A Weak Dictator*?
While Nazi propaganda gave the impression that Hitler, (Trump), was a far-seeing man of genius, brilliantly steering the German, (American) ship of state towards National Socialist goals, he was not as exceptional as most Germans were led to believe. In many respects, he was a weak dictator (Sound like anyone we know). His preference for his home in Bavaria instead of Berlin and his aversion to systematic work in general and paperwork meant that decision-making in Germany was often a chaotic process. Trump says that he will spend time going between Washington and Trump Towers in NYC. Most of his involvement in government took the form of face-to-face encounters with subordinates: a decision was often simply a casual remark which then became an ‘Order of the Führer.’ This is very much like the cluster fuck that is going on with the Cabinet and 4000 other important positions which are going unattended to. It was impossible for one man to keep abreast of, let alone control, everything that was going on in Germany (and later most of Europe). Everyday decisions had to be taken on a huge range of issues. Hitler could not know about, even less decide upon, more than a tiny fraction of these matters. Trump keeps most of his agenda to himself, only giving out information, such as Cabinet appointments, yet he seems, so far, to keep up with his daily duties. Accordingly, it was not always clear exactly what his will was on any given matter. The problems do not end there. When there were – as often happened – competing views, Hitler (Trump) found it difficult to make up his mind. The fact that he often did not get involved in matters or took refuge behind open-ended generalities sometimes had a damaging effect on the smooth running of government. Sounds very much like Trumps flip flopping on almost every program that he introduced during the campaign. I don’t think It will take long for his supporters to feel a deep sense of regret over what they have done to America and the World!
Historians suggest that Nazi Germany bore more resemblance to a feudal than a modern twentieth-century state, with great Nazi magnates engaged in a ruthless power struggle to capture the king’s (Hitler’s) (Trump’s) attention; who in turn maintained his authority by playing off one great lord against another. It seems that Trump is doing the same thing between his cabinet appointments and his short list of those positions. Just like he is doing with Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus who have been put on the same level in their positions to serve Trump. This arrangement cannot prove to be anything but a contentious situation. Hitler, (Trump), can be seen as an opportunist, responding to events rather than taking the initiative.
Researchers have cast doubt on the extent to which the Nazi system was a product of conscious intention on Hitler’s, (Trump’s) part. They have even suggested that the anarchic system controlled Hitler, (Trump) rather than him controlling the system. In this ‘functionalist’ view, many of the Nazi regime’s measures, rather than being the result of long-term planning, were simply knee-jerk responses to the pressure of circumstance. Educators, sees an improvised ‘process of cumulative radicalization, as subordinate organizations, vying with each other to maintain, or acquire responsibilities. They adopted the most radical of the available alternatives on the assumption that this reflected Hitler’s (Trump’s) will.
*Everything written in blue Italics is purely my opinion, acquired from several news sources and internet research; take it for what it is while thinking about what is happening in Washington since the Trump election. I don’t believe that I am presenting a worst-case scenario!