Most Germans under Hitler were just peace loving people who wanted to be left alone to drink their beer and eat their wurst. Very few Germans were Nazis – only 6.6% (5.3 million out of a population of 80 million) when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. Yet the Nazis took control and led the country to destruction in the most devastating war in history.
The majority of Japanese subjects prior to World War II just wanted to be left in peace to enjoy their sake and haiku and "beisbaru." Yet they allowed the Bushidists to take over the army and the country and lead a gentle and sensitive people into the hell of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The same story can be told of the peace loving Chinese under Mao Tse Tung and the peace loving Russians under Stalin. If mankind is composed mostly of peace loving people, why do they allow extremists time after time to take them to war?
The answer is in our upbringing, but not in the content of our upbringing. It's in the duration.
The humpback whales are now in Banderas Bay. They arrive in December to breed and bear their young. The mothers are with their calves continuously after birth to protect them from orcas, even when the calves, as they are now, are as big as a greyhound bus. By the first of April, the 2½ month old calves will be fully grown, and the pods will leave the bay and swim north, with the newborns totally independent of their mothers and incognizant of their fathers.
We humans, on the other hand, are under the control, protection, and tutelage of our parents for one-fourth of our lives. (Obama's trying to make that a third, with mandatory parental insurance coverage to age 26.) That is the longest parentage period of any mammal. The result is that we are inculcated with the concept of authority.
We Humans, in other words, are predisposed to Military discipline because of our childhood experiences. It's very easy for a sergeant or a lieutenant – or a dictator – to assume the role of surrogate father and start giving us orders. And it's been drilled into us for twenty years that we must obey.
This is the reason the history of mankind has been a litany of wars. We never learn because each generation has been conditioned to be soldiers – to accept and follow orders and to suppress their individuality. This same conditioning, of course, makes us ideal subjects for any monarchial ambitions that may choose to subjugate us, which is why it is imperative that, as free republicans, we develop personal responsibility and a sense of individual worth and purpose.
Fortunately, most of us grow out of our childhood conditioning when we transition into parents ourselves and are forced to learn individualism and responsibility. There are many, however, who never grow up, and spend their entire lives under Papa Government's parental care and protection from the everyday exigencies of life.
We call these latter people democrats.