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See other references to Nazism in Alvim's speech

by Ace Damon
See other references to Nazism in Alvim's speech

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“The German art of this decade will be heroic, objective and free from sentimentality. It will be national, and equally imperative and binding, or it will be nothing ”.

As you already know, the former Secretary of Culture copied the sentence above from Joseph Goebbels, only changing the mention of Germany for one to Brazil.

Only there are more icons of Nazi propaganda in the rest of the speech. He says, for example, that art must glorify the "harmony of Brazilians with their land, as well as emphasize the elevation of the nation and the people above petty private interests."

In Nazi Germany, after all, art was a tool of the state. Its function was to magnify Nazism. And nothing else. Hence the “above petty private interests”.

Alvim also mentions "the virtues of faith, loyalty, self-sacrifice and the fight against evil". "Evil" in a Nazi regime is anything that is not completely aligned with the interests of the state. The mention of "loyalty and self-sacrifice" is, of course, a call to war. It refers to Mein Kampf (My Fight), the Nazi propaganda book written by Hitler, which called on the Germans to fight "evil" – in this case, against the Jews and the Communists.

Another mention with Nazi rancidity is that which speaks of extolling the “founding myths” of the country. Nazi ideology glorified the Norse gods and legends, understanding that nationalist folklore should guide the arts. It is basically what Alvim said.

He also says that a "national art" that "will have the power to give us all the energy and impetus to move towards the construction of a powerful new Brazilian civilization."

“Creating a new German civilization” was one of the motives of the Third Reich. Again, Alvim only changed countries.

Had he not cited Goebbels ipsis litteris, Alvim's Nazi propaganda speech might have missed him. Good that he cited it, since there is no doubt about where his inspiration comes from.

Alvim, in the end, committed the nonsense not only to quote Goebbels, but to fantasize that he really lives in a Nazi regime, in an Orwellian totalitarianism in which a dictatorship says what is art and what is not; what you can think of and what you can't.

This is an extraordinary constraint on our democratic institutions. That Nazism only remains the rubbish of history. And that we only remember it so as not to repeat it.



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