featured graphic for opinion piece jumping off from historical documentary "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City" asking whether the United States will follow a path similar to that of Weimar Germany in the 1920s. View of Berlin is a still shot from the silent documentary by Walther Ruttmann.

Outside referral: Could ordinary Americans embrace socialism?

Robin Itzler, a longtime contributer to Orange County Breeze, has a thoughtful piece published at American Thnkger titled “Could ordinary Americans embrace socialism?”

Here’s how the piece opens:

Flipping channels to get away from the day’s depressing news, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt) was playing on a movie station. It was director Walther Ruttmann’s acclaimed 1927 silent film that used innovative montages to move the plot along. The groundbreaking Weimar cinema documentary offers historians a significant window into German life in between the two World Wars.

The film documented a full day in the life of 1927 cosmopolitan Berlin – from early morning when streets were empty to busy daytime when those same streets were bustling with activity to evening when adults owned the urban jungle.

What made the 79-minute documentary frightening was knowing that just six short years later, many of those same everyday ordinary people would be standing on those same city streets waving flags adorned with black swastikas and shouting “Heil Hitler!”

Could everyday ordinary Americans, just as easily, or eventually, embrace socialism as it is generally known? One would be naive to dismiss the possibility given the results of many respected polls and especially those taken of young Americans.

Had the German signage been hidden, viewers might have thought it was 1927 London, Paris or Manhattan. Just another lively metropolis with people going about their everyday ordinary lives. Traveling to work on trains or buses, eating in restaurants, delivering packages by horse-drawn carts, taking children to playgrounds, visiting the city zoo, sitting and talking with friends, walking down streets, cleaning or sweeping in front of homes, shopping in stores filled with the latest clothes and furniture…

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