Saturday, February 13, 2010

The media continues to get it wrong

From Reuters:
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago.

About 5,000 neo-Nazis, clad in black, had gathered at Dresden's Neustadt station -- where Nazis once packed trains with Jews bound for the Auschwitz concentration camp -- hoping to stage Germany's biggest far-right march since 1945...

But large numbers of anti-neo-Nazi protesters, who turned out despite freezing temperatures, stopped the far-right sympathizers from getting into the town center.

I'm always shocked at the "far-right" label given to Nazis. The Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or National Socialist German Workers' Party wasn't at all right-wing, as their name makes clear. While they didn't overtly take government control of the means of production, they used coercion and regulation to achieve the same effect.

Hitler's gas chambers were inspired by the early 20th century progressive movement's strong support for eugenics.

The most commonly suggested method of eugenicide in America was a "lethal chamber" or public locally operated gas chambers. In 1918, Popenoe, the Army venereal disease specialist during World War I, co-wrote the widely used textbook, Applied Eugenics, which argued, "From an historical point of view, the first method which presents itself is execution… Its value in keeping up the standard of the race should not be underestimated." Applied Eugenics also devoted a chapter to "Lethal Selection," which operated "through the destruction of the individual by some adverse feature of the environment, such as excessive cold, or bacteria, or by bodily deficiency." -Edwin Black, The Horrifying Roots of Nazi Eugenics
Hitler's propaganda was inspired by the work produced by Woodrow Wilson's administration. From an interview about George Creel, propagandist for the Wilson administration:

My initial interest in Creel predated the Iraq War. He was a figure who had received very little attention, yet who single-handedly created a vast propaganda machine that was so impressive it became a model for the Nazis. Joseph Goebbels told a reporter who conveyed this to Edward Bernays, that Goebbles read all of Bernays books, and Hitler himself in Mein Kampf cited the propaganda efforts of America in World War I as a model for what propaganda would do. -How America Was Sold on World War, Remembering George Creel, the founder of modern war propaganda

The Nazi movement was socialist in name and progressive in inspiration, the very definition of a far-left movement. The Nazis were authoritarian, and the progressive movement has worked hard to redefine them on that basis alone to distance themselves from that horrific evil wrought by Hitler.

When one thinks of large, controlling government dictating individual behavior through regulation and ultimately force, however, it's clear that the progressives and the far-left have much more in common with Nazism than any far-right movement. The far-right has plenty of dangerous extremists, but they tend to be anarchist, not authoritarian. Yet the left has so thoroughly rewritten history that it proudly proclaims itself progressive despite the deeply disturbing roots and spawn of that movement.

The relevant bit of this video is through about 1 minute and 27 seconds.

It would surprise me deeply if Ms. Clinton were ignorant of the early history of the Progressive movement. She and other progressives like her are counting on the fact that most Americans are.

1 comment:

self certified genius said...

American exceptionalism provides a cover this fraud. The European right was feudalism, their left was socialism. American right was individualism in the Constitution, left was everything else.

Democrats state right is bad and left is good. Confusion is helpful to their agenda and they control the education system.

I'm no longer surprised that Congress is full of traitors. I'm continually surprised at their low price.