Apparently that episode of Rise of the Nazis is going to be repeatedBob Butler wrote: ↑Wed Apr 20, 2022 2:47 pm> Public TV put out a very blue special focused on dictators,
> primarily WW II's Hitler and Stalin. I might be summarized as
> follows. They collect yes men. These care more about getting
> close to the leader in the short term, less on keeping their
> promises in the long term. The focus is on all or nothing,
> claiming all if they cannot achieve it, and lying if that will win
> power. If they cannot achieve the glorious victory, they will
> perpetuate misery on those who fail. They distrust their
> generals. The one place they gave Stalin credit over Hitler was
> that Stalin reluctantly listened to Zhukov even as he saw him as a
> threat and at times exiled him. Hitler got rid of his best
> professionals, anyone who cared to contradict his victory filled
> dreams. They also emphasized that dictators care not at all for
> human life, especially if their victory is denied.
> The special give one the impression of how democracies beat
> dictatorships, but you can't help but apply the principles to
> Putin. I suspect this was the whole idea.
on WGBH on Tue 4/26 at 9 pm, and on Wed 4/27 at 4 am.
I agree that that description applies to Putin. That description of
fanatacism also applies to Xi Jinping and, to a slightly lesser
extent, to Biden.