized.”
“Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.”
Wow, it’s the war of the future today!
Let’s end this Monday with a few snippets from favored tunes of the Hitler youth:
We are the joyous Hitler youth./ We do not need any Christian virtue./ Our leader is our savior.
Then there’s this MSNBC like ode:
Forward! Forward! The fanfares sound./ Forward! Forward! Youth knows not dangers!/ Germany, you will stand shining!/ Even if we perish./ No matter how high the goal youth will achieve it!