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Unformatted text preview: applied in practice by Hitler. During his rule, Hitler created terror amongst his people, and used their uncertainty to gain unquestioning power. This almost directly parallels what occurred during the Stalinist era, and reinforces that we must be cautious when striving for state goals. In his works, Camus provided examples of leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini that developed their states on irrational fears. They fed their people irrational fears that resulted in overwhelming trust in violence and in unquestioning power of the state. However, Camus argues that it is this foundation, a government based on the ends rather than the means, that led to the demise of these leader’s movements. In short, they failed because their aims were ultimately empty. I believe Camus would generalize Stalin’s rule into this category. That Stalin’s goals were empty and that his movement would inevitably fail....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course L&S 140D taught by Professor Laqueur during the Spring '11 term at Berkeley.
- Spring '11