By: Brent Parrish
No other subject seems to ruffle the feathers of the leftist elitist more than the fact that fascism and communism are really just two sides of the same collectivist coin. For many years, leftists have labeled national socialism, i.e. Nazism, as a rightwing ideology.
The IJReview recently posted an article that included a video excerpt of a British Conservative Member of Parliament, Daniel Hannan, who argued Adolf Hitler was indeed a leftwing socialist.
I chose to include the entire speech by Daniel Hannan. It’s well worth viewing.
As usual, every time this subject comes up, there is always some leftwing pseudo-intellectual who wishes to twist and counter historical fact in favor of socialism—meaning: Marxian socialism good, national socialism bad. Well, I don’t care whether it’s Marxian socialism or national socialism; it’s all bad.
For what it’s worth, below is my reply to a YouTube commenter (MrReco12) who forwards the typical rubbish that socialism is wonderful and free enterprise is evil. This is hardly a comprehensive response. Obviously, there is much to be said on this topic concerning the different flavors of socialism. But, in the end, it’s all just ism. And it has nothing to do with freedom. Period.
Well, let’s just start with the opening quote by Mr. Hannan, and quote it in full.
“I am a Socialist, and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow…. What you understand by Socialism is nothing more than Marxism.” ~Adolf Hitler, spoken to Otto Strasser, Berlin, May 21, 1930
“We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.” ~Gregor Strasser
From a recent editorial at Forbes by Bill Flax entitled “Obama, Hitler, And Exploding The Biggest Lie In History“:
“… Nazis despised Marxists not over ideology, but because they had betrayed Germany in World War I and Nazis found it unconscionable that German communists yielded fealty to Slavs in Moscow.” ~Bill Flax
Is Flax right? Well, here’s what Joseph Goebbels wrote in a 1925 New York Times article (see the documentary The Soviet Story ):
“On the speaker’s assertion that Lenin was the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between communism and the Hitler faith was very slight, a faction war opened with whizzing beer glasses.” ~Joseph Goebbels
Goebbels clearly stated fascism and socialism are really just two sides of the same coin. And why the “whizzing beer glasses”? Many Germans hated the Bolsheviks because they saw them as traitors during the Great War (WWI). So the Nazis quickly abandoned the comparison of Nazism to Marxian socialism; it was intensely unpopular with the German people.
“The line between fascism and Fabian socialism is very thin. Fabian socialism is the dream. Fascism is Fabian socialism plus the inevitable dictator.” ~John T. Flynn
MrReco12 claims, “He seems to believe that free market capitalism actually exists- it does not- It is crony capitalism where the government and big buisness form an alliance against organized Labour etc….”
The collusion of big business and big government is the quintessential definition of fascism, i.e. “corporatism,” as coined by Benito Mussolini. In a truly fascistic system, the federal government shrinks as it assumes control over all industry and business. But the leaders of industry must bow down to the edicts of the state. They are not free to do as they wish. It must serve the interests of the state.
Re: the flag comment: “the red Nazi flag symbolized socialism in a ‘classless, casteless’ Germany (white represents Aryanism).” A “classless, borderless” society is the quintessential definition of Marxian socialism, i.e. communism.
You’re right. Karl Marx coined the term “capitalism” per his seminal work Das Kapital. The term “capitalism” wasn’t used in the U.S. until Marxism made its way to the States in the 19th Century. It was simply known as free enterprise.
Before 1913, and the imposition of the income tax (16th Amendment), an American kept 100% of what they earned. And we had roads, schools, military, etc.
As far as your South Korea comment is concerned, I will redirect back to Mr. Hannan’s point. If you wanted a better life for you and your family, where would you go? South Korea or North Korea? Enough said.
In the end, fascism, socialism, communism, etc.–it’s just collectivism–the abolition of individual liberty. And let’s not forget that 100+ million people were slaughtered by fascist, socialist, communist governments in the 20th Century alone.
How do I judge a governmental system? By how many bodies it stacks up and whether it supports individual liberty, free markets and the rule of law.
Enjoy your socialism. As for me, I’ll pass.
- Obama, Hitler, and Exploding the Biggest Lie in History
- Hitler Was a Socialist
- Hitler Was a Socialist, (And Not a Right Wing Conservative)
- Further Proof That Hitler Was Socialist
- How Are Socialism, Communism and Fascism All the Same?
- A True Description of Fascism [Video]
- Fascism and Socialism: Still Not Opposites
- CHILLING: Comparing Speeches by Putin and Hitler
- Adolf Hitler – Progressive Pioneer
- George Reisman: Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian