An excerpt from a book written in 1955 has shown eerily parallels between the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the United States in 2017.
Uncovered on Reddit, a subreddit has been discussing a passage from They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945 by Milton Mayer. The forum can be found here, along with the full section the chat is referring to.
"Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse," the passage reads. "You wait for the next and the next. you wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even talk, alone; you don't want to 'go out of your way to make trouble'."
The US has experienced its fair share of controversy over recent years. Since Donald Trump became president, issues surrounding immigration and border control have been rife. There is still the ongoing guarantee from Trump to build a wall between the US and Mexico.
Gun control has been another hot topic. As the US continues to lead the free world in mass shootings, more and more people are calling for new laws, but to no avail. The rich and powerful National Rifle Association has thrown huge sums behind the Republic Party, and Trump has so far barely touched on the issue. Even Barack Obama was quiet on guns in his first term.
Trump also removed the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. However the treaty does not come into effect until 2021 so there is time to re-enter.
"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying 'Jewish swine', collapses it all at once, and you see everything , everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose."
Reddit users were quick to agree.
"The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way."