An old man once told me that age turns men into caricatures of themselves. By that he meant their most distinctive personality features continued to grow ever more prominent to the point of near grotesquerie by their dotage. I’ve always kept that in mind, and so consciously tried to limit the expanding appeal of my charisma. I imagine those who know me best would testify as to just how successful this effort has been.
Another man who’s proved quite a bit less capable in avoiding caricature is Adolph Hitler. His prominent features have elongated so far past the thresholds of actual human dimensions, that he’s become something else entirely: a brand.
Somewhat like Elvis, Hitler has become far more valuable dead than he ever was alive. And as a dead-man brand, Hitler is a Ferrari.
This brand is so influential that the most powerful men on Earth can be routinely manipulated by the simple fear of being literally him. Wielded by skillful hands, Hitler can exert black-hole gravity on the decision-making process of all but the most fashion-indifferent political consumers. Consider the power of such a property. Obviously the owners are going to jealously guard its value.
Because a well-known component of any brand’s worth is its exclusivity. No one covets a Ferrari if everyone else has one. The Ferrari allure is powerful because they are few. Unsavvy businessmen might be tempted to lower the price to increase sales. And once every other driveway had one, the cachet of Ferrari would be foolishly squandered.
As the recent Sean Spicer flap makes apparent, the owners of Brand Hitler have no intention of allowing that to happen. If any readers were fortunate enough to have not previously heard, Trump’s press secretary made an offhand remark that is repeated across the West some 17,000 times/day: he called his opponent (in this case Assad) Hitler. Now accusation sales of the Hitler brand have obviously been astronomical for years. Saddam was Hitler; Quedaffi was Hitler; Milosevic was Hitler; and Trump is Hitler, though he may be able to invade his way out of it. Even George W. Bush was Hitler. Surely Assad could be Hitler too, whether he gassed children or baked them cookies.
But something about the Spicer riff sent a shiver down the spine of Hitler’s primary shareholders. I think that something was the horrible realization that once the mouthpiece of TrumpHitler starts calling people Hitler, we just may have a Ferrari in every driveway. And if anyone can be Hitler, then how is Hitler different than anyone he literally is?
You can see where this leads to severe consternation in the boardroom. Hitler has to remain exclusive to remain powerful. What good is he if I can’t get you to concede to my demands by invoking him? Hitler is what you use when even racist won’t work. Unfortunately, vacuous liberal goyishe kopfs have spent an entire generation selling Hitler like he was a Chevy Chevette. The attacks on Spicer have been a furious attempt to preserve the franchise.
I think those attacks also represent a sort of Hitler event horizon. It’s previously been understood that jews approve of others using the Hitler brand, out the sense that broad market penetration represented enhanced value. Though now that value is plainly being depleted by overuse. As a result, we should expect to see a much harsher policing of its deployments. I’m afraid the days of most milquetoast republicans being literally Hitler are literally over.
That will be an interesting thesis to watch unfold. We will know we have crossed the horizon from All Hitlers to No Hitlers when platoons of lib drones begin to pummel their obtuse peers who continue to sully the brand. Watch for There *are* no other Hitlers! He was singular evil! That will be the tell, and it will occur like all other mass liberal migrations: with no reflection whatsoever.
But that’s just speculation on the future. As for the past, Hitler was no better than Barbra Streisand.