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'Don't Be a Sucker': Anti-Nazi Movie From 1943 Goes Viral, Shows the Dangers of Populism and Hate

Why are thousands of people retweeting a black-and-white clip from a 1940s U.S. War Department propaganda film?

A scene taken from “Don’t Be a Sucker” that a researcher clipped from the anti-fascism film’s 1947 rerelease has gone viral because it applies perfectly to today’s society.

In the clip, an older man explains to a younger man how fascism works. “I thought Nazis were crazy people, stupid fanatics,” he says, describing how he wrote off the Nazi movement as harmless because no one would listen to them. But fascism worked insidiously to divide Germany into factions and then take over.

“Somebody’s going to get something out of it, and it isn’t going to be you,” he sums up the Nazi movement.

On radio Tuesday, Glenn described the scene as “absolutely 100 percent timeless in its truth.”

In a similar way, the alt-right, Antifa and other violent groups are working to divide Americans into factions so they can take over.

“They know they cannot defeat a united people, so you have to divide it,” Glenn said.

It’s up to us to reject fascist division wherever it comes from.

“We need to begin to reject that,” Glenn said. “We are dividing ourselves.”

GLENN: Right. Because the average person doesn't have time to see the future. They don't -- they don't have the conversations -- would you write this down, Stu? We have to start concentrating on those conversations with the actual people. So actual people who are making these -- I want to -- I want to start talking to people who are thinking of ways that will affect over -- over half a billion people.

Somebody who is working -- the people who are working on things that will actually change our lives. Those conversations need to be heard by the average American, so they're not duped into, we're going to bring your job back. Because the job is not coming back. It's just not. This is not 1980 or 1990 or even 2005. It's not.

It's a world of 2025 being designed right now. But I want to warn you, when was the last time this worked in the world? It worked when unemployment was out of control and people had no money.

Could we play what we played -- this is from 1943. And this was something produced by the government because the German Nazi movement was actually taking root here in America. And I just want you to hear -- now this is so wildly outdated in its production and presentation. But the words remain true. Because this is how we're getting people into these fringe groups, be them the communist anarchists on the left or the Nazis on the right. They're dividing, and they're using what we just explained, they're interpreting this and saying, "I'll protect you." How?

Listen.

VOICE: I see Negroes holding jobs that belong to me and you. Now, I ask you, if we allow this thing to go on, what's going to become of us regular Americans?

VOICE: I've heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America.

VOICE: This fellow seems to know what he's talking about.

VOICE: What are we real Americans going to do about it? You'll find it right here in this little pamphlet, the truth about Negroes and foreigners, the truth about the Catholic church! You'll find out --

VOICE: Are you believing that kind of talk?

GLENN: Okay. Stop. This whole thing -- you can replace, you know, the truth about conservatives. You'll read it right here in this pamphlet. The truth about the free market. You can just change out whoever you want. The truth about whites. The truth about blacks. The truth about gays. The truth about straight. The truth about whatever.

This is what's happening right now because people who want something know that you are feeling oppressed. They know that you can barely afford to go to Applebee's. And you need somebody to hear you. You need somebody to recognize this. You need somebody to tell you it's okay. And, quite honestly, it is in human nature -- we all want someone to blame.

In this case, blame progressives in the best meaning of that word. Not the political progressives, but those who are building progress. Those who are changing the world through new ideas. That's who's to blame. But that's also who's to thank.

Somebody is going to get something from you, if you give them your power. And it's going to become increasingly difficult. It's called populism for a reason. It becomes popular.

Whatever is popular to say, whoever it is popular to blame. And what will become more and more popular is a handout, socialism, government control. Make the pain stop. That's going to become very popular. And it's going to become popular in your own personal life, no matter what you do, or for people who are building businesses.

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