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December 1, 2015

Nazis, Introverts and Powerful Bad Leaders

Responding to listener comments, The Boss Show guys take up:  (1) politically correct speech (should “Nazi” be verboten?); (2) whether introverts can succeed in a culture that rewards extroverts; (3) how bad people so often rise to power; and (4) coping with HR Nazis. (Oops, there we go again …)

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2 Responses to Nazis, Introverts and Powerful Bad Leaders

Marie Malik says: December 2, 2015 at 6:41 am

Hi Guys,

Here is my take on the usage of Nazi. I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a Czech refugee and this is the perspective I was raised with. I grew in NYC and Mel Brooks is one of my comedy idols (along with Joan Rivers and George Carlin). Nazis and Communists and all despots should be mocked at every opportunity. These are people and ideologies that seek to dictate and control every aspect of other people’s lives while creating an elite class that is exempt from these controls. When people seek to over police others over minutiae, then yes they deserve to be called Nazis. This is where the word has become a way to call out an overreach of control. Second point on the term Nazi: It is a word that connotes power, elitism, and supremacy as well as abuse of power. So that when we call someone a Nazi, we are stating very loudly that they have over stepped their authority. The other “N” word is a term that was used historically to dehumanize a specific group of people. The fact remains, this word is still used to dehumanize so there is no appropriate usage in society, especially by white people.

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Steve Motenko says: December 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

Fascinating insights, Marie. Thanks for sharing. Great to know there’s at least one person out there who DOESN’T think I was being politically incorrect! ~Steve “The Psychology Guy”

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