Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly “senseless.” By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the “unification of all Germans,” a demand for “land and territory for the sustenance of our people,” and an assertion that “no Jew can be a member of the race.” Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded.
Oooookay. Everyone on the internet also agrees that the obligatory response is to quote The Big Lebowski: “I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.” I had thought that by firing Derbyshire, NRO had rid itself of anyone likely to pen the above-quoted sentences, but evidently not. Eliana Johnson is on Twitter; you twitterers can tell her what you think of her views on Nazism. I hate Yale Nazis.