Documenting Hitler’s Political Positions …. and those that loved him

First of all, I find the terms left wing / right wing meaningless. So I’ll avoid them. I prefer judging political positions on two scales
1) economic freedom
2) social freedom

Where “freedom” is the the ‘freedom to choose’ and the lack of central planning. A lot of time the only difference between “liberals” and “conservatives” is the preferences du jour of those in power. Those words change meaning over time. What is liberal in 1930 is conservative in 1990. So it’s futile effort to use those labels and expect everyone else to understand what you are trying to say.

A note on the parties name:

Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party).

Anti-capitalist or anti-free market quotes from Mein Kampf.

NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN WORKERS’ PARTY
November 9, 1918 Fortune upon Fortune!
‘The hour of liberation from the yoke of capitalism has come ‘

NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN
WORKERS’ PARTY

When on November 9, 1918, the German people was driven into revolution, it was told that this was the beginning of the ‘nations’ liberation’ from the bonds of * world capitalism.’

On why the Nazi’s picked Red.

The most basic example is the Nazi use of the color red, which was firmly associated with Bolshevism and socialism. “We chose red for our posters after particular and careful deliberation…so as to arouse their attention and tempt them to come to our meetings…so that in this way we got a chance of talking to the people.”

Goldberg, Liberal Fascism

On the Term “Liberal Fascism”

The introduction of a novel term like “liberal fascism” obviously requires an explanation. Many critics will undoubtedly regard it as a crass oxymoron. Actually, however, I am not the first to use the term. That honor falls to H. G. Wells, one of the greatest influences on the progressive mind in the twentieth century (and, it turns out, the inspiration for Huxley’s Brave New World). Nor did Wells coin the phrase as an indictment, but as a badge of honor. Progressives must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis,” he told the Young Liberals at Oxford in a speech in July 1932.21 – Goldberg, Liberal Fascism

Item of note…. those that compete for the same voting block are the most intense enemies

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. As if on cue, Dallas was christened “the city of hate.” A young TV reporter named Dan Rather heard a rumor that some Dallas schoolchildren had cheered when they heard the news of Kennedy’s death. The rumor wasn’t true, and the local Dallas CBS affiliate refused to run the story. Rather made an end run around the network and reported the story anyway.

Rather wasn’t the only one eager to point fingers at the right. Within minutes Kennedy’s aides blamed deranged and unnamed right-wingers. One headline proclaimed the assassination had taken place “deep in the hate of Texas.” But when it became clear that a deranged Marxist had done the deed, Kennedy’s defenders were dismayed. “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights,” Jackie lamented to Bobby Kennedy when he told her the news. “It’s—it had to be some silly little Communist.”1 – Goldberg, Liberal Fascism

More evidence of Communists being the same base as Nazi’s

The walls were covered with flags, photographs, posters, slogans and emblems. His SA uniforms hung neatly ironed on a hanger…When I said that it must be rather claustrophobic with all that stuff on the walls, he laughed and sat down on the bed, and said: “Mensch! You should have seen it last year! You would have laughed! Then it was all red flags, stars, hammers, sickles, pictures of Lenin and Stalin and Workers of the World Unite!…Then, suddenly when Hitler came to power, I understood it was all nonsense and lies. I realized Adolf was the man for me. All of a sudden!” He snapped his fingers in the air. “And here I am!”…Had a lot of people done the same, then? “Millions! I tell you, I was astonished how easily they all changed sides!”17 -Goldberg, Liberal Facism

TO DO

    1. track supporters of communism & Nazism in 1930
      Find Goldberg red flag quote
      Competing for same base
      attic that changes from socialism to nazism
      nazi publication book w/ kitchen photo
  • Counterpoint

    This author claims that Hitler is “far right”. I don’t understand that conclusion but I’ll reserve judgement until AFTER I’ve read his work. Preliminary book scan seems to indicate “far right” is Nationalism. So must mean the far left are those that hate their country? I still don’t get it.

    Fritzsche, Peter. Germans into Nazis, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998; Eatwell, Roger, Fascism, A History, Viking-Penguin, 1996. pp. xvii-xxiv, 21, 26–31, 114–140, 352.

    Griffin, Roger, “Revolution from the Right: Fascism,” in David Parker, ed., Revolutions and the Revolutionary Tradition in the West 1560-1991, London: Routledge, 2000

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