The problem with NAtionale soZIalists

Thanks to Instapundit, I was made aware of this post by Ezra Klein, whose credentials include work at The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, MSNBC and The American Prospect.

It’s from 2006, so it isn’t news. Then again, he’s writing the same sort of stuff today.

Not everything the Nazis touched was bad. Hitler was a vegetarian. Volkswagen is a perfectly good car company. Universal health care is a perfectly good idea. Indeed, the Nazis actually did a pretty good job increasing economic growth and improving standards of living (they were, many think, the first Keynesians, adopting the strategy even before Keynes had come up with it), pushing Germany out of a depression and back into expansion. Unfortunately, they also set out to conquer Europe and exterminate the Jews. People shouldn’t do that.

Update Sigh. Let’s try to be clearer, then. The problem with the Nazis was that they were genocidal white supremacists with an appetite for continental hegemony. To invoke them in order to tar, by association, privatization, or “appeasement,” or socialist policies, or other policies that were not related to their murderous crimes is a noxious debate tactic that should be widely and rapidly condemned.

OK, let’s be clearer. Hitler was a vegetarian who, instead of cows, slaughtered people. This doesn’t reflect badly on vegetarians or cows, it just shows Mr. Klein’s thoughts on the topic he takes to hand are incoherent. Should we be more kindly disposed toward Stalin because he made a non-aggression pact with a vegetarian?

Volkswagen is a good car company. Note the Clintonian ‘is.” During World War Two, OTOH, it’s believed that as many as four out of every five workers at Volkswagen’s plants were slave laborers. Klein neglected to mention that Krupp makes decent coffee makers. Still, Volkswagen and Krupp subscribed to the “Arbeit macht frei” meme.

Universal health care was Bismarckian, not Hitlerian. And it’s not inarguably a good idea. The face of Hitlerian health care is Dr. Josef Mengele. His practice was quite restricted, of course, but it was based on the idea that the State owned his patients. For a more general view of Statist health care, where the State only leases patients, check out Britain’s NHS or the Veteran’s Administration.

The hard-core Keynesians were the Volk running the Weimar regime. When they printed, they Printed. Hitler had to start a world war for his spending spree.

Alongside starting a world war, I think the economic boosting technique Weimar failed to grasp was starvation of slave laborers. When labor costs are zero, productivity goes up. When health care is delivered by Dr. Mengele, insurance costs become irrelevant. Neither does it immediately hurt your economy if you seize the Sudetenland and Poland. Think of all the broken windows that needed repair.

So, is invoking the NAZIs when discussing political policies other than genocide a noxious debate technique? In some cases, I’m sure. But Mr. Klein can’t name any of them.

Fascism is accurately defined as the political belief that the state is more important than the individual. “Nothing outside the state, nothing above the state, everything within the state.” You may object that that is a Mussolini quote. I’d claim Hitler wished he had said it.

This collectivist mind-set is fundamental to praising corporatist automobile companies who would avail themselves of slave labor. It’s a conviction you must hold before you force free people to accept government rationed health care. It’s necessary thinking for idealizing Keynesian economics. Collectivism is the perfect philosophical precursor to genocidal hegemony. The NAZIs were collectivists.

No matter what the leaders say, collectivist states always end this way. For evidence that the cause is not Hitler, but Nationalism and Socialism, I recommend reading The Black Book of Communism.

Of the two collectivist pillars of NAZI political thought, which do we blame more, NAtionalism or soZIalism? I’m not sure it matters. When you combine nationalism and socialism, you’re on the road to justification for “racial purification.” In fact, you’re likely to need the justification because someone like Hitler, Stalin or Mao is always lurking.

Update 4:10PM:
Here is an example where collectivist supporters of federal funding for Planned Parenthood will not engage in “noxious debate,” and they condemn any such discussion “widely and rapidly.” But when you cut a living baby’s face open in order to extract the brain intact, I’d say a Mengele comparison is not only apt, but required. So are criminal charges.

Can’t tell left from right

The state-run media are finally catching up with Nancy Pelosi. They’ve started serious raving about Nazi references amongst Obamacare protesters. One way they are demonstrating this connection is by showing images of a black guy at a John Dingell “town hall.” He is shown carrying a very large poster depicting a Hitler mustachioed Obama. However, after the event he was observed to have been handing out Dingell literature.

So, this guy hoisting the Obama as Hitler poster appears to be a Dingell apparatchik willing to engage in incendiary lies in order to smear Obamacare opponents as a group. I wonder how many others have been inspired to make Ms Pelosi’s swastika comment a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It gets better. The poster is stolen directly from LaRouchePAC, the URL is printed at the bottom of the poster. What’s LaRouchePAC? It’s the political action committee of one Lyndon LaRouche, who has run for President 8 times. Once as the U.S Labor Party candidate and seven times for the Democrat nomination. For Democrats, he has not exactly been a fringe candidate. In the 2000 Democrat primaries, LaRouche managed to attract double digit percentages in several states. So, who is he?

LaRouche occupies a spot as one of the top five weirdest far-left US “politicians” ever. Frankly, I am unable to name even one other who is as twisted, but who received 22% of the vote in a Democrat Presidential primary; this is Ramsey Clark territory.

Here is a reasonable overview of the man’s beliefs and activities. To appreciate how deep LaRouche plays left field, you’d have to read the whole thing. If you don’t know who he is, reading it is useful to appreciate that I am not exaggerating.

In sum, then, the state-run press is blathering about “right wing nutjobs,” blaming Rush Limbaugh for Nazi images, and mocking average American citizens concerned about a bill nobody in Congress thinks they need to read… because of a Democrat 5th columnist carrying a poster created by the John Birch of the left.

researched this and he deserves the traffic for doing so. Click that link for pictures and video documenting what I explained above. It is worth doing so.

The man whose leg was thrilled

The more these people speak, the more appropriate a No Nazis no fascists sign seems.

Chris Matthews asks Cynthia Tucker, editor of the opinion section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about racism and town hall protestors:

Matthews: “Put 100 of these people in a room. Strap them into gurneys. Inject them with sodium pentathol. How many of them would say I don’t like the idea of having a black president? What percentage?”

Tucker: “45 to 65 percent of these people will never be comfortable with a black President.”

Of course, it is not possible to object to the President’s policies and principles without being called a racist. At one time this would indeed have made people uncomfortable, but if Barack Obama’s presidency is doing anything to “heal racial tensions,” it would be desensitizing ordinary people to the word.

Note the screen caption: “Town Mauls.”

Wonkette calls this a “classic.”
I think the rules are being rewritten.

H/T the blogprof

Update 8:03PM. Read:

Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Remember when protest was patriotic?

Dems Continue “Listening Tour”– Fists, Boots, Bullhorns, Stomping Heads, Smashing Faces, Assaults Included
Some good pictures there.

Update 8:33PM
Don’t miss:
The Swastika “Crisis”

Update 8:45PM
Also worth reading:
Protest for Me, But Not for Thee