Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The collapse of the Weimar Republic


'The population is ripe,' Joseph Addison wrote home to Alexander Cadogan,* (Later Sir Alexander Cadogan, O.M., Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1938-1946.) 'to accept any system of firmness or for any man who appears to know what he wants and issues commands in a loud, bold voice.'

Addison had another significant point to make:

Economic distress is leading the people to be much more amenable to authority as representing the only hope of salvation from the present state of affairs. Unemployment is taking the gilt off the gingerbread of democracy, while the working classes realise that striking is useless since nothing would be more welcome to employers.

The "commands in a loud, bold voice" came from none other than Adolf Hitler.

Any historians of Germany want to chime in?

1 comment:

  1. I am not a German expert but I would suggest that tough economic times takes the entitlement attitude away from workers and employees and there is some benefit in that happening.