HOT BLAST: Letter writer plays the Nazi card
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Education has been on the minds of The Star's letter writers, here, here and here. Also, we've published opinions on poverty and local government. Standard stuff, really. Granted, it's also an extremely important space to keep a democracy well lubricated with ideas, critiques and dissent.

 

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal published a letter with quite a claim. Namely, that discussion of the harms of vast wealth inequality has the potential to lead us down the road to Nazism.

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote:

This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent "progressive" radicalism unthinkable now? 

Kristallnacht was a 1938 attack on Jews and their businesses in Nazi Germany. TPM has more. Of course, as the NPR program On the Media reminded us last weekend comparing one's enemies to Nazis is an excellent way to expose the weakness of his or her argument.
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