asdf: A lot of the Nazi party platform is less insane then one might think, though Hitler and his goons definitely were (they were psychotic meth addicts). Strip out the ethnic cleansing and the constant need for war and what you get isn’t so bad. Of course you can’t detach that stuff from Hitler. In fact the war part was part in parcel with keeping him in power. The second the wars ended people would eventually wonder why there hadn’t been any elections in a long time. If a grateful...
Ben: How delightfully…..rea ctionary. More organ meats. A lot more. Lower alcohol content beer. Far less smoking. Regular physical activity. 2x-3x as many servings of vegetables, and given the quality of soils 150 years ago, probably of far far higher quality. Life expectancy about the same (at 5 years) but with vitality until death, versus slow deterioration. Much slower progression of cancers, which were rare. Back To The Future, indeed.
Bob Sykes: How long after we leave will it take the Taliban to resume power?
Rollory: The big problem with this sort of theorizing is that, for Obama, it would be way too much work. He wants to go on talk shows and play golf and be popular. He doesn’t want to have to work for any of that. Being an ex-president will be exactly right for him.
Gwern: It was amusing to watch far-left wackos speculate about Bush becoming a dictator, and it’s still amusing to watch the tendency flip-flop.
Slovenian Guest: It’s funny that War Plan Red, for the hypothetical war against Great Britain, was maintained well into the thirties, even after Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. In 1935 the War Department arranged a Congressional appropriation of $57 million to build three border air bases for the purposes of pre-emptive surprise attacks on Canadian air fields. It wasn’t until 1939 and the outbreak of World War II that a decision was made that no further planning was required.
Space Nookie: Hitler did not come up with this stuff himself, it was a popular worldview within his constituency.