Chapter 1: Towards the Economics of Hate
1. Towards the economics of hate It might not be obvious what economics has to do with hate. Let us begin that discourse by looking at the deliberations in the inner circle of the Nazi Party two days after Kristallnacht. As part of the discussion, Goebbels suggested that Jews might be excluded from sleeping cars (on trains) that contained Germans. He proposed that they might then be forced to sleep in the corridor. The following discussion is then reported to have taken place: Goering: In that case, I think it would make sense to give them separate compartments. Goebbels: Not if the train is overcrowded? Goering: Just a moment. There’ll be only one Jewish coach. If that is ﬁlled up the other Jews will have to stay home. Goebbels: Suppose, there won’t be many Jews going on the express to Munich, suppose there will be two Jews in the train and the other compartment will be overcrowded. These two Jews would then have a compartment all to themselves. Therefore, Jews may claim a seat only after all Germans have secured a seat. Goering: I’d give the Jews one coach or one compartment. And should a case like you mention arise and the train be overcrowded, believe me, we don’t need a law. We’ll kick him out and he’ll have to sit alone on the toilet all the way. Goebbels: I don’t agree, I don’t believe in this. There ought to be a law. Further there ought to be a decree...
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