Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tired of Being Compared to Nazis?

The 1924 NSDAP party platform is here:
We therefore demand:
11. The abolition of all income obtained without labor or effort.
Breaking the Servitude of Interest.
12. In view of the tremendous sacrifices in property and blood demanded of the nation by every war, personal gain from the war must be termed a crime against the nation. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
13. We demand the nationalization of all enterprises (already) converted into corporations (trusts).
14. We demand profit-sharing in large enterprises.
15. We demand the large-scale development of old-age pension schemes.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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 to religion or race....
20. 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 latters’ position or occupation.
21. The State must raise the level of national health by means of mother-and-child care, the banning of juvenile labor, achievements of physical fitness through legislation for compulsory gymnastics and sports, and maximum support for all organizations providing physical training for young people. 
Remember the 1932 slogan:
Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz.
Common needs before individual needs.

Sure sound Republican, don't they?


Rich Rostrom said...

No historically literate person is unaware of the socialist element in the NSDAP. Many SA men were considered "beefsteaks" - Brown on the outside, Red on the inside.

However, once in power, Hitler discarded all the socialist planks. The SA leaders were purged in the Night of the Long Knives, and the rank and file were reduced to political irrelevance. There was no general confiscation of property, as in the USSR. The Third Reich in power was acceptable to most German conservatives.

I think that if Trump somehow wins, he will parallel Hitler in this - he will discard the promises which were most important to his most passionate supporters.

(He seems to be doing this already, having abandoned his pledge to deport illegal aliens.)

Clayton Cramer said...

It is amazing how many Americans imagine themselves better educated than the masses because they KNOW that the Nazis were like American conservatives. The Nazis, once in power created a swarm of regulations and mandatory monopolies in existing industries.

I see Trump's parallels, but it is clear that an only slightly less brutal form of fascism than the Nazis will result from President Clinton. The left (including most of the Republican establishment) aren't happy that Trump is getting a lot of support. Perhaps they should have listened to the masses more, and corporate interests less.

mariner said...

Trump has NOT "abandoned his pledge to deport illegal aliens".

w said...

Well Trump seems to have backed off of the deporting of every illegal in the past few days in that he is at least willing to consider possible exemptions for some perhaps based on how long they have been there.

I don't see how he could deport 100% or even 50% of them. The legal roadblocks alone and the left resistance would probably make it impossible. In principal I agree with it, but as a realistic proposition not so much...for sure get rid of the ones who came here and have done mischief--that's a more realistic goal.

Maybe start with those who have committed felony crimes, fraud, etc as targets to deport and maybe those who have been here less than 10 years and if they can't prove they were here at least that long then sorry. Build a wall where absolutely needed (surveillance technology probably makes a literal physical wall from CA to TX unnecessary anyways). Fix the system so that those who truly want to come here just to work legally and return or come to work and become valued citizens have no need to sneak in. And somehow revise the 14th amendment so we can eliminate anchor babies!

Left Coast Conservative said...

I suggest that one be careful cherry picking parts of the NSDAP platform to indict Progressives. See this:

"8. 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."

This could be construed to match Trumps call to filter Muslim immigrants to the U.S., a policy I agree with by the way.

Clayton Cramer said...

Progressives want Americans to leave instead to make room for refugees, as long as they are citizens and have to pay income taxes.