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27 May 2019

Dinesh D'Souza's Holocaust Propaganda

"Hitler Didi," about a young Indian woman with the strict, righteous, and forceful character of Adolf Hitler, was a soap opera produced by Zee TV in Dinesh D'Souza's hometown of Bombay.

Discrimination based on ancestry is traditional and normal in India. Indians do not believe in equality, and they tend to be somewhat sympathetic toward Adolf Hitler, since he was the enemy of their enemy. Therefore it is natural that Dinesh D'Souza, as an immigrant from India, would feel no affinity for the kind of propaganda that has been used to cow the White man in the West.

D'Souza's early work reflects that kind of inegalitarian outsider's perspective. With Illiberal Education (1991) he criticized the unreasonable arrogance of uppity minorities at universities. With The End of Racism (1995) he explained that Blacks in the United States had only themselves to blame for their misfortunes. As late as 2014 D'Souza declared that there was no "genocide" of the Red man in North America.

Then came a change. There were always touches of distortion and exaggeration in D'Souza's work, but with his arrest and incarceration for campaign finance fraud in late 2014 he seems to have come unhinged.

By 2016 D'Souza had taken a sharp turn toward dishonesty. He decided, instead of attacking the holy myths of leftist history, to make tenuous, hairsplitting arguments about who is to blame for those alleged crimes. Much of this new rhetoric from Dinesh D'Souza relates in some way to the Holocaust, which is of course the most powerful of the anti-White accusations.

Unfortunately for D'Souza's followers, the most important arguments that D'Souza uses to try to link real and alleged phenomena of Hitler's Germany to the Democratic Party turn out, on closer examination,  to show much more influence from Republicans. Eugenicists Madison Grant, Lothrop Stoddard, and Paul Popenoe were all Republicans. The 1924 Johnson-Reed Act restricting immigration, which Hitler admired, was enacted mainly by Republicans. A man like Adolf Hitler, if a citizen of the United States in the 1920s, would much more likely have been a Republican than a Democrat.

D'Souza's argument that Hitler was a socialist and therefore more like the Democrats than the Republicans is nugatory, because economic policy is not the point of comparison. (Incidentally, Republicans are foolish to disdain Hitler's economics. They would do well to recognize Hitler's economic policy as a way to keep working-class support.)

After Republicans and conservatives have loudly endorsed the playing of the Holocaust Card in American political discourse, only to find that it applies mainly to themselves, what defense can they make?

Republicans and conservatives who parrot Dinesh D'Souza's arguments undermine their own cause.

Read the article at CODOH.com