Barack Obama

Totalitarianism can come from right or left

Many articles warning that President Trump’s slogan of “America First” is comparable to Hitler’s “Deutschland Uber Alles” and the rise of National Socialism should give a thinking person pause to remember that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. However, the missing piece, I believe, may be to fail to remember the full history of the comparative period.

The rise of Hitler and National Socialism didn’t take place in a vacuum. It took place at a time in Germany — 1920s-1930s — as a reaction to the rise of Marxism (world-wide communism) causing many Germans to fear a Bolshevik-type revolutions similar to what occurred in Russia in 1917.

Thus, today in...