The Nazis Were Leftists

The nazis called themselves socialists, hated capitalism, and have a party platform with 4 times as many ideas that would appeal to the modern left over the right.

nazi quote "accuse the other side of what you are

Nazi has become the new favorite smear of the left, and anyone who doesn’t agree with every plank of the progressive wing of the democrat party is rapidly getting the label. Surely, there are real nazis out there, but their numbers and influence are so insignificant that to fear them is simply laughable. No, we’re not talking about the few skinhead lunatics with swastikas tattoos and SS memorabilia who blame “the Jews” and minorities for all of their problems, but normal people who simply don’t subscribe to the madness that is the platform of the modern democratic party. And, as if giving everyone you disagree with a Nazi label isn’t bad enough, an ever-growing number of leftists find it acceptable to assault anyone they label a nazi.

The rationale seems to be that the left are obviously as far from the nazis as a political movement can be; therefore, the rest of us must be “literally nazis” who dream of stuffing Jews in ovens as we goose-step around our split-level houses in the suburbs.

Most of us blindly accept the idea that the nazis belong on the right side of the left-right political spectrum, because it is what we have been told Continue reading “The Nazis Were Leftists”

Ignorant or Evil

I regard the actions of almost every member of the establishment with the following question.

Is this person ignorant or evil?

For example, I believe that Bernie Sanders means well, but is completely ignorant of economics and history, while I believe that Hillary Clinton is evil. She knows exactly what she is doing.

As I learn more about the creation of the US Constitution via the Liberty Classroom courses, I can’t help but wonder the same thing about the various founders.

Where those who argued against the need for explicit language ignorant of the effect that the loose language would have, or were they deviously plotting the all-powerful government that they really wanted?

Patrick Henry smelled a rat.
Maybe we should too.

The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents

I am halfway through Liberty Classroom’s The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents.

It’s the kind of high quality content that I’ve come to expect from Liberty Classroom in general, and Brion McClanahan in particular.
Brion uses this course to explore the radical idea that the presidents should be ranked on their fidelity to the oath of office, and not on popularity or the ends that they achieved. This approach leads Brion to conclude that some the presidents commonly held to be the best are actually the worst.

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America

Brion’s book 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America And Four Who Tried to Save Her, explores the topic in greater depth. I liked this book enough to buy a copy for myself and a copy as a father’s day gift. Don’t be turned off by the one star reviews on Amazon, as they are almost all written by people who are judging the book by its cover and have never read it.

U.S. History to 1877

I just finished the Liberty Classroom course U.S. History to 1877, and think that it was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the lectures by Brion McClanahan, which opened my eyes to the fact that the war between the states from 1861 to 1865 was about much more than just slavery. This was an idea that I had never considered. In retrospect, it is very odd that no one ever questions why the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t issued until almost the third year of a war that is supposed to only be about slavery, or why the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was necessary if the Emancipated Proclamation and the Civil War ended slavery.

The Lectures in this course are:

Colonial Background (McClanahan)
Virginia and the Cavaliers (McClanahan)
Puritan Society (Woods)
Puritans and Indians (Woods)
The Southern Colonies and the Celts (McClanahan)
The Middle Colonies and the Quakers (McClanahan)
The French as an English Problem (McClanahan)
The Imperial Crisis (Gutzman)
The American Revolution (Gutzman)
The Constitution Movement (Gutzman)
The Philadelphia Convention (Gutzman)
The Ratification Campaign (Gutzman)
The Washington Administration (Gutzman)
The Crisis of 1798-1801 and the Jeffersonian Victory (Gutzman)
The Jefferson and Madison Administrations (Gutzman)
The Monroe Administration (Gutzman)
The Marshall Court (Gutzman)
The Age of Jackson, I: From the Corrupt Bargain through the Van Buren Administration (Gutzman)
The Age of Jackson, II: Tyler, Polk, and the War with Mexico, Part I (McClanahan)
The Age of Jackson, II: Tyler, Polk, and the War with Mexico, Part II (McClanahan)
Abolitionism (Gutzman)
The Political Crisis of the 1850s, Part I (McClanahan)
The Political Crisis of the 1850s, Part II (McClanahan)
Secession, Part I (McClanahan)
Secession, Part II (McClanahan)

Woods
“Mr. Lincoln’s War,” Part I (McClanahan)
“Mr. Lincoln’s War,” Part II (McClanahan)
North Over South: Recreating the Union, Part I (McClanahan)
North Over South: Recreating the Union, Part II (McClanahan)
Corruption, Compromise, and the End of Military Reconstruction (McClanahan)
I’m not sure why I waited so long to join Liberty Classroom, but I am glad that I did. You can join via my affiliate link here.

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