Colo. Springs, CO, September 17, 2017–Thursday Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley amid the usual left-wing protests. Having learned from Milos Yiannopoulos’s speech in February, the university spent a reported $600,000 on security to allow the event to proceed. Most surprising, however, was the fact that these protesters called Shapiro, an orthodox Jew, a Nazi and a white supremacist.
There’s a lot of this kind of name-calling going in America. Does it bear any resemblance to reality?
“Ye shall know them by their fruits” Matt 7:16
We must understand what is meant when referring to “Nazis.” Nazis are the villains you love to hate. When you see a Nazi in a movie, you know he or she is the bad guy. No question. Nazis in black uniforms have replaced the bad guy in the black hat. In making Nazis the universal villain, they’ve become caricatures of their real nature. The Nazis of Dirty Rotten Bastards are no more real Nazis than the Americans in that movie are real American soldiers.
The real Nazis were National Socialists—which itself is shorthand for the NSDAP: National Socialist German Workers Party. If the word “socialist” in their name isn’t enough of a clue that they were socialists, then the “workers” part should. The idea of a “national” socialist means that the Nazis were focused on the “nation”— “the people,” the Volk.
At the same time, someone who is a nationalist is not thereby a national socialist. President Woodrow Wilson, for example, championed the right of self-determination of nations following World War I—yet he was a Progressive.
A nation is a group of people united by blood (ethnicity) and history. Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Germans, French and many others are nations. Americans are not a nation. We are a collection of people who, nominally at least, believe in liberty and other ideals.
Given this, who in this country could possibly be a Nazi? If we broaden the definition of a nation to say that anyone with American citizenship and who believes in American ideals is part of an American nation, then yes, anyone who stands up for the American people as a nation would be a nationalist.
But a national socialist? Hardly. American nationalists are patriots who believe in individuals, not collectives.
Yet are there people or organizations acting like Nazis?
And after all, what did the Nazis do that made them so evil? It is useful to describe their actions in two phases: what they did to get into power and what they did once in power.
Famously, they burned books. The books they burned disagreed with their point of view; their view of history. No one holds rallies burning books today—the Left re-writes them instead. And they’ve begun pulling down statues: another way to erase history.
The Nazis engaged in mass protests and in looting and destroying property. The most well-known was Kristallnacht when Jewish homes and businesses were ransacked. Who engages in that sort of behavior today? Compare the photos:
The Nazi street thugs were called the Sturmabteilung, or SA for short. They wore a brown uniform and were known as Brownshirts.
Antifa. Brownshirts. Except for the color, indistinguishable.
But that was just the beginning. When they came to power, things got worse.
They cracked down on all opposition. Professors who did not join the Nazi party were hounded out of the universities. Are conservatives welcome on American campuses? Who is it that has ideologically purified academia? The left or someone else?
Nazis advocated—and carried out—euthanasia. Who advocates that here, today? The left. Dr. Ezekiel Immanuel writes in favor of it. Obamacare institutionalizes it in the form of the Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB)—the “Death Panels”. In Nazi Germany the rationale was that the facilities were needed for the war-wounded; here, it is a “cost control” measure.
Eventually, they simply murdered everyone they didn’t like: Jews, yes, and also Gypsies, homosexuals, and political opponents. That hasn’t happened here—but then, the left has not taken control either.
How else is the Left like the Nazis? Create a climate of fear and intimidation. Check. Use the system to destroy the system. Check. Destroy political opponents through lies and innuendo. Check.
Saul Alinsky writes that he learned his Rules for Radicals from Frank Nitti and his Chicago mob. He might as well have learned the same techniques from Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels.
Whenever one examines in some detail the crimes of the Nazis and compares it, where possible, to what is happening today, without exception it is the Left that comes up doing it.
The Democrat Party is complicit. One of the leaders arrested at Berkeley, Sarah Roark, reportedly was photographed with Hillary Clinton wearing a pin from Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Tim Kaine, Clinton’s vice presidential candidate, has a son who is a member of Antifa. It goes right to the top.