COLORADO SPRINGS. Dinesh D’Souza’s movie Death of a Nation, will be opening to universally negative reviews from the left-leaning press. No surprise there. D’Souza continues in this film to elaborate on the theme of the historical collusion of the Democrat Party with slavery, terrorism (in the form of the KKK), eugenics, gangsterism and Marxist socialism.
The Democrats’ Dark Past
This is the dark past of the party that Democrats are desperate to hide or explain away.
The problem is that these are historical facts that cannot be explained away. So instead, they’re simply not taught. Instead, they’re glossed over or redirected against political opponents.
In Death of a Nation, D’Souza goes one step further. He points to the connection between the Democrats and fascism, both the Italian and German strains under Mussolini and Hitler. This will surprise many. Historically accurate, it just isn’t taught these days. The connection between the New Dealers and Soviet socialism is perhaps better known, although D’Souza doesn’t touch on that at all.
Instead, he shows the connection between the New Deal Progressive Democrats and fascist ideologies. He describes the mutual admiration society between Hitler and American eugenicists like Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
D’Souza displays admiring headlines and stories of the latter in the Volkisher Beobachter, the official newspaper of the Nazi party. (Unfortunately, he has trouble pronouncing the name, which translates to “People’s Observer.”)
His larger purpose is to correctly re-connect fascism as an ideology of the left. Hitler actually started his rise to power by taking control of the socialist Worker’s Party and morphed it into the National Socialist party. But its collectivist socialist roots remained.
Death of a Nation shows the relationship between the Democrat Party and Facism
If you follow the inexorable logic of his argument, the Democrat Party easily aligns with fascism, which is on the same side of the political spectrum as socialism.
The characterization of the Democrats in Death of a Nation is entirely accurate both historically and philosophically. Yet it will likely prove a tough sell to modern American Progressives. They persist in viewing themselves as “caring” and “compassionate” people who truly care about others. But in practice, they only care about “others” that conform to their left-wing dictates.
Typical movie reviewers won’t get the point . For them, history is last week’s Billboard Top Ten. Philosophy is which brand of Starbucks’ coffee is better and why.
Dinesh D’Souza tells a good story.
D’Souza travels to key historical places in Munich and elsewhere. He cleverly merges photography of today’s locations with historical photos. This masterful technique shows how little the places in Munich have changed since the Second World War.
Death of a Nation also features historical re-creations of events using actors primarily hired, as it turns out, from the Czech Republic.
There is yet another layer to this film. The title Death of a Nation is a conscious play on D.W.Griffiths’ notoriously racist film, Birth of a Nation. Notably, this film won the admiration of then-President Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Democrats of his day.
On the other hand, Death of a Nation begins with a re-creation of the suicides of Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun.
“What causes a nation to die?” Dinesh D’Souza.
In his film, D’Soulza also asks, “What causes a nation to survive?”
For this side of the coin, he uses Abraham Lincoln. The issue tearing the United States apart in 1860 was slavery. But for Lincoln, D’Souza says, it was not just about enslaving other human beings. It was more about stealing the fruits of their labor.
Lincoln says a couple of times in the movie that slavery is about theft: you work, I eat.
That phrase turned out to be a memorable take-away for viewers at the Monday preview in Colorado Springs.
This idea connects all the strains of collectivism. Whether it is fascism, communism, progressivism or slavery all collectivist systems value the collective above the individual and all are built on the idea that some work while others subsist on the labor of the workers.
Dinesh D’Souza is a brilliant thinker.
D’Souza has written and produced a movie packed with a lot of ideas. It’s 1 hr. 49 min. long but seems longer. It would take a semester or two to unpack and explore in some detail all the themes he raises. It does build on his previous movies, so someone familiar with them or who is a student of history will be able to understand where he’s going. Lacking that background, it could be tough going.
It is worth the journey. Today’s national crisis is as bad as that which led to the Civil War. If we want to save our nation, D’Souza concludes, we need to get back to our roots. We need to understand our founding principles. We also need to understand and ultimately reject the collectivist principles of the left. No matter the current name, theft is theft. You work, I eat.
Death of a Nation opens nationwide on August 3rd. Don’t miss it.