Friday, January 13, 2012

How Do You Kill 10 Million People?

About a week ago, I mentioned Andy Andrews book, "How Do You Kill 10 Million People?" in passing.  I had seen Andrews on the Glenn Beck program (on Beck's internet-based network,  I honestly don't know if this will work, but if you see a free video here, watch it. I can't recommend this strongly enough. 

Andrews' book kind of got into my brain, and like a spot on your tooth that you have to feel with your tongue, or a piece of gravel in your shoe that you need to keep poking at, it just made me keep coming back to think about this. I bet that his answer will resonate with my readers who haven't heard it.

How do you kill 10 million people?  The trains to the prison camps would have thousands of prisoners and only a couple of guards.  In the towns where they would hold their victims, walled off from the outside, less than 15 armed men would go into a group and read a speech full of lies to, perhaps, a thousand men, and there was never a revolt.  Surely, if they had revolted as a human wave, some would have been killed, but they would have eventually overpowered the guards.  How did they get those people to be so compliant?

Step back from the ghettos to the larger society.  The Nazi party never contained more than 10% of the population of the country: how does 10% rule the larger portion?   The population could have overpowered them.  I know that the Nazis confiscated all guns, and that certainly made it much more difficult, but in sheer numbers they could have overrun military bases and captured weapons.   Some well-funded gun runners could have made a world of difference. 

Andrews concludes there is a very simple explanation, so simple that we might laugh at it.  The Nazis lied to their victims. 

You see, one of the disadvantages of our western, Judaeo-Christian society (which 1930s Germany certainly was) is that we train our children, and ourselves, not to lie.  (Not all societies teach this: Islam allows lying, especially to infidels).  We are all brought up to tell the truth, and the mirror reflection of that is that we expect others to tell us the truth.  There's a reason politicians and used car salesmen are held in low regard: we expect them to be lying.  When there's a "big lie", a well coordinated story, told directly to your face by people who don't seem to be lying, we tend to believe them.  Hitler himself said, "The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one".  I believe that our normalcy bias makes us prefer to believe the lie than to believe our Government is trying to kill us. 
(training our children - and ourselves in 20 years - not to lie)

JPFO founder Aaron Zelman said if every one of the Jews in the ghettos had a rifle, a few rounds of ammunition, and the will to use them, Adolph Hitler would have been a minor footnote in world history.  Whether or not that's really true (alternate history is always wild speculation), it's hard to know, but the rag tag group that did acquire a few guns held the Nazis off for a month - longer than it took for them to take the rest of the Poland.

While we are culturally trained to not believe it, we should always keep in the back of our minds that the hydra is lying to us.  Today, it's easy to believe - almost guaranteed, and perhaps I don't need to remind this audience, but the worst genocides in history are always, always, always, carried out by governments following fully legal procedures in their countries. 


  1. You don't have to spend that much money and resources.
    1) Write a book called Silent Spring and denounce DDT as a killer.
    2) Lobby so it gets banned/restricted into nothing.
    3)Sit back and watch people die in Africa of maladies formerly under control.

    Be patient as you will only kill a million people a year.

  2. Excellent point, Miguel.

    Never forget the millions killed by militant environmentalists.

  3. You think that might have something to do with the newly established rural councils?You don't need gas chambers or rail cars if you just control the farms and require that corn be turned into ethanol to fuel your car.
    It's good for the planet,dontcha know...

  4. A government could kill a lot of people simply by destroying the economy, which is what we are seeing now. In Greece, people are selling their own children in order to avoid starving.

    When it gets worse, people will start killing each other.

    No need for trains and gas chambers.

  5. I've already laid out a plan in two fictional books how this could be easily accomplished:

    Collapse an industrialized economy where people don't have the ability to independently feed themselves and allow them to become malnourished/starve.

    Follow that with a bio-engineered virus.

    Too bad I didn't have more readers. People would understand the trains aren't really needed.

  6. "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." - George Orwell

  7. Thanks to all.

    The point of all this wasn't the trains, and wasn't even the death camps. The point was the lying, and how our backgrounds make us susceptible to being lied to. TJ's excellent quote from George Orwell captures it.

    Mark Twain said, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme". The next holocaust isn't going to look just like the last one. The next holodomor isn't going to look just like the original. But the pattern of constant lying will be the same.

    It's hard to filter out the important lies from all the constant barrage of lies. The signal to noise ratio is very low. But let's work at it together.

  8. Video worked. Scary. Nearing the time to get off the porch. Prepare. - GB. III

  9. Two things:
    1) that's not a "quote" from Hitler; that's a paraphrase of the very long chapter on "the big lie."

    2) Hitler was actually CONDEMNING ITS USE by others, NOT endorsing its use.

    And I might as well throw in that Goebbels condemned its use also. These are all easily verified by a reading of the actual book, not relying on inaccurate Google searches from biased sources.

  10. Our public servants are being programmed to lie. See Hoffa vs. US in the Supreme court. Basically, a cop can say whatever they want to get what they want. Of course, some have pushed it too far and a line has been drawn legally. Make no mistake, that line favors the enforcer. If you are the object of a cop's undivided attention, trust NOTHING that comes out of his/her mouth!! Any intelligent individual need only watch one episode of "cops" to figure this out. More and more I feel like a fish swimming in a sea of sharks.

  11. When I was a peace officer, it was generally considered acceptable for cops to lie to perps, because they always lied to us. But we were never permitted to arrest them simply for lying to us, the way the Feds could.

    While politicians - including our President, our Commander-in-Chief, Leader of the Free World - are allowed to lie to us, constantly, even as we (like Martha Stewart) are sent to prison for lying to them.