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Communists and Nazis: Brothers Under the Skin

 

 

A good article at The Federalist about the similarities between the Nazis and the Communists:

 

It wasn’t only theoretical. Hitler repeatedly praised Marx privately, stating he had “learned a great deal from Marxism.” The trouble with the Weimar Republic, he said, was that its politicians “had never even read Marx.” He also stated his differences with communists were that they were intellectual types passing out pamphlets, whereas “I have put into practice what these peddlers and pen pushers have timidly begun.”

It wasn’t just privately that Hitler’s fealty for Marx surfaced. In “Mein Kampf,” he states that without his racial insights National Socialism “would really do nothing more than compete with Marxism on its own ground.” Nor did Hitler eschew this sentiment once reaching power. As late as 1941, with the war in bloom, he stated “basically National Socialism and Marxism are the same” in a speech published by the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Nazi propaganda minister and resident intellectual Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary that the Nazis would install “real socialism” after Russia’s defeat in the East. And Hitler favorite Albert Speer, the Nazi armaments minister whose memoir became an international bestseller, wrote that Hitler viewed Joseph Stalin as a kindred spirit, ensuring his prisoner of war son received good treatment, and even talked of keeping Stalin in power in a puppet government after Germany’s eventual triumph. His views on Great Britain’s Winston Churchill and the United States’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt were decidedly less kind.

 

Go here to read the rest.  Hitler never had the time to bring his full plans to fruition.  In the Bunker he lamented that he had been insufficiently radical and he should have liquidated all German conservatives.  When it came to economics, Hitler’s ultimate goal never changed:

We are Socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions. In the future there must be no ranks or classes, and you must not let them begin to grow in you!

Adolph Hitler, May 1, 1927, Berlin May Day Speech

 

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Mob Violence and the Left

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us the latest example of mob violence perpetrated by those on the Left, as usual occurring at an institution ostensibly dedicated to education:

The group identity politics of the Marxist/Leninist Left continues to bear fruit.  Not happy with the law, a group of students took it upon themselves to destroy a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina.  It was not a statue dedicated to a particular racist slave owner.  It was dedicated to remembering the Nazi Confederate soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War.

This American Iconoclasm is one of the fruits of the post-modern Left.  The ‘identity politics’ that it promotes encourages such vigilantism.  It also discourages such outdated notions as forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, humility or unity.  It assures an ever younger group of adherents that they are beyond reproach, the universe should cater to them, and that their judgement is infallible.  Therefore they judge, they destroy.

It’s odd, but I can remember studying American history in school.  It was the 70s and 80s.  Two big themes were in historical studies in those days.  One them was that all of those other cultures were not only bad, no matter what they did.  The Persians, Huns, Mongols, Hittites, Assyrians – you name it.  They may have had their rough spots, but they were better than bad, and we should understand and celebrate their good side.

Parallel to that was a growing emphasis on the sins of the West.  Both Europe, Christianity and America were put under the microscope.   The victories and exclusive blessings of the West and America weren’t ignored, but we were often reminded of the bad, the sins, the failings – how we were often no better than all of the other cultures and civilizations in the world.

One of the examples I remember?  In a lesson on the Revolution in high school, I remember a picture of Colonists pulling down a statue of King George.  The point of it?  That, alone with stories of tarring and feathering and other such acts, just showed that the Colonists could be bad, too.  They could engage in mob violence, property destruction and other forms of violence just like we see in other parts of the world.  We are no better because we were no better.  Funny that now that same type of violence is finding fruit in the same liberal movement that used such examples to show the sins of our past.

Of course we see that this mentality is hardly confined to old statues, since the same Left is engendering a whole new generation of vigilantes willing to take their ideals straight to people.  This is a fine example of an anti-radical-right progressive being assaulted and beat up because he dared to bring an American flag to the protest.  Antifa, like much of the emergent Left, hates America like the KKK hates blacks.

Destruction, violence, physical assault, bigotry, vigilantism, mob rule, witch hunts – such are the defining characteristics of millennial and Facebook generation leftism.  The press isn’t running with the statue story yet, likely because most Americans oppose removing the statues in general, much less by breaking the law and destroying property because their righteousness declares it the right thing to do.  Likewise the press, by ignoring the multiple stories of Antifa violence and destruction, allows many good-hearted liberals the ability to deny there is such a thing as a radical Left. 

The good news is that most Americans are still sane and good and virtuous enough to despise such movements – whether on the right or left; those who hate blacks or those who hate whites.  The bad news is that people in very influential positions in our nation are for the racism, destruction, anti-Americanism and promises of lynch mob justice and anarchic violence, as long as it serves the needs of the Political Left.  We’ll see who comes out ahead in the end.

Go here to comment.  Abraham Lincoln in his Lyceum speech on January 27, 1838 saw where such mob violence could lead:

 

But the example in either case, was fearful.–When men take it in their heads to day, to hang gamblers, or burn murderers, they should recollect, that, in the confusion usually attending such transactions, they will be as likely to hang or burn some one who is neither a gambler nor a murderer as one who is; and that, acting upon the example they set, the mob of to-morrow, may, and probably will, hang or burn some of them by the very same mistake. And not only so; the innocent, those who have ever set their faces against violations of law in every shape, alike with the guilty, fall victims to the ravages of mob law; and thus it goes on, step by step, till all the walls erected for the defense of the persons and property of individuals, are trodden down, and disregarded. But all this even, is not the full extent of the evil.–By such examples, by instances of the perpetrators of such acts going unpunished, the lawless in spirit, are encouraged to become lawless in practice; and having been used to no restraint, but dread of punishment, they thus become, absolutely unrestrained.–Having ever regarded Government as their deadliest bane, they make a jubilee of the suspension of its operations; and pray for nothing so much, as its total annihilation. While, on the other hand, good men, men who love tranquility, who desire to abide by the laws, and enjoy their benefits, who would gladly spill their blood in the defense of their country; seeing their property destroyed; their families insulted, and their lives endangered; their persons injured; and seeing nothing in prospect that forebodes a change for the better; become tired of, and disgusted with, a Government that offers them no protection; and are not much averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose. Thus, then, by the operation of this mobocractic spirit, which all must admit, is now abroad in the land, the strongest bulwark of any Government, and particularly of those constituted like ours, may effectually be broken down and destroyed–I mean the attachment of the People. Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision-stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this Government cannot last. By such things, the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it; and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak, to make their friendship effectual. At such a time and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric, which for the last half century, has been the fondest hope, of the lovers of freedom, throughout the world.

Much of the contemporary Left has only contempt for freedom for others, as such freedom has been traditionally understood in this country.  Such violent criminals are red fascists and should be put down with as much severity as necessary, or freedom will eventually be a forgotten word in this nation.

 

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Red Fascists Riot Tonight in Berkeley

It is beyond hilarious that the left calls their opponents Nazis.  A typical example of the left using violence to shut up a political adversary is occurring tonight at Berkeley:

Protesters with armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation.

Yiannopoulos was making the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.

With masked activists joining the already large group of protesters gathered in the area between Sather Gate and the north end of Telegraph Avenue as night fell, campus police were holding their positions near the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building hosting the event.

Protesters began throwing bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.

In addition to fireworks being thrown up onto the second-floor balcony, fires were lit outside the venue, including one that engulfed a gas-powered portable floodlight.

At about 6:18 p.m., UC campus police announced that the event had been canceled. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly.

Police then announced that they would lock down the entire campus, though authorities initially remained stationed near the student union building and did not move to force the protesters to disperse.

Protesters began throwing bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.

In addition to fireworks being thrown up onto the second-floor balcony, fires were lit outside the venue, including one that engulfed a gas-powered portable floodlight.

At about 6:18 p.m., UC campus police announced that the event had been canceled. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly.

Police then announced that they would lock down the entire campus, though authorities initially remained stationed near the student union building and did not move to force the protesters to disperse. Continue Reading