Repeating history: Happening now!
Was there another place and time in history where the masses were as terribly disappointed and distraught as Americas Middle Class and Working Class are today? Yes, look no further than post-World War I Italy and Germany.
Recall, Italy was on the winning side in World War I. Sixteen-percent of her soldiers lost their lives. Even so, the Treaty of Versailles did not reward Italy with the new colonial possessions Italy felt she was promised and deserved.
Italys farmers, factory workers, and small business owners (Deplorables) wanted a greater voice in how Italy was run. But the industrial Oligarchs and the Vatican dug in their well-polished heels against political and social reform.
Italian squadre dazione (action squads similar to BLM and Antifa) started burning, looting, and murdering each other until the former Socialist newspaper editor, Benito Mussolini and his Black Shirts wiped out all the factions that opposed Mussolinis new-found supporters: the industrial Oligarchs, the big landowners, and The Vatican.
Recall, Germany was on the losing side of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles dealt sternly with Germany, taking away some of its borderlands demanded war reparations and named Germany as the main cause of the war. Like the Italians, the Germans (wrongly) thought they had been treated unfairly.
And so, Germany, like Italy, became rife with rioting squads (again, BLM and Antifa come to mind) burning, looting, and murdering key opposition leaders. The "Good Germans" craved order so much that they were willing to capitulate to Hitlers promises of law and order (Ordnung) and vote Hitler and the Nazi Party into dictatorial power.
But, in order for Mussolinis Black Shirts and Hitlers Brown Shirts to complete their revolutions, it was necessary for their military and their police forces to stand aside and not interfere. Hitler bought off the German officer corps with promises of modernized equipment and more troops. Mussolini promised the Italian military better pay, better equipment, and operations designed to enlarge Italys holdings in Africa. Mussolini did not de-fund the Polica di Stato or the Carabinieri. Bribes of senior officials did the trick.
Now, fast forward to America in 2021 and we see history repeating itself. The far-Left captured the White House (by hook or crook), took control of the U.S. Senate, and held the House of Representatives. Except for the three conservative members, the U.S. Supreme Court went A.W.O.L.
But, capturing Capitol Hill, the White House and intimidating the Supreme Court still leaves their revolution incomplete. The final acts are what we infantry types call the Reorganization and Consolidation phase of their attack on representative government and Capitalism. Mopping up, you might say.
To make their revolution complete (just like post-World War I Germany and Italy), the American military must be purged of the "unwoke," and the police must be de-funded. Secretary of Defense Austin is directing the purge of officers and men who might not want to share a Woke-a-Cola with the "woke" Coastal Elites. The mayors of the leftist-controlled cities are de-funding their police.
But every revolution is followed by a counter-revolution. Most likely it will take place at the polls on Tuesday November 8, 2022. But, if not then, when?
Suggested reading: A Bold and Dangerous Family by Caroline Morehead, 2017. The Coming of the Third Reich, by Richard J. Evans, 2004.
©2021. William Hamilton.