Magazine December 17, 2020, Issue

Heinrich Heine’s Prophecy of Nazism

Heinrich Heine (DeAgostini/Getty Images)
The poet perceived that action would follow thought

As we mark the 65th anniversary of National Review, was there ever a more appropriate time to stand athwart history yelling “Stop”?

We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic whose economic and social consequences have been as devastating as its impact on public health. Our nation is ideologically polarized and culturally tribalized to the point at which each half of the country views the other half as enemies rather than fellow citizens with whom they happen to have disagreements. And this did not begin yesterday, or in 2016.

We have rioting, complete with burning and looting, in the streets and rampaging

This article appears as “Realms Visible and Invisible” in the December 17, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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