History lesson of the day: the obvious leftist origins of Nazi ideology


No surprise here for anyone who has lived under the Castro dynasty.

The young Fidel made no secret of the fact that he idolized Mussolini and Hitler.

He also aped Mussolini’s gestures in his speeches and loved Hitler’s  “Mein Kampf.”

Our own Humberto Fontova has pointed out these facts more than once.

But those on earth who have not had the “privilege” of experiencing socialist totalitarianism first-hand are surprised — and irked — when the affinities between their ideology and that of the Third Reich are pointed out to them. soviet_nazi_posters From The Telegraph (UK):

Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism by Daniel Hannan

On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism.

Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the Volk (people).

So total is the cultural victory of the modern Left that the merely to recount this fact is jarring. But few at the time would have found it especially contentious. As George Watson put it in The Lost Literature of Socialism: It is now clear beyond all reasonable doubt that Hitler and his associates believed they were socialists, and that others, including democratic socialists, thought so too.

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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2 thoughts on “History lesson of the day: the obvious leftist origins of Nazi ideology”

  1. As if the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact wasn’t enough to make people understand that Nazism, Fascism, and Communism were kissing cousins, willing to work together for their own nefarious ends, the name of the party kinda sorta gives it away to everyone but the densest: National Socialistiches Deutsches Arbeiten Partei.

  2. It wouldn’t make any difference if the Nazis had arrived at their approach independently of Marxist socialism–the technically leftist version would still be at least as bad as the technically right-wing or fascist one. In other words, even if one rejects the ties between Nazism and communist socialism, that does not change or diminish the horrendous perversity and monumental destructiveness of the latter. Those who refuse to face that are simply not respectable, because they are willfully denying the obvious truth. The most one can say in their defense is that they are mentally ill.

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