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March 16, 2010

Yes, Nazis Were Leftists

Posted by Dave Blount at March 16, 2010 12:59 PM

The most impressive example of sleight of hand in the history of propaganda may be the liberal establishment's alarming ability to pass off Nazis as right-wing rather than left-wing. Nazism and Stalinism were highly similar, rival variants of the totalitarian socialism longed for by progressives. When the Hitler-Stalin pact collapsed, the left was forced to choose between them. Nazis certainly deserved the demonization that followed, though no more than their Bolshevik brethren.

Despite the vilification from the left, it still isn't easy to distinguish Nazis from communists, as Stephen Hicks reminds us, quoting Ulrike Meinhof of the leftist Red Army Faction (aka Bader-Meinhof):

Auschwitz meant that six million Jews were killed, and thrown on the waste-heap of Europe, for what they were: money Jews. Finance capital and the banks, the hard core of the system of imperialism and capitalism, had turned the hatred of men against money and exploitation, and against the Jews … Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism.

Self-hating Jew Karl Marx would have agreed:

What is the profane basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly cult of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly god? Money. Very well: then in emancipating itself from huckstering and money, and thus from real and practical Judaism, our age would emancipate itself.
As soon as society succeeds in abolishing the empirical essence of Judaism — huckstering and its conditions — the Jew becomes impossible.

Everybody knows that Nazis didn't like Jews, but despite the name of the party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or National Socialist German Workers Party), few seem to be aware of their more fundamental hostility to economy freedom. Here's how Joseph Goebbels put it:

The worker in a capitalist state — and that is his deepest misfortune — is no longer a living human being, a creator, a maker. He has become a machine. A number, a cog in the machine without sense or understanding.

Whereas under totalitarianism — whether it's Nazism, communism, or the authoritarian political correctness that Democrats have been tightening around our throats — we can all blossom as individuals, right moonbats?

Someone needs to grow a mustache.

Hat tip: David Thompson.