Growing up in Norway, we learnt a lot in school about the Third Reich and the rise of Nazi Germany. We were asked to constantly ask questions about how seemingly kind and good people, no different from anyone else, could turn a blind eye and allow the atrocities the Third Reich committed to occur. We weren't taught that the Nazi's were some unmatchable evil. We were taught that they were not that different from us and to never ever stop self monitoring, precisely so we could assure that this kind of thing never happened again.
Here, the mere suggestion of the Nazi's, even the hint of comparison to what most people consider to be the greatest evil of the last hundred years means an instant discrediting of your argument. Here, we have been taught that to consider such a comparison, is and will always be so absurd that to suggest it is to blacklist yourself from having any opinion of note worth listening to.
More and more I find this kind of thinking convenient and beneficial to our politicians (Labor and Liberals alike) who continue to push this great nation further and further to the right, whilst systematically dismantling our capacity for empathy.
But upon studying the rise of the third reich in detail I fail to see a significant difference between the early days of the third reich (early 1930's) and our current period. In many ways I look at the current state of things, and I see something potentially much worse.
I hope I'm wrong.