16h UTC; SATURDAY, 10 AUGUST 2013: "Those who do not recall the past are condemned to repeat it," quoth Santayana ... and perhaps the same is an apt explanation of the excesses of depravity, sensationalism, even xenophobic jingoism common to conservative prolefeeders of late. Especially the sort as is "written so you can understand it," to borrow the old saying of Popular Mechanics magazine--using, for the most part, simple, easily-understood words and phrases as are mindful of the Greater Conservative Insistence that "words are weapons," especially so when seeking to "win over the hearts and minds" of the easily-manipulate "REAL AmeriKKKan" as is more than likely to be from the ranks of "poor whiteism" as is forever expected to see AmeriKKKa as the Once and Future Lord and Master of the World, the Universe and the 28 Known Galaxies, to be reinforced By Any Means Necessary (preferably in the stylee of a BDSM dominatrix, but these same prolefeeders don't expect you to know this).

But what they're not telling you (and "for reasons you will understand," or so the official patsy would go) is that their spiritual ancestor in prolefeeding depravity is none other than Der Sturmer ("The Attacker"), a notoriously lurid and borderline-pornographic weekly tabloid back in Nazi Germany under direction of Herr Julius Streicher (as would eventually be named the Gauleiter for Northern Franconia, perhaps thanks to his service to the anti-Semitic agenda cherished by the Nazi regime as among its core articles of faith--and because of the crudity of Der Sturmer's content, would face trial for Crimes Against Humanity at Nuremburg after World War II, eventually sentenced to death at the noose).

Editor Ernst Heimer thus explained Der Sturmer's "jackal-pack" approach to anti-Semitism in 1935, the same perhaps serving as insight to the conservative prolefeeder's approach:
Der Stürmer is the paper of the people. Its language is simple, its sentences clear. Its words have one meaning. Its tone is rough. It has to be! Der Stürmer is not a Sunday paper. Der Stürmer fights for truth. A fight is not fought with kid gloves. And the truth is not smooth and slippery. It is rough and hard.
(No doubt explaining its slogan on the nameplate, "Germany's Weekly Newspaper in the Fight for Truth.")

Two years earlier, Hans Preiss, who eventually became the unofficial historian for Der Sturmer, explained Herr Streicher's journalistic methodology:
Since he wanted to capture the masses, he had to write in a way that the masses could understand, in a style that was simple and easy to comprehend. He had recognized that the way to achieve the greatest effect on an audience was through simple sentences. Writing had to adopt the style of speaking if it were to have a similar effect. Streicher wrote in the Stürmer the way he talked.... The worker who came home late at night from the factory was neither willing nor able to read intellectual treatises. He was, however, willing to read what interested him and what he could understand. Streicher therefore took the content from daily life and the style from speech. He thus gave the Stürmer its style, a style which many intellectuals could not understand, but which fundamentally was nothing but the product of his own experience gained over the years.
And translating, no doubt, into a weekly readership across Germany which peaked at some 485,000 such by the end of 1935, helped no doubt by aggressive endorsements by leading Nazi Party officials who urged everyone to read Der Sturmer for a more comprehensive understanding of the "Jewish Question" in plain German ... as well as display cases across Germany as displayed the latest issue's contents every week to passerby wherever people gathered in large numbers, perhaps presaging the public display cases that the Soviets had for Pravda and Izvetsiya in particular. (Not to mention at least nine "special issues" as came out around the time of the annual Nuremburg Party Rally discussing particularly gruesome anti-Semitic concepts, which saw readership reputedly approach over 1 million.)

But then again, there were times when even high-level Nazi officials started taking issue with Der Sturmer's recourse to the pornographically tasteless in service to State-sponsored anti-Semitism. Randall Bytwerk of Calvin College, as wrote a biography on Herr Streicher as explained some of his more blatant anti-Semitic propaganda techniques, explains thus in an excerpt from said biography published online about Der Sturmer:
[E]ven the official anti-Semitism of the Third Reich failed to make Streicher's work popular with many Germans. All sorts of protests from German citizens occurred. The most common involved the sexual element in many Stürmer stories. Editor Ernst Hiemer responded vehemently to such complaints: "You may survey the entire thirteen volumes of the Stürmer and note every passage which you think endangers the youth. But we will then take the holy books and do the same." It was better to have a youth educated in the sexual threat of Jewry than one ruined through ignorance. A later issue spoke of "perfumed women with delicate nerves" and men of trmer regularly attacked its critics. One Fritz Eckart earned space in the paper in 1936, for example, when he walked into his barber shop only to leave when he found a copy of the Stürmer on display. Thereafter he would say: "I am a Center Party man and will remain so, come what May." The sixty businessmen in another town who attended a Jewish funeral were attacked, without, however, suffering adverse consequences.

Even leading Nazis sometimes worked up the courage to attack Streicher and the
Stürmer. Otto Dietrich, the press secretary, tried to persuade Hitler to ban the Stürmer on several occasions, only to have Hitler respond that Streicher's "primitive methods" were most valuable in reaching the average man. Hans Lammers, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, and a number of other top party figures also tried to do something about Streicher at one time or another, with the most limited success.

When Streicher did get into trouble, he could always turn to Hitler for help. In 1934, for example, the ritual murder special edition produced international uproar, including protests from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Hitler finally permitted it to be banned, only after most copies had already been distributed, on the pretext that Streicher's comparison of the Christian sacrament of communion to Jewish ritual murder was an affront to Christians. Later that year, the
Stürmer's ill-advised attack on a Czechoslovakian statesman got in the way of German diplomacy, resulting in a two-week ban. In 1935 the paper attacked Hans Lammers, and a three-month ban was imposed. But Streicher visited Hitler and secured his order allowing him to resume publication. Hitler revoked another ban in 1938, once again after Streicher made a personal appeal.
War-related censorship and paper shortages, not to mention the fruits of such campaigns taking form of The Holocaust, saw Der Sturmer's circulation (and, in the process, its size) fall seriously after 1940, eventually reaching its demise just weeks before the German surrender in May of 1945; its final issue was devoted to the charge that Jews were behind the Allied onslaught upon Germany as endangered the Thousand-Year Reich's perpetuity. Streicher, in the guise of a housepainter, would eventually be arrested by the Allied Occupation Authorities and face charges of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity alongside several other prominent Nazi regime leaders as addressed at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials in 1945-46, with Streicher among the group of high-level Nazi leaders (including Hermann Goering, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Fritz Sauckl and Ernst Kaltenbrunn) sentenced to death on the gallows.

In any case, one may want to think about just how heavily conservative prolefeeders' stylee may have been influenced by what Der Sturmer wrought in Nazi Germany with its overbaked simplicity and economy of language to make the point to the masses. And to recall what such eventually wrought in the deaths of some 6 million Jews in the extermination camps by overwork, the gas chambers, sadistic spite on the part of guards or even dodgy "medical experiments" as backfired.

Santayana was right: "Those who do not recall the past are condemned to repeat it."


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