As an ideology, National Socialism
is utterly misunderstood.
In fact, surprisingly, many people around the world today implicitly endorse
some form of it.
Most European countries, and many others globally, are some form of socialist
— loosely defined as government control and oversight of at least certain key portions of the economic sector — stands in contrast to free-market capitalism, in which for-profit corporations control such things. Suffice it to say that socialism
is a respected political and economic system around the globe.
places high priority on the well-being of the nation-state and its traditional residents. It is inward-looking, rather than outward. It tends toward economic independence and autonomy rather than globalisation and inter-connectedness. It typically supports and strengthens the dominant ethnicity and culture, and largely ignores that of minorities. This, too, is hardly unknown; there are strong nationalist movements in many countries around the world today.
As it happens, the United States is neither nationalist
. Thus, its media and its economic and political elite tend to dismiss or abuse both of these concepts.
Americans are functionally brainwashed to believe that socialism
is evil — witness the pejorative application of the label to President Obama in recent years — and that nationalism
is the hallmark of crude and primitive autocrats, and racist as well. This fact is revealing; the American power elite wants no one to get the idea that anything like nationalism
— or, God forbid, national socialism
— should become a credible ideology.
In fact, the formal declaration of the National Socialist
system — as stated in Hitler’s “25 Points” — is remarkably progressive and, dare we say, tame.
They call for equal rights (Points 2 and 9).
They give citizens the right to select the laws and governmental structure (6).
They abolish war-profiteering (12).
They call for corporate profit-sharing with employees (14).
They support retirement pensions, a strong middle class, free higher education, public health, maternity welfare, and religious freedom, including explicit support for “a positive Christianity” (15, 16, 20, 21, 24).
On the ‘down’ side, only a relative few points appear threatening or aggressive.
They grant citizenship only to ethnic Germans, explicitly denying it to Jews (4).
They block further immigration, and compel recent immigrants to leave (8).
They seek to prohibit all financial speculation in land (17).
They call for a death penalty against “traitors, usurers, and profiteers” (18).
They demand that the German-language press be controlled only by ethnic Germans—but they don’t restrict press in other languages (23).
And they call for “a strong central authority in the State” (25).
As anti-Semitic as Hitler was, it is surprising how lightly the Jews get off. They are banned from citizenship, and therefore from any role in government or the press. Recent (since August 1914) Jewish immigrants, like all immigrants, must leave. And the National Socialist
view of religious freedom “fights against the Jewish materialist spirit” (24).
But no threats to imprison or kill Jews.
Longtime Jewish residents can stay in the country.
No confiscation of wealth, with the stated exceptions.
And certainly nothing that sounds like a looming ‘Holocaust.’
In sum, Hitler’s National Socialism
is essentially the product of German nationalism
and progressive socialism
, combined with a mild form of anti-Semitism. Hardly the embodiment of evil.
The above is by Prof. Thomas Dalton, Ph.D.
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