No bias here. Move along…

Here’s an excerpt from an ultra-liberal blogger named Ezra Klein who has just been hired by the Washington Post:

Nazi Ideas

I’m with Jane Galt on this one: Not everything the Nazis touched was bad. Hitler was a vegetarian. Volkswagen is a perfectly good car company. Universal health care is a perfectly good idea. Indeed, the Nazis actually did a pretty good job increasing economic growth and improving standards of living (they were, many think, the first Keynesians, adopting the strategy even before Keynes had come up with it), pushing Germany out of a depression and back into expansion.

NewsBusters has the scoop. As I always remind people, the party was callled the National Socialist German Worker’s Party.

10 thoughts on “No bias here. Move along…”

  1. Ay George. Did you take the time to read Klein’s post in its entirety? Did you read the Galt piece to which he was making reference? Come on, man. Here is Klein in the same post…”The problem with the Nazis was that they were genocidal white supremacists with an appetite for continental hegemony. To invoke them in order to tar, by association, privatization, or “appeasement,” or socialist policies, or other policies that were not related to their murderous crimes is a noxious debate tactic that should be widely and rapidly condemned.”

  2. Yeah, and Mussolini made the trains run on time.

    Did Hitler invent the Volkswagon?
    I like meat, I am not in agreement with Keynesianism, and I don’t want universal health care run by the government. So you can’t win me over with those arguments.

    I wonder how much of that economic growth was from all that he stole or confiscated from the Germans he killed and imprisoned. And having to feed a couple million fewer can lift some of your economic burden. We know military build ups get people working.

    Look, in general, it doesn’t interest me what good things tyrants do. Even a stopped watch is right twice a day.
    I don’t know you caballero, but I’ll bet you spend a lot of your time finding fault with this country’s behavior and choices. See, I always go back to William Buckley’s question: “How are we doing – compared to everyone else?”

    Hitler, compared to everyone else wasn’t doing well at all as a humanitarian, compared to EVERYONE. And this country generally does quite splendidly compared to every other country.

  3. Honey, you would make a rotten bettor. I spend a lot of time working, paying taxes, watching the Yankees and Blue’s Clues, eating too many galletas de manteca and too few veggies, taking care of my wife and 2 kids (oldest one is playing t-ball and has given his old man scholarship dreams), and occassionaly talking/writing about history and politics. I don’t spend any more time contemplating this country’s faults than the next man. I will tell you, however, that I don’t believe that pointing out its shortcomings is an act of treason. I would encourage you to read the works that George cited in the original post before you get your panties in a bunch.

  4. Ahem….. yes, Mussolini took care of his metrorails and that under Hitler the Germans pulled out of recession, adding to his popularity. No one denies that dictators and mass-murderers can do good things for the infrasctructure; even the Colombian drug cartels provided housing and social services (that the govt could not furnish) to anchor their power and secure support. The cult of personality sometimes flourishes because people are getting fed, and not so much b/c of the cult leader’s charms.

    Even so, what’s insidious in Klein’s piece, which echoes what other liberals think, is how he uses the bland side of Hitler to pull the plug on any debate that may point to the current WHouse’s tactical similarities with the Nazi regime. See how he calls it “… a noxious debate tactic that should be …condemned.”? That comment tells you he want to nuke the dissent from the outset; why, Hitler did a lot of things that we could emulate, were it not for those pesky conservatives who keep bringing him up and associating him strictly with genocide. Hitler had a lot of virtues, don’t you know?

    With a name like Ezra Klein, I’d be curious to find out how his distant relatives made it here from wherever they came. If, in any way, they were refugees from WW2 Europe, it’s even more baffling how he can reconcile his views with the realities of that period; he appears to be quite the admirer Hitler’s socialist agenda. Then again, it has always baffled me how many of our Jewish friends seem to have a fatal attraction for dictators and losing govt policies, to their own demise.

  5. This guy is not the first idiot liberal to make a positive comparison/assessment of Hitler vis-a-vis Obama. In your zeal, you missed the entire point of the Newsbusters piece.

  6. Gigi, you’ve made an excellent point. That piece of shit liberal wouldn’t have made those comments if Bush or another Republican was in power. In fact, I’ll betcha he didn’t have any qualms when they were equating Bush to Hitler, or when that corrupt f..k John Murtha was equating our military to Nazi Stormtroopers. The nasty truth (as revealed in the book “Liberal Fascism”) is that the DEMs have a whole lot in common with the NAZI’s and Fascism… a whole friggin lot!

  7. Guys, this may be a low-point in babalulandia. Honestly, how is calling for a moratorium on comparisons between American political leaders and the NAZIs an attempt to “nuke dissent.” It is incredible to me to watch republicans and conservatives become so utterly acomplejado when it comes to debating issues in the public square. “Look, look, Obama is stifiling dissent,” you say when you come on this blog and tear him a new asshole every day and when you do it by linking to a smorgasborg of sources–like Newsbusters–whose very existence is a testament to the liveliness of American dissent. Self-esteem classes anyone?

  8. Caballero, I’m glad you are not an America blamer. Thank you.
    For myself, I stick to my main point. I am not terribly interested in good things tyrants accomplish. Their murders, tortures and destruction of freedoms far out weigh any efficiencies they may arrange.

    I have to tell a funny story from Jonah Goldberg. He said that he got a ton of hate mail, from the kind of people who think if they write in all caps, it must be important.
    Many of his letters went like this: “How dare you compare liberalism, that political system that wants to do good for everyone, with Nazism. The world would be SOOOO much better off if you and your whole family had been killed by Hitler.”
    I thought that was hysterical.

  9. What I find truly disturbing about the original statement is that the author takes entirely for granted the truth of Nazi propaganda on the effectiveness of their economic and social policies. I see a parallel with the way Cuban health and education statistics are treated by many commentators today — including some of Cuba’s critics, who will occasionally say something like “well, yeah, the health care is good, but the people are slaves”.

    The fact is, nothing that the Nazis said about themselves or the Castroites say about themselves can be trusted. The suppression of free expression and association, and the monopolization by the state of the media and academy, does not just mean lack of political debate, but it also means the lack of ability to judge anything about the government, because no independent analysis can be made.

    In truth, Germany’s economic recovery policies were less effective than those of liberal democracies, which at the time were notoriously bad. Likewise, we learned after the fall of the Soviets to just what extent the Soviet economy and society had decayed. While Castro’s government still stands, anyone who has seen it cannot honestly take any Cuban statistic at face value, and doubtless when the regime finally falls, we will discover just what a farce Cuban propaganda really was.

    But I am sure that even when the evidence is available and the reality cannot be denied, there will be many who remain fooled by decades-old propaganda, repeating the lies of failed dictatorships to make their political points, as we see frequently with the Soviets, and somewhat less frequently (for obvious reasons, which makes me wonder why this author thought it was in good judgment) with the Nazis.

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