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Feminism as a Model for
Understanding Fascism
Jules MacArthur
April 1, 2015
First, let me say that I will use the word understandable with no moral or ethical
value whatsoever. Second, enjoy the article.
When a group remains very influential for a long time, especially if it is a
minority of the population, there tends to be resistance.
The German Jews enjoyed a long period of freedom and prosperity from around
1850 until Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. A large number of high-ranking soldiers in
the First World War were Jewish, including the lieutenant Hugo Gutmann who gave
Hitler his Iron Cross for his bravery in the war. According to Nahum Goldmann, a
leading Zionist and the founder of the World Jewish Congress, the Jews grew to be
very influential between 1870 and 1933. (One piece of contrary, albeit anecdotal,
evidence is the case of Walter Rathenau, for whom it was in 1905 apparently still
difficult as a Jew to obtain higher positions of power, such as judgeship; as usual,
the sprawling nature of historical evidence makes it hard to find definitive proof of
German Jewish influence.)
The Jewish community made up only 0.75% of the German population, but appears
to have been quite influential.
Now, I repeat: when a group remains influential for a long time, especially if
it is a minority, there tends to be resistance. It is understandable why many
Germans disliked the Jews. Hitler and the National Socialists wanted to restore
the power balance by excluding Jews from positions of power and preventing them
from owning shops. (They also believed that a conspiracy of Jews and Communists
had led to the defeat of Germany and the acceptance of the unfair Versailles treaty,
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but that is firstly unlikely and secondly a topic for another discussion.)
The will then, to re-balance what I call the German influential sphere, becomes
even more understandable in light of recent political developments. On March
27, 2015, the Independent published the article “White men should never hold
elected positions in British universities again.” They later retracted the piece, but
nonetheless, this view is not far from the concept of positive discrimination. The
idea is that, since white men are over-represented in an elected group, women and
people of color should have an unfair advantage in the election. The Independent
article goes as far as to advocate the banning of white men.
For one last time, I repeat: when a group remains influential for a long time,
especially if a minority, there tends to be resistance. And white men aren’t even
a minority. How is banning Jews from parliament different from banning white
men from student unions?
With these ideas becoming ever more accepted, it is more understandable than ever
why Jews were persecuted in Germany. History likes to repeat itself, but for once,
it is the present which explains the past.

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