Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

The clue is in the name. Subsequent generations of Leftists have tried to explain away the awkward nomenclature of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party as either a cynical PR stunt or an embarrassing coincidence. In fact, the name meant what it said.

Hitler told Hermann Rauschning, a Prussian who briefly worked for the Nazis before rejecting them and fleeing the country, that he had admired much of the thinking of the revolutionaries he had known as a young man; but he felt that they had been talkers, not doers. “I have put into practice what these peddlers and pen pushers have timidly begun,” he boasted, adding that “the whole of National Socialism” was “based on Marx”.

Marx’s error, Hitler believed, had been to foster class war instead of national unity – to set workers against industrialists instead of conscripting both groups into a corporatist order. His aim, he told his economic adviser, Otto Wagener, was to “convert the German Volk to socialism without simply killing off the old individualists” – by which he meant the bankers and factory owners who could, he thought, serve socialism better by generating revenue for the state. “What Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish,” he told Wagener, “we shall be in a position to achieve.”

Leftist readers may by now be seething. Whenever I touch on this subject, it elicits an almost berserk reaction from people who think of themselves as progressives and see anti-fascism as part of their ideology. Well, chaps, maybe now you know how we conservatives feel when you loosely associate Nazism with “the Right”.

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3 Responses to “Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism”

  1. Catseye on 26/26/14 at 2:13 pm

    If they knew anything about history the tipoff would have been the nationalization of healthcare, that was Hitler’s idea. He came up with it first, “the best way to control the people is to control their healthcare.”

  2. burt on 27/27/14 at 3:11 pm

    Communism: The state owns the means of production.
    Fasciam: Friends of the state owns the means of production.
    If you can explain the difference, you are a better man than I,
    Guna Din

  3. SNuss on 27/27/14 at 4:57 pm

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
    ― Edmund Burke

    Unfortunately, even the Leftists who DO remember history think that Socialism/Marxism was a failure because it wasn’t implemented in the same way that THEY would do it.