Me, I call bullshit. I’m in the business of stopping American National Socialism (AmSoc for short), as are any number of better bloggers than I, and any objective analysis of our efforts would equate them to pissing in a dark suit: it may give us a warm feeling, but nobody notices. As for ridicule, I’ve just survived 2 years of japes at Mr. HopeyChange, and guess who the President-elect is? It’s not like people didn’t ridicule Hitler either, but Charlie Chaplin and Spike Jones didn’t end the war. There have been some minor victories vs. the mainstream media, but that’s simple market competition. Anything else has essentially fallen flat, which is why the free Internet is tolerated. Look at that noise about whether Obama is a citizen. None of it has raised a mob to storm the hospital that issued the certificate of live birth, which is what that would take. It’s absolute horsesqueeze that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” the pen can mobilize swords, but without the swords, it’s impotent.
It can be argued that much of the anti-Hitler ridicule was too late, that it should and would have come earlier. But the Net tends to favor outsiders. In the mid-20s, Hitler was definitely an outsider, and there’s every reason to believe that the Nazis would have used the Net more effectively than their opponents. There’d be a “Free Mumia” campaign, followed by Ron Paul-style money bombs. The Tägliche Kos Völkischer Beobachter site would be getting millions of hits.
Then there’s the matter of “the Berlin firewall”. If China and N. Korea can effectively filter the Net, what makes you think that Hitler wouldn’t? It would be done slowly, as the German people would already have known the blessings of the Web. There’s be a push for “German content”, a censoring of foreign material, and finally a crackdown on internal dissent. If done slowly and gently enough, with enough manufactured consent, it would be the easiest thing in the world. Sometime in the next 10 years, an advanced industrial country will do just that, and my bets are that it will be west of the Atlantic.