Tuesday, December 9, 2008

And the Nobel Prize for stupid goes to ...

... Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.

'The Internet could have stopped Hitler'. WTF? Yeah, it's safe to assume that, because it's been so fantastically effective in stopping George W Bush, Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong-Il, Omar al-Bashir, king Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, Pervez Musharraf, Islam Karimov, etc. Boy, we sure got rid of those guys quickly. Our almighty ridicule ran them out of town.

News flash, mister clever book writing man: Adolf Hitler was really popular. Really, really popular. Most people thought he was great. Who exactly do you figure would have listened so eagerly to all this mocking that would have flooded the information superhighway? Oh wait, I know - people who already didn't like him?? Wow, what an achievement that would have been. 'THIS JUST IN: Democrats Comprise Main Fan Base of The Daily Show'. Wow!

'The Internet could have stopped Hitler.' Yeah, or did you think about this: maybe he would have put a stop to it. >:-(

My inevitable conclusion has to be the following: if you're a writer capable of writing books that impress the Swedish Academy, then you're probably too intelligent to function properly in the real world. Do the rest of us a favor and just stay in your ivory towers.


Margo said...

LOL I like your rants.

Paz said...

I agree love the rants, surprising that some people can breathe on their own.
When I was in college an Economics lecturer said 'Hitler had the right ideas on how to restart the economy, he went a mad in the end though'

The Cog said...

Here, here! So well said!

DES said...

He did have the right ideas on how to restart the economy after the collapse of the Weimar republic. He turned an essentially bankrupt Germany into an economic and industrial superpower in less than ten years. However, I wouldn't say he “went mad in the end”: I'd say he was mad all along, just not about economy.

Leisha is absolutely right that he was well liked in most western countries, except possibly those that shared a border with Germany, up until 1939 or close to it. Eugenics and social darwinism were popular theories throughout the western world, and antisemitism was rampant, so Hitler's theories and policies in those areas were not particularly shocking to his contemporaries.

Paz said...

just to highlight that I did state that an Economics lecturer was the fan of Hitler, there was a jewish guy in the class that was furious when the lecturer said that Hitler 'went a bit mad in the end'
On the Eugenics side England had a well developed policy's in place before Germany and America were making plans along those lines

Margo said...

I'm Jewish, and I agree with the Jewish guy in your class. Hitler may or may not have been an expert in economics, he may or may not have been well liked, but to say that he "went a bit mad in the end" makes it sound like he started throwing tantrums or yelling at the servants when they were too slow. That is a gross understatement of what actually happened. My grandparents' were forced to watch their entire families, their entire villages, nearly every single person they knew, be tortured and die a cruel, hard death, and your professor calls it "a bit mad in the end"?! That is blatantly wrong. I don't know if there is a word that could describe the things that my grandparents have told me about what they saw, or what I have heard from other survivors, of the horrors that went on under Hitler command and instruction. One thing I do know is that "a bit mad" doesn't even come close.

Paz said...

just to be clear I agreed with him (the jewish guy), I was just highlighting what Leisha had written about even today Hitler would have his supporters in many countries. Genocide and Democide are going on today as we speak and no matter what is blogged about it or written on the internet it still happens!

Margo said...

Ah, so we agree :)

Leisha Camden said...

Wow, great comments. :-)

My thoughts: I actually think Hitler had the wrong idea on restarting the economy - on that too! - because although he did get it back on its feet, it would only have been a matter of time before it collapsed again. He geared pretty much the entire German economy towards war, which meant that sooner or later they'd have needed something else to take over as the 'engine' in the economy ... and I really don't think he'd thought that far ahead.

Maybe he figured he'd be dead by then anyway, so let's leave that worry to someone else.

Ideologically, Hitler brought nothing new to the table. Nothing whatsoever. He just scored big on his personal charisma and preaching to the choir. Which is kind of actually the really scary thing.