Ben Shapiro Discusses How Democracies Collapse: Hitler Was Let In ‘Through The Front Door’

Conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer Ben Shapiro waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2018. - The two day event covers all things political with dozens of high profile political figures. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “The first thing I think people ought to recognize about Hitler taking power is that the power had been centralized in the government before Hitler took it,” the “Right Side of History” author outlined.
  • “So if you actually look at the history of Nazi Germany, the Weimar Republic effectively collapsed, the power had been centralized in the chancellory, and really under Hindenburg for a couple of years before that,” Shapiro, 38, explained. “So it was only a matter of time until someone who was bad grabbed the power.”
  • “The struggle between the Reds and the Browns in pre-Nazi Germany led to this kind of up-spiraling of radical sentiment that allowed Hitler in through the front door, not through the back door. He was elected,” the podcast host said.

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