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He desperately wanted to lead his modern democratic nation.

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‘He Promised to Make His Country Strong Again’—Berry Craig

Most people laughed him off as a crank and a buffoon. Big city comedians ridiculed him in their acts.

There was no way he could come anywhere close to power. He was way out of his league. He had never held any public office.

His intellect was shallow, and it showed. His speeches were crude rants laced with absurd conspiracy theories.

He aimed his message squarely at his nation’s majority, appealing to raw emotion, not reason. He skillfully pandered to their prejudices, which were his prejudices, too.

He aimed his message squarely at his nation’s majority, appealing to raw emotion, not reason. He skillfully pandered to their prejudices, which were his prejudices, too.

He stoked fear and hatred of “criminal” minorities and initially proposed mass roundups and deportations to get rid of them.

He promised to make his nation strong again.

Gradually, he began to attract a following. He portrayed himself as an outsider, a victim of the country’s “corrupt” establishment and the savior of ordinary working people.

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Unions opposed him as a fraud and a dangerous demagogue. So he tried to divide workers from their unions. He promised them that he, not their unions, would better their lives. He said he would create jobs by building up the nation’s industry.

Once in power, he planned to crush the unions.

Meanwhile, he burnished his tough guy image. He gloried in war and warriors. He portrayed himself as the ultimate patriot.

The larger his rallies grew, the more frenzied and fervent they became. His supporters beat opponents who dared show up when he spoke. The faithful shouted “Lying press!” at journalists who covered him. His followers chanted racist slogans.

Some powerful politicians opposed him. He called them crooks and liars.

Ultimately, other powerful politicians endorsed him. Rich men gave him money.

From the start, he made statements and claims that were demonstrably false. Yet he was confident people would believe him.
He had explained the tactic candidly in his book. He called it “the big lie.”

“In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility…. It would never come into [people ’s]…heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

In other words, keep telling the big lie, and people will, sooner or later, accept it as the truth. That was his theory.

Berry Craig

The nation believed him and embraced him. He became the nation's leader. His name was Adolf Hitler.

Berry Craig