Are FRC, Sikh shootings, Occupy Wall Street warnings of more Leftist violence?
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• Communism and Nazis: The Black Book of Communism lists 25 million victims as falling to the idea of a socialist paradise in the Soviet Union, a breathtaking 65 million in Mao’s China, a mere 1.7 million in Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Communism is violent — no news flash there.
But when it comes to Nazis, they of the mass murder of some six million Jews based on religion, not to mention who knows how many gays and disabled human beings, the attack by the Nazi loving Wade Michael Page on the Sikh Temple is a sharp reminder of just how well the American Left loves to obscure the historical truth.
Over at the Atlantic writer Conor Friedersdorf managed to write an entire piece on the Sikh shooting focused on the flatly untrue proposition that the shooting was done by a “disgruntled military veteran perpetrating right-wing extremist violence…..” (Emphasis mine.) Worse, he seemed clueless about both the leftist roots of not only the all-white Ku Klux Klan and just who actually supported white supremacy in America — but the history of the Nazis.
Right wing? A lover of Nazis and white supremacy?
Let’s go to one of Paul Ryan’s favorite economists, Ludwig von Mises. In his classic work Socialism, in which Mises dissects the Left in excruciatingly telling detail, Mises correctly says this of Nazism, the professed faith of Wade Michael Page:
The philosophy of the Nazis, the German National Socialist Labor Party, is the purest and most consistent manifestation of the anti-capitalistic and socialistic spirit of our age….The slogan into which the Nazis condensed their economic philosophy, viz., Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz (i.e. the commonweal ranks above private profit), is likewise the idea underlying the American New Deal and the Soviet management of economic affairs. It implies that profit-seeking business harms the vital interests of the immense majority, and that it is the sacred duty of popular government to prevent the emergence of profits by public control of production and distribution.
The Nazi’s were socialists, says Mises. Never better illustrated by their fervent belief in redistribution of economic resources — which is to say the quest for Lebensraum or “living space.” Concluding that Germans had been unfairly imprisoned within artificial borders, Hitler determined to do exactly what Rousseau advocated. He would go about “uprooting the stakes” that marked the borders of other countries — Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Holland, Norway and Russia to name a few — because, in Rousseau’s words, “the fruits belong to all.”
Mises points out the obvious:
For more than seventy years (before Hitler) the German professors of political science, history, law, geography and philosophy eagerly imbued their disciples with a hysterical hatred of capitalism, and preached the war of “liberation” against the capitalistic West. The German “socialists of the chair,” much admired in all foreign countries, were the pacemakers of the two World Wars. At the turn of the century the immense majority of the Germans were already radical supporters of socialism and aggressive nationalism. They were then already committed to the principles of Nazism. What was lacking and was added later was only a new term to signify their doctrine.
He goes on to say something else that is perpetually ignored — with considerable cause — by the American Left. The National Socialists of Germany, the Nazis, took their cue on mass violence from the Russian Communists. Watching the mass exterminations of Stalin the Nazis imported the idea wholesale: the one-party political system, the secret police, the concentration camps, the execution individually or en masse of opponents and so on. Says Mises:
There was nowhere more docile disciples of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin than the Nazis were.
To the point: the Nazi-loving Sikh shooter Wade Michael Page was a devoted follower of the Left. His white supremacy not only a hallmark of the Nazi’s — but of white supremacists in America. Which is to say: progressives and leftists.
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