Friday, December 16, 2016

Patanoia Runs Deep; Into Your Life It Will Creep

12/5/16 The Atlantic:
Are Jews White?
Trump's election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
I just sent them the following note:

Emma Green's article is long on leftist assertions of the alt-right seeing Jews as of ambiguous race, but no examples of anyone on the right end of the spectrum saying this.  I have read neo-Nazi claims asserting that Jews are not descendants of the Hebrews of the Old Testament, but even then not an assertion of non-whiteness.  Of course, American neo-Nazis are not "right" except in progressive imagination; books like The Turner Diaries explicitly identified the victims of capitalism as poor whites.  Nazis (or as they always called themselves, National Socialists) were right-wing in only the oddball spectrum of German interwar politics.   The 25 point program of the National Socialist German Workers' Party from 1920 is fierce in its hostility towards free market capitalism and wealth:

7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens.
Abolition of unearned (work and labour) incomes. Breaking of debt (interest)-slavery.
In consideration of the monstrous sacrifice in property and blood that each war demands of the people, personal enrichment through a war must be designated as a crime against the people. Therefore, we demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
13. We demand the nationalisation of all (previous) associated industries (trusts).
14. We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries.
15. We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.
15. We demand the creation of a healthy middle class and its conservation, immediate communalization of the great warehouses and their being leased at low cost to small firms, the utmost consideration of all small firms in contracts with the State, county or municipality.
17. We demand a land reform suitable to our needs, provision of a law for the free expropriation of land for the purposes of public utility, abolition of taxes on land and prevention of all speculation in land.
20. The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education and subsequently introduction into leading positions.

Does this sound like any part of the American right?  It is closer to progressive values, because National Socialism was a heresy of progressive thought.

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