FACT CHECK: “Nazi” stands for “national socialism” and Adolf Hitler was a radical Left-wing fascist, not a “far right” leader
In modern times, Democrats and their Marxist allies have portrayed Republicans and conservatives as Alt-Right racists and bigots, even though the Democratic Party was home to the KKK and other racist elements well into the 20th century. Period cartoons published about the time the KKK was formed — in the ashes of the South immediately following the Civil War — directly tie the white supremacist organization to Democrats.
In fact, one of the Democratic Party’s icons, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia — who held several positions of power, including third in line to the presidency during his lengthy tenure — was a leading figure in the KKK, a fact which his partisan supporters in Congress and the establishment press corps routinely brushed off or ignored.
Now, the same Democratic Left is attempting to portray all white conservatives as reincarnations of the Nazi Party, accusing us of being “Alt-Right” clones of Adolph Hitler and his “fascist” underlings.
The problem with that characterization, though widely believed by Democratic Party supporters, is that it is historically and factually incorrect: Hitler and the Nazis believed in virtually everything the modern Left currently believes. (Related: Trump clarifies Charlottesville violence: ‘Alt-Left’ just as responsible and naturally the media and RINOs freak out.)
There is no question that Hitler was an extremist and a German nationalist — itself ironic, given that he was born and raised in Austria-Hungary. But that’s where his and the Nazis’ similarity ends with American white supremacists.
Firstly, Hitler and his followers belonged to the “Nationalist Socialist Party,” or Nazi Party for short, proving that you can be an extreme nationalist and a socialist, the latter of which is a provable Left-wing political construct.
Libertarian scholar Jonah Goldberg, in his 2009 book Liberal Fascism, explains through exhaustive research that Nazi and fascist origins were Left-wing in nature, not Right-wing. As James Delingpole explained for The Spectator, “Liberals are the true heirs of the Nazi spirit.” To wit:
What Goldberg very effectively does is to remove from the charge sheet the one possible reason any thinking person could have for not wanting to be right-wing: viz, that being on the right automatically makes you a closet fascist/Nazi scumbag. By accumulating a mass of historical evidence so extensive it borders on the wearisome, Goldberg comprehensively demonstrates that both Nazism and fascism were phenomena of the Left, not of the Right.
Goldberg told Delingpole just days after his eventual New York Times No. 1 bestseller was released, “I had a half a dozen emails from total strangers saying, ‘How dare you accuse us caring liberals of being fascists!’ and then going on to say what a shame it was that my family hadn’t been sorted out once and for all a few years back in the concentration camps.”
Nice, huh? Compassionate to wish such violence against a man of the Jewish faith.
In conducting his four-year research, Goldberg uncovered a multitude of evidence linking Nazism and fascism to Soviet-style communism.
The first expressed itself through ideas about racial purity and Jew-hatred, the second with ideas about the primacy of the nation, but in most other respects they were all remarkably similar: seizing the means of production; empowering the masses; rule by experts; the elevation of youth and brute emotion over wisdom, tradition and intellect; the submission of the individual to the will of the state.
As Goldberg noted dryly, “The Nazis were not big on property rights and tax cuts.”
Much of what Hitler and his closest henchmen said and believed were the same as what the American Left says and believes.
Goldberg provides examples:
— “How can you find pleasure in shooting from behind cover at poor creatures browsing on the edge of a wood, innocent, defenceless and unsuspecting? It’s really pure murder!” Did that come from a PETA spokesperson or someone from the Sierra Club? No; Heinrich Himmler, top Nazi Party member and one of those most responsible for the Holocaust, said it.
— “Food is not a private matter!” “You have the duty to be healthy.” While those sentiments sound like something the typical Democrat or Obama administration functionary might say, those statements came directly from the Hitler Youth Manual.
— Goldberg also unearthed evidence proving that liberals, not conservatives, were the biggest advocates of eugenics.
— America’s most racist and fascistic president was uber-Left-wing Woodrow Wilson.
— During the New Deal era of beloved Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a poor immigrant dry cleaner could have his door kicked in by federal agents and imprisoned if he charged five cents less for cleaning suits than the agreed government minimum.
— Nuremberg-style rallies were staged in New York City, leading one visiting British Independent Labor minister of parliament to observe that they too closely resembled Nazi Germany.
Consider what the Nazis and their Brownshirts did to political opponents: They intimidated and committed violence against them. That’s what Antifa, BLM, the “Occupy” movement and other Left-wing organizations do.
And while Hitler publicly disavowed Soviet-style socialism and communism, in private he was far more open:
Hermann Rauschning, for example, a Danzig Nazi who knew Hitler before and after his accession to power in 1933, tells how in private Hitler acknowledged his profound debt to the Marxian tradition. “I have learned a great deal from Marxism” he once remarked, “as I do not hesitate to admit”. He was proud of a knowledge of Marxist texts acquired in his student days before the First World War and later in a Bavarian prison, in 1924, after the failure of the Munich putsch.
There is much more commonality between Hitler’s National Socialists and today’s American Left than there has ever been with the American Right.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.