Friday, December 2, 2016
Hate Mail - I'd Suggest He Try Reading Something Written After The War But That Would Be Pointless
Anyone who thinks William Shirer's Berlin Diary is "the definitive" book about the Third Reich, published before the American entry into the war, just as the genocide started with the disabled but before it continued to the Einsatzgruppen and then the industrialized death camps, before the fall of Nazism when their archives came into the hands of the allies, before the Nuremberg Trials, before the seven decades of subsequent research, including documentation of the entire period that wasn't available to an American reporter in the 1930s, mostly because most of the history of the worst crimes of the Nazis hadn't yet happened to be documented by him in that book, .... any such schmuck who thinks that book by Shirer or even his major work, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is "definitive" is too stupid to take advice on what else to read. Just one point, if Shirer's book is "definitive" the "definitive" account leaves out the Holocaust because it hadn't happened yet. Only, as we've seen so recently, Simps doesn't quite get how time works, that there is a past, a present and a future and they have to be considered in that order if causal relations are to be made.
My guess is someone assigned it to him when he was in highschool or college back in the 60s and it's the only book he ever read on the topic.
Shirer is hardly an exhaustive or even an objective resource on the history of the Nazis and their motives. I didn't have to take what he said on their theories of biological superiority and the desirability of them murdering those who they held to be "unfit" because the Nazis documented that, themselves. And the Darwinian pedigree of that idea is available in incontestable lines of transmission from Darwin, through Galton and Haeckel, to their students and students of their students, directly to the eugenicists in English and in German who cited Darwin as the inspiration of their ideas. Eugenics, itself, in its original English articulation with Francis Galton and its German language variant are thoroughly and obviously Darwinian. Darwin to Haeckel to Eugen Fischer to Adolph Hitler even as he was writing Mein Kampf is only one of the fully documented lines of the transmission of that. I could fully document others going through American eugenics, and have, here in dozens of fully documented posts. If William Shirer wasn't aware of that means nothing, the record is there and always will be as long as the human species can read. I know that Simps and his audience don't exactly lead to optimism that it always will be able to, but it still can now.
The cover-up that depended on the laziness of English speaking scribblers, quite often who lied out of nothing more elevated than ideological motives, and students who couldn't be bothered to look up that record is over. That half-century of cover-up is done, for good. Enough of it is available for free online in easily searchable documents and more is coming online all the time. That case proving the Darwinian pedigree of Nazi eugenics is proved beyond any rational denial. It was so clear in the pre-war period that Darwin's own son, Leonard, expressed his pride in his father's role in "turning German thinking" on such things "in the right direction" in 1939, mere months before the killing started. There is no one who has ever lied to try to distance Charles Darwin from the results of his own articulation of natural selection in eugenics, both English and German, who has the credibility of Darwin's own children to make that connection and every one of them who left any writing about that matter did make that connection, George Darwin, Francis Darwin, Horace Darwin and Leonard Darwin all did as did everyone I looked into who knew the man and spoke to him, including Ernst Haeckel. That record isn't going to get covered up, ever again.
Posted by The Thought Criminal at 11:45 AM