Black Panther: Killmonger Was Hitler

Muh Oppression

I can already hear an objection being formed in your furious little fingers about ‘muh oppression.’ ‘Only whitey can be an oppressor!’ ‘Whitey can never be oppressed!’ Et cetera, et cetera, blah, blah, blah.

Well, Hitler argued, quite successfully, that the German people were oppressed. His entrance into politics was spurred by the end of World War I and the myth of the ‘stab in the back,’ the notion that Germany could have won the war but for ‘betrayal’ on the homefront by Jews and Socialists. The truth is somewhat more complicated. The armistice and subsequent Treat of Versailles was demanded by the German High Command. The head of the civil government, Prince Max of Baden, didn’t know how bad the war was going because the military concealed the truth from him. The Social Democrats(Socialists) formed a republican government and signed the armistice and Treaty of Versailles to keep Germany out of the hands of the Bolsheviks. None of this mattered to Hitler, who condemned the Social Democrats as the ‘November criminals’ a label which stuck to them from 1923 to 1933 when the Nazis finally attained political power.

The danger of the oppressor/oppressed mentality is that it can be wielded by anyone and that it justifies every brutality imaginable, because it does not condemn a person for anything they have actually done; it condemns them for what someone else did. Killmonger murdered the museum curator with a smile because some white person somewhere did a thing in Africa and picked up a Vibranium pick axe.

The Water Fall Putsch

In 1923, the NSDAP was a small but rapidly growing provincial party in the German state of Bavaria. The Bavarian government and the national government had a falling out over the treaty of Versailles, reparation payments to the French, and the dictatorial powers assumed by the German army generals. Like any good socialist revolutionaries, the Nazis thrived in conditions of civil unrest and economic uncertainty. However, Hitler, inspired by Mussolini’s successful march on Rome, decided that the time had come for the Nazis to launch a ‘Putsch’ on the Bavarian government, which would then give them the resources to confront and force the national government to concede. The name Beer Hall Putsch comes from the Buergerbraukeller in Munich where the Nazis seized the leaders of the Bavarian government (and subsequently allowed them to escape) and declared their intentions to overthrow the national government. Or, as most people call it, treason. After the Bavarian state leaders got loose, they marshaled the state police and the Reichswehr to suppress the Nazis. By the time it was done, 16 Nazis and 3 policemen were dead, and Adolf Hitler was in custody awaiting a trial for treason that would, far from ending his ambitions, give him the biggest platform for National Socialism he had to that point.

Killmonger’s Water Fall Putsch went a little better for him. Replace the Bavarian state with the Border Tribe. Rather than try to overthrow them, Killmonger wins their leader with a nice little present that he’s been waiting 20 years to receive: the bullet-riddled corpse of Ulysses Klaw. Overjoyed at this thoughtful gift, W’Kabi promptly switched sides from Wakandan nationalism to Wakandan identitarianism and walked his new best friend Killmonger right into the royal palace. Then a half-naked fight happens and Killmonger becomes the new king.

So Hitler’s putsch failed. He would succeed later through electoral politics. Killmonger’s putsch succeeded, though its success would be short-lived.

The Wakandan Anschluss

This brings us to the most blatant similarity between Adolf Hitler and Erick Killmonger: the question of the Anschluss Osterreichs. Hitler, a native Austrian, wrote in that funny little book of his that one of his dreams was the union of all the German people into a Greater German state, an Osterreich, if you will. And the largest population of Germans in Europe outside of Germany itself were in Austria. Therefore, those Germans needed to united, or Anschluss’d, with Germany. And if you’re going to take half of a pie, you might as well take the whole thing, so, might as well Anschluss all of the non-Germans of Austria as well. But how to go about it? One way is to have allies in Austria. By 1936, a nice, healthy, National Socialist party was established in Austria. Propaganda, political pressure , lobbying, organizing, etc. were underway but the Germans were getting a bit impatient. So it was decided in Berlin that efforts would be undertaken to demonstrate to the Austrians just how serious the Nazis were about this Anschluss business. In 1937, a group of Austrian Nazis known as the Committee of Seven launched a campaign (secretly financed, armed, and directed by the Schutzstaffel) of bombings and violent demonstrations to weaken the position of the Austrian government. At the same time, the Nazis publically made it known that if Austria cracked down too hard on the poor oppressed Germans of Austria, they would send the Reichswehr over the border to protect the sanctity of German blood. This strategy worked fantastically and Austrian Chancellor Kurt von Schussnigg, meekly handed over Austria to the Nazis.

The same strategy would be repeated in Czechoslovakia in 1938 through the Sudeten German Party, and again in Poland of fomenting political unrest, covertly arming partisans loyal to Germany, and threatening military conflict unless Germany received concessions.

Killmonger never got past the first step, though he made no bones about the fact that he intended to arm ideologues, and likely those who shared his vision of a Black Anschluss with Wakanda at its center. Out of this unrest, Killmonger would likely have carried guerrilla war into open war, especially in the face of countries not inclined to submit to terrorism, no matter how much magical Vibranium the terrorists had. By this I mean America. The Europeans would bend over and grab their ankles faster than you can say ‘Heil Mein Schwarze Fuhrer.’

The Night of Long Spears

I’m proceeding along the movie’s timeline but jumping back and forth through the history of the Third Reich so I’m going to beg your indulgence if you get confused by me going from 1923, to 1938, then back to 1934. At the climax of the movie, there is this big battle between the Border tribe who are in Killmonger’s pocket because he presented them with the corpse of a dead white guy, and the strong, empowered women of Wakanda who are loyal to T’Challa. A similar schism and subsequent house-cleaning occurred in the Nazi Party in 1934. The Nazis had control of the Reichstag after the 1933 election, they didn’t have the loyalty of the officer corps Reichswehr. Ernest Roehm, a long-time Nazi, personal friend of Hitler, and leader of the S.A. or Brownshirts, took it into his head that the Stormtroopers ought to become the new German army, with him at its head. This did not sit well with the officers who were of old, noble blood and turned their noses up at letting the cabal of street-fighters, drunks, pimps, and homosexuals that comprised the leadership of the Brownshirts have any say in commanding the Reichswehr.

General von Blomberg, on behalf of the Army High Command made Hitler an offer that he couldn’t refuse: Get rid of Roehm, the S.A. commanders, and disarm the Brownshirts. In exchange, the Army would endorse Hitler to replace Hindenberg as President. With the offices of President and Chancellor, and the Reichstag under Nazi control, he would be the absolute ruler of Germany. A few dozen deaths in exchange for absolute power was a hell of a bargain.

June 30, 1934 has multiple names: Operation Hummingbird, the Roehm Putsch, the Blood Purge, and the Night of Long Knives. The outcome is what matters. Hitler dispatched Himmler’s S.S. to dispatch Roehm and all other ‘disloyal’ elements targeted for death or ‘schutzstaff’ (protective custody). By the end of the three day purge, 77 were dead and a thousand were taken to prisons or concentration camps. Germany was firmly in the hands of its fuhrer and would remain that way for the next 11 years.

Killmonger’s blood purge did not go as well. He intended to kill T’Challa’s family, along with anyone else who defied his plans to Anschluss all of the world’s blacks into his Wakandan Reich. His Border tribe loyalists were not as committed to his cause as the S.S. was Hitler and surrendered rather than continue fighting the T’Challa loyalists.

Ironically, Killmonger probably spilled more Wakandan blood in his brief reign than T’Challa or his father in the entirety of theirs.

Suicide

Hitler opted for suicide in the bunker rather than capture.

Killmonger blathered about ‘muh Middle Passage’ and stabbed himself in the chest rather than be tried and imprisoned by Wakanda. That’s a shame. I’m sure his version of Mein Kampf would have been an interesting read.

Conclusion

Black Panther is the struggle between nationalism and identitarianism. T’Challa and T’Chaka are nationalists. Their duty as kings was to protect the nation of Wakanda, which includes its land and the people within it. The Wakandans generally did not interfere in the affairs of other countries UNLESS it posed at existential threat to Wakanda and would not allow others to interfere in their affairs, hence the whole secrecy policy. Even the pursuit of Ulysses Klaw, while straining nationalism a bit, fit within it. Black Panther’s goal was to capture Klaw, snatch and grab, quick and quiet. He did not intend to capture any land for Wakanda, take any resources for Wakanda, or alter South Korean government to one more amenable to Wakanda. Nationalists comprehend national sovereignty of both their own nation and others.

Identitarians, on the surface, appear similar to nationalists. But they aren’t. The identitarian view is rooted in ideology rather than blood or borders or law. For identitarians, it’s not enough that you are black, or white or brown or a man or a woman or whatever; you must adhere to what identitarians perceive as ‘correct thinking.’ This ‘correct thinking’ always boils down to some perceived grievance with those not in the identitarian’s group. This grievance justifies whatever act the identitarian may take against an outside, and usually ‘oppressor’ group. This leads to the second part of the ‘correct thinking’: justification. Whatever the identitarian does to a person in an out-group or oppressor group is justified solely by being in that group.

This formula fits across identitarian ideologies. Hitler murdered a number of Germans, despite his talk about the sanctity of German blood and the greatness of the volk. Killmonger, by his own admission, murdered Africans, other black people, and Wakandans in his pursuit of the throne, Vibranium, and a war with the out-groups and oppressors.

T’Chaka tried to bring N’Joba back to Wakanda for trial. T’Challa tried to save Killmonger and put him on trial. Despite being a traitor in fact, N’Jobu’s Wakandan identity entitled him to the protection of Wakandan law.

Nationalists pursue civic tranquility because they value the lives and safety of people in their nation-state. Identitarians pursue civil war because they value no one’s lives, not even those of their supposed people, and will destroy anyone through internal or external conflict to achieve race/class/gender purity.

Nationalists deal with real people. Identitarians live in a utopian delusion baptized in the blood of its enemies.

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Bash the Fash or “Beat Up Anyone Who Isn’t a Communist”

From the January 29, 1942 Home Edition of the Barrier Miner, an Australian newspaper

Anti-Communist Speech Causes Scene

LONDON, January 28.
Seventy-two-year-old Sir James Purves-Stewart, a famous physician, who advocates mercy killing, caused a stir in Anglo-Soviet circles by attacking Communism at a meeting in aid. of the Russian Red Cross at Basingstoke Town Hall.

He referred to “the horrible atrocities of the Bolshevik revolution.” Violent interruptions occurred and some of the audience walked out. A man shouted, “You ought to be speaking for Hitler.”

Alderman Mrs. E. A. Weston, who was, the next speaker, attacked Sir James Purves-Stewart,and said that she was sorry that he had been invited to speak.

Sir James Purves-Stewart later told the'”Evening Standard”, that he was strongly pro-Russian, but anti-communist. He said that there was danger of the Communists getting hold of the Anglo-Russian Public Relations Committee. “I wanted to give a true picture of Russia. There are many things in the Communist State I admire, but also things which never would be accepted by democratic citizens in Britain. I do not believe that the Russians are fighting for Communism. They are fighting for their homes and Holy Russia.”

The chairman of the executive of the Anglo-Russian Publie Relations Committee “(Professor A. V. Hill) said: “Sir James Purves-Stewart was talking irresponsibly. He ought to know better.”

[Sir James Purves-Stewart, among many, other publications, is author of Fix this text”A Physician’s Tour In Soviet Russia,” which was published in 1932.]

Does any of this sound remotely familiar? Because we are seeing this play out again like the latest installment of Dark Souls.

A lot of the same actions took place at this one speech that we see today. Purves-Stewart made valid criticisms of the Soviet Union, of the murders and repression carried out by the Communists against the Russian people in the name of Communism. The Communist response was to try and shout him down (Shut It Down, anyone?), accused him of speaking for Hitler, and wishing that he had not been invited to speak (no-platforming).

All that is required for a Communist to shriek “Fascist!” is to not be a Communist. That’s it. Nothing more. So when Antifa screams “bash the fash!” all they mean is “assault non-Communists.”

The tactics of Communists have not changed for the 70 years.

How to be a good Nazi in 8 easy steps

1. Make a Firm Commitment to Democracy…At First

After the Beer Hall Putsch, the NSDAP was in shambles and the subject of ridicule among the German people who were then drunk on cheap American loans. While Adolf Hitler was in prison in 1924, he explained to Nazi financier and fundraiser, Kurt Ludecke:

“When I resume active work it will be necessary to pursue a new policy. Instead of working to achieve power by armed coup, we shall have to hold our noses and enter the Reichstag against the Catholic and Marxist deputies. If outvoting them takes longer than outshooting them, at least the result will be guaranteed by their own constitution. Any lawful process is slow . . . Sooner or later we shall have a majority – and after that, Germany.”

1923 had taught the Nazis an important lesson: “Armed struggle” might be the masturbatory fantasy of Marxists everywhere, but the average person has little taste for perpetual, violent revolution. The Spartacist coup launched by the Communist Party of Germany was still fresh in the minds of the German people and they remained clamorous for peace and prosperity.

2. Be A Great Community Organizer With A Big Tent Philosophy

The first step was to secure the party’s finances. In 1925, the number of dues-paying members of the NSDAP was 27,000. By 1929, it was 178,000. Not bad in an era where it was impossible to spam the electorate with obnoxious fundraising emails.
In keeping with the new policy, Hitler restructured the NSDAP to mirror the political structure and social structure of Weimar Germany. Each of the Reichstag districts had an gauleiter personally appointed by Hitler. The districts were subdivided into Kreises, each led by a kreisleiter. The smallest subdivision was an Ortsgruppe.

As the famous Democrat Party leader, Tip O’Neill, once said, “all politics is local.”

Additionally, the NSDAP organized a state-within-state, appointing its own officials responsible for coordinating Nazi policy on law, agriculture, commerce, labor, transportation, culture, engineering, foreign affairs, etc. In 1936, after he was installed as Chancellor, Adolf Hitler revealed the purpose behind having such an intricate organization before policymaking power was ever acquired.

that it is not enough to overthrow the old State, but that the new State must previously have been built up and be practically ready to one’s hand. . . . In 1933 it was no longer a question of overthrowing a state by an act of violence; meanwhile the new State had been built up and all that there remained to do was to destroy the last remnants of the old State – and that took but a few hours.

This NSDAP innovation of a “Shadow Government”, ready to be deployed by the opposition, would be implemented in Britain after the war by Churchill opponent Hugh Gaitskell of the Labour Party in 1955.

And of course, the individual special interest groups could not be neglected. The NSDAP created organizations for adolescent men of 15 to 18, the Hitler Youth. For boys, there was the Deutsches Jungvolk. For the women, there was the N.S. Frauenschaften. For the girls, there was the Bund Deutscher Maedel. Other groups and occupations had separate organizations under the NSDAP umbrella, such as lawyers, doctors, teachers, bureaucrats, intellectuals, and artists.

3. Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste

All that serves to precipitate the catastrophe . . . is good, very good for us and our German revolution.”

– Gregor Strasser, NSDAP politician

Three weeks after the death of German financial wizard Gustav Stresemann who had moved heaven and earth to put the Weimar Republic on track to paying off its war reparations, the Great Crash of 1929 happened. Like a partygoer waking up after a night of binge drinking, the world had awoken up from a binge of cheap credit and the American lenders were demanding repayment of loans made to Germany. Millions of Germans were thrown out of work. Millions of unemployed, disaffected young men were looking for some hope of a stable future. (Sound familiar yet?)

The NSDAP had that ever-ready panacea of all political ills and misfortunes that result from the poor political choices of the electorate: Blame someone else and demand the keys to the state. The NSDAP propaganda helpfully pointed out these hidden enemies: The enemies who defeated and subjected Germany to the Treaty of Versailles, the Marxist rabble-rousers stirring up trouble in the streets and the unions, and the greedy bankers and industrialist who profited from the German people’s misery (especially the Jewish bankers and industrialists).

It seemed to have worked well. In 1928, the NSDAP received 810,000 votes and 12 seats. By 1930, it had6,409,600 votes and 107 seats. Practically overnight, the NSDAP went from the ninth-largest party in Germany, to the second. However, they were shut out of the ruling government by a coalition of the Social Democrats, As the Great Depression deepened and German unemployment grew from The next election in 1932 saw the NSDAP seize the Reichstag with over 13 million votes and 230 seats.

As the world would soon learn, elections, with over 80% voter turnout, have consequences.

4. Accept Tribute From Wealthy Industrialists While Smearing Them Publicly

The hallmark of powerful people is knowing how to stay close to, and in the good graces of, people of equal or greater power. In 1930, the NSDAP star was rising and the captains of industry were lining up to pay tribute to the new German Caesar named Adolf Hitler and his Nazi legionnaires. By this time, the S.A. and the S.S. were larger than the German army, so Hitler had a lot of mouths to feed. NSDAP propagandists Gregor Strasser, Joseph Goebbels, and Gottfried Feder publically denounced the moneyed industrialists whose greed had betrayed Germany. In private, Adolf Hitler allayed their fears and reassured them cooperation with the soon-to-be Nazi government meant the preservation of their power and wealth.

There are no exact figures as to how much the business interests paid to the NSDAP to keep their industrial fiefdoms, but whatever it was appeared to have worked in their favor for at least awhile.

5. Rock The Vote

Now it will be easy to carry on the fight, for we can call on all the resources of the State. Radio and press are at our disposal. We shall stage a masterpiece of propaganda. And this time, naturally, there is no lack of money.”
– Joseph Goebbels, February 3, 1933

There is a liberal principle of office-seeking: Let the office seek the man, and not the man seek the office. Men who are anxious to fill offices are not best-fitted to fill them.

A good Nazi has no time for that nonsense. Hitler, following a legal maneuver that allowed him to become a German citizen in time to run for President of Germany in 1932, campaigned like a madman. The Nazis hung millions of posters, distributed millions of pamphlets and newspapers, and held thousands of meetings throughout Germany. Hitler, thanks to the high-tech invention of the charter plane, held 3 to 4 rallies per day.

The office went to Hindenberg, with a clear majority, but only after a second election. However, the 85-year-old Hindenberg lacked the vitality to effectively govern and the newly minted Nazi Reichstag made clear that they intended to be “ungovernable” by anyone but Hitler. And they would get their wish when Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany at noon on January 30, 1933.

6. Use Government Power to Silence and Harass Your Enemies

Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications; and warrants for house searchers, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.
– Decree for the Protection of the People and the State

The NSDAP wasted little time in securing its political power. The new Chancellor banned Communist meetings and newspapers. Social Democrat rallies were broken up and members publically beaten of the S.A . Hermann Goering, Reichsstatthalter of Prussia, ordered police to raid the Communist Party headquarters in Berlin (most of its members fled by this time).

Marinus van der Lubbe, a feeble-minded Dutch Communist and serial arsonist, started the Reichstag fire on February 27, 1933, for which the Nazis speedily tried and beheaded him. The fire was grounds for the Nazis to push for the signing of the Decree for the Protection of the People and the State on February 28, suspending civil liberties and permitting Nazi officials to impose death sentences for a variety of offenses.

7. Use Journalism Is A Public Service…to Protect the Political Narrative

In this matter the Eher Verlag, together with publishing concerns owned or controlled by it, expanded into a monopoly of the newspaper publishing business in Germany . . . The party investment in these publishing enterprises became financially very successful. It is a true statement to say that the basic purpose of the Nazi press program was to eliminate all the press which was in opposition to the party.
– Max Amann

Once the Communists and Socialists had been sufficiently chastised or exiled, the NSDAP turned its attentions on newspapers and radios. October 4, 1933, the government passed the Reich Press Law. The law declared that journalism was a “public vocation.” And as we know, those who accept the mantle of “public service” must submit to public control. And because the NSDAP represents the voice of the public…you get the idea. The law placed German citizenship requirements on employment, barred Jews from the industry, and placed subject-matter restrictions on content.

The Berliner Tageblatt, the Frankfurter Zeitung, and the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, were all allowed to survive after divesting themselves of any unfortunate Jewish ownership interests and staff. The surviving Berlin newspaper editors were required to personally attend Joseph Goebbels, now Minister of Propaganda, and receive instruction on what they would and would not print, how it would be written, and how it would be delivered. And the press eagerly prostituted themselves to Nazi truth in the name of their survival.

8. Seize Control of the Schools Through the Federal State

When an opponent declares, ”I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ’Your child belongs to us already . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short tune they will know nothing else but this new community.’
– Adolf Hitler, November 6, 1933

The NSDAP quickly took control of the schools by two prongs of attack: seizing the teachers and seizing the youth. Teachers, from kindergarten to the university, were legally required to join the National Socialist Teachers’ League. The subsequent Civil Service Act of 1937 required teachers to be “the executors of the will of the party-supported State.” Male teachers were required to have been members of the S.A., the Labor Service, or the Hitler Youth. Additionally, all teachers were required to attend “observation camp” where Nazi psychologists assessed them for “political reliability” before they could receive a license to teach.

Schools and universities that had once been controlled by the states were brought under the purview of the Minister of Education, who had the power to appoint rectors, deans, student union leaders, and lecturers’ union leaders. The Nazis also introduced courses in Rassenkunde (racial science). The University of Berlin offered 25 courses in this “burgeoning” field. Going one step further, the Nazified academics of Germany perverted the natural sciences by prefixing them with German and teaching them as a sub-field of “racial science.”
Compare and contrast:

”German Physics? ’But,’ it will be replied, ’science is and remains international.’ It is false. In reality, science, like every other human product, is racial and conditioned by blood.”
– Professor Philipp Lenard of Heidelberg University

“Modern Physics is an instrument of [world] Jewry for the destruction of Nordic science . . . True physics is the creation of the German spirit . . . In fact, all European science
is the fruit of Aryan, or, better, German thought.”
Professor Rudolphe Tomaschek, director of the Institute of Physics at Dresden

On the youth side, the NSDAP seized control of the German Youth Association, performed a shotgun wedding between it and the Hitler Youth, and banned all non-Nazi youth organizations. Training followed a strict line for boys to be admitted into the Hitler Youth, and later, the Labor Service or Army. The girls followed a similar path, although they passed into the Bund Deutscher Maedel rather than the Hitler Youth. Parents who attempted to withhold their children from the Nazis’ compulsory educational program were subjected to imprisonment.

That’s the list. Hope you enjoyed it.