the intellectual companions of modern leftism

Those who are classified as right-wing in modern America are often slandered as Nazis. This is a peculiar claim, as right wing Americans usually espouse individual liberty and economic freedom. The Nazis, on the other hand, were socialists to their core. In fact, NAZI stands for National Socialist German Workers’ Party (in the German language, of course). The real distinction between Nazis and communists was that the Nazis wanted their socialism to be national, whereas the communists wanted their socialism to be global.

The original Nazi party platform could today be mistaken for a Democratic stump speech: pro-union, pro-small business, anti-chain stores, anti-capital gains, pro-community, nationalization of businesses, social security, public education, public health campaigns, limits on free speech, and, of course, a strong federal government. This is not to mention the unfounded hatred of the Jews (common among the American left today).

The only place where Nazis seem like Republicans (not to be equated with the libertarian right wing) is in immigration policy. Of course, those who espouse individual liberty advocate the freedom of association, even if it means hiring, housing, or otherwise dealing with people who just happen to be born in a different country. So the real American right wing has absolutely nothing to do with the Nazi party.

From the 1920 Nazi platform on immigration and hiring laws:

We demand that the State make it its duty to provide opportunities of employment first of all for its own Citizens. If it is not possible to maintain the entire population of the State, then foreign nationals (non-Citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich…

Any further immigration of non-Germans is to be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who entered Germany after August 2, 1914, be forced to leave the Reich without delay…

On Capital gains:

It must be the first duty of every Citizen to carry out intellectual or physical work. Individual activity must not be harmful to the public interest and must be pursued within the framework of the community and for the general good.

The abolition of all income obtained without labor or effort.

On Social Security:

We demand the large-scale development of old-age pension schemes.

On business:

We demand the nationalization of all enterprises (already) converted into corporations (trusts).

We demand profit-sharing in large enterprises

We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; the immediate communalization of the large department stores, which are to be leased at low rates to small tradesmen. We demand the most careful consideration for the owners of small businesses in orders placed by national, state, or community authorities.

We demand land reform in accordance with our national needs and a law for expropriation without compensation of land for public purposes. Abolition of ground rent and prevention of all speculation in land.

We demand ruthless battle against those who harm the common good by their activities. Persons committing base crimes against the People, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished by death without regard of religion or race.

On education:

In order to make higher education—and thereby entry into leading positions—available to every able and industrious German, the State must provide a thorough restructuring of our entire public educational system. The courses of study at all educational institutions are to be adjusted to meet the requirements of practical life. Understanding of the concept of the State must be achieved through the schools (teaching of civics) at the earliest age at which it can be grasped. We demand the education at the public expense of specially gifted children of poor parents, without regard to the latter’s position or occupation.

On physical fitness:

The State must raise the level of national health by means of mother-and-child care, the banning of juvenile labor, achievement of physical fitness through legislation for compulsory gymnastics and sports, and maximum support for all organizations providing physical training for young people

On freedom of speech and communalism:

We demand freedom for all religious denominations, provided that they do not endanger the existence of the State or offend the concepts of decency and morality of the Germanic race. The Party as such stands for positive Christianity, without associating itself with any particular denomination. It fights against the Jewish-materialistic spirit within and around us, and is convinced that a permanent revival of our Nation can be achieved only from within, on the basis of: Public Interest before Private Interest.

On the federal government and labor unions:

To carry out all the above we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the Reich. Unquestioned authority by the political central Parliament over the entire Reich and over its organizations in general. The establishment of trade and professional organizations to enforce the Reich basic laws in the individual states.

Would it be unfair to point out that Hitler was a fan of FDR?

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2 Responses to the intellectual companions of modern leftism

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  2. Tom Torbeyns says:

    Why we should certainly not support communism or fascism (socialism) and why this latter option is actually not that much part of the right-wing. And how therefore “Vlaams Belang” (Flemish political party) has been completely misrepresented by socialists as being nazi’s. I am Capitalist and Flemish-Nationalist from thoughtful conviction.

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