The ever-prescient Mel Brooks dropped what you might think was a throwaway line into "Springtime for Hitler," the big production number in his infamous 1968 film The Producers, and he even dubbed in his own voice to say it: "Don't be stupid, be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi party." Lest you think it was just a passing jest, be advised that Brooks thought enough of the line to use it again, fifteen years later: he put together a "Hitler Rap" to promote To Be or Not to Be, a remake of Lubitsch's 1942 classic, and incorporated the bit therein.

This might not be such a big deal, except that socialists — and not just National Socialists, either — seem unusually susceptible to this particular pitch. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has signed the European Union Treaty, and Cat writes in Brits at their Best that, well, Brown is a socialist:

[A]nd Socialism is a global religion. It hates nation states. It wants one allegiance to one global state in which national politicians such as Master Blair can play lofty roles. Socialism is an ignorant religion that ignores the scientific facts of freedom, the essential connection between a people being free and being prosperous, the indisputable link between a people's safety and education and happiness and their ability to make local decisions about their police and their schools and their livelihoods.

But, says Cat, this isn't the only reason:

But there is another reason for Brown and Miliband and Blair and Heath and Clarke and Major and Heseltine and all the rest of them to support the creation of the EU and the destruction of Britain, aside from the obvious reason that they do not like Britain much, do not understand or love her history, do not forgive her imperfections and seek to support her real goodness, and do not understand political or economic science, and that reason is this —

They want to be part of the inner circle. They want to be in the circle for exactly the same reason that there are circles of girls and boys in schools and circles of men and women in clubs and at work. They want to feel that they are in a special circle and you and most other people are outside it. They think that they are something because they are in the circle. They think the circle is superb.

"All the cool kids are doing it," as we used to say. It was a powerful appeal in the 1960s when a lot of young folks turned to the political left, and forty years later, though no longer young, they still feel its pull. And as with any religion, even an "ignorant" one, there are penalties for apostasy:

To walk out of the circle is frightening and, almost worse, embar