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Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism
On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism.
Hitler wasn't a socialist. Stop saying he was
My colleague Dan Hannan argues that Hitler was a socialist. It's a popular idea among libertarians, often used to shame the opposition – after all the Nazis did call themselves National Socialists. But, then again, Tony Blair once said he was a socialist, too. So labels can be misleading.
That Hitler wasn't a socialist became apparent within weeks of becoming Chancellor of Germany when he started arresting socialists and communists. He did this, claim some, because they were competing brands of socialism. But that doesn't explain why Hitler defined his politics so absolutely as a war on Bolshevism – a pledge that won him the support of the middle-classes, industrialists and many foreign conservatives.
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“Is," "is," "is"—the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.”
- Robert Anton Wilson, "Nature's God"
Just as a bad workman blames his tools, so too does a bad idea blame those who implement it. People who aspire to define an ideology so precisely it excludes those who advocate it allow ideas to escape criticism by arguing that it is people, rather than their ideas, who are at fault. This is common in politics, communism isn't flawed 'as an idea' because those who have tried it and failed simply weren't "real" communists.
"I have never experienced another human being. I have experienced my impressions of them."
Robert Anton Wilson.