Still crying wolf

Hitler and the Nazi’s have long held a quasi-mythological status in the American psyche. I do not know when this began, but it has simply been a fact for my entire conscious life.1 I can only imagine that, in centuries gone by, Satan and his devils filled the niche in the collective social consciousness that Hitler and his Nazis serve today. Deep down, the people of all Western democracies wonder if their nation could–given the right historical circumstances–follow the path of Nazi Germany. And all the citizens of these nations have…