Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
William L. Shirer
A strong person may subdue a smaller person or perhaps two until the stronger becomes exhausted. With tools, a few could be caged and prevented from escape. But this kind of domination is rare and politically insignificant.
Political order requires degrees of consent. Hitler was not truthful. He was not, by any standard but that of his invention, moral. Yet he gained consent enough to be obeyed by millions. To me, that's the curious thing.
What does it mean?