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Quoting Bonhoeffer #2

The army eventually restored order by defeating the Communists and murdering Luxemburg and Liebknecht. In January 1919 an election was held, but no one gained a majority and there was no consensus. These forces would keep fighting for years, and Germany would remain divided and confused until 1933, when a wild-eyed vagabond from Austria would end the confusion by outlawing all dissent, and then the real troubles would begin [Metaxas in Bonhoeffer, 34].

Hitler’s rise to power and the eventual condemnation of all dissent is why true democracy is of great value. It is good to have the freedom to disagree politically. Very good. An ideology that outlaws every other ideology leads to tyrants and massacre on the human political level. We humans are too corrupt to be above accountability. If anything, this is a reason for American Democrats and Republicans to be thankful for one another.

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Quoting Bonhoeffer

On November 9 the kaiser saw no alternative and abdicated the throne. In a moment, the Germany of the last fifty years vanished. But the mobs milling around Berlin weren’t satisfied. Revolution was in the air. The ultraleft Spartacists, led by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, had taken over the kaiser’s palace and were on the verge of declaring a Soviet republic. The Social Democrats had a majority in the Reichstag, but any moment it could all vanish. Just outside the window on the Koenigsplatz the angry crowds clamored for change, demanding something, anything – and that’s precisely what they got. Throwing political caution to the winds and a cheap sop to the crowd below, Philipp Scheidemann opened the gigantic window, and without any particular authority to do so, he declared a German republic! That was that [Metaxas in Bonhoeffer, 33].</block quote

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