Debunking and deconstructing the Third Wave: All of you After School Special kids will remember the story of The Third Wave. In 1967 a teacher at a California high school named Ron Jones decided to teach his students about the rise of the Nazi party by creating his own little fascist movement and then revealing it as a hoax. That much is true.
This essay goes into why the author thinks that much of what Jones wrote about The Third Wave experiment cannot possibly be true, and the recollections of a few people who were actually there. But further, Lyle Burkhead's essay is a truly remarkable read:
It's true that the Wave was a reflection of Nazi ideals. The Third Reich was intended to be a cohesive society, as opposed to a random collection of individuals. Nazism is the opposite of Social Atomism. Mr. Jones's story was designed to discredit the concept of a cohesive society. That was the whole point of the exercise. The lesson we are supposed to learn is that Nazi ideals lead straight to Auschwitz.
There are reasons for questioning whether the most notorious part of the Holocaust happened. Nevertheless everyone, including the revisionists, acknowledges the obvious fact that the Holocaust, in a general sense, did happen. Jews were rounded up and shipped off to concentration camps, where many of them died. Jews were also taken out and shot and buried in mass graves. This is not in dispute.
What I do want to dispute is the alleged causal link. If we lead disciplined, purposeful lives, then we are going to end up killing Jews. If we find strength in discipline, strength in community, and strength in action, then we are going to end up killing Jews. If we "share fully in life," as in the Wave ... then we will end up killing Jews. That's what we are supposed to believe. It's not true.
In fact it's so obviously absurd that I wonder how anyone could believe it. I also wonder why some people want us to believe it.
Let this bit of the essay tantalize instead of inflame you, and go read what he has to say.