the reichstag fire

anyone else who thinks this is fucking terrifying? he’s straight up telling everyone to blame the judge and the entire court system for any future terrorist attack. this isn’t just mr. pissboy throwing a tantrum, it’s worse than that. this is preparing the groundwork, so that when a terrorist attack happens, trump can blame the court system and justify weakening it to gain more power. it’s the fucking Reichstag fire all over again

The Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building (German parliament) in Berlin on February 27, 1933. The Nazis stated that Marinus van der Lubbe, a young Dutch council communist, had been caught at the scene of the fire, and he was arrested for the crime. Van der Lubbe was an unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany. The Nazis stated that van der Lubbe had declared that he had started the fire. Van der Lubbe was tried and sentenced to death. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazi Party that communists were plotting against the German government. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.

Adolf Hitler, who had been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany on January 30, urged President Paul von Hindenburg (President of the Weimar Republic) to pass an emergency decree, the Reichstag Fire Decree, to suspend civil liberties in order to counter the ruthless confrontation of the Communist Party of Germany; under the decree, most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone were suspended and were never again renewed under the Nazi regime.

After passing the decree, the government instituted mass arrests of communists, including all of the Communist Party parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rival communists gone and their seats empty, the Nazi Party went from being a plurality party to the majority, thus enabling Hitler to consolidate his power through the passage of the Enabling Act, a special law that gave the Chancellor the power to pass laws by decree, without the involvement of the Reichstag; the Nazis devised the Enabling Act to gain complete political power without the need of the support of a majority in the Reichstag and without the need to bargain with their coalition partners.

The measure went into force on March 27, 1933, and, in effect, made Hitler dictator of Germany. [x]

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March 5th 1933: Nazis win German elections

On this day in 1933, the Nazi Party won 43.9% in the German federal elections, more than any other party. The National Socialist German Workers Party (the Nazis’ official name), capitalising on German frustration by promising ‘work and bread’, won 37.3% in the July 1932 elections. The party leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed Chancellor by President Hindenberg on January 30th 1933, but the Nazis only had one third of seats in the Reichstag. Upon becoming Chancellor, Hitler announced new elections, while the Nazis secured considerable donations to fund their campaign and stacked the police with their supporters. Just before the scheduled election, the Reichstag fire occurred, and young Dutch Communist Marianus van der Lubbe was immediately arrested. The Nazis used the incident to suggest a Communist revolution was imminent, and passed the Reichstag Fire Decree which suspended civil liberties and habeas corpus. Nazi henchmen arrested electoral candidates from the Communist Party, and began a campaign of violence against left-wingers. This climate of intimidation allowed the Nazis to increase their support and win 43.9% of the vote, but this only translated to 288 out of 647 seats - not an absolute majority. In order to secure the party’s position, the Nazis drafted the Enabling Act, which gave Chancellor Hitler legal powers to establish his dictatorship by giving the Cabinet the power to enact laws independently of the Reichstag. The Nazis pressured and threatened representatives of the Reichstag to pass the bill, positioning SA men and Nazi swastikas in and around the building. With the bill’s passing, Hitler’s dictatorship was assured, and thus began a brutal regime which would last until 1945. The March 1933 elections allowed the Nazis to consolidate their rule, and marked the last election to be held under Hitler’s rule.

anonymous asked:

sometimes I think about your hypothesis/fear that the USA's version of the Reichstag fire will happen in Chicago, and then I wonder if it won't actually happen, but they'll say that it happened, and enough people will believe it that it'll basically have the same effect.

IDK, they’ve been caught in enough lies about this kind of thing that one wonders if it’ll happen and nobody will believe them when they say it happened. 

Watch for the Reichstag fire.

We’re in step 2 of the nightmare scenario. Step 1 is failure to live up to campaign promises and increased dissatisfaction. Step 2 is the headfake scapegoating a marginalized group to divert blame elsewhere.

Step 3 will be the Reichstag Fire. Some act of violence the administration will use as an excuse to try to justify fascist policies. Stay alert.

it’s funny to me that the Reichstag fire has become a synonym for false-flag operations when, as far as we can tell, it actually was just a guy who hated Nazis.

now, the Nazis were wrong in labeling it a major Communist plot, because when I say it was just a guy, I mean that – Marinus van der Lubbe was a Communist, but there’s no evidence that he acted under any kind of orders or with anyone else’s knowledge. of course, that doesn’t mean the Nazis didn’t believe what they were saying, just that they never bothered questioning their belief (because that’s not what fascists do).

It seems incredible that an attack perfectly calculated to reinforce Nazi propaganda wasn’t a put-up job, but sometimes shit works out that way. it’s not at all difficult to imagine that, had van der Lubbe not set the Reichstag on fire, the Nazis would’ve done it themselves.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we do have a true Reichstag fire – that is, a genuine attack, carried out by someone acting alone or by a small independent group, which the administration will characterize as a massive ISIS operation. The funny thing is, what with all their nonsense lately, a lot of people won’t even believe it’s real in the first place, much less that it’s ISIS.

Adolf Hitler was appointed as Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933. On 28 February, he persuaded Weimar Republic President Paul von Hindenburg to issue the Reichstag Fire Decree, which suspended most civil liberties. On 23 March, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933, which gave the cabinet the right to enact laws without the consent of parliament.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.