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Shubham Singh , Aug, 06 2016

With Public Racism and Xenophobia, similarities with the buildup to the Second World War are real


Things are happening with machine-gun rapidity: Brexit, the Turkish coup, massacres in France, the siege of Aleppo, the nomination of Donald Trump. From the United States to France to post-Brexit Britain, the high levels of public racism and xenophobia, reflected now in the outpourings of politicians with double-digit poll ratings, have got people asking: Is it a rerun of the 1930s?
Things are happening with machine-gun rapidity: Brexit, the Turkish coup, massacres in France, the siege of Aleppo, the nomination of Donald Trump. From the United States to France to post-Brexit Britain, the high levels of public racism and xenophobia, reflected now in the outpourings of politicians with double-digit poll ratings, have got people asking: Is it a rerun of the 1930s?

John , Aug, 08 2016


Human rights are designed, deliberately, to block the normal course of democracy. They exist as more important legal rights than any others so that the majority does not get to overrule minorities whenever convenient. Academics and statesmen have over centuries decided what rights should be so fundamental that the majority cant act against them and enshrined them in laws and treaties.Most lists include such piffles as the right not to be murdered by the state or thrown in a dungeon without a trial. Theres good reason for this. A situation always comes up where the majority says something fundamentally wrong is justifiable because it serves the greater good, with the "war on terror" providing the excellent example of people being thrown into Guantanamo without ever facing a court based on a mere suspicion of involvement.
Human rights are designed, deliberately, to block the normal course of democracy. They exist as more important legal rights than any others so that the majority does not get to overrule minorities whenever convenient. Academics and statesmen have over centuries decided what rights should be so funda


manoj , Aug, 08 2016


Comparing any two periods in time is always difficult, its far better just to pick out what are the social, economic, and political currents that under pin both periods and judge them as vital signs, and no vital sign is more important than the economic vital sign. The biggest difference between the two periods is the amount of time that this crisis will take to reach its peak. This economic crisis is different because governments and central banks have been able to delay the crisis, but they havent stopped it, the crisis has been for now compressed and elongated. This is called stagnation and another lesson from history in the shape of Japan tells us that governments and central banks can only extend it and not solve it. Japan with its manufacturing base and exporting strength has been able to keep the dogs at bay but the crisis is now global and demand across the globe is shrinking.
Comparing any two periods in time is always difficult, its far better just to pick out what are the social, economic, and political currents that under pin both periods and judge them as vital signs, and no vital sign is more important than the economic vital sign. The biggest difference between the


aarth dhar , Aug, 08 2016


Undoubtedly the existence of a better co-ordinated international financial system today is certainly a difference in our favour. Its also true that in all advanced countries, welfare provision for the more vulnerable including unemployed, despite some regression in recent years, remains at levels unimaginably generous for many of the unemployed in the 1930s. Many movements and parties deemed "far right" these days, would look to a Mussolini, Hitler, or even some just very authoritarian European leaders of the 30s, like relative liberal pussies, and to be honest, the tendency of minorities or their pathos-mongering defenders to compare themselves to Jews in fascist states in the 1930s is downright embarrassing and displays absurd ignorance of the 1930s.
Undoubtedly the existence of a better co-ordinated international financial system today is certainly a difference in our favour. Its also true that in all advanced countries, welfare provision for the more vulnerable including unemployed, despite some regression in recent years, remains at levels un


Ashish Kulkarni , Aug, 08 2016


All through the horrendous events of the last 12 months there has been a noise in the background. It is the noise of horrified scientists and observers recording record world temperatures, month after month after month. It is the undeniable evidence coming through from around the world. This is without mentioning the coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, the melting of permafrost and glaciers, the massive fields of plastic waste in the oceans and the even more scary evidence around plastic microbeads polluting fisheries. If refugees are seen as a driver of the current unease in the US and Europe, what is going to be the effect of the predicted hundreds of millions of climate refugees, even based on conservative forecasts before the current speed up that looks like the slope towards runaway. The 1930s? I am afraid it is worse than that - human enemies and ideologies can be defeated and humankind can move on.
All through the horrendous events of the last 12 months there has been a noise in the background. It is the noise of horrified scientists and observers recording record world temperatures, month after month after month. It is the undeniable evidence coming through from around the world. This is with


Vijay Arur , Aug, 08 2016


The economic crisis of the 1930s was a mere pinprick compared to the possible economic catastrophe facing the world in the coming years. Humanity, collectively, has never been in this quandary before due to an interconnected world of finance and globalism and stratospheric debt. And once the world economy does fall after several years on life support, the ramifications COULD be horrific, because more likely than not, the third and second worlds will be affected first. The current migrant trickle into Europe will turn into a torrent, as millions and millions will be on the move. Consensus Politicians will fall as Europe swings to the right. Conflict between nations will begin. And the ultimate cause, as it was in the 1930s? A depressed economy, but this time it could be a million times worse than the 1930s, and thats not factoring in the use of nuclear weapons.
The economic crisis of the 1930s was a mere pinprick compared to the possible economic catastrophe facing the world in the coming years. Humanity, collectively, has never been in this quandary before due to an interconnected world of finance and globalism and stratospheric debt. And once the world e


Bhimesh , Aug, 08 2016


Germany in 1932 had an educated and literate population with a constitution widely admired as one of the worlds most progressive, but within a year most accepted a descent into hatred and brutality. To me the most frightening thing about this is that its happening on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1940 we had the "arsenal of democracy", now we face the threat - still only a threat, but an alarming one of a race to the bottom. Yes, we have a concept of human rights. But we had one in the 1930s too, even if it hadnt yet been articulated by an international body or extended in practice to the non-European world. When our grandparents or great-grandparents were horrified at pogroms in Europe of lynchings in the Deep South they were acting out of a intuition that there were rights common to all, or at least bounds to acceptable conduct. Yet many overcame that widespread human sense as they inflicted such barbarities.
Germany in 1932 had an educated and literate population with a constitution widely admired as one of the worlds most progressive, but within a year most accepted a descent into hatred and brutality. To me the most frightening thing about this is that its happening on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1


Shaurya Singh Khan , Aug, 08 2016


So because the citizens want to vote for their own laws, and put a halt to the wasted money pouring in to an ever more corrupt parliament, we are now all racists, and here comes world war 3 ? This reaction from people makes me realise how pathetic half of these nation are. People think if they scream and shout like children about others leaving the EU, it will make them look like the rest of the herd, it now makes perfect sense. The remain voters dont want to run their own country, they are scared to make their own decisions. They just follow everyone else in life. They heard that its cool, and hipster trendy to vote to stay, and shout as loud as they can to look "modern", and reject the "old fashioned" nonsense of self-governance. They are a bunch of cowards who lost a democratic vote, and now think democracy is stupid and inconvenient because the majority of voters dont agree with their ideas.
So because the citizens want to vote for their own laws, and put a halt to the wasted money pouring in to an ever more corrupt parliament, we are now all racists, and here comes world war 3 ? This reaction from people makes me realise how pathetic half of these nation are. People think if they scre