Why are the worst mass murderers from the left?
were Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler - all left wing dictators.
say Hitler? I think that most people would not object to my calling Mao, Stalin
and Pol Pot left wing dictators. But Hitler? Many people think of him as a right
wing dictator but that is not correct. Why is Hitler a creature of the
To begin with, the Nazi party stands for the German Workers'
National Socialist Party. Hitler claimed in a speech on May 1, 1927:
are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the
exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its
unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of
responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system
under all conditions."
The Nazi Party campaigned on a recognisably
leftist platform. Here is an excerpt from the 1920 Nazi party
"10. The first duty of every citizen must be to work
mentally or physically. The activities of the individual may not clash with the
interests of the whole, but must proceed within the frame of the community and
be for the general good.
Therefore we demand:
11. That all
unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
12. Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in life and
property, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as a crime
against the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war
profits whether in assets or material.
13. We demand the nationalization
of businesses which have been organized into cartels.
14. We demand that
all the profits from wholesale trade shall be shared out.
15. We demand
extensive development of provision for old age.
16. We demand the
creation and maintenance of a healthy middle-class, the immediate
communalization of department stores which will be rented cheaply to small
businessmen, and that preference shall be given to small businessmen for
provision of supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
17. We demand a land reform in accordance with our national
requirements, and the enactment of a law to confiscate from the owners without
compensation any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground
rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land."
manifesto does not call for free market capitalism. Calling for nationalization,
confiscation of land are things that Socialists or Communists call for. Of
course, you can say that Hitler or any votrepreneur (politician) will say
anything to gain power. His rhetoric gained him the support of mostly lower
income and middle income Germans. Ultimately, its what he did that counts.
Action speaks louder than words. So what did Hitler do when he came to
Hitler took over control of nearly all means of production like a
good Socialist or Communist would. He did not nationalize all assets of
production like what Lenin or Mao did. The nominal ownership was left in private
hands. But the substance of ownership passed to the state.
explained in an article by George
Reisman writing for the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Drawing on the writings of
the great economist, Ludwig Von Mises, Reisman explained why Nazism is Socialism
and why Socialism leads to totalitarianism.
When Hitler took power in
Germany, the "owners" of assets of production (eg factories, farms etc) had
every major economic decision decided for him by the state. The state (or some
central planning bureaucrat) told you how many workers you must employ, how much
to pay them, how much to charge for your products and services and how much
dividends the owners get. The government also practiced wage and price controls
(The government had to impose wage and price controls because of
the runaway inflation as a result of increasing of its money supply to fund its
huge programs of public works, subsidies and rearmament. To keep the people
happy, he gave them cheap subsidised holidays to the Alps and the Canary
When your rights to your "property" such as a factory or farm
or rental apartments etc are so eroded, the state effectively owns them. You are
"owner" in name only. Thus I would put the Nazi party left of say the British
Labor Party but right of the Communist Party of Soviet Union.
Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin were people who claim to be Socialist or Communist,
is there something in Socialism that leads to totalitarian government?
The answer is a yes.
I will sum up the arguments. Firstly,
Socialism calls for state control of all means of production. This means that
all workshops, farms, factories etc are to be controlled by the state. What to
produce and how much will be centrally planned.
The state will decide
what to produce, how much to produce and sell at what price. It has no way of
telling what consumers want. In a capitalist economy, all these questions will
be settled by the market as each individual pursues his own self interest. If a
product is in demand, then its price will go up.
Fanaticism, mass murder and the left
All the totemic creeds of today’s ‘progressive’ classes -- environmentalism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, anti-Zionism and so on --- are millenarian, in that they all posit in their different ways the perfection of the world (just like, in their time, the Inquisition, Stalinism and fascism).
Consequently, today’s militantly secular leftists display some astonishing similarities to both modern-day Islamists and medieval Christian fanatics. There is the same belief in the Revealed Truth – Revealed, that is, to them alone – from which no-one is permitted to dissent. Anyone who denies it is a heretic and has to be destroyed. Because the left believes it embodies virtue -- on account of its desire to perfect the world – anyone who dissents or opposes it is evil. Because it is Manichean, all who are not left-wing are right-wing (even if they are in fact liberal). So all who oppose the left are evil right-wingers who must be destroyed. That to leftists is a moral project.
They are therefore in effect a modern secular Inquisition. They are in the same mould as the religious and political totalitarian tyrannies of the past; they make in this respect common cause with the Islamists whose agenda poses a mortal threat to their own lives and liberties and most cherished beliefs; and they share the characteristic of a closed thought system which is totally impervious to reason and destroys all who challenge it with the monsters of history and Anders Behring Breivik.
Radical leftists would have us believe that they stand for democracy,
progress, human rights and social justice. But when they seize power, they
introduce slavery, terror, famine, concentration camps and mass murder. As the
Marxists used to say, this is no accident.
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