Skip to comments.Amazing quote from Paul Johnson "Modern Times" Parallel to today?
Posted on 06/02/2014 8:11:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
"The lawlessness of Hitler's Germany, beneath a veneer of legal forms, was absolute. As Goering put it, "The law and the will of the Fuhrer are one." Hans Frank: "Our constitution is the will of the Fuhrer." Hitler worked entirely through decrees and ordinances, as opposed to law, here again resembling Lenin, who never showed the slightest interest in constitution-making."
“Modern Times” is one of my favorite history books. I highly recommend it to everyone. And yes, that quote does seem to echo the current situation here in the USA.
Don’t submit to the unconstitutional acts and decrees of this lawless dictator. Nullify and impeach Obama.
All fine and good to say, but our leaders aren’t willing to do it, and our fellow citizens are either mesmerized by the media pied pipers or satisfied with their government checks.
Otherwise, look for states like Texas to start nullifying unconstitutional acts of the federal government.
I don't believe America's destiny is yet fulfilled. If God, before the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, could have mercy on rebellious Israel for 1000 years, he can certainly do the same for America which he founded and preserved by his own miraculous power through the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus.
That quote, I believe, comes from Chapter 3 of the original edition, “Waiting for Hitler”. That chapter and the one entitled “The Bandung Generation” (chapter 14, discussing decolonization) should be on every conservative’s reading list (if not the entire Johnson book).
Back when Hussein Sotero Mugabe had been erected President and chose Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” to be published in a small booklet along with his inaugural address ( https://www.overdrive.com/media/236708/the-inaugural-address-2009 ) I wondered how the hell to make sense of that. A friend who is a recovering liberal (Peace Corp, Tanzania, then he had two daughers...) said, nope it makes perfect sense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arusha_Declaration
So people should do themselves a favor: pick up Modern Times and if nothing else read chapters 3 and 14. Get your head around that Arusha Declaration and the Idiot-In-Chief starts to become comprehensible.
One of the best conservative histories of the 20th Century is this book by Johnson. I urge anyone who hasn’t read it to pick it up. The real foundations of conservatism and its wisdom are there in his writings.
A companion piece to Modern Times would be his collection of essays published as “The Intellectuals”.
Johnson had 40 titles published,Modern Times and The Intellectuals were his greatest achievements.
I am a big fan of his.
I recommend the last, esp for new citizens.
I’m currently reading it, after reading Johnson’s “History of the American People.” That man can write.
I like how he defends President Harding in “Modern Times” and the “History.” I often wondered why Harding got so trashed in all the textbooks on American history that I have read. Now I know why. I should have suspected why.
“Our constitution is the will of the Bozo.”
Yes, his defense of Harding and Coolidge are remarkable.
He doesn’t let them off scot free, however. More of a balanced approach.
And, like Amity Shlaes in “The Forgotten Man”, he rips Hoover as well as FDR big time. :)
A Syrian neighbor once saw A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson on my bookshelf. It provoked him. He was a hard drinking, skirt chasing, disco dancing, non-observant muslim, black sheep from a family that owned a confectionary that sold its products all over the middle east and Europe.
He demanded to know why I would have such a book in my home.
I offered to loan it to him to read for himself. He declined.
The hatred of Jews by muslims whether they are observant or not is visceral, unending, and complete.
You cannot reason with them, you cannot even have a discussion about the Jews.
I love the Jews. I admire them. They will come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. But He will have to return to “splain” it all to them.
I wish they would all come to believe before He returns, but I am pretty sure they won’t. Everything one needs to know is in the scriptures, it only requires reading.