The Great Dictator: Remembering Hitler Properly
The Apotheosis of Adolf was a project started by the Nazis and continued in the popular imagination by casting him as a malevolent deity. Hitler’s plans for Germany didn’t work out, but his egotistical desire to become a Wagnerian god has. The real Nazi party was a disorganized mess, and Hitler only achieved the military success he did through luck rather than some sort of genius. Yet popular historiography simply perpetuates the self-glorifying mythos he created.
Lawrence, Kierkegaard, and the limits of self-invention
"For irony, there never was a past," Kierkegaard wrote.