The arguments are indeed so similar, it's frightening. Foreigners who are out to destroy a country from within, slogans about returning the country to greatness, even leaders who can easily justify violence against a citizen who is only speaking... couple that with anti-intellectualism, populist "solutions" which aren't well thought out, and an appeal to emotion rather than reason, and you have... Hmmm. Does that refer to a current presidential campaign, or to the Nazis? Tell me which is ruled out, by the terms I spelled out not being applicable, before just giving me a knee-jerk reaction. And if you can't rule one out, but think that one or the other still doesn't go too far in your opinion, keep in mind that you'll be signing on to eliminating the Constitution and the first Amendment right of free speech when you handwave away justifying beating someone for protected speech. ---- Anyone here ever read of the Wave movement experiment in a California high school, where the students couldn't understand how regular people could join a fascist movement willingly, and a teacher decided to show them how the students weren't immune? There have been several movies based on what happened at the school. It's fascinating and terrifying at the same time.