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Rotavele October 21st, 2014 2:25am

If not for the holocaust and WWII would you say Hitler was a "good leader"?

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jamichl Seattle
10/23/14 6:56 pm

It might be possible to argue he had some important achievements ... When he wasn't being propped up with amphetamines.

grizzy Kansas
10/21/14 7:19 pm

If it wasn't for his presidency or the American revolution, or his involvement in American government, would you say George Washington wasn't historically significant? You can take away defining moments of a person and spin it any way you want.

grizzy Kansas
10/21/14 7:23 pm

The holocaust and WWII were kind of Hitler's defining events. I don't know how you can judge him without it. If it wasn't for communism, would you say Russia was an economically and politically free nation? I guess? but that doesn't mean ANYTHING!!!

10/21/14 9:45 am

Hitler brought Germany out of an extreme depression in just three years he turned it into one of the richest countries during that time.

10/21/14 9:18 am

He was a terrible person but that doesn't mean your not a good leader. People did follow him so that means he had good leadership qualities. Problem is he used them for evil

grizzy Kansas
10/21/14 7:24 pm

He was a terrible leader but also a good leader. Wait...what?

10/24/14 6:50 am

I said terrible

10/24/14 6:51 am

I don't get people, I'm obviously not praising hitler. READ BEFORE YOU COMMENT....liberals

10/21/14 8:56 am

I'm probably too emotionally vested in this question to answer with full objectivity

Rotavele Alabama
10/21/14 12:14 pm

I understand, I'm feeling similar.

Brandon1995 San Francisco
10/21/14 8:51 am

He would be just another dictator like Mussolini or Stalin.

10/21/14 7:29 am

There's no denying he was a "good leader". The things he did were terrible but remember that he had millions of people that followed him.

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
10/21/14 7:11 am

I think Hitler, Churchill, Stalin and FDR all tapped into what the people were looking for at that time. Hitler knew the German people. He was a dynamic speaker and he gave them a scapegoat to turn their hatred towards. He understood his audience.

madeit Houston Area
10/21/14 7:04 am

Good at what? Thus is why we need to stare at evil in the face in all its forms and boldly call it what it is, because if we rationalize poor behavior and blow it off as acceptable, we will soon come to be led by monsters like him.

spitfirejmw Alabama
10/21/14 7:02 am

A very affective leader probably but I'd never call him great

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
10/21/14 6:50 am

Time magazine lauded his performance and he sent shivers up the legs of western liberals. He was beloved amongst democrats, for a while.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
10/21/14 6:51 am

He was a very "progressive" leader with his government seizure of entire industries and nationalization of businesses and corporate profits so that the money could be used "for the people."

jvc1133 61535
10/21/14 6:32 am

He led with his mouth, like someone else I despise.

mac Oregon
10/21/14 6:05 am

A violent self serving prejudice bully-eventually the evil and human weakness with prevail in a dictator and ruin will come-if pre 1936 Germany continued- history could be different- the man couldn't resist acting the monster he was.

meb1 somewhere in MN
10/21/14 4:57 am

He inspired only fear, which is not sustainable without continually expanding punishment of those who do not comply.

rons Thanks America
10/21/14 4:45 am

You would have never had the peoples car or the autobaun.

ikeurban21 B L C
10/21/14 3:58 am

He was an awful person but a strategic genius

10/21/14 3:50 am

There was a reason Hitler was on the front of a Time magazine cover, because he was a phenomenal leader. The world watched as he resurrected an economically defunct and demoralized Germany to a global force. He inspired his people and lead well.

10/21/14 3:50 am

Excluding the holocaust.

R3dzombi3 Space, probably
10/21/14 3:35 am

Not morally good, but he was certainly great at getting people to follow him.

10/21/14 1:19 am

He did a fantastic job leading his people out of a depression many times worse than the American Great Depression. And at the same time he unified his people.

Bad mad. Great leader.

brenstal Florida
10/21/14 1:18 am

Even if he didn't have a war and genocide, he still would have been a bad leader. He killed a lot of acedemics, he killed disabled people, and he alienated/encouraged violence against Jews. I don't think his divisive tactics are sustainable.

brenstal Florida
10/21/14 1:19 am

Creating a dictatorship idealizing the classic German peasant only works when you can keep the Germans happy. Eventually his policies would have become so restrictive I think people would have rebelled. Also, he was so militant.

brenstal Florida
10/21/14 1:22 am

I think he would have alienated other Western countries with his extremism, and that would hurt German trade with the outside world.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/20/14 11:49 pm

I have to say no because I find it impossible to separate him from those events.

10/20/14 10:20 pm

Well that depends how you define "leader".

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/20/14 9:04 pm

Until 1939 probably but it wouldn't have changed the outcome of the war he started, and it's still failure. Even if he had won, he'd be just feared and mostly hated, like Stalin who did win.

Torfin Never Behind
10/20/14 8:33 pm

He was still a brutal dictator who tried to conquer the world.

PrinceOberyn Here I am Here I Remain
10/20/14 8:51 pm

And? Holocaust not happening, I see no problem with that.

Torfin Never Behind
10/20/14 8:54 pm

I suggest you seek the assistance of a mental health professional.

Tariq88 Utah
10/20/14 7:41 pm

He was a very good speaker and good at convincing people, but it wasn't for the sake of them or for their rights and benefits, so because of that I would say no.

PrinceOberyn Here I am Here I Remain
10/20/14 7:36 pm

If it weren't for the holocaust, he would ranked up their with Napoleon and Alexander as a conqueror.

Rotavele Alabama
10/20/14 7:27 pm

Inspired by a convo i was a part of. I don't know enough to say either way. I only know he was supposedly a good economist.