Today’s Vocabulary Word: Gleichschaltung

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From Rhymes with Cars and Girls, the story of a Florida couple fined $746 for practicing private charity:

“If you want to feed people, and you want to do a good, Christian act, we encourage you to coordinate with the social service agencies.”

Josef Goebbels was not available for comment, so here’s Wiki:

Gleichschaltung (German pronunciation: [ˈɡlaɪçʃaltʊŋ]), meaning “coordination”, “making the same”, “bringing into line”), is a Nazi term for the process by which the Nazi regime successively established a system of totalitarian control and coordination over all aspects of society. The historian Richard J. Evans translated the term as “forcible-coordination” in his most recent work on Nazi Germany.

[In case you missed it, the key word is “Nazi.”  Thanks, Wiki!]

The period from 1933 to 1937 was characterized by the systematic elimination of non-Nazi organizations that could potentially influence people, such as trade unions and political parties. Those critical of Hitler’s agenda were suppressed, intimidated or murdered. The regime also assailed the influence of the churches, for example by instituting the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs under Hanns Kerrl. Organizations that the administration could not eliminate, such as the education system, came under its direct control.

Has Hillary got a 2016 campaign slogan yet?  If not, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” has just the right ring to it.

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