Cold comfort. But history can offer little else.
Zilblatt said he once laughed off comparisons of the U.S. to the Weimar Republic, noting Germany in the early 1930s â€œhad a major economic crisis and the trauma of millions of people dead in World War I.â€ However, while itâ€™s not exactly the same, Zilblatt said Americans are nevertheless â€œsuffering economically and from the trauma of death and being isolatedâ€ amid a recession and a pandemic that has left over 200,000 dead barely a month before Election Day.
Obviously, neither Hitler nor fascism is coming around the corner in the United States. But, the fact that such a comparison can even be considered by a serious political scientist with a straight face shows how far things have degenerated.