Hitler was a Leftist

It amazes me that leftists still try to argue that Hitler, Nazism, and fascism are products of the right wing, despite all evidence to the contrary. But, as a friend recently reminded me, truth is the ultimate weapon in such debates, and the truth is on our side.

Van Helsing at Moonbattery has presented this wonderful link that includes materials from the actual NSDAP platform and agenda. I invite you to take a look at that platform and tell me whether it reflects right-wing or left-wing positions:

We demand therefore:
11. The abolition of incomes unearned by work.

The breaking of the slavery of interest
12. In view of the enormous sacrifices of life and property demanded of a nation by any war, personal enrichment from war must be regarded as a crime against the nation. We demand therefore the ruthless confiscation of all war profits.

13. We demand the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts).

14. We demand profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises.

15. We demand the extensive development of insurance for old age.

16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class, the immediate communalizing of big department stores, and their lease at a cheap rate to small traders, and that the utmost consideration shall be shown to all small traders in the placing of State and municiple orders.

17. We demand a land reform suitable to our national requirements, the passing of a law for the expropriation of land for communal purposes without compensation; the abolition of ground rent, and the prohibition of all speculation in land. *

18. We demand the ruthless prosecution of those whose activities are injurious to the common interest. Common criminals, usurers, profiteers, etc., must be punished with death, whatever their creed or race.

19. We demand that Roman Law, which serves a materialistic world order, be replaced by a German common law.

20. The State must consider a thorough reconstruction of our national system of education (with the aim of opening up to every able and hard-working German the possibility of higher education and of thus obtaining advancement). The curricula of all educational establishments must be brought into line with the requirements of practical life. The aim of the school must be to give the pupil, beginning with the first sign of intelligence, a grasp of the nation of the State (through the study of civic affairs). We demand the education of gifted children of poor parents, whatever their class or occupation, at the expense of the State.

21. The State must ensure that the nation’s health standards are raised by protecting mothers and infants, by prohibiting child labor, by promoting physical strength through legislation providing for compulsory gymnastics and sports, and by the extensive support of clubs engaged in the physical training of youth.

22. We demand the abolition of the mercenary army and the foundation of a people’s army.

23. We demand legal warfare on deliberate political mendacity and its dissemination in the press. To facilitate the creation of a German national press we demand:

(a) that all editors of, and contributors to newspapers appearing in the German language must be members of the nation;
(b) that no non-German newspapers may appear without the express permission of the State. They must not be printed in the German language;
(c) that non-Germans shall be prohibited by law from participating financially in or influencing German newspapers, and that the penalty for contravening such a law shall be the suppression of any such newspaper, and the immediate deportation of the non-Germans involved.

The publishing of papers which are not conducive to the national welfare must be forbidden. We demand the legal prosecution of all those tendencies in art and literature which corrupt our national life, and the suppression of cultural events which violate this demand.

Wow. Just look at all that right-wing rhetoric! Free education, a government-run health care system, government ownership of corporations, government-run retirement plans, and government control and regulation of the press. Sounds like it came straight from the GOP headquarters, doesn’t it?

Oh, I guess it doesn’t. In fact, it sounds more like the Obama administration platform.

Van Helsing also links to a video from Glenn Beck’s show that illustrates these points and others. No matter what your opinion of Beck’s theatrics, it’s worth watching, because his facts are spot on.

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  1. #1 by Poker Face on Fri 09 Apr 2010 - 08:39

    Absolutely insane.

    • #2 by The Republican Heretic on Fri 09 Apr 2010 - 08:56

      Absolutely true. There is no part of the NSDAP platform at all that aligns it with the political right.

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