For the sake of argument, let us assume the heretics are right– the earth is 5 billion years old, and modern man emerged approximately 50,000 years ago.
From 50,000 B.C. to 1933, there was 1 Hitler. 1 Hitler every 50,000 years.
Yet, in the past quarter-century, potential Hitlers abound…
That’s a 1 billion percent increase in the number of Hitlers in the last 25 years– which seems statistically implausible.
It’s almost as if garden variety despots and megalomaniacal mass murderers– a staple of human history– are being intentionally misrepresented as the equivalent of Hitler, as a means of advancing political and financial agendas.
But let us not be cynical.
Let us assume this is unintentional– in which case, the issue seems to be that the criteria used to identify potential living embodiments of Hitler is far too broad…
- Be a dictator or head of state
- Say mean things
- Kill lots of people
- Be a threat to one’s neighbors
By that standard– Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Crassus, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the Aztec Empire, every single King of England, the Dutch, Napoleon, James Polk, Abraham Lincoln, and so on– are all Hitlers.
Ironically, the attempt to paint every potentially hostile nation as an existential threat– is a tactic that Hitler and Goebbels themselves would have employed.