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Comparing Arnold Schwarzenegger And Adolf Hitler

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Comparing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adolf Hitler

"To ‘learn’ history means to seek and find the forces which are the causes leading to those effects which we subsequently perceive as historical events.” – Adolf Hitler

Growing up poor in a small town in Austria he had dreams of becoming famous; some would even say this dream soon became an obsession. This fascination soon engulfed his life, viewing his goals as a catalyst for a better life. After a brief stint in the army he pursued this dream and learned to use propaganda as a springboard to achieve a high ranking position in a political party. This political party was currently in power in the country he had immigrated to in his twenties, a country he could now call his own. Two Austrian men adequately fit this description: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adolf Hitler.

Most people do not associate Arnold Schwarzenegger with Adolf Hitler, but as one examines the lives and goals of each of these household personas, similarities arise in their upbringings, careers, and even personality traits. Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adolf Hitler grew up impoverished in small towns in Austria with dreams of becoming famous. Each had their own motivation that drove their successes, Schwarzenegger weight lifted and Hitler developed his notions of anti-Semitism. The goal of this paper is not to extrapolate that Schwarzenegger is an anti-Semite, nor that he has plans to execute millions of Californians in the same way Hitler used his power and influence. This comparison is to demonstrate and better understand the tactics that Arnold Schwarzenegger employed to attain his current position in California, and how his political agenda has paralleled that of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Nazi-Germany. Both Schwarzenegger and Hitler have succeeded in persuading millions of people, in their respective immigrant countries that were in need of reform, and it is imperative that we examine their use of political propaganda as a means of catalyzing a population.

The Background

"I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work." - Adolf Hitler


To fully understand the views expressed in this paper, it is necessary to understand Adolf Hitler and to provide context as to why Schwarzenegger is being compared to what many believe to be the embodiment of evil itself. This section of the paper will focus on the background of both states: California and Nazi Germany.

In 1929 Germany was hit with the final blow to an already struggling nation; the Great Depression. Black Tuesday hit Germany in the midst of a naval blockade, extreme hyperinflation, and poverty for many Germans. Many historians believe that the blockade against Germany was the main reason for the rise of Nazism and consequently World War II. Regardless, Germany was in a time of crisis and in desperate need of salvation.

In 2003, California, while not suffering from the same...

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