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Are You a Nazi Racist? – Part I

Peter Klein

How well do animals take to you? Domesticated animals like cats and dogs may naturally trust you. But it’s unlikely that a squirrel will hop on your shoulder and allow you to hand feed it acorns. To make that possible would require great patience. To do anything requiring that much patience would also require great determination. To be so determined to earn that level of trust with a wild animal would likely require a strong interest in or love of animals.

Do you know who had that kind of patience, determination, interest in and love of animals? Nazis.

When, in the present time someone at a demonstration or in a comments section online refers to someone else as a Nazi, they’re comparing that person to either a member of the National Socialist German Workers Party or German military in the 1930s and ’40s period. At least that’s what most people mean when they use the term. However, some think the term more broadly includes the neo-Nazis that emerged in the 1970s.

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