It seems to be a weird trend in 2019 that people are justifying Naziism.
Or calling them "very fine people."
Didn't we have an entire war about this?
On the flip side, there is a prevailing thought on the right which seems, in their brains, to justify their hatred of the left: the idea that Nazis were socialists--an inherently left system of government that is now being used as an insult and indictment against progressive Democrats.
There is a kernel of truth to this statement in name only-"Nazi" is short for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, in English: "National Socialist German Workers Party."
This is indeed the name the Nazis settled on as they came into power in Germany in 1929. However calling yourself a socialist and being one or endorsing socialist ideals are completely different things.
So a lesson on the difference warrants being revisited.
In 2017 an ill-informed netizen made the assertion that Nazis were socialists:
Nazis were socialist. https://t.co/WTmYzfxlKi— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong) 1502944884.0
Ian Miles Cheong was not even a little bit prepared for the smackdown coming his way from History teacher and writer Mike Stuchbery.
First, we get an intro to the name "Nazi."
Ok, dickhead, I did this politely to someone else earlier, but now I'm going to rinse you. Prepare. https://t.co/HcgpKHY3Cq— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502995614.0
Yeah, the Nazis called themselves the 'National Socialists', and they even nicked some (incredibly benign) socialist policies...— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502995770.0
Nice jab at toxic gamer culture Mike.
The Nazis were fascists. Indisputably. They drew their ideology from Italy's fascists, who arose in reaction to the Left.— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502996143.0
Robert Paxton, author of The Anatomy Of Fascism and a professor at Columbia University in New York, defined fascism as "a form of political practice distinctive to the 20th century that arouses popular enthusiasm by sophisticated propaganda techniques for an anti-liberal, anti-socialist, violently exclusionary, expansionist nationalist agenda."
"Violently Exclusionary"-sounds like the Nazis, no?
The Italian Right, @stillgray, still mired in 19th century thought, could not tackle the explosion in left-wing organization.— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502996232.0
@stillgray Mussolini gives us the first fascist platform - national/racial superiority, rearmament & expansion, and… https://t.co/hGPeVRaRJO— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502996322.0
@stillgray The Italian Fascists appropriated, wholesale, Roman imagery, such as the 'fasces', to evoke renewed nati… https://t.co/J6IeTjh2br— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502996518.0
@stillgray The Italian Fascists sought, @stillgray, to expand & reclaim historically Italian lands (mirroring a lar… https://t.co/gE1NglUdDm— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502996832.0
@stillgray After nicking some socialist economic policies (public works & spending), fascist government formed corp… https://t.co/ewsOXW2EkP— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997032.0
Here is where Germany, devastated by World War I, comes in.
@stillgray Hitler & his Deutcher Arbeiter Partei mates see this and decide that they need to steal support from act… https://t.co/lfZerzCSVz— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997238.0
@stillgray ...so the DAP rebadge themselves as the NSDAP... Socialism still being a relatively new ideology. It's l… https://t.co/HOwNRUetWR— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997380.0
@stillgray Otherwise, they were fascist - 1. Saw themselves as racially/nationally superior, 2. Wanted rearmament &… https://t.co/3uOrjDtatc— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997555.0
@stillgray 1. Do I really need to go into their views on race & their feelings towards the Jews? https://t.co/gpSd44gojm— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997669.0
@stillgray 2. Do I really need to go into their designs on a 'Greater German Reich'? https://t.co/4w7K1T2nJy— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502997926.0
@stillgray 3. The Germans used socialist economic policies, before retreating to a corporate cartel base. Companies… https://t.co/2ksZDzVqgQ— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502998065.0
In fact, Hitler's book-the now infamous Mein Kampf, outlines the ambitions of the NSDAP almost step by step by this textbook definition of fascism.
Stuchbery continued, talking about real socialism.
@stillgray The actual socialists who emerged after Marx wanted three things - 1. Removal of classes. 2. World soci… https://t.co/1cfPiwRHrl— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502998325.0
@stillgray There was a huge gap between rich & poor in Tsarist Russia. The Bolsheviks sought to eliminate this divi… https://t.co/oX4Zbk0jW5— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502998454.0
@stillgray After they succeeded, the Bolsheviks wanted to take the Revolution worldwide. Heard of 'Comintern'? No r… https://t.co/Cx3p7huKkz— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999009.0
@stillgray 3. As for redistribution of capital, do I really need to explain the difference between collectivisation… https://t.co/1xEoYEPpx4— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999148.0
And from there, Stuchbery let us know why he was 100% absolutely done with this conversation.
@stillgray So, if you're peddling this 'munuhmunuh NAZIS ARE SOCIALISTS' bullshit you're either massively dense or an evil prick.— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999516.0
@stillgray Watching your behaviour since the whole GamerGate thing & your stupid fake Nazi bullshit, I'm inclined t… https://t.co/BN9lrP2Zdo— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999581.0
@stillgray So take your jizz-sodden waifu pillow, @stillgray & stick to crying about video games. Cut the edgelord… https://t.co/zmQYwn7HY4— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999679.0
@stillgray There's are names for those who take advantage of ignorance & hatred to their own ends, @stillgray. You can work them out.— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999806.0
@stillgray Until then, keep your head down, keep quiet, or more and more people are going to start to see what you… https://t.co/uFqFAUD30Q— Mike Stuchbery💀🍷 (@Mike Stuchbery💀🍷) 1502999896.0
Many quickly fell in line with Stuchbery to show their support of his intellectualism.
@MikeStuchbery_ There is absolutely NO trace of soap in this rinse. Thanks for this.— ALEKESAM (@ALEKESAM) 1503223252.0
@MikeStuchbery_ I mean, Martin Niemöller literally starts his poem with "First they came for the socialists..."— Emperor Devin I (@Emperor Devin I) 1503016467.0
@MikeStuchbery_ @CptnBlackbeard An obliteration of epic proportions AND book recommendations on one thread? You ju… https://t.co/wiavo0EUzr— Denise Wright (@Denise Wright) 1503080933.0
@MikeStuchbery_ Epic rinse, Mike. Epic! Even the pavements round here are wet, and I'm in South Dorset!— Hugh, Ferryman of Hades #FBPE & bar (@Hugh, Ferryman of Hades #FBPE & bar) 1503044718.0
@MikeStuchbery_ @libcomorg Right. Fascism was (is?) a Rightwing expression of discontent w/ capitalism. Socialism w… https://t.co/7Y7BCjM0xc— Nuclear Womprat (@Nuclear Womprat) 1502999094.0
So next time someone pulls that "Oh but Nazis were socialist!" crap with you, too, go forth and be armed with this information.