Sunday, September 22, 2002
(Under the heading: �ANTI-RACIST HYPOCRISY�)
Modern day Leftists of course hate it when you point out to them that Hitler was one of them. They deny it furiously -- even though in Hitler�s own day the orthodox Leftists who represented the German labor unions (the SPD) often voted WITH the Nazis in the Reichstag (German Parliament).
As part of that denial, an essay by Steve Kangas is much reproduced on the internet. Entering the search phrase �Hitler was a Leftist� will bring up multiple copies of it. Kangas however reveals where he is coming from in his very first sentence: �Many conservatives accuse Hitler of being a leftist, on the grounds that his party was named "National Socialist." But socialism requires worker ownership and control of the means of production�. It does? Only to Marxists. So Kangas is saying only that Hitler was less Leftist than the Communists -- and that would not be hard. Surely a �democratic� Leftist should see that as faintly to Hitler�s credit, in fact.
Some other points made by Kangas are highly misleading. He says for instance that Hitler favoured �competition over co-operation�. Hitler in fact rejected Marxist notions of class struggle and had as his great slogan: �Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Fuehrer� (One State, one people, one leader). He ultimately wanted Germans to be a single, unified, co-operating whole under him, with all notions of social class or other divisions forgotten. Other claims made by Kangas are simply laughable: He says that Hitler cannot have been a Leftist because he favoured: �politics and militarism over pacifism, dictatorship over democracy�. Phew! So Stalin was not political, not a militarist and not a dictator? Enough said.