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Socialist or Fascist?

Quiz time

Question: What major European power was ruled by a political party that was called the National Socialist Worker’s Party from 1933-1945?

Answer: Nazi Germany (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, National Socialist German Worker’s Party)

With a label like that why do most Americans think the Nazi’s were a “far right” political party?

It probably has to do in part with the fact the left likes to identify the right with Nazi’s. If you want to bash someone on the conservative right then simply compare he or she to Hitler. The picture illustrates this. Recently Governor Walker of Wisconsin fended off a recall election because the left did not like his reforms. The inevitable signs appeared comparing the Governor to Adolf  Hitler.

Demonizing the right with the use of Hitler.

The other reason may be because the left is, as a whole, anti-military while the conservative right is not. Since Hitler came to power with a nationalistic, pro-military agenda its assumed that pro-military means “right-wing.” What is forgotten is what the military was used for and in Germany’s case it was used to enforce the policies of a fascist state.

The third reason many Americans might think that Nazism is “far right” is because Nazi Germany fought Stalin’s Communist Soviet Union which of course is considered to be “far left.” In this way the two systems are thought to be opposites which they are not. Both were totalitarian regimes that opposed individual liberty.

The fourth reason many American’s may be so grossly misinformed is public education does not seem to teach much critical thinking any more. Many Americans do not know how their own government works nor how it evolved must less how European governments function and how they evolved. We are, as a people, mostly history ignorant and we are so, at our own peril.

Thomas Sowell is someone I read frequently. Here he discusses the differences between Socialism and Fascism and the relationship these “isms” have with President Obama. I’ve often called Obama a closet socialist but the reality according to Sowell’s argument is that he has more in common with fascism than socialism.

Nationalism can be either right-wing or left. Fascism as an economic system has more in common with the left than the right. Mussolini and Hitler were fascists who loathed the communists but that did not make them right-wing as we use the term.

If you don’t want to follow the link here’s the lead points of Sowell’s compelling argument:

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.” He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama’s point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

Question: Who was the “scapegoat” of the Nazis?

Answer: The Jews

Question: Who is the “scapegoat” of Obama and the Progressives? (besides blaming former President Bush)

Answer: The rich, the 1%, Wall Street, Bain Capital, Capitalists in general.

I think Sowell has it right.

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