Last year, I wrote that America looked like Weimar Germany, you know, before the Nazis. Now that it’s one year later, let’s check in on how the American Republic is doing, referencing Weimar Germany by Eric D. Weitz again.
Unfortunately, the collapse of America seems to be proceeding faster than Germany’s, because Joe Biden is not fucking doing anything. The Weimar Republic was decried as not doing enough to prevent Hitler, but compared to Biden, they did a lot. As Weitz wrote:
The Weimar Republic created substantial social welfare programs, while Biden has actually cut the meager relief Americans got. COVID cheques, rent/loan moratoriums, and the child poverty credit all faded on his watch.
America is testing whether they can avoid fascism by doing far less than Germany did, in more ways than one. When Hitler tried to overthrow the government, they at least jailed him for a minute and broke up the Nazi party. It didn’t work, but again, they at least tried something. Americans are having a toothless televised hearing about the January 6th coup attempt, but not actually doing anything. Which is definitely not going to work. They’re repeating the mistakes of the Weimar Republic, except much worse.
As Weitz said, “The Social Democratic unwillingness, in the winter of 1918–19, to break the powers of their longtime adversaries would come back to haunt them from 1933 to 1945, the twelve long years of the Third Reich.”
The Republicans have been totally Nazified and Joe Biden is out there pathetically playing footsie with them. As he said to opposition leader Mitch McConnell, “Mitch, I don’t want to hurt your reputation, but we really are friends,” Biden said, addressing McConnell. “And that is not an epiphany we’re having at the moment. You’re a man of your word, you’re a man of honor. Thank you for being my friend.”
Biden should be out there breaking Republican power and clearing out everybody that tried to coup him, but instead he’s out there giving compliments. Dude (and the Democrats) are completely fucked. They’re bringing a rose to a knife fight and they’re about to get plucked.
Republicans are running campaign ads talking about how they’re going to kill moderate Republicans and Biden is like ‘I can work with these people.’ He’s a dottard and a fool.
As Weitz said about Germany, “The political leadership of the republic was notably old and stuck in a political mind-set that proved unable to deal with the new problems presented by the post–World War I era. The economy, though retooled for peacetime faster than anyone could have imagined, proved highly unstable, with a few intermittent years of expansion interspersed with severe crises.”
This seems to be precisely what America is going through. The Democrat leadership of Biden and Nancy Pelosi is all around 80 years old, transparently corrupt as fuck, and completely unable to deal with new problems of the multipolar era.
Biden has tried to reduce the ‘ruble to rubble’ and instead made that the world’s strongest currency while increasing inflation across the White Empire (as I call America plus its vassal states like the EU). It’s a colossal self-own which he’s just doubling down on by sanctioning China.
Biden has crowed about rising growth and employment, but that is only compared to the massive loss of jobs and GDP declines that came before. Meanwhile, international commodity prices are rising, American productivity growth is nil, and high inflation is making life miserable for millions of Americans.
The Weimar Republic’s argument is that it was not just the failures of the Social Democrats or the success of the Nazis that tipped Germany into fascism. It was violent economic shocks, especially the Great Depression. That started in America and clobbered Germany too.
What’s next for America is financial collapse. Their Federal response to high inflation is raising interest rates, and that is pushing its fundamentally unproductive economy into recession already. Housing is teetering, they’re sanctioning themselves into a corner, crypto is collapsing; any number of sparks can set the whole thing ablaze. Crashes are regular in capitalism and this is inevitable. It also looks like the big one.
Inflation alone is enough to bury Biden, he’s in a worse spot than Jimmy Carter and is even worse at losing wars. When the economy inevitably crashes on his watch he’ll be ushered out with gusto, and with him, the shitshow America calls a democracy too. As Weitz said about Germany, “the Right could never be won to the side of the republic. More tragically, Weimar would never fully regain the trust of the middle class that had lost so much in the inflation.”
As he continued, “Economic depression and political fragmentation and paralysis largely destroyed whatever faith Germans still had in the Weimar system.”
In the same way, Biden was elected to restore the old system (Ctrl-Z back to the Obama era) but that system has proved completely useless. Americans will welcome Trump back because he’ll at least do something, which was the appeal behind the Nazis too.
And so here we are. America is facing the same challenges as Weimar Germany and not even trying. They’ll reach the same destination only faster, which is really just Nazification coming home to roost.
The real time-loop here is that Hitler was deeply inspired by America, which had a full-blown racist state in the 1920s. As he wrote in Mein Kampf,
This is the xenophobic idea of ‘Make America Great Again’ that Trump harks back to, which is the same thing Hitler offered to Germans. What’s happening is not America becoming more Nazi. It’s really America becoming more American. That’s who the Nazis drew the most inspiration from.
Thus the question is not whether America can resist arbitrarily rhyming with distant Germany, but whether it can resist itself and my guess is no it can’t, because it’s not even trying. But let’s check in next year after the financial crash. They say that those that don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it and us random people have to just watch the reruns.