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A bit off topic, but for the "fun" of it, I walked up the steps to the podium and looked out over the vast space of the field. (It turns out that, while the architect designed the podium for Hitler to climb stairs from behind and then decent to the speaker's platform, he preferred to drive up at ground level to the bottom of the platform, and walk "from the people" to the speaker's position). All the banners and symbols are gone and there is a chain-link fence crossing the field, but you can imagine some modern politicians' dreams of facing a quarter of a million uniformed followers wearing your red, white and black fashion accessories chanting you name and your political slogans. Surrounding them were another hundred thousand or so in grandstands. Military vehicles cross the stadium in front of you. At night, the whole area was surrounded by a forest of large spotlights (the type used to find flying planes) creating the effect of a wall of light. Large flames burn on each side of you and larger versions of your personal fashion accessory flap in the breeze as every one of those listening feels their heart beating to the cadence of your speech.

We should all be aware of the power of symbols to take advantage of human nature. This place, as well as the techniques it was designed to amplify, was carefully engineered to maximize its efficacy. It was a conscious effort to craft an image and a legend created to modify the response of humans by working on deeply buried portions of our psyche in a way which we had minimal ability to deal with if we were sufficiently unbalanced due to being frightened. The power of these images - both as seen and as imagined as an overlay, is still functional and should serve as a graphic lesson that history has a tendency to rhyme and the tools available to politicians world-wide, in this age of social media and artificial intelligence, are even more powerful than those in use nearly a century ago.

It is the job of each of us top think as well as listen and see.

Jefff
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