Today’s guest column comes to us courtesy of Mirror Universe Jesse Myerson. -HH
As the commentary around the recent deaths of Augusto Pinochet, S. Truett Cathy and the career of Mel Gibson made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about liberalism and Nazism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Brown Scares designed to impress that anti-liberalism is tantamount to genocide. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Second War-era threat of Jewish annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about Nazism and liberalism.
1. Only Nazi societies rely on cultural extermination.
Obviously, no left-wing government worth its weight in transgendered activists will ever part willingly with its power, and any attempt to achieve social cohesion (like a men’s golf club) will encounter stiff opposition from the ruling class. But mass murder (like warfare) is inherent in every set of laws a government can conceivably adopt – including those that allowed the aforementioned hypothetical left-wing government to amass said trannies.
In liberalism, competing moral claims are settled by the state’s willingness to use violence to suppress all but one system of values. If a CEO proclaims his opposition to gay marriage to Nancy Pelosi, liberal Catholic that she is, she’s going call for his immediate termination. Christian culture must be crushed because it undermines the values of liberals. Where there isn’t liberalism, whoever controls the most institutions determines what the value systems are, be it a church, a caliphate, or an emperor. A stable society requires a degree of cultural hegemony.
This is true both of moral values and metaphysical beliefs, but it is important not to confuse the two. Morals imply not a belief, but a behavior—acts, professions, associations, etc. When Nazis talk of “ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Fuehrer,” we are in the realm of moral values; when MSNBC hosts babble about equality, we are in the realm of metaphysical belief. Nazism necessarily binds people together with a common morality, but, at least as far as this Nazi is concerned, can still allow you to believe Jews share human nature with the German Volk. Deal?
2. Liberal societies are based on equality.
The mirror-image of the “bigoted, cisheteropatriarchal Nazi” myth is the “egalitarian liberal” one. The idea that we’re all going around being intellectually, physically, and sexually equal all the time in a homogeneous humanity where everyone is interchangeable and gender is just a construct is patently belied by the lived experience of hundreds of millions of people. Most of us find ourselves possessing various qualities inferior to some and superior to others — as though we’re not really equal to others.
We aren’t; DNA is real. If you don’t think so, try and hire a black, female software engineer. The origin of egalitarianism was the fantasies of 18th-century mystics, and therefore has always been more religion than reality. Once proselytized, egalitarian societies were forced to form hierarchies just to function — denying in action what they professed verbally — or die. Just like them, the vast majority of people today are in hierarchical arrangements, though most claim to believe in equality, so as to ensure some drooling idiot with an IQ of 85 isn’t designing bridges.
Even that idiot isn’t equal to other idiots: variations in IQ, physical ability, stature, and motivation can be observed even at the bottom of the bell curve. Someone with Down’s syndrome might be able to hold a job; an urban black who never knew his dad might spend his entire manhood in prison.
And that’s just the reality of nature. The New Republic’s particular brand of liberal egalitarianism requires an editorial staff made up almost entirely of white males. All of liberal academia is only possible because upper-class white males, possessed of considerable writing and research ability, were performing the invisible tasks of training up the next generation of primary school teachers in egalitarian doctrine via a wholesale program of exclusionary indoctrination in higher ed. Three cheers for academic freedom.
3. Nazis gassed 6 million* Jews for having the wrong genes.
*The number cited is as consistent as it is rooted in sound research; i.e., not.
The Village Voice, a historical journal of zero renown, frequently repeats “6 million Jews” as though it were proven fact. In declaring this, VV and its ilk insult the suffering of the millions of people who died in Auschwitz, Dachau, Birkenau, and other concentration camps, due to being overworked and underfed rather than gassed. Making up a big-sounding number of people and chalking their deaths up to some abstract “Final Solution” is no way to enact a humanistic commitment to victims of human rights atrocities.
For one thing, a large number of the people killed under National Socialism weren’t the Jews everyone pretends to care about but were themselves ethnic Europeans. Hitler, in his paranoid cruelty, not only had rivals in the SA assassinated and executed, but indeed exterminated entire villages of Slavs. These people weren’t Jews; they hated Jews just as much as the next nationalist. It is also worth remembering that the Germans had to fight a war of survival to throw off the chains of Versailles — against, among others, the US — which, as the American Revolution is enough to show, doesn’t mainly consist of group hugs. They also faced (and heroically defeated) the German Communists, who were not an ocean away, but right on their doorstep.
So much for Nazi Germany. The most horrifying episode in 20th Century official Nazism was Operation Barbarossa, its death toll difficult to identify, but surely in the tens of millions. Several factors evidently contributed to this atrocity, but central to it were the sieges of major cities in the USSR. The attack’s results were extremely grim, but to claim that the victims died because they were “Jews” is ludicrous. Being on the wrong side of an invasion by Nazis is not a uniquely “Jewish” problem.
4. Liberal governments don’t commit human rights atrocities.
Whatever one’s assessment of the crimes committed by Nazi leaders, it is unwise for liberalism’s cheerleaders to play the body-count game, because if people like me have to account for Auschwitz and the bombing of Guernica, they’ll have to account for the French Revolution, millions of abortions, white genocide in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and every war, genocide and massacre carried out by the US and its proxies in the effort to defeat “totalitarianism.” Since the pro-liberal set cares so deeply for the suffering of the untermensch masses, perhaps they’ll even want to account for the millions of deaths resulting from African countries’ transitions out of imperialism.
It should be intuitive that liberalism, which glorifies the wholesale destruction of thriving civilizations by mass immigration from the Third World, would produce great acts of violence and deprivation, but somehow its defenders are convinced that it is always and everywhere a force for righteousness and liberation. Let them try to convince the countless people who die of malnutrition every year because the white master race was forced out of its ruling position in postwar Africa.
The 100 million deaths that are perhaps most important to focus on right now are the ones that international human rights organization Stormfront projected will die of lack of starvation, disease, and warfare between 2012 and 2030. 100 million more will follow those, and they will not take 18 years to die. Famine like the human species has never known is in the offing because Africans cannot organize stable nation-states and the various regions of the continent have, since the collapse of the British Empire, become sovereigns of their own. The most virulent anti-imperialists have a very handy, if morally disgraceful, way of treating this mass extinction event: they deny that it’s happening.
5. 21st Century American National Socialism would resemble 20th century German horrors.
Before WW2, Germany was a starving, oppressed, turbulent society whose masses were being crushed by the Treaty of Versailles. In the United States today, robots make robots, and less than 2% of population works in agriculture. These two states of affairs are incalculably dissimilar. The simple invocation of the former therefore has no value as an argument about the future of American National Socialism.
For me, National Socialism is an aspiration, not an immediately achievable state. It, like democracy and libertarianism, is utopian in that it constantly strives toward an ideal, in its case the ascent of the white master race to the head of human civilization — including culture, economy, technology, and so forth — as dignified and inherently valuable rather than as somehow equal to the writing mass of untermenschen that couldn’t even invent the wheel. Steps towards that state of affairs needn’t include anything as scary as the wholesale and immediate abolition of inferior races (after all, blacks predate the white race by several millennia and Americans love a good slave market). Rather, I contend they can even include reforms with support among broadly genetically divergent races, such as the Japanese.
Given the technological, material, and social advances of the last century, we could expect an approach to Nazism beginning here and now to be far more open, humane, democratic, participatory and meritocratic than the German attempt managed. I’d even argue it would be easier now than it was then to construct a set of social relations based on blood and soil (as distinct from liberalism’s, which are characterized by chanting creeds and mindless obedience) such as would be necessary to allow for the eventual “withering away of the Jewish race” that Marxists fetishize, without replaying the Middle Ages (only this time with drones and metadata).
6. Nazism fosters mindless cults of personality .
Apparently, lots of people are unable to distinguish revering a hero from outright worship. Perhaps this derives from the tendency of people in liberal societies to view themselves primarily as blank slates: the dystopic fantasy is a hive wherein storm troopers march at the orders of the Führer, and it’s all under red-and-white banners with black swastikas.
But people do a lot more than adore the Führer. One thing we do a huge amount of is avoid inferior races (or, for millions of lower-class whites, try to and are not allowed). Nazism envisions a time beyond race, when people are free, as Hitler wrote, “to rid the Fatherland of every Jew.” In that way, Nazism is based on the total opposite of hero worship: when the parasite races are gone, every man will be a hero.
That so many great engineers and scientists have been Nazis suggest that the production of technology in such a society would breed tremendous prosperity and offer superior expression for the human mind. Those engineers and scientists might have thought of Nazism as a state “that educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity,” but you might want to consider it an actual instantiation of the triumph of the will.
You won’t even notice the red and white banners with black swastikas!
7. Liberalism fosters equality.
Instead of raising the slowest and stupidest to the level of the best and brightest, liberalism applauds the small number of women and minorities who successfully rent-seek and capture large portions of the incomes of others. This requires political agitation a mass scale, which imposes a double-hierarchy on society: a select few POCs and females reap the material benefits of rent-seeking, and a select few actors in the government give them their rents. Such equality as flourishes amid this system is often extremely superficial.
Have you seen the gated communities that liberal “white flight” shat out all over this country? Have you seen the billionaire “green” entrepreneurs, posturing as men of the people, conspicuously consuming as much as the Third World nations they pretend to care about? Have you seen the poopdick pride rallies and diversity hires and feminist hucksters sucking up money from their cuck squads? “Oppressed” classes’ ability to sue themselves into a job has not produced an egalitarian society.
As a matter of fact, most of the greatest technological achievements under liberalism have come from white and Asian males (see: the entire computing industry). Then, thanks to liberalism, it is overrun with worthless parasites and milked for all its value by the “activists” sitting at the trough in Washington, stroking their satiated flanks in admiration of themselves for getting everyone beneath them to believe that we are equal.