Is it any wonder the Democrats are mystified when they are compared to Nazis?
Here’s an excerpt from an excellent article at The Architecture of Modern Political Power: German Socialism. It came from a letter to the editor in WorldNetDaily by Gary Clark:
A nation of good, little Nazis?
In the article, “Redefining the Political Spectrum,” Joseph Farah has hit the nail on the head. Fascism and a Nazi-like mindset are sweeping over America.
Consider just one example of Nazism, the Nazi economic system. How many Americans do you know today who don’t support most, if not all, of the following eight planks of the Nationalist (later National Socialist, or Nazi) Party of Germany, adopted in Munich on Feb. 24, 1920?
- “We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living.”
- “The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within its confines and be for the good of all. Therefore, we demand: … an end to the power of the financial interests.”
- “We demand profit sharing in big business.”
- “We demand a broad extension of care for the aged.”
- “We demand … the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of the national, state, and municipal governments.”
- “In order to make possible every capable and industrious (citizen) the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education. … We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents. …”
- “The government must undertake the improvement of public health — by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor … by the greatest possible support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth.”
- “(We) combat the … materialistic spirit within and without us, and are convinced that a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of The Common Good Before The Individual Good.”
If you doubt whether the Nazi economic philosophy has been accepted by the American people, consider the following description of the Nazi economic system by Leonard Peikoff in his book, “The Ominous Parallels:”
Contrary to the Marxists, the Nazis did not advocate public ownership of the means of production. They did demand that the government oversee and run the nation’s economy. The issue of legal ownership, they explained, is secondary: what counts is the issue of control. Private citizens, therefore, may continue to hold titles to property — so long as the state reserves to itself the unqualified right to regulate the use of their property.
What American objects to these principles of the Nazi economic system? Don’t most Americans favor the planned economy, the regulated economy, the controlled economy? Don’t most Americans favor the type of economic controls, and the right of government to institute such controls, that characterized the Nazi society: wage and price controls, high taxes, government-business partnerships, licensing, permits, and a myriad other economic regulations?
Why? Part of the answer lies in another feature that was central to the Nazi way of life: public schooling. As Sheldon Richman documents so well in his book, “Separating School and State,” 20th-century Americans adopted the idea of a state schooling system in the latter part of the 19th century from none other than Prussia! And as Mr. Richman points out, public schooling has proven as successful in the United States as it did in Germany. Why? Because it has succeeded in its goal of producing a nation of “good little citizens” — people who pay their taxes on time, follow the rules, obey orders, condemn and turn in the rule-breakers, and see themselves as essential cogs in the national wheel.
What a pity!