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.

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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 by an intellectual, political, and media class that heavily skews left. Yet, if you don’t simply stop your study of Adolph Hitler’s political movement at the horrendous slaughter of Jews and other minorities, you’d find more parallels with the modern left than right.

National Socialism is a Funny Name for a Right-Wing Movement

First, look at the very title they gave themselves. The official name of the political party that we know as the nazi party was The National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Members of this party referred to themselves as National Socialists, and only their opponents called them nazis. Notice that  they don’t refer to themselves as fascists as Mussolini and his followers did, but as socialists. Socialism is an idealogy of the left, and adding the word national doesn’t change that.

Second, the National Socialists are viewed by many as a far-right movement almost strictly on the basis of their ideas about racial identity, and the need to have a ruling class of “superior men”. These are supposedly “right-wing ideas”, yet, those ideas played a prominent role in the early progressive movement (though they’ve spent considerable effort to obfuscate that fact). Why don’t we use the same standard to categorize progressives as right-wing?

Third, Hitler (THE nazi) denied that national socialism was a right-wing movement. He described it as a movement that was above the left-right political spectrum while criticizing both in Mein Kampf. He also said the following in a prominent speech meant to describe National Socialism to the masses “From the camp of bourgeois tradition, it takes national resolve, and from the materialism of the Marxist dogma, living, creative Socialism”.

How does socialism + nationalism = right-wing?

Hitler and other prominent nazis were also opposed to capitalism, which they proclaimed a “jewish plot” to steal from the Germans, and instituted gun control across the third reich.

Is opposition to capitalism and guns right wing?

Today’s republican and democrat parties both embrace large swaths of socialism, and both parties are nationalist, so you may not yet be convinced that the nazis were really leftists. You could read Mein Kampf and the collected speeches of the nazi party for further proof, but who would want to subject themselves to all that vile garbage? And who wants Mein Kampf showing up in their Amazon purchase history until the end of time?

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Let’s look instead at The National Socialist Program (a.k.a. 25 Point Program) that outlines each of the planks of the party, and ask ourselves if each plank is more closely aligned with the modern American Left or Right.

1. We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the people’s right to self-determination. TIE – Both parties believe in a unified American nation state on the basis of self-determination.

2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain. NOT APPLICABLE – Deals specifically with Germany’s punishment for World War I.

3. We demand land and territory for the sustenance of our people, and colonization for our surplus population. TIE – The desire to expand the territory and influence of the American government is strong in both parties.

4. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently, no Jew can be a member of the race. NOT APPLICABLE – Neither party seeks to limit citizenship to one particular race.

5. Whoever has no citizenship is to be able to live in Germany only as a guest, and must be under the authority of legislation for foreigners. RIGHT – The left makes no distinction between citizen and non-citizen.

6. The right to determine matters concerning administration and law belongs only to the citizen. Therefore, we demand that every public office, of any sort whatsoever, whether in the Reich, the county or municipality, be filled only by citizens. TIE – The US system requires citizenship for federal office, including natural born citizenship to become president.

7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich. RIGHT – The belief that we should expel illegal immigrants because they “take our jobs”.

8. Any further immigration of non-citizens is to be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans, who have immigrated to Germany since 2 August 1914, be forced immediately to leave the Reich. RIGHT – Such as limiting or stopping immigration of Muslims and Mexicans.

9. All citizens must have equal rights and obligations. TIE – While the left speaks most often of equal rights, they do not believe in equal obligation, which is more commonly an ideal of the right.

10. The first obligation of every citizen must be to productively work mentally or physically. The activity of individuals is not to counteract the interests of the universality, but must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all. Consequently, we demand: LEFT – While the idea that every citizen must work is associated with the right, it is far overshadowed by the idea that the individual must work for the benefit of all, which is undeniably left.

11. Abolition of unearned (work and labour) incomes. Breaking of debt-slavery. TIE – While the right may want to abolish welfare programs, the left has suggested we should forgive mortgages, student loans, and other debt obligations.

12. 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. LEFT – See the uproar over Hailburton & Blackwater during the Bush Administration.

13. We demand the nationalisation of all associated industries. LEFT – State control of industry is anti-capitalism.

14. We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries. LEFT – Profits are evil and should be redistributed.

15. We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare. LEFT – While the right doesn’t dare eliminate social security, it is a leftist system of redistribution.

16. 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. LEFT – Communalization and social engineering are the key here.

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. LEFT – Abolition of land taxes may be right, but the rest are left.

18. We demand struggle without consideration against those whose activity is injurious to the general interest. Common national criminals, usurers, profiteers and so forth are to be punished with death, without consideration of confession or race. LEFT – Good of society over individual / evil capitalists.

19. We demand substitution of a German common law in place of the Roman Law serving a materialistic world-order. NOT APPLICABLE

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. The plans of instruction of all educational institutions are to conform with the experiences of practical life. The comprehension of the concept of the State must be striven for by the school as early as the beginning of understanding. We demand the education at the expense of the State of outstanding intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession. LEFT – Universal state-run education.

21. The State is to care for the elevating national health by protecting the mother and child, by outlawing child-labor, by the encouragement of physical fitness, by means of the legal establishment of a gymnastic and sport obligation, by the utmost support of all organizations concerned with the physical instruction of the young. LEFT – While both sides claim to want to protect children, state supported physical fitness is clearly left.

22. We demand abolition of the mercenary troops and formation of a national army. TIE

23. We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the provision of a German press, we demand, that:

a. All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the race;

b. Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the State to be published. They may not be printed in the German language;

c. Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications, or any influence on them, and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life, and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands. TIE – Most of this is not applicable except the part dealing with prosecution of ideas seen as a bad influence, which is a tool of the left when dealing with racism and sexism, and a tool of the right when dealing with pornography.

24. We demand freedom of religion for all religious denominations within the state so long as they do not endanger its existence or oppose the moral senses of the Germanic race. The Party as such advocates the standpoint of a positive Christianity without binding itself confessionally to any one denomination. It combats the Jewish-materialistic spirit within and around us, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our nation can only succeed from within on the framework: The good of the state before the good of the individual. LEFT – I initially categorized this as a tie due to it primarily being about freedom of religion (as long as we agree with it) but it later states that it is all about the good of the state above the good of the individual.

25. For the execution of all of this we demand the formation of a strong central power in the Reich. Unlimited authority of the central parliament over the whole Reich and its organizations in general. The forming of state and profession chambers for the execution of the laws made by the Reich within the various states of the confederation. The leaders of the Party promise, if necessary by sacrificing their own lives, to support by the execution of the points set forth above without consideration. LEFT – Centralized government over decentralized.

So, 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.

How is this right?