What Do They Call People Who Repeat Things Expecting Different Results?

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Tell me … how Occupy Wall Street, and the Democratic Party … differ from the platform proposed here:

“We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunities for employment and earning a living.

The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within its confines and for the good of all. Therefore, we demand:…an end to the power of the financial interests.

We demand profit sharing in big business.

We demand a broad extension of care for the aged.

We demand…the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of the national, state and municipal governments.

In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education…We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents…

The government must undertake the improvement of public health — by the greatest possible support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth.

[We] combat the…materialistic spirit withn and without us, and are convinced that a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of The Common Good Before the Individual Good .

(Nazi party platform adopted at Munich, February 24, 1920;Der Nationalsozialismus Dokumente 1933-1945, edited by Walther Hofer, Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Bucherei, 1957, pp. 29-31).”

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4 thoughts on “What Do They Call People Who Repeat Things Expecting Different Results?

  1. BB-Idaho

    Ah, yes..the next step is to declare a ‘state emergency’ to consolidate power-
    Feb 28, 1933:
    The very next day, Hitler persuades President Hindenburg to
    sign Article 48, an “emergency” decree authorizing Hitler
    to suspend all civil rights, arrest (and execute) any
    suspicious person. A reign of terror ensued in which
    thousands (communists, socialists, labor union leaders) were
    arrested and sent to prison. To maximize Nazi influence,
    the non-Nazi press was outlawed.
    It works well, and we still see it. Like in Wisconsin
    for example …’state emergencies’ good for state-bad for citizens.

  2. The Griper

    well, seems as if the people of Wisconsin disagree with your analysis, BB. they had an opportunity to reverse what he did but thought what he did was good for the citizens. apparently, they were convinced that unions were abusing their power and needed to be reined in. what the ultimate results will be, we can only wait and see.

  3. BB-Idaho

    My comparison was in the
    1. declaring of a ‘state of emergency’
    2. negating the right of workers to bargain collectively
    ..partly in response to your apparent comparison of the nazi party with the democrat party. Wisconsin’s ’emergency’ had to do with budget problems, smaller than most states; and teacher benefits,
    which were average for the 50 states. As a badger state native,
    I have extended family there and as you may guess, they are split and not speaking to one another. heh But, they are a fair people,
    and from what I gather, many felt recalling a governer for an unpopular, but legal process was ‘tacky’. Any further comparison is unrealistic (who would dare to recall Hitler?)..there was no Night
    of the Long Knives, no Krystalnacht. Gov’nr Walker is a bit enigmatic
    for a US politician, banned from his university student government for illegal campaigning, hiring the son of a donor who was an ex-con to run an important department and, of course, dripping with
    out of state $$$ and outspending his opponents 7 to 1.
    Even at that, I agree ‘we can only wait and see’ and there have
    been signs that Walker is beginning to seek some concensus.
    On a related topic, the huge amount of anonymous money
    pouring into campains seems to be changing the playing field,
    a phenomenon relating to SCOTUS declaring a corporation a
    citizen..(..we the corporations of the united states). This has resulted in you or I, presumably citizens of equal stature before the law, being limited to $2500 in political contributions per year as
    public record, while the Chamber of Commerce, Boeing, General Electic, ad infinitum being unlimited and anonymous: they can
    spend $100 million if they like. IMO, SCOTUS screwed up bigtime
    on this one and there will be the devil to pay before the dust settles.
    One of the dilemmas which will worsen is sending jobs overseas.
    That is good for business and consumers; bad, because it incrementally reduces the consumer base.
    Now don’t get me going on the Harvard Business School,
    the ubiquitous but destructive MBA: short term quarterly gain
    trumping long term growth has led to well, let’s face it-outright
    business stupidity. That, more than anything has caused our
    economic problems, in spite of what Reagan, Clinton, Bush
    or Omama has done. That is why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, a conditition which sooner or later reaches unsustainablilty; an asymptote which as Durant notes, is inevitably rectified by legislation or violent upheaval.
    Lessee here….Griper, you still there? 🙂

  4. The Ominous Parallels, Professor Leonard Piekoff…. 1980


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