After the World War I, Germany, Italy and Japan were majorly affected by and resented the inequality of the Treaty of Versailles. These “have-not” countries were under the rule of repressive dictatorship, which in turn sought to redress the issues caused by the World War I. In Germany, Adolf Hitler, a one-time Germany’s chancellor who rose to power during the 1920s and early 1930s at a time of when political, social, and economic upheavals rose continuously. He came to light as a prominent leader of the Nazi Party, as he seized his massive power by spreading Red Scare, or the fear of Communism (Sanford, p. 126). Under the reign of Hitler, Red Scare was the major issue used to obtain power and supporters, as Hitler’s self-interest in his own rule and expanding German territories trumped the fundamental human rights.
Self-interest boils down to opportunism, or acting while seizing opportunities and taking advantages of others; in brief, self-interest focuses on the needs or desires of the self, putting the “I” before the “we” with a sheer disregard for others’ interests (Jensen & Meckling, 1). Human rights, on the other hand, are the rights that are entitled to every human being (Jensen & Meckling, 1). Upholding the principles of dignity and justice for each and every human being lies at the heart of human rights (Jensen & Meckling, 3).
In fact, the Nazi Party took over the German government and essentially ruled under Fascism, which advocates collective ownership of properties and harms Hitler’s supporters, who tended to be landowners, company owners, military families, and upper class citizens. These people were unwilling to give away their properties and lands to the peasants. He feared losing his supporters due to th...
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