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Admin: this forum header contains 3 comments.  The first two are from Joe Bloggs, and the 3rd is a long article by Paul Austin Murphy.  This has been done to allow easy location of some key info.  This forum has become a repository for info about the Fascist Left = National Socialists = Nazis.
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Joe Bloggs: Etymology of the word "Nazi"

I came across this account in a book on the SS (which I picked up in a museum bookshop, and forgot to write down the details).  So, stumbling across it again today (in search for the quote about Egyptian national radio glorifying the Holocaust in the 1960s), I thought I'd record it for posterity.

“The term “Nazi” (along with “Nazism”) is a political epithet invented by Konrad Heiden (7 August 1901 – 18 June 1966) during the 1920s as a means of denigrating the NSDAP and National Socialism. Heiden was a journalist and member of the Social Democratic Party. The term is a variant of the nickname that was used in reference to members of the SDP at the time “Sozi” (short for Sozialisten). “Nazi” was a political pun, based upon the Austro-Bavarian slang word for “simpleton” or “country bumpkin”, and derived from the fairly common name Ignatz. It would be like saying “nutsy”.  So, if for no other reason, one should easily understand why the term was regarded as derogatory by the National Socialists and why they would never use it to describe themselves.  One should also see why it would be used and popularized by Marxist-Bolshevik agitators and understand how it was seized upon by various other political opponents and  subversive types, both within Germany and abroad, including the international media and political leaders of the western powers.” (Metapedia)

http://justice4germans.com/page/20/

I haven't got the time to do an assessment of either metapedia or the site where I found that quote. However, it fits exactly with my memory of what the book on the SS said about the creation and popularisation of the term "Nazi".  Every time we use "Nazi" rather than "National Socialist", we are enabling the Left to disown the collectivist genocide of jews done in the name of Socialism.

http://4freedoms.com/group/argumentation/forum/topics/why-national-...

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Joe Bloggs: The True History of Germany and the 2nd World War

I think that National Socialism is going to be rehabilitated (particularly in Germany).

This book was self-published in 2009, and by 2011 the German version had gone through 11 editions.  Even the English language version is on its 6th edition. 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/gerd-schultze-rhonhof/1939-the-war-that-ha...

The internet revolution is robbing the power elite (media, academics) of their hold over information/narratives. 

A documentary of the book is available on the internet, and makes surprising viewing.  It contains a lot of information/claims about the run-up to WW2 of which I was unaware.  The documentaries shown on British TV take a very different angle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mA0kk29DBA

The bottom line is this: Germans are starting to say that blame for the causes of WW2 lie elsewhere than Hitler/Germany. When people start to realise that National Socialism was (for its time) a "progressive", socialist, redistributive, unifying ideology I can see Germans starting to find that they've been lied to for a long time. Since the modern Leftists are also jew-hating/anti-Israeli, then I can see the taint of anti-semitism being a small price for them to pay to reclaim their national pride. God help us if the Leftists embrace National Socialism rather than rejecting the cartoon version of "nazism" and fascism we've been fed for 50 years or more.  Since the muslims in Europe are leading this resurgence in neo-nazism, it could be a terrible alliance.

We are living in extraordinary times.

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Paul Austin Murphy: Why National Socialists (Nazis) are Socialists & Not Patriots

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.” - Adolph Hitler, May 1, 1927

We will initiate massive state-subsidized work programs in order to fulfil our goal of full employment at fair and just wage… the capitalist system has created a war between the classes. The losers of this war have been the working class… the modern class structure being based largely on one’s economic prowess… The spoils of this parasitical elite class will be seized and redistributed to the people.” - Andrew Anglin, 2013, from the blog, Total Fascism

Introduction

A website commentator, by the name Jamie Clayton, once told me why he was such a fan of National Socialism. He wrote:

Under the national socialist government there was 100% employment, big business was not allowed to profit at the expense of small and the poor were valued as much as the rich...”

This is almost word for word what countless Communists/Leftists have said about Stalin's regime as well about various other Leftist states. In fact Seumas Milne, the assistant editor of the Guardian, still often waxes lyrically about how the Soviet Union (in Jamie Clayton's words) “created100% employment” and made sure that “big business was not allowed to profit at the expense of small” and “the poor were valued as much as the rich”. Or, in Seumas Milne's own words, the Soviet Union

delivered rapid industrialisation, mass education, job security and huge advances in social and gender equality. It encompassed genuine idealism and commitment...”

The issues Seumas Milne doesn't address (except to downplay or deny them), are those of the totalitarianism, the complete annihilation of democracy, the labour and death camps, the Gestapo/KGB, the class and race 'liquidations', the war economies, the Soviet Union's imperialist empire, the deadly uniformity, etc. But who cares about all that if you have “100% employment”, “social justice” and “class equality”?

Marxist Accounts of National Socialism

There have been literally hundreds of Marxist/Leftist accounts of the nature of fascism and Nazism; as well as of the rise of the Nazis and fascists in the 1920s and 30s. (Many accounts have been Marxist even though the writers and analysts didn't necessarily see themselves as being Marxists.)

All of these accounts claim that Hitler’s and Mussolini’s socialist credentials were completely baseless.

That's strange. Mussolini started out life as a literal or explicit socialist. He spent at least twelve years of his life as a socialist activist and many of the ideas and values of socialism stayed with him throughout the rest of his life. Hitler, On the other hand, is said to have adopted socialist ideas and policies simply to serve his racial nationalism. (Why couldn't he have been both a racial nationalist and a socialist? More of which later.)

Leftists/Marxists also glibly claim that that the Nazis and fascists didn’t genuinely believe in “the common ownership of the means of production”. Perhaps not. However, not a single socialist or Communist regime in the 20th century put the means of production in the workers’ hands either. The Communist parties - or the Communist/socialist states - put the means of production into their own hands - even if “on behalf of the workers”. Not only that. Many socialists and Communist knew that this would happen - and even said this this would happen - well before they gained state power. So, in the end, the means of production, in the 20th century, were never in the hands on the workers in any country or at any time. (But, of course, come the next Leftist revolution, everything will be so much better.. and if not then, perhaps the time after that.) Consequently, from a socialist/Communist perspective, singling out the Nazis and fascists for being guilty on this count is a little rich.

As I said, some – though not all – Leftists/Marxists claim that from the very start (i.e., circa 1920), Hitler simply used socialism for his own ends. Nonetheless, Professor Rick Wilford does at least deign to cite the Nazi’s socialist ‘Twenty-Five Point programme’ of 1920 (note this academic's unacademic use of irony):

The ‘Twenty-Five Point Programme’ of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party published in 1920 included such ostensibly impeccable socialist goals as the nationalisation of large corporations, the abolition of unearned income, the confiscation of war profits and the prohibition of land speculation. But the commitment to such an agenda wore increasingly thin, albeit, albeit that Hitler was keenly aware of the need to counteract the growth of support among workers for socialism…” (page 200)

On the other hand, some Marxists have vaguely - or quietly - admitted that Hitler was indeed a socialist - of some kind - in the very early days. Nonetheless, they too claim that by the late 1920s Hitler had completely given up on socialism.

Another Marxist/Leftist claim is that Hitler “was keenly aware of the need to counteract the growth of support among the workers for socialism”. This completely overlooks or discounts the possible fusion of socialism and nationalism. That's also odd if you consider the rather obvious fact that Hitler was a National Socialist.

Specifically, Marxists/Leftists discount two things. Firstly, they discount Hitler’s fusion of national and socialism. Secondly, they also discount the possibility that German workers (even if socialist) would - or could - have quite happily accepted Hitler’s fusion of socialism and nationalism. It’s as if Leftists/Marxists simply take it for granted that nationalism and socialism could never have been fused and therefore that the German workers would never have been truly committed to Hitler’s National Socialism. Yet why couldn’t nationalism and socialism have been fused? Do Marxists think it is a conceptual or even a logical impossibility? Surely not! And why couldn’t millions of German workers have happily accepted that fusion of nationalism and socialism?

Again, Leftists/Marxists reject even the very possibility of any fusion of nationalism and socialism. That mindless assumption, or Marxist diktat, is of course believed - or simply just propagated - to distance all (international) socialists from Hitler’s (national) socialists.

Another claim is that Hitler never had the mass support of the German workers anyway. Professor Wilford writes that

[b]y the later 1920s the relative failure of the Nazi Party to secure mass support among the working class led them to re-orientate their appeal to capitalists, small businessmen, farmers and white-collar workers.”

Some historians have argued that the Nazis did, in fact, have the mass support of the workers by the late 1920s. But it all depends on what exactly 'mass support’ means (in terms of numbers). If Leftists mean that Hitler never had the support of all – literally! - the German working class; then Hitler simply wouldn't have needed that level of support to secure political victory. In fact in all kinds of democracy no party has ever needed or received such mass support in order to secure power. (England's SWP usually has a year turn-over of about 1500 members.)

Another well-known Marxist commonplace is that Hitler turned his back on the workers and then embraced the ‘capitalists’ instead (in the late 1920s and early 1930s). Apart from this not be true on many historical and political accounts, Leftists imply that Hitler wouldn’t have welcomed the support of “capitalists, small businessmen, farmers and white-collar workers” in the early 1920s. That simply isn’t true either. Hitler was always a national socialist. If that were not the case, he would have simply been a socialist in the early days. But he was never a revolutionary socialist - who believed in class war - and no one has ever claimed that he was. The whole point of National Socialism, even in the early 1920s, was that it was against class conflict. It wanted to unite the classes on behalf on the nation and the German race. And there are many quotes from both Hitler and the Nazis generally which explicitly state that the uniting of the classes, although still within an explicitly socialist context, was a primary goal of National Socialism. (The Marxist “abolition of all classes” is another version of this same Nazi idea – the unification of all classes.)

So if it were the case - as on the classic Marxist account - of Hitler and the National Socialists stringing the German working class along, and then jettisoning them because of “the relative failure of the Nazi Party to secure mass support among them”, then all that doesn’t make much sense. In other words, the Nazis actually embraced ‘capitalists’ from the beginning – or at least Hitler and the ‘Right socialists’ did. Many capitalists, on the other hand, didn’t return that favour until, in actual fact, after Hitler was elected in 1933 - or at the very least immediately before. And all this despite the fact that in the Marxist version, the Nazis secured important capitalist support in the late 1920s and onwards. This is not to say that some capitalists didn’t support the Nazis before 1933 – of course they did! Nevertheless, the Marxist version has it that the capitalists exclusively helped Hitler gain power. On many other non-Marxist accounts, on the other hand, most capitalists (though it depends on which type of capitalist we are talking about) jumped ship to the Nazis just before or after the Nazis were elected (as capitalists or businessmen often do when a new party gains power).

 

Finally, Hitler's 25-point plan sums up Hitler's socialist credentials well and very explicitly. This plan is virtually indistinguishable from what, for example, the SWP/Counterfire/Respect - and many other Leftist groups - have offered over the years. However, since the plan was written in the early 1920s, it will obviously sound a little antiquated in certain respects.

Despite it various archaic phrases and policies, Hitler's socialist plan for Germany graphically demonstrates one of the biggest political lies or deceits of the 20th century: that the National Socialists were the literal opposites of the International Socialists (i.e., Communists, progressives, Trotskyists, etc.). Not surprisingly Leftists (Seumas Milne is a very good example of this) will want to keep this dirty little family secret hidden from the public at large. Indeed numerous Leftists over the years have come up with all sorts of neat little gimmicks and deceits to play down the socialist realities and credentials of the Nazi Party and of Adolph Hitler himself. But what else would you expect?

 

Why Both International Socialism & National Socialism are Totalitarian

Historically, Leftists have always claimed that “equating Stalin’s Russia with Nazi German and fascist Italy was a powerful way of demonising the communist threat to liberal democracy” (Wilford, pg. 213). Or, to quote Seumas Milne again, such “fashionable attempt[s] to equate communism and Nazism [are] moral and historical nonsense”.

Not only that. Leftists don't like the fact that the term ‘totalitarianism’ is “employed in a cavalier fashion” when applied to Communist/socialist regimes – any Communist/socialist regimes! It seems that the charge of totalitarianism cannot - by definition! - be applied to any Communist/socialist regime. Predictably, this simply means that only the Nazi and fascist regimes of the twentieth century were truly totalitarian. Well, well, who'd have thought otherwise, eh?

There are, of course, differences between Nazism and Communism/socialism. And Marxists/Leftists have fixated on these difference as a means to distance Communist/Marxist totalitarianism from Nazi/fascist totalitarianism. Nonetheless, these difference can’t - and don’t - mean that 20th century Communist/socialist regimes weren't totalitarian. For example, there are differences between democratic parliamentary parties: that doesn’t stop all of them being committed to parliamentary democracy. There were differences - some quite substantial! - between Italian fascism and German Nazism: that never stopped Marxists/Leftists from lumping them together.

Yes, Marxists/Leftists do indeed have their own quaint, insubstantial and unimportant differences in mind when they claim that no Communist/socialist regime - and even Stalin’s Soviet Union! - was ever totalitarian. Nonetheless, they are differences that don't make a difference to this issue.

So despite all the above, National Socialists are almost the exact counterparts of International Socialists. The following are just some of the many things which Leftists and Nazis believe and share:

i) A hatred of capitalism, (“capitalist”)democracy and America.

ii) The glorification - or fetishisation - of (Nazi/Leftist) state and street violence; all often in conjunction with the same - though sometimes tacit - hard-man's mantra: “By any means necessary.”

iii) Black-and-white (or Manichean) world-views with all the consequent conspiracy theories (often the same ones!) which go along with them.

iv) The promise full employment, selfless leaders, complete class equality and the annihilation of the Jews (or 'Zionists' in the case of Leftists).

That's why Leftists and Nazis need each other. They reflect each other and are fighting over the same political bones.

These two groups of socialists, both national and international, have sustained themselves on these largely unreal ideological oppositions. (Their mutual fight for political power, however, has always been very real.) Nazis would be nothing without the Marxists/Communists and vice versa. They feed off each other and would die if the other died. And that's mainly why the Inter-Nazis class everyone on the outside of their own little gang/sect as 'Nazis'; and it's equally why Nazis class everyone on the outside of their own little gang/sect as 'Marxists'/'Communists'.

After 90 years, this cartoon battle between the Reds and the Blacks has become very boring and entirely predictable. It's a pseudo-fight of supposedly “opposing ideologies” which simply disguises the fact that the Reds and Blacks are estranged brothers fighting, ultimately, for the same end – complete state power. And in order to bring that state power nearer, they promise us virtually the same economic and social prizes for our support.

 

Why National Socialists aren't Patriots

National Socialism is a biological struggle, or group evolutionary survival strategy… Nationalism can only be based on race or ethnicity. National Socialism is ultra-patriotism. - Mark Pringle

There you go again spouting you anti-nazi rhetoric! You should join Hope not Hate my leftist friend and stop playing at Nationalist politics.... a liberal piece of shit like you. Your lack of understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics is frightening. You are not part of the solution but part of the problem... what else would I expect of a liberal pretending to be a nationalist.” - Athelstan

Of course the massive differences between patriotism and National Socialism/fascism are conveniently ignored by International Socialists/Leftists (as well as by Nazis when they need to spread their word to patriots who aren't Nazis). It's very convenient for them to be able to fuse patriotism with Nazism/fascism - all the better to destroy them both. However, the terrible fact is that International Socialists share far more with National Socialists than patriots do! This shouldn't be at all surprise if you consider the fact that the two groups are both totalitarian and socialist.

 

For a start, state-worship is not the same as patriotism.

English National Socialists will of course say that they too are against the state. However, National Socialists aren’t against the state in the abstract. National Socialists are against the current state or government. Why? Because it’s not a National Socialist state.

If it were a National Socialist state, Nazis would worship it; which Nazis, historically, have always done. Indeed because Nation Socialism is essentially about the worship of the National Socialist state, Nazis wouldn’t think twice about annihilating patriots (such as “liberal nationalists”) who didn’t worship that state. They'd also annihilate all the patriots who didn't do or think the things that the Nazi state - or the Nazi Party - required of them.

Patriots, on the other hand, aren’t necessarily against the state or government; they just don’t confuse love of the state/government with love of the people and their traditions, cultures and values.

This Nazi inability to distinguish states and peoples is shown in the virulent anti-Americanism which has always been rife in Nazi movements (as it has been in Leftist and Islamist movements). I quoted Jamie Clayton early on and here again he shows his Nazi credentials with his position on America as well as his position on Israel (i.e., the Jews):

Does America sympathise with the Palestinians? Or does it despite its supposed hatred of tyranny side with the occupier rather than the occupied?”

And elsewhere he writes:

America is a bully and there is nothing more satisfying than watching a bully being beaten and humiliated by those they have spend years tormenting.”

What you have here is that because Nazis associate the people with the state, this person is failing to distinguish Americans from what various American states/governments have done. To a Nazi, the state must embody the people (or race) rather than simply be its servant. That's why you get this mindless anti-Americanism from Nazis (which goes all the way back to Hitler).

This is not to say that all American patriots will be against the state/government no matter what it does. It depends. Some American patriots, for example, are complete isolationists when it comes to foreign policy (or interventions) and some aren't. Nazis, on the other hand, are totally committed to whatever the Nazi state does and totally against whatever any non-Nazi/fascist state does (e.g., America, the UK and Israel).

And just as you can hardly expect any self-respecting Nazi to have good things to say about a capitalist democracy like America and its people (save American Nazis), so you can't expect a Nazi to support a leader who helped defeat the Nazis – Winston Churchill. Hence Jamie Clayton believes that Churchill “betrayed Britain”. And if it were up to him, “his remains would go in the same skip Jimmy Saviles grave ended up in”. Or, to put it the way Mark Pringle put it: You EDL are always going on about Churchill.”

It's also blindingly obvious that no Nazi will have any time for a constitutional monarchy, such as we have here in the UK. Despite his embarrassingly naivete about how much actual power the Queen has, and how little power the monarchy has had ('the royal prerogative' was last used, in Parliamentary terms, in 1835) in the last two hundred years or so, Clayton still feels the need to tell us that

although we are a democracy, we could easily be like Saudi Arabia if we wanted as the Queen allows us a democracy that is in no way compulsory.”

In addition to all that, you will have no doubt often heard National Socialists (along with Leftists) talking about the government/state “censoring views”, “limiting freedom of speech”, and “silencing certain opinions”. When they do so, they're exclusively talking about their own views, their own freedom of speech and their own opinions. Thus Nazis (as well as Leftists) hate the government/state not for its hatred of free speech in the abstract - but for its hatred of National Socialist free speech. If the National Socialists (or Leftists) gained power, they would censor views, limit free speech, etc. on a scale that would even make our present Government seem libertarian – as history has shown.

Finally, what I have never understood is why an English patriot would be so keen on German National Socialism - and the way the Nazis did things - in the first place. The English have their own ways of doing things. The German National Socialists - who were of a specific historical period (1921-1945) - had their own very German way of doing things. So what’s so English about German National Socialism? Why do British Nazis want to mimic German Nazis who only had political power for 12 years (a shorter period than Tony Blair's New Labour)?

The British hate Nazism and there is no British version of Nazism (or of totalitarianism). Previous English versions of Nazism were utterly indebted to foreign models: from Oswald Mosley's Italian fascism to the obsessions with German Nazism of the British National Socialist Movement (BNSM) (formerly the British Movement), Combat 18, etc.

I would say that at any one time, there are less than 1500 active Nazis in the UK, probably less. (In other words, probably less or equal to the entire membership of the SWP.) So it doesn’t matter how many juvenile and ultra-hard Nazi websites there are, or even how active some hard-core Nazis are on other people's websites or in other movements, the British are highly unlikely to buy into fascism in the near future. It’s not in our nature. However, yes, come a severe enough crisis, then people, in large numbers, may well do so. But having said that, they are just as likely to adopt revolutionary Marxism or even Islamism in such a crisis. Sometimes it doesn't really matter - to the politically and socially desperate - what extreme remedy they adopt; especially if they're being deceitfully offered an unspoken utopia by Leftists/Nazis/Islamists.

Just as Hitler's Nazis hated the English and their traditions, so too do contemporary English Nazis (as do, of course, Trotskyists/progressives and Communists). But primarily they hate English democracy. They hate it because it won't do exactly what they want it to do. And as a result of the inevitable failures (some real, some bogus) of all democracies - including our own, Nazis (as well as Leftists) must believe that all non-Nazis suffer from “false consciousness”. You see, both Nazis and Leftists believe that because the platonic Media has such a complete control of all our gullible minds and souls, then the only way we could possibly escape from its omnipresent lies would be to embrace Nazism or Leftism and thus, in the process, free ourselves from our false (i.e., non-Nazi/non-Leftist) consciousness.

The 'media', et al explain – if only to them - why the majority of English people simply won't buy their totalitarian package-deals.

The fact is that the English, on the whole, simply love their freedom too much. Consequently, the promise or bribe of “100% employment” and all the other visionary prizes (even if achievable) Leftists and Nazis offer us, simply won't sway the deal.

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I'll just add my two pennyworth on a few of things.

1. The purpose of 4F is to act as a library for ourselves and future generations, so we can trace back trends when we are arguing now, and so that, hopefully, future historians will be able to have a clearer view on what happened.  The latter is necessary not just because the Fascist Left deliberately delete all contradictory evidence (at least 1/3rd of all posted videos here get removed), but also because of the kind of "security by obscurity", that material becomes lost and irretrievable simply due to the volume of new material layered on top of it, using the same key words.

A good example of this is the collection of crimes and terrorist acts for which the Burqa was used.  Muslims love to say this is a side issue and dismiss any single case, and its hard to remember enough to fill out an argument, but no need!  Just navigate to that forum while arguing and they suddenly have to explain away 20 or more cases where this special concession they alone have been granted, gets criminally abused.

2. So why do we assemble here?  Well, I hope we all find the facility useful and add useful items to it (of which this forum is one).  As regards each other, we don't all need to be on the same hymn sheet, or even a similar one.  The thing we all have in common is a desire to get to the root of things, by using pure evidence - as opposed to the adulterated and pruned evidence the BBC gives for example - and by diligent  inquiry.  As regards the latter, I hope the attitude we all have is that picking flaws in each other's arguments is a constructive process.  It can be un-constructive and time wasting of course (not to mention annoying). But when it is constructive, it is either because there is a flaw in the given idea, or the idea has been presented in a way which allows the common man (not that we have many of them here) to interpret it as a flawed idea.  Its useful that we have a wide variety of different approaches here; it increases the chance of trapping errors.

3.  So now to my personal viewpoint, the  cynical, jaundiced and possibly depressing one that the English now do not demonstrably love freedom, and the consequences of that, because you ask if I really do feel like that, then what am I doing here.

First of all, it is just my personal view that the English no longer are prepared to defend their freedom, I think its misleading to say the opposite, but I don't expect everyone to see that or think that.  However the consequence of continuing to think in that legacy way is that your tactics will not change.

The initial feeling on taking my negative view on the English and Freedom is, yes, a downer.  But after adapting to it, I believe it has made me a stronger protagonist.  There is a kind of freedom that comes with it.  It would take too long to explain, but I can say that its not a strategic dead end; the opposite in fact.

Alan,

All I can do is say what I've already said.

There is a difference between the English, on a large scale perhaps, getting it wrong politically speaking (on many fundamental political issues) and their not loving - or loving - freedom or democracy.

Again, it doesn't follow from their not being active anti-Leftists and counter-jihadists that they don't have a love of freedom and democracy.

Besides which, I don't say that every Englishman loves freedom and surely you're not saying that every Englishman doesn't do so.

The other thing is how do I, or you, know that all the contributors on this website have the same position on freedom? For one, we may define it (very?) differently. Secondly, we may define it the same but have different attitudes towards it. Because we don't all belong to the same political parties, or have the same overall ideologies, this will almost certainly be true.

What we share, here, is very narrow: we all see the threat posed by Islam. In addition, we all realise how that threat has come about because of the hard work of the Left done on behalf of Muslims. Beyond that, I'm not sure what else we share or need to share. In fact, in theory at least, someone could be a (old-style?) socialist or anarchist and also still be anti-Islamic – there is no logical contradiction there.

So, in the end, the differences between you and I may just be semantic – but I doubt it. Yes, if things don't change politically, freedom may become a thing of the past. Also, we can show people that their political positions and acceptance of certain conditions are leading in that direction. But such people have just got it wrong politically. They are not unconcerned with freedom and democracy. They just don't see things the way we see things.

Also, what we offer, and what we suggest, may be taken by many people as being more of a threat to freedom and democracy than what they are doing or not doing. In fact many of the arguments against the EDL, counter-jihadists, etc. are about our positions on freedom and democracy. Now the Left lies and distorts on these issues for its own ends, sure. But not everyone who has a problem with our analyses and solutions is a stooge of the Left and neither are they all unconcerned with democracy and freedom.

I came across this account in a book on the SS (which I picked up in a museum bookshop, and forgot to write down the details).  So, stumbling across it again today (in search for the quote about Egyptian national radio glorifying the Holocaust in the 1960s), I thought I'd record it for posterity.

“The term “Nazi” (along with “Nazism”) is a political epithet invented by Konrad Heiden (7 August 1901 – 18 June 1966) during the 1920s as a means of denigrating the NSDAP and National Socialism. Heiden was a journalist and member of the Social Democratic Party. The term is a variant of the nickname that was used in reference to members of the SDP at the time “Sozi” (short for Sozialisten). “Nazi” was a political pun, based upon the Austro-Bavarian slang word for “simpleton” or “country bumpkin”, and derived from the fairly common name Ignatz. It would be like saying “nutsy”.  So, if for no other reason, one should easily understand why the term was regarded as derogatory by the National Socialists and why they would never use it to describe themselves.  One should also see why it would be used and popularized by Marxist-Bolshevik agitators and understand how it was seized upon by various other political opponents and  subversive types, both within Germany and abroad, including the international media and political leaders of the western powers.” (Metapedia)

http://justice4germans.com/page/20/

I haven't got the time to do an assessment of either metapedia or the site where I found that quote. However, it fits exactly with my memory of what the book on the SS said about the creation and popularisation of the term "Nazi".  Every time we use "Nazi" rather than "National Socialist", we are enabling the Left to disown the collectivist genocide of jews done in the name of Socialism.

The New English Review has rejected a my new and more detailed version of the piece above ('Why National Socialists are Socialists'). They have previously accepted and published my other submissions (bar one).

Basically, one of the editors (though she said 'we') said that my point that the Nazis were socialists isn't convincing and that I also made the mistake of concluding they were the same simply because there are similarities. In other words, I have made too much of the similarities.

The reason for the rejection only amounts to around 50 words (or less) so I don't really know what to make of these claims.

I remember that it was not 4 years ago that someone on the EDL forum pointed out to me that National Socialists were socialists.  I balked - after studying philosophy and politics at university, this struck me as a ridiculous and nonsensical idea. If this was the case, surely I'd have heard it mentioned once in those 3 years at university? (The Politics Dept. at my uni was considered one of the top 5 in Britain).

In recent years, when I've laid out to a Spanish friend who teaches at the LSE, the differences between the conservative "fascism" of Franco and the revolutionary socialist fascism of Mussolini and Hitler, my friend was apoplectic.  When I asked him to explain in what way this contrast was wrong, he could not.

Perhaps that is the problem for NER.  Perhaps this idea is so contrary to what they have imbibed, it strikes them as obviously false (but they can't itemise why they believe it to be false).   Maybe if you provide some references to published works (von Mises, Jonah Goldberg) they will see that what you are saying is not so "out there".

The idea that Mussolini and Hitler were "right wing" has got to be the biggest lie of the 20th century in the west. The politics of the last 70 to 80 years has turned on that lie.

... I agree with that... except that this is The New English Review, not the LSE. Having said that, even those in the counter-jihad movement and on the Right in the US (it's an American-based journal), don't make much of the National Socialist/International Socialist family dispute. In fact not even people like Robert Spencer mention it. (He does compare the Islamists to the Nazis, of course; which, I think, has LESS justification than my position on Leftists and Nazis.) This denial seems incredible to me because even though I was brought up with the same lie (as everyone is!), once you think about it, it all seems obviously true.

The neat trick the Left used (and, it seems, the NER), is to focus on those - often minor - things which, yes, distinguish Nazis from Leftists - as if this somehow automatically disproves the central thesis. But that is philosophical and political illiteracy. For example, take Christianity as practiced in Brazil and Poland today. They will be fantastically different in many respects. Take Christianity as practiced in England today compared to how it was practiced in the 13th century. Again, massively different. But no one would deny that the Brazilians or the Poles or the 14th century English were Christians.

The German Nazis were bound to be different to the Bolsheviks in certain respects - they were German, not Russian, for a start. Etc.

*) The other thing is that this idea is at the very heart of all criticism of Leftism/Marxism. Well, it's at the very heart of my own criticisms. To me, it gets to the core of the Marxist Left.

*) You may be right about quoting others. I quoted Leftists but didn't quote anyone on "my side".

I think that National Socialism is going to be rehabilitated (particularly in Germany).

This book was self-published in 2009, and by 2011 the German version had gone through 11 editions.  Even the English language version is on its 6th edition. 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/gerd-schultze-rhonhof/1939-the-war-that-ha...

The internet revolution is robbing the power elite (media, academics) of their hold over information/narratives. 

A documentary of the book is available on the internet, and makes surprising viewing.  It contains a lot of information/claims about the run-up to WW2 of which I was unaware.  The documentaries shown on British TV take a very different angle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mA0kk29DBA

The bottom line is this: Germans are starting to say that blame for the causes of WW2 lie elsewhere than Hitler/Germany. When people start to realise that National Socialism was (for its time) a "progressive", socialist, redistributive, unifying ideology I can see Germans starting to find that they've been lied to for a long time. Since the modern Leftists are also jew-hating/anti-Israeli, then I can see the taint of anti-semitism being a small price for them to pay to reclaim their national pride. God help us if the Leftists embrace National Socialism rather than rejecting the cartoon version of "nazism" and fascism we've been fed for 50 years or more.  Since the muslims in Europe are leading this resurgence in neo-nazism, it could be a terrible alliance.

We are living in extraordinary times.

Joe,

I've just remembered! I'm surprised I forgot this. (It was about six months ago.) I mentioned above that The New English Review has rejected one article previously. They did - and it was on the same subject (more or less) However that time I focused on a Professor Wilford and his typically Marxist version of the Nazis and their rise. She said similar things that time around but also: "Who cares about a writer no one had heard of?" (Which is fair enough.)

Anyway. This is what I've concluded now that I've thought about it.

A couple of NER editors are Jewish and I think the woman who emailed me is Jewish. Here's my point. Many Jews think of the Nazis as being "unique"; and especially that Nazi Jew-hatred was pretty unique. In a sense, that helps the cause - for both Left and Right Jews. Consequently, if you play down the uniqueness of the Nazis and what they did (in my case, by comparing them to International Socialists), you thereby downplay their crimes and do a disservice to the memory of the murdered Jews.

In fact, Leftists do stress this supposed uniqueness as a badge of difference: the Nazi Jew-hatred. My bet is that many/some right-wing Jews do too.

What do you reckon?

Deficit spending is a fascist policy.  It enables governments to buy off the current electorate with "progressive" social policies.  It can do this because it taxes the unborn.  Future voters will be paying taxes for money that was spent before they were born. 

When Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom in the 1940s, it must have been inconceivable to him that all parties in a democracy would bribe current voters with the (implicit) promise of turning their descendants into serfs.

F. A. Voigt, after many years of close observation of developments in Europe as a foreign correspondent, concludes that
"Marxism has led to Fascism and National-Socialism, because, in all essentials, it is Fascism and National Socialism".

Hayek, Road to Serfdom, 1944, p.28

Thus, my argument that fascism is a form of socialism was clearly known by people like Hayek. Voigt was a British journalist of German descent, born in Hampstead.  He worked for The Guardian.  From 1920-1933, he was The Guardian's correspondent in Germany.  He wrote "Unto Caeser" (from which Hayek took the above quote) in 1939. 

Like von Mises (who also said that fascism was a branch of socialism), Voigt was perfectly placed to assess fascism.  It is absolutely extraordinary how fascism has been re-branded by socialists to be "right wing".

Whilst the "hard left" and the "soft left" in the west would have the post-WW2 world believe that fascism/nazism and communism were at opposite extremes of an ideological spectrum, that's not how they were seen before 1945.

Many a University teacher in this country [Britain] during the 1930s has seen English and American students return from the Continent, uncertain whether they were communists or Nazis and certain only that they hated Western liberal civilisation.

Hayek, Road to Serfdom, 1944, p.30

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