Those Nazi Germans are carrying a sign that says "Death to Marxism"
No, the Nazis were not socialists. That’s just another propaganda lie to make them seem different from America’s industrialist capitalists.
The Nazis were right-wing industrialist capitalists with giant privately owned corporations like Bayer, Volkswagen, Porsche, ThyssenKrupp etc. Many of those giant corporations still exist today.
Sure, during the war, German corporations were forced to produce war machines. But that wasn’t socialism. That wasn’t the government controlling the means of production, as right-wing Americans like to pretend.
It was simply the German version of what America calls the Defense Production Act. When the survival of the country is at stake, the government can tell private companies to aid the war effort.
The Nazis were every bit as capitalist as the capitalists in Great Britain and America.
More Than A Dozen European Billionaires—Linked To BMW, L’Oréal, Bosch—Have Families With Past Nazi Ties
“Owner of Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread acknowledges Nazi past
“The German family that holds majority stakes in food brands including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Panera Bread had close financial ties to Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, a German newspaper reported.
Privately-held JAB Holdings, founded by the Reimann family in 1828, forced French prisoners of war and Russian civilians to work in its factories during World War II, according to the Bild tabloid. Forced labor was also used in private villas belonging to the family, which today owns 90 percent of JAB. Albert Reinmann Sr. and his son were avowed backers of Adolph Hitler, and Reimann Sr. helped finance the paramilitary SS force as early as 1933, the report said.”
Hitler was a billionaire, who came up with all sorts of shady money making schemes to use his political office to personally enrich himself.
That’s really what every dictatorship is about: it’s just a giant money-making scheme the dictator uses to enrich himself. He plunders the citizens of his own country, and eventually also the citizens of other countries, and shovels the money into his own pockets.
But of course they can’t say that out loud, so they pretend that everything they do is for the good of the country.
Sound familiar? It should.
9 Things You Might Not Know About Adolf Hitler
“After becoming chancellor, he notably ordered the government to buy copies of his Mein Kampf to give as state wedding gifts to newlyweds, leading to hefty royalties for Hitler. In addition, he refused to pay income tax. He used his vast wealth—which some estimated was about $5 billion—to amass an extensive art collection, purchase fine furnishings, and acquire various properties. After the war, his estate was given to Bavaria.”
Adolf Hitler: Secret Billionaire
“Hitler amassed a personal fortune in property, art and cash worth in excess of $6 billion.
When he wasn’t plotting his ascent to power in Germany and subsequent European domination, Hitler was working on an incredible array of money-making schemes.
He surreptitiously pocketed collections from his rallies, channeled millions into personal accounts through government purchases of his book and secured a slew of image-rights deals that put LeBron James to shame.
It wasn’t only the adoring crowds that had no idea of his profiteering; the German taxman were also kept in the dark. By the time he was chancellor he owed $3 million in taxes, according to a British television documentary. Soon afterwards it was quietly decided that chancellors need not pay tax.”
-The Daily Beast
You read that right. Hitler was not only a billionaire, he was also a tax evader. And once he was in power, he made himself tax exempt.
Hitler Revealed As A Tax Dodger
-New York Times
Adolf Hitler's wealth and income
“Throughout his rise to power, Hitler neglected to pay taxes on his income and allowances. In 1934, one year after becoming Chancellor, the tax office of Munich sent Hitler a fine of 405,494.00 Reichsmarks for not paying taxes nor properly declaring his income. He was given only eight days to pay off this debt.
The new Chancellor responded by ordering a state secretary of the ministry of finance to intervene, which resulted in Hitler becoming tax-free.”
Sounds like a typical American billionaire, doesn’t it?
The Nazis even worked hand in hand with American capitalists like Ford and IBM.
“Slave labour at Auschwitz used by Ford
"The Ford motor company has been named as one of the firms using slave labour at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Ford's wartime German operation, based in Cologne, is included on a list of over 400 companies trading with Auschwitz."
“How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz”
The Nazis were right-wing capitalists. They persecuted and killed left-wing socialists.
The Nazis were ultimately defeated by the left. The American right was literally organizing pro-Nazi rallies during WW2. The American right worked with Hitler, not against him.
An American Nazi rally in support of Nazi Germany. The rally drew over 20,000 supporters.
Here's Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi officials, in 1938.
Hitler admired Ford and even mentioned him in his book, Mein Kampf. Twice. Ford is the only American mentioned in Mein Kampf.
You know who else loves the hardcore anti-semite Henry Ford? Trump.
“Trump invokes Henry Ford, anti-Semite, who received highest civilian medal from Hitler in 1938”
-The Daily Kos
Hitler falsely accused Jews of being anti-German traitors and a threat to national security, because many Jews were liberal intellectuals and socialists, or even communists and atheists, like Karl Marx and Albert Einstein.
"The Jews are not loyal to the state."
"Any Jew that votes Democrat is disloyal."
-Donald Trump (video)
The Nazis literally invented privatization:
"The first mass privatization of state property occurred in Nazi Germany between 1933–1937"
"Privatization” was coined in English descriptions of the German experience in the mid-1930s. In the early twentieth century, many European economies featured state ownership of vital sectors. Reprivatisierung, or re-privatization, marked the Nazi regime’s efforts to de-nationalize sectors of the German economy. As Bel notes, “German privatization of the 1930s was intended to benefit the wealthiest sectors and enhance the economic position and political support of the elite.”
-JStor Digital Library
In other words: in Nazi Germany, rich industrialists were plundering the poor working class. Just like in capitalist America today.
Like Trump, Hitler was a capitalist through and through.
And Hitler hated communists. That's why he invaded Russia, remember?
Nazis were not socialists in any way, shape or form. They were industrialist capitalists, like England and America. The Nazi war machine consisted of huge factories that were privately owned by giant corporations, like Thyssen & Krupp.
“Legendary German War Profiteers Open Chicago Office
The company that armed the German war machine in World Wars I and II (not to mention the Austro-Prussian and the Franco-Prussian wars) is coming to Chicago.”
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
According to a bonafide fascist dictator, America is fascist: giant corporations are controlling the government, and wage war for profit.
“Military spending: 20 companies profiting the most from war
The United States’ position as the top arms-producing nation in the world remains unchanged, and for now unchallenged.
The United States is home to five of the world’s 10 largest defense contractors, and American companies account for 57 percent of total arms sales by the world’s 100 largest defense contractors, based on SIPRI data.
Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the world, is estimated to have had $44.9 billion in arms sales in 2017 through deals with governments all over the world.
The company drew public scrutiny after a bomb it sold to Saudi Arabia was dropped on a school bus in Yemen, killing 40 boys and 11 adults. Lockheed’s revenue from the U.S. government alone is well more than the total annual budgets of the IRS and the Environmental Protection Agency, combined.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data provided by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute to identify the companies profiting most from war.”
Companies like Thyssen & Krupp were to Nazi Germany what the US weapons industry (the war lobby) is to America: Big money that’s always pushing for war for profit.
"Frustrating the war lobby
By trying to block a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a bipartisan group of US senators is challenging one of the key forces that shape American foreign policy: the arms industry. Their campaign shines a light on the role that this industry plays in whipping up fears of danger in the world.
“We must respond to the rise of ISIS terrorism, Russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep, provocative moves by Iran and North Korea, and an increasingly powerful China,” the Aerospace Industry Association recently declared. Issuing warnings through its own mouthpieces, though, is not enough to shape public opinion.
The industry also sponsors “think tanks” that obligingly issue alarming reports warning of increasing peril everywhere. Many are run by former diplomats or military commanders. Their scary warnings, which seem realistic given the warners’ personal prestige and the innocent-sounding names of their think tanks, are aimed at persuading Americans and foreign governments to spend more billions of dollars on weaponry.”
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, US President, five-star Army general, honest man
And that's exactly why socialists like Albert Einstein hate nationalists, because they're fascists:
"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.
In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child.
The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society."
-Albert Einstein, Why Socialism?, 1949
Albert Einstein sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders, doesn't he? He even has the same haircut...
Albert Einstein was a socialist. That’s why the Nazis hated him.
Actually Einstein was even more of a leftie than Bernie. Remember that, the next time Fox News tries to make you believe Bernie is a crazy radical leftist.
"I honor Lenin as a man who completely sacrificed himself and devoted all his energy to the realization of social justice. I do not consider his methods practical, but one thing is certain: men of his type are the guardians and restorers of the conscience of humanity."
Lenin wasn't the monster you think he was.
"There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins."
-Albert Einstein, speech at Princeton University, 1948
"The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."
"I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly."
"During the youthful period of mankind's spiritual evolution, human fantasy created gods in man's own image"
"I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one."
"It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously."
"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation."
The Nazis hated left-wing socialists like Einstein, and Einstein hated right-wing nationalists like the Nazis.
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
The truth about the Nazis is the exact opposite of what the liars on Fox News keep telling you.
Gee, I wonder why they would do that?
Why would Fox News tell you the exact opposite of the truth about the Nazis?
The Nazis weren't socialists. The Nazis were conservative right-wing Christian nationalists who hated left-wing socialist Jews like Einstein.
Why would Fox News deceive you about who the Nazis were, and what they actually believed?
Because they don't want you to realize that American Republicans and Nazi Germans are ideological twins.
Because everyone knows the Nazis were the bad guys, and nobody wants to be on Team Evil.
That’s why Republicans lie to you about the Nazis.
That’s why Republicans falsely claim that socialists like Bernie and Albert Einstein are just like the Nazis.
The Republicans are lying. The Nazis persecuted and killed people like Bernie Sanders, George Soros, and Albert Einstein.
Republicans tell you to hate socialists because all Nazis hate socialists.
This column is an excerpt from the book American Fascism: What Fox News Doesn't Want You To Know. It's available for free at AmericanFascism.link
Oliver Markus Malloy is a German-American novelist and comic artist. Born and raised in Aachen, Germany, he currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Malloy began his writing career in the early 1990s, as editor-in-chief of a computer magazine with a monthly circulation of over 500,000, which was distributed by Germany's largest publishing house.
After moving to New York, he was the art director for a newspaper in Manhattan, and later the production manager for a newspaper in Brooklyn, before he began self-publishing his cartoons online in May 2000. He has never had another 9-5 job since.
His bestselling trilogy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories, has been downloaded over 100,000 times.