Gōtz von Berlichingen

Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German Imperial Knight, mercenary, and poet. He was born around 1480 into the noble family of Berlichingen in modern-day Baden-Württemberg. Götz bought Hornberg Castle in 1517, and lived there until his death in 1562. Wikipedia

Gōtz is short for Gottfried (god’s peace) and expressed in the variant Gaetz. When I was growing up, the name of the knight was a polite (surreptitious) way of saying “kiss my ass” in German. Why therehad to be a double blind for an insult, I do not know. But, perhaps this coerced German politeness accounts for the vulgarities some people spew nowadays.

Was Germany the center of coerced obedience which prompted a culture of subterfuge? Did German emigrants to the Americas (North and South) import authoritarianism while liberals stayed behind?

That ethnic Germans make up 19% of the U.S. population (the largest ethnic cohort) is, I believe, a contributor to the nationalist, sexist authoritarianism taking its last gasp. Authoritarian Gōtterdāmmerung, the extinguishment of secular gods.