In his 1905 book, The Life of Reason, Spanish philosopher George Santayana issued a warning to humankind that has become extremely pertinent in the modern age: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Ripping down statues and lying about the past is one way to make certain that happens.
The left has successfully tied Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians to Hitler and Nazis though they could never be Nazis by nature of who they are. Nazis want big government and full government control. It’s the opposite of limited government that is part of the freedom party, the Republicans.
The only thing Conservative about Hitler and the Nazis was pride in nation though Democrats say they are patriotic too.
In his 2007 book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Jonah Goldberg explained that fascism has common roots with modern liberalism or progressivism. Mussolini’s and Hitler’s ideologies are interconnected with the Progressive movement of the early 1900s.
Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.
Progressives embraced the theory of Pragmatism which led them away from early philosophers who focused on the contemplation of reality. They were naturally drawn to the ideology that the elite must mold reality to harness knowledge for the common good.
A natural outgrowth is that the force of the state must be used to improve society. People can’t be left alone because the result will not have the desired consequences. Government must rule, remake society, even if force is necessary.
The idea of Hitler’s eugenics came from American Progressives. Just google it.
The Nazis enthusiastically embraced eugenics and had no qualms about abortion and sterilization for those they considered unfit, weak minded, or inferior. Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger who had similar thoughts though the left will say that’s not true. She’s easy enough to research.
They supported euthanasia.
Complete state control of all aspects of life was seen as highly pragmatic and scientific by many. Nationalism and militarism were actually key components of the Progressive Era, flourishing in particular under President Woodrow Wilson, as Goldberg documents.
Fascism and Nazism are interrelated ideologies and they are rooted in socialism which can never be right-wing. Fascism also leads to complete government control.
Even the Nazis’ nationalist vÖlkisch ideology was at its core a secular substitute for religion.
When President Roosevelt brought the progressive revolution to fruition here in the United States, it was none other than Adolf Hitler who wrote him a letter commending him on his new economic program for America. Hitler pointed out that his and FDR’s New Deal program shared many of the same core principles and programs, FFF explained.
He was referring to programs like Social Security, which became a permanent welfare-state program under FDR, and the National Recovery Act, which was a perfect model for economic fascism.
Hitler was influenced by other progressive thinkers — Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Heinrich Gotthard von Treitschke, progressive politician, Karl Lueger, the Burgomaster (Mayor)of Vienna. Hitler called the latter, a Christian Socialist, a “genius”. His model which Hitler adopted was along the lines of Saul Alinsky’s political ethics of divide and conquer via identity politics. Hitler was more obvious about it. He called it propaganda.
What Adolf Hitler wrote about messaging in Mein Kampf predates and almost exactly mirrors what Saul Alinsky wrote many years later in Rules For Radicals, a book that many progressives consider their political bible.
Hitler was the originator of Alinsky’s famous Rule 13: ‘Pick the target, freeze the target, personalize it and polarize it.’
Hitler championed the 99%, played off class warfare, and took away gun rights.
Hitler and the Nazis also were very involved in picking winners and losers among Germany’s corporate and manufacturing concerns, swapping preferential treatment, government contracts and loans and policies that benefited specific well connected and supportive companies in exchange for political and financial support for Hitler and his policies. His cronies became his partners. It’s similar to Barack Obama’s crony capitalism, especially with the alternative energy market.
Hitler revamped Germany’s healthcare system and made it truly universal as well as state subsidized. Hitler and the Nazis considered healthcare to be the right of all Germans, and there were numerous public-health campaigns in Nazi Germany urging healthy eating and exercise and declared a war on smoking.
Jonah Goldberg’s research found that: The Nazis loathed the free market, provided generous pensions for the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universities—where campus speech codes were all the rage. The Nazis led the world in organic farming and alternative medicine. Hitler was a strict vegetarian, and Himmler was an animal rights activist.
If Hitler’s Nazism resembles any ideology Americans are familiar with, though obviously a softened version, it resembles Progressivism. It is national socialism, not conservatism or libertarianism, or Republicanism.
It’s not Republicans who are trying to take away our First Amendment, beat up opponents and tell us we have no right to defend ourselves.
Here are your Democrat heroes.
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) August 16, 2017