Apparently, this book makes a compelling case that the entirety of the German war effort existed to finance German socialism. The Nazi party was, of course, a socialist party - its full name was the National Socialist German Workers' Party. But it turns out that apparently, the wars and the socialism weren't related just coincidentally. Hitler was a great social redistributor; the ultimate Robin Hood, in fact - in terms of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. His social state was financed first by confiscating the property of Jews in Germany. But eventually, this source of funding ran out, and the social system required funding. Hitler's choices at that point, then, were either to let the socialist regime collapse, or... obtain funding from neighbors. The subsequent invasions were not only self-funded from what was taken from the occupied regimes - they actually helped the Reich avoid bankruptcy it would otherwise had faced.
Tomaž makes the interesting observation that, time and again, history unfolds as follows:
- To gain popular support, leaders distribute treats to the deluded masses by tapping an unsustainable source.
- The masses get used to those treats.
- When treats can no longer continue, two problems arise:
- The masses do not wish to accept that they were deluded, or that it's no longer possible for them to get treats.
- The leaders who caused the problem blame a third person, who becomes the victim.
If at least people were conscious of this process as it goes on. But it is the denial that makes it possible in the first place. And the denial is what, for me, makes observing it the most painful.