Is Trump leading us into World War III?

Studies conducted by multiple people show that there are many similarities between two political leaders, Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump.  Through similar events, could Trump possibly lead the American country into another World War?  Let’s have a look.

Here’s how this would make sense.  We’re going to go back and analyze a past event in history:

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Economy Downfall

We go back in time to 1919, the year after World War I is over.  After the big disaster struck, Germany became a democratic republic known as the Weimar Republic.  However, the party was unstable, and the government was unable to deal with the economic crisis left by the war.  Although economy slightly improved between 1924 and 1929, it collapsed under the Great Depression in 1929.

The disaster first started in the United States, also known to be the leading economy in the world.  Wall street [American stock exchange location] in New York City collapsed and with it the American Economy.  This is known as the Wall Street Crash and started the Great Depression.

The collapse of such a big country in economy affected many countries around the world, including Germany.  American banks immediately withdrew the loans they had to make to Germany.  Business closed and in turn, unemployment rose and people began to lose their jobs.  At one point, it took a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a few groceries!! At this point, you can understand that German money had very little value.

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 Major Political Change [New Laws] that lead to drastic Social Change

With the economy in a bad state, figures like Adolf Hitler and others who thought like him began to disdain the government and started to gather their own supporters.  Hitler being a powerful and spellbinding speaker, attracted a wide following of German desperate for change.  He promised the people of Germany a better life and a new glorious nation.

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In order to have people listen and agree to their ideas, the party needed a lot of public support.  They chose a scapegoat, a specific population of people to blame their problems on.  As political figures, Hitler and his people started making lives difficult for the Jews.  They enforced laws that involved banning Jews from public places and “Aryan” [Pure German Race] owned shops.

Because “Aryan” people did not shop at Jew labeled stores, shops run by Aryan people raised more income, in which they would have money to spend in other Aryan run businesses.  Those shops started to thrive and began to raise more income.  Economy was beginning to run a little bit better for the German people and they began to put more hope into Hitler’s words of “I am going to make Germany a non-Jew great country again.” Many people believed they had found a new saviour for the nation.  As the Nazi Party gained even more support, Hitler was appointed chancellor.  This was how World War II started.

 

 Technology Advancements

As the war continued, both sides of the battle needed better revolutionized weapons and tools to fight with.  They developed tanks that were better to attack, defend and roll through difficult terrain.  Germany Nazi troops in concentration camps started using gas chambers to kill mass numbers of Jewish prisoners.   This led up to the ultimate invention; “the greatest weapon of its time” was developed and the atomic bomb developed by the Allies ended the war in Hiroshima killing millions of people.

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The Cycle is Repeated Again

After World War II was over, Germany faced an economy lapse once again due to the war credits they had to pay to the Allied countries.  In huge dept, they faced many struggles before improving in 1948.

The new advances in technology also created a new spark.  Between the countries, there was a lot of tension over the atomic bomb and which country would have rights over the use of such a big weapon.

 

Hitler Vs Trump

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar during a campaign rally, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Vandalia, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar during a campaign rally, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Vandalia, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

This particular cycle is very close in context with the American Election happening now and more specifically, the republican running for President.  Many articles show that Donold Trump could lead America to the next World War III because of the many similarities between Hitler and Trump.

Below are examples of some ideas they both happened to have:

H= Hitler

T= Trump

H= I will make Germany a great nation and lead people to a better life!

T= Make America great again!

–          Both leaders campaign with the title of making their nation great once again.

–          They use passion and give hope to people that have been struggling in the country.

–          Promises to pull the country out of economic downfall or debt

–          Both attract attention with a certain attribute [Hitler with a charismatic voice and Trump being a narcissist]

H= Creates a group of people called Nazis and gains political supporters

T= Had Republican support [oops that’s gone now] and creates followers by insulting other people

–          Both Hitler and Trump feed on the crowd to become even stronger

–          Uses the public support [for Trump, he has the public attention because of all the major controversies he indicates]

During H’s time = One survivor of the Holocaust says this, “One of the things that people used to say about Hitler when he rose to power in the early 1930’s was that he was saying it like it is.  They thought he was a bit of a clown [joke], with his big speeches and over-the-top showmanship, but they also admired his ability to say what everyone else thought, but didn’t dare say out loud.”

T right now = Everyone views Trump as a politician who makes jokes, insults other people and always talks with loud gestures.  However, he says things as it is and because of his obnoxiousness, people watch and listen to whatever words he puts out to the public.

–          Both leaders have the ability to get people to listen to their ideas, however bad they may be.

–          They also say things straight out and how it is, and doesn’t hide it behind pretty words. [although some things may be false information]

So what are some things that we can do?  As most of us are not involved in the political world, not that much.  However, we can try to come to an agreement with our ideas and predict the future that is yet to come.  By doing this, we can make sure that we can try to fix our past mistakes and not repeat them.

For more information, check out “History tells us what may happen next with Brexit and Trump” by Tobias Stone. 

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From comparing the two political leaders, here are some questions and my answers regarding the similarities between the two events.

Is this wheel history repeating itself?  Or is there any progress?

Although the wheel repeats itself, I can see progress in them.  Way back when the world did not have any technology, this cycle was repeating and through different events, we have gathered different information and tools each time.  This led to where we are now and the very advanced technology we possess.  The cycle repeats itself but new things and ideas are getting developed all the time, and based off that we are collecting even more advanced progress.

 

How come humans always have similar events and realize the repetition of the cycle but is unaware to stop it? 

  1. We only think about current events; we only think about NOW.
  2. We only look at the things around us and most of us don’t think about the other side of the world.
  3. We don’t read or think about opposition.

Tobias Store quotes this in his article, “History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump”,

 

“Fear of another World War nearly stopped World War II but didn’t.  That is the way of the humans.”

 

In history, it’s easy to see the people that are making mistakes and who the “bad” and “good” guys are.  But in reality, everybody thinks they’re right and they take action because they think that it’s the right thing to do.  When we discuss World War II around the classroom, we always perceive it as a terrible event in history.  From the Allied point of view, a dictator rose to power and sought out to kill all the Jews from the world.  This is considered a non-human deed and Hitler [and his followers] must face the consequences.   However, I think that Hitler only started World War II because he believed that he could raise the country from the economy depression.  In his mind, he was probably thinking that he was doing the right thing, and if he succeeded, he would be recognized as a leader around the world.

This war could also be viewed as an event of progress.  Like Columbus and the Indians, every landmark in our historic timeline has some degree of sacrifice in the name of progress.   World War II killed lots of people, yes, and nobody can deny this.  However, it brought new technology in warfare with it.

What’s your opinion?  Did Hitler do the right thing in the name of progress? Or is the progress that came out of WWII not worth the number of people lost?

 

Sources:

Are Hitler-Trump Comparisons Fair? A Holocaust Survivor Tells His Son

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/begins.htm

http://www.sahistory.org.za/article/crisis-capitalism-germany-grade-11