It is Germany, 1928. Raucous laughter from the cabaret seeps outside as Lotte passes in the shadows of the cold Berlin night. The streets are sexually charged, lined with a heady concoction of prostitution, homosexuality, transvestism and drugs. Still spinning from the collective lust roaring unashamedly through the theatre that evening, Lotte heads now for the café bar at the Eden Hotel where she lives. Jostling with leggy glamour girls as she takes her drink, Lotte pushes a straying strand of short hair behind her ear, settles her slender trouser-suited body into the deep folds of an armchair and smiles provocatively as she lights a cigarette.
So Kasey West begins her brief essay, Life is (more than just) a Cabaret: the 'New Woman' in Weimar Germany. Her introduction is a very vivid description of night-life in Germany's Weimar Republic.
The German Weimar Republic (1919-1933) is an especially interesting period in German history since it bridged the gap between Germany's loss of the Great War (1914-1918) and Adolf Hitler's coming to power in 1933.
The Treaty of Versailles (1919) had imposed painful financial penalties on Germany following their defeat in the Great War (especially painful, perhaps, because right up to the end, the German public had been told that they were winning the war!), and the next few years were years of unrest and political turmoil yet – paradoxically – also unparalled artistic freedom.
So this first attempt to establish a liberal democracy in Germany began during a time of civil conflict, and ultimately collapsed with the ascent of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1933.
It is interesting to consider some fascinating parallels between this fledgling liberal democracy and western democratic society at the beginning of this 21st century.
This cartoon of the time seems to sum up the new atmosphere in Weimar in which a people deprived of former leaders turned to the model of the 'assertive female.'
The cabaret and night club scene of the Weimar Republic has become legendary! The entertainment was often dominated by scantily-clad women and on-stage nudity. Lines of frequently topless stage 'chorus girls,' in various revues and cabarets became more and more common as the Weimar years progressed. The popular songs also became heavily charged with sexual innuendo.
But this is not all: Homosexual and lesbian bars also started appearing in major German cities, especially in Berlin. Of course, this shocked many Germans but a certain momentum had been unleashed which would now be difficult to control. It is probably fair to say that while earlier German societies had glorified Motherhood, and the Mother's duty to the Fatherland (which later returned under Hitler), the Weimar years glorified Women, Sexuality and Free Expression. Hedonism (the belief that the good of men and women is best served by the pursuit of pleasure), was actually seized upon by the liberal Weimar government as a way to unite the ever-present political squabbles of German life. There was a feeling that the Germans had suffered long enough and - in a land with an unreliable economy – all should enjoy themselves while they could! Then, in 1927 prostitution was de-criminalized.
Julie Roos writes,
"The Law for Combating Venereal Diseases (anti-VD law), which introduced the prostitution reforms, also lifted the ban on the advertisement and display of certain contraceptives that could function as prophylactics. After 1927, many cities installed vending machines for the sale of condoms in public lavatories. For women, the improved access to certain contraceptives marked an important gain in reproductive rights..."
Is any of this starting to sound familiar?
The Weimar Republic, with it's liberal agenda, soon led to weakened policing and to a haven for criminals.
In the Holocaust Encyclopedia's article German Police: From Weimar Republic to Nazi Dictatorship we read this,
"The police faced funding cuts in hiring, training, promotions, and raises. Nor was there money for modernization, such as buying new forensic equipment or firearms..."
Famed actress and cabaret director Trude Hesterburg epitomized much of the frequently female-led and often wild 'entertainment' of Weimar Germany.
All of these factors affected police morale. The Holocaust Encyclopedia article continues,
"Even as police manpower suffered from budgetary cuts, the economic distress endemic to the Weimar Republic contributed to a rapid increase in crime. Criminal gangs involved in prostitution, narcotics, gambling, pornography, robbery, and burglary developed and flourished. These gangs were well organized and often operated across state lines, frustrating police investigations......Policemen were frustrated by restrictions on police authority. Some criminal cases were dismissed because the police failed to safeguard the rights of the accused or because important evidence was excluded because of improper police procedures. The emergence of a free press highly critical of police operations exacerbated these police failures."
The police were often simply powerless to pursue criminals and crime became rampant; the public perception, undoubtedly, was that criminals could simply bribe their way out of trouble if they needed to since they often seemed to have more money than law-abiding people.
In short, the population lost confidence in both the police and the courts to properly apprehend and punish law-breakers. Sound familiar?
Of course, there is always a backlash and from 1932 Catholic and Lutheran groups succeeded in again banning official state-sanctioned prostitution. The backlash gathered momentum when the Nazi Party came to power in 1933. It is true that, to quote the old saying, 'Hitler again got the trains running on time' – but it is often forgotten today that one of the major reasons that Hitler became so popular is because he was seen as a 'strong leader' who would rid Germany of the moral corruption of the Weimar Republic! For, as the 1920s progressed, there was a growing moral revulsion among ordinary Germans about the immorality, widespread corruption and weakened police authority which a liberal government had presided over.
Hitler with Field Marshall Von Hindenburg. Hindenburg was so popular with the people that the Nazi state could not be established until his death.
We would be blind indeed if we did not note the obvious parallels between the Weimar Republic and modern Europe, Britain and the United States ...
Just when the Weimar years were beginning to promise real prosperity the 1929 Wall Street Crash came along. This led to the Great Depression of the 1930s and to a worldwide recession. Germany was particularly affected because she depended heavily on American loans. In 1932, somewhere between 4 and 7 million Germans were unemployed. Many people blamed the Weimar Republic for this – Don't people always blame their governments when economic catastrophe strikes? Eventually neither left-wing nor right-wing factions had any will to save the Weimar government and a certain Herr Hitler stepped in – the rest (as they say) is history!
A growing majority in Germany had come to despise the Weimar experiment with its apparent encouragement of widespread moral corruption right across German life but when this was accompanied by complete economic collapse (on this occasion, hardly the fault of the German government) that was just too much! Quite suddenly the German people were prepared to give their full backing and support to a rather strange but charismatic individual who promised a glorious future – indeed, a 'thousand year Reich.'
They were prepared to embark on a new course (or, so they thought!) of peace, prosperity and with a new and glorious Deutschland standing right at the centre of world affairs!
There is no doubt that - over a period of time – liberal societies build up bigger and bigger opposition from an ever-present right-wing. As long as there is prosperity, however, with good food on the table and a good and abundant living for all the family, the anger against the moral weakness always inherent within liberalism can be deferred but when economic disaster strikes, weak leadership is always blamed and liberal societies always appear to be weak in leadership.
President Bush was not a weak leader – he was rightly considered a conservative, and yet liberal standards have permeated almost all of American life. Here in Britain and in Europe it is probably even worse: liberalism rules and political correctness paralyzes! Censorship is now so weak that it has almost gone. Even while European leaders constantly argue about 'rebates' and about increased union, our cities are filled with crime and violence and corruption is rife even in the formerly largely law-abiding British Isles, but somehow (being liberals) European leaders are not too concerned about that! Pornography now even has it's own television channels (several of them) – again, being liberals, our leaders think that is perfectly fine, yet I find that a growing majority of the public are angry at the way things are going and are so disenchanted with politicians that they now refuse to vote at all.
What is my point?
My point is that – at some point - there will be a right-wing backlash and if a charismatic leader with extreme solutions should suddenly appear on the scene he will quickly gain the support of countless thousands - many of whom may not have voted for years because of disillusionment with liberal politics.
Some would say that that could not happen now because our liberal governments have actually legislated against right wing politics – I mean, it is now actually illegal to make many comments which would have once been considered "right-wing." But I have got news for these people: they are completely wrong! In view of Germany's volatile history, the Weimar Republic also thought they had come up with a system and a constitution which barred radical right-wingers from power! But that did not stop Adolf Hitler!!
The lesson of human history is that when economic calamity strikes, civil unrest immediately follows and ... all conventional, polite Sunday-afternoon tea party politics immediately goes out of the window!!
I have not even drawn direct comparisons between the Weimar years and modern liberal western society in this article because I think that those parallels are so overwhelmingly obvious. If you still want to make direct connections just check out the sub-titles to this article's title right at the top of your screen. To save you doing that, here they are:
I will let you draw your own conclusions. I do not think that you will find it too difficult.
I will close this article with a rhetorical question addressed to the reader:
If economic (or any other) calamity should strike the west, will a strong and charismatic right-wing leader again burst on to the scene in the United States, who will offer dynamic but dangerous solutions?
If that should happen, then make no mistake that Liberalism will have been the cause.
Think that could never happen again? Oh please, my complacent reader, learn the lesson of history: The lesson of human history is that evil can always happen again .... [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1 regarding the war women are waging to open up the combat arms to themselves.]
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Women today are pushing feminism to the absurd, and no where is this more visible as when they seek equality with men in the Army, where women are now suing for the right to serve along with men in combat roles. Indeed, for some time now, radical feminists have been pushing to open military combat assignments to women; hard-line feminists believe that unless women can be admitted into the "combat arms" (i.e., into what they consider to be the "warrior class") they will always be considered "less than equal" to men, not only in the military, but in society at large - never mind the fact that the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces recommended in November 1992 that women NOT be assigned to combat.
Testimony before the commission overwhelmingly indicated that differences in physical capabilities between men and women could not be tolerated in a combat situation in which the physical strength of EVERY member of a "combat team" is imperative to the team's success and safety - and this is to say nothing concerning the dangerous likelihood of inappropriate interpersonal relationships between the sexes, all the training to the contrary notwithstanding.
The conclusions were based on evidence from Desert Storm, where men serving alongside women close to the front were required to set up tents, dig latrines and carry heavy loads for their female counterparts; the situation led to EXTREMELY bad feelings on the part of the men; that - combined with a pregnancy rate which approached 10 percent among enlisted women (coupled with family/child-care problems) - meant the non-deployability rate among military women was three to four times greater than men.
The scuttlebutt among the men concerning these rates was that their female counterparts were getting pregnant in order to avoid deployment - and evidence suggests that in many instances, the men's suspicions were not wholly without merit.
Indeed, surveys indicate that much of the problem of sexual harassment in the military stems in part from the men's resentment over double standards favoring women insofar as physical strength is concerned, such as the gender-norming of test scores [in the army - push-ups, chin-ups, carrying back packs, running, etc.; in the air force - the inability of female pilots to withstand high "G-forces" in tight turns in combat aircraft, etc.; in the navy - the inability of women to handle the heavy lifting of machinery and fire hoses in emergency combat situations, etc.] which lead to the false assumption that women are not having a problem staying up with men physically in a military environment - WHEN, IN FACT, THE EXACT OPPOSITE IS TRUE.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness and a former member of the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, writes, "It is hard to imagine a better prescription for future conflict between military men and women."
In addition, and on a much more somber and cheerless note insofar as radical feminists are concerned, a great deal of collateral evidence has been gathered which also suggests that women are not psychologically equipped to deal with the horror, barbarism and brutal shock of savage and violent physical combat - which is not the same thing as taking care of the wounded in a MASH unit, where there can be no doubt women have acquitted themselves honorably. In both Panama and Desert Storm, women close to combat in non-medical roles (both enlisted and officers) tended to freeze. The evidence suggested that women reacted to the horror of brutal physical combat in exactly the same way women have always reacted, and would react today if caught in a gang fight in east Los Angeles between the Bloods and the Crips: they froze and were reduced to a whimpering, terrified mass of humanity - and it didn't seem to matter how much training they had been given.
But despite all the evidence which tends to indicate that women are physically and psychologically not suited for combat, combat roles are, nonetheless, being opened to women.
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