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The Capitol Riot And The Reichstag Fire: American Leftists And Nazis

By Rod Thomson

The history of the Reichstag fire and how it was used by the early German Nazis to crack down on their primary political opponents, German Communists, is eerily illustrative of the Capitol riot and following days.

The Reichstag was the building in which the German Diet, it’s parliament or Congress at the time, met before World War II. It was the Capitol building equivalent.

In 1933, as the Nazis were trying to consolidate their power, a fire destroyed a large part of the building. It was just the work of a handful of provocateurs, or possibly just one Dutchman. But the Nazis seized the opportunity and immediately began suspending civil liberties and cracking down on the German Communists.

The Reichstag fire and crackdown on political opponents was just weeks after Adolf Hitler won election as Chancellor of Germany. The Capitol riot and crackdown on political opponents was just weeks after Democrats won elections controlling Washington.

The Nazis did not crack down on the Communists in response to the fire. They had been wanting to eliminate the Communist voices for a while and they seized the Reichstag fire as the opportunity to do it.

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As Wikipedia rightly explains: “The Nazi Party used the fire as a pretext to claim that communists were plotting against the German government, which made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.” 

FYI, turned out that the Nazi claim that the Communists were plotting against the German government was a lie. But truth doesn’t matter when an opportunity presents itself. This maxim was explained by Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, who, during the Great Recession in 2008, said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

The American left in the media and Silicon tech oligarchs have been wanting to silence conservatives and Trump supporters for years now. They had slowly been banning the right from media platforms. There are very few token conservatives in mainstream news pages, and virtually no Trump supporters among hundreds and hundreds of opinionators. Monolithic. Social media had been de-platforming the outside edges of the movement and shadowbanning many who are in the mainstream of the right. It was a slow strangle.

But the Capitol riots presented the Reichstag opportunity to go for the jugular, starting with the stunning cutting off of the President of the United States from directly communicating with Americans, followed by deleting dozens of right-wing accounts and culminating with the complete take down of Parler. There is no way to believe this was not coordinated among the tech oligarchs who had to know they would be free to do so with Democrats in control now.

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The speed and coordination of this silencing by the American left would have been appreciated by the Nazis, though of course they would have gone further with violence.

In a short time after the Reichstag, the Communists were destroyed as a Nazi political opponent — killed, imprisoned or fleeing. Few on the American left advocate violence at this point, but silencing political opposition has been a necessary step of every authoritarian takeover.

The authoritarianism of the American left is on full marching display. Anyone who cannot see it simply does not want to, or is part of it. The left crushes dissent on religion, Trump support, election questioning, mis-gendering, support for Israel, immigration, and so on. They want to control and limit Americans’ most basic freedoms, and it appears they now have the means to.

When Germany, France, Norway, Australia, Mexico and the Russian opposition all condemn the social media silencing of the United States President and worry about their own free speech violating the whims of Silicon tech oligarchs, you know American Democrats are out of touch with basic American liberties. The deadly wrong side of history.

Those who are merely concerned about this moment, are not awake. If you are not angry and frightened, you are not awake. As the good German who was not a Nazi but looked away as things devolved, and the good Russian who was not a Stalinist, but looked the other way, there are too many good Americans looking the other way.

History will repeat itself in some fashion if we don’t see this dire threat. It already is under way.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Parler and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook.


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9 replies on “The Capitol Riot And The Reichstag Fire: American Leftists And Nazis”

> FYI, turned out that the Nazi claim that the Communists were plotting against the German government was a lie. But truth doesn’t matter

Communists had seized Bavaria, but they weren’t trying to take Germany. lol

Truth does matter, but not on this website.

Rod was referring specifically to the Reichstag fire, and it is highly unlikely that the Communists–at large–set that. In all likelihood it was a false flag operation. With the murder of Ernst Rohm, Hitler showed early on that he was quite willing to kill anyone who got in his way.

One interesting theory is that Hitler was worried that Rohm was going to blow the whistle on the rampant homosexuality within the Nazi hierarchy. See: The Pink Swastika. https://electrodes.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/the_pink_swastika_lively__abrams_1995_4th_edition.pdf

The irony is that there were few philosophical differences between the Nazis (National Socialists) and the Communists.

And rod is correct. You seem to miss the point of the entire piece.

In 50 years, 2020 will be the first of the series on the History Channel, assuming The History Channel content is not also censored.

Spot on! Excellent article. DC today looks like a scene out of “the Hunger Games” with authoritarianism on full display. I think you underestimate the left’s thirst for violence however.

During the American Revolution it was when the British Redcoats came to seize the colonists guns and other Military equipment is when it became open season on the British Oppressors, the battles of Trenton and Concord were a response by Colonists to the British Oppressors coming to seize their guns. We are close to War now. IMHO the Leftist Oppressors have already crossed the line when they stole the Election before the Whole World and disenfranchised all of us. This is way worse than taxation without representation. This is the Plain Truth. We must admit this, stop walking in denial. What happened is not a small thing….it is HUGE. In an age of Universal Deceit, telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act.

I must make a correction due to my imperfect memory of the names of the Battles I referred to.
It was the Battles of Lexington and Concord I was referring to. Look at the Ammo situation in the USA. Looks like Our Oppressors have gotten the Ammo this time. Pretty heavy situation.

“Those who are merely concerned about this moment, are not awake. If you are not angry and frightened, you are not awake. As the good German who was not a Nazi but looked away as things devolved, and the good Russian who was not a Stalinist, but looked the other way, there are too many good Americans looking the other way.” Mr. Thomson you have articulated exactly my fears (Being a son of European Jews who fought in WW II). You also have echoed two great essays by Dennis Prager – “The Good German” and a follow-up called, “The Good American” both were published by Town Hall. I will be referencing this article.

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