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TIMELY MATTERS: Use caution when making comparisons

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02.04.2022

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

— British novelist

L.P. Hartley,

“The Go-Between,” 1953

If you took certain people too seriously you might think that Adolf Hitler was alive and well and holding very well-attended rallies all over America right now, and you might even hear that those crowds are populated by Nazis hailing mostly from those “red” states, you know, where all those “deplorable rednecks” live. And it’s not just your average “Tom, Dick, and Henrietta”-type folks, either, that are making and sharing such irresponsible comparisons (I write “Henrietta” so as to avoid triggering a woke backlash). It’s public figures, as well, who have wrongly and irresponsibly compared Donald J. Trump to Hitler ever since 2016 when he ran for and won the presidency.

Glenn Beck, for example, known as a conservative broadcast figure, compared Trump to Hitler for appealing to Americans’ anger for votes back in 2016 (Time, March 6, 2016). Around the same time as Beck, comedian........

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