Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The Quiet Coup was before my time on ET but reads well and I would love to read an update now.  I have long thought that a sense of War guilt led to a lot of liberalisation (in a good sense) of the old authoritarian attitudes in West Germany, but that this did not extend to East Germany which retained shades of the old Prussian and Russian authoritarianism and indifference to the suffering of others. Now, with Germany re-unified, that eastern authoritarianism is beginning to become more dominant.

I would also be interested in your views on the extent to which old German and eastern European authoritarianism influenced quasi fascism in the USA - particularly in the southern and rural heartlands of the GOP.  When I see GOP conservatives and neo-cons in action, I see shades of a reborn Third Reich. or should we call it the Fourth?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 10th, 2011 at 09:50:32 AM EST
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A complex question, and the short answer is that, in my opinion, there was, and remains a deep influence. Let me pause to answer some other questions, and come back to this if the diary shows some further life- it's off the rec list, so may just die.
I missed a day in hatching it, so--- there it goes.

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri May 13th, 2011 at 02:32:51 AM EST
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