'I am a Socialist,' Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, 'and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow'.
No one at the time would have regarded it as a controversial statement. The Nazis could hardly have been more open in their socialism, describing themselves with the same terminology as our own SWP: National Socialist German Workers' Party.
Almost everyone in those days accepted that fascism had emerged from the revolutionary Left. Its militants marched on May Day under red flags. Its leaders stood for collectivism, state control of industry, high tariffs, workers' councils. Around Europe, fascists were convinced that, as Hitler told an enthusiastic Mussolini in 1934, 'capitalism has run its course'.
One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring. History is reinterpreted, and it is taken as axiomatic that fascism must have been Right-wing, the logic seemingly being that Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty and fascists were nasty. You expect this level of analysis from Twitter mobs; you shouldn't expect it from mainstream commentators.
...I just hope that Lefties who have read this far will have a sense of how conservatives feel when fascism is declared to be simply a point further along the spectrum from them. Whenever anyone points to the socialist roots of fascism, there are howls of outrage. Yet the people howling the loudest are often the first to claim some ideological link between fascism and conservatism.
Listen to Democrats like the unhinged progressive Tom Harkin, who believes income and wealth needs to be "reallocated" -- by force, presumably -- and you can hear the echoes of fascists past.
Hitler was no libertarian, that's for sure
Yes, old news to thinking people. But I have given up on the idea that a lot of our fellow citizens actually know how to think logically. This has been purposefully degraded by Gramsci's long march in our institutions. We must be simple and diresct. Do not ever let this lie continue in our prescence. The progressive leaders mostly know this is a huge lie, and they love pushing it. Conservatives have always been at a disadvantage in that we have manners, and our political views are basically the Golden Rule type of things. We desire to be left alone by government. Progressive wield government as their club. Lindsey Graham praised Ted Cruz, then commented " but can he do a deal". Well what if no part of the progressive agenda is compatible with liberty? We have done the passive Get along approach to long. And they eat our lunch and blame us for it. The most important thing is to know the rules, and then play by them. Shove back. Explain the truth. Do not accept their premise, make the voters accept yours.
Sorry, for the grammatical errors, typing on an iphone. While driving and eating. And shooting. Conservative stuff.
Cliff M said...
"Sorry, for the grammatical errors, typing on an iphone. While driving and eating. And shooting. Conservative stuff."
"But I have given up on the idea that a lot of our fellow citizens actually know how to think logically. This has been purposefully degraded by Gramsci's long march in our institutions."
What he said. You aren't preaching to the choir. You are preaching to caged animals. They have no comprehension of reality anymore.
Hitler was a Leftist
Hitler's Anti-Tobacco Campaign
One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel -- upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast -- liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase "passive smoking" (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus ("Tobacco and the Organism"), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.
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