Regarding your editorial "Censors on Campus" (Jan. 18): Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich."As the article notes, Kristallnacht was the riots that spread through Nazi Germany and surrounding countries which targeted the Jews and led to the Holocaust.
From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these "techno geeks" can pay. We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a "snob" despite the millions she has spent on our city's homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.
This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent "progressive" radicalism unthinkable now?
Perkins' comments are offensive enough when one considers how many poor people have suffered and died due to the measures of austerity that people like Perkins embrace.
But it's even more offensive due to the fact that he made such selfish comments barely days before the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Monday, January 27.
It's not bad enough he insults 99% of the people today, he also has to insult the memory of all the people that suffered and died during the Holocaust. And then he wonders why people are indeed so angry.