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If you'll allow me to dive into the psychology a bit, the root of a cult of personality is archetypal: the creation of an idealized persona that an ostensible leader must enter into and fulfill. A leader must appear in the world as (for lack of a better term) a kind of demigod, a larger-than-life human with superhuman capacities or characteristics, one who ...


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(This answer is predicated on the existence of a pathological idolization of a specific, coercive, leader, achieved through systematic, conscious state-level propaganda. Not on mere popular biases, justified or not, about a leader). In most other contexts than the de-Nazification process * in post-WW2 Germany, history books and Truth and Reconciliation ...


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Actually it is not correct to say that Hitler cult of personality ended. You are assuming that a cult of personality is only about creating a positive character, but a cult of personality is in modern times often used to define a character with strong traits. Those traits can be used later to contaminate the perception of anything simply by association with ...


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Hitler's cult of personality did not end with him killing himself. It ended during the process of denazification. This project included: Public trial and subsequent execution of Hitler's most important henchmen. (Nuremberg Trials) Removing Hitler imagery and other Nazi symbolism from public places. Removing Hitler loyalists from all key positions in the ...


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The Democrats were, initially the party of small farmers. They promoted policies that would suit farmers. In the South of the USA, farms ran on slave labour, so the Democrats were the party of slavery. At this time, the cities were relatively wealthy. There were various parties that opposed the Democrats on various issues but it was the Republican party: a ...


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The actual affair was of limited importance: Should a European Consortium be given preference to take over Westland Helicopters, or a US company. How far should the government intervene in a "strategic asset". The bigger picture is that of Cabinet discipline. The basic unwritten rule of Cabinet government is that you can argue your case in Cabinet, ...


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You could look at the wikipedia entry about the history of antisemitism. This is getting quite historical, but: About 2,000 years ago, the Roman emperor Hadrian scattered Jews from the lands of Israel into diaspora. There were Jewish minorities all over the former Roman empire, and later all over the world. Many Jews retained their religious identity, which ...


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Essentially, Herzl believed that Zionism and anti-Semitism had the same goal; to get the Jews out of Europe. Thus, Herzl thought that Zionists should befriend and cooperate with anti-Semites. Indeed, he executed on this strategy himself and spent many years touring Europe, enlisting the support of powerful anti-Semites for Zionism. Why did Herzl want anti-...


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The context is, unsurprisingly, Zionism. Through his own rejection by German elites, Herzl became convinced that battling anti-Semitism was pointless, since to a large part it was a reaction to the status of the Jewish diaspora (i.e. a people trying to ingratiate itself into different host countries). So his idea was that Jews should have their own state, ...


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There are many opinions here on what constitutes "history" and which historical events are relevant to today's geopolitics. Here's my opinion: Israel has the right to the land as per the UN resolution which created Israel, which is the most recent historical precedent defining ownership and control of that land. In that same resolution, they ...


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