Re: Since then, including Clinton and Obama, they have used the same old lines
while I share the general sympathy with the notion that 'the government is NOT your friend', and I'm absolutely not versed in what constitutes a valid argument, I feel that this one is misguided, i.e. 'all governments use Nazi arguments, therefore, by association, they pick up some of that very nasty nazi-smell. I would reduce it to the simpler one: Hitler built the motorways, therefore all governments that do, are like Hitler. Clearly motorways (never mind narrow and broader impact on environments, death rate, etc.), are not 'evil'. Somehow, I feel, the problem is not with arguments themselves, but what purpose they are used for by politicians. And here, I could happily agree that all politicians use more or less the same, generally populist arguments to achieve one goal, and one goal only, i.e. to rule, and to do so by gaining a whiff of 'legitimacy', both for the interior public (well, we chose him, the will of the people, yeah, if he gets too crazy, he'll be voted out with next elections, etc..) - and to derail international criticism and potential action (well, they chose me, so fuck off / well, they chose him, so it's not our problem).
Somehow, I feel nothing's changed, i.e. Hitler was a sign of his times, which people generally accepted that you prosecute and persecute minorities (convenient that those minorities were disliked elsewhere). Nowadays, he wouldn't be, because times have moved on. He'd be one of those 'radicals', offering simple solutions to complex problems. But yes, the populist ideas and arguments live on, as we know, only they're packaged differently. Message is the same: I give you a simple solution to ALL your problems, just give me POWER and 'together'... (yeah, together ;)