History of the Goose Step

From the Toronto Star:

“(The goose-stepping) says that here we can train all these men to do something that is completely unnatural,” says author David Schimmelpenninck, who chairs Brock University’s history department. “When you see men goose-stepping, that is much more ominous and much more impressive in a perverse sort of way than when you see men marching as they normally would in most NATO armies.

“In a militarized society, like Nazi Germany, like the Soviet army, like North Korea, the message is, `We are a society that will follow the dictator’s whim.'”

The goose step may be the height of narcissism — something monomaniacal leaders like Kim Jong Il exhibit in spades.