Peas in a Pod

by Timothy Lane   11/20/13
I’m currently reading Mortal Combat by Michael Burleigh, about “good and evil in World War II”, and have found a few interesting points made during the 1930s. The first is an apt observation by FDR on appeasement made during the lead-in to Munich. The second is by Churchill, noting the similarity between Communism and Nazism. The third is by Dresden Jew Victor Klemperer on the same point.

If a Chief of Police makes a deal with the leading gangsters and the deal results in no more hold-ups, the Chief will be called a great man; but if the gangsters do not live up to their word, the Chief of Police will go to jail.

There are those non-God religions, Nazism and Communism. We are urged from the Continent and from different quarters that we must choose which side we are on. I repudiate both, and will have nothing to do with either. As a matter of fact, they are like two peas. Tweedledum and Tweedledee were violently contrasted compared with them. You leave out God and you substitute the devil. You leave out love and you substitute hate. I have made a resolve. I am getting on now in life. I have made a resolve that I will never go to the Arctic or the Antarctic regions in geography or in politics. Give me the temperate zone. Give me London, Paris, or New York. Let us keep to our faith and let us go somewhere and stay there where your breath is not frozen on your lips by the secret police. Let us not wander away from broad fields of freedom into those gaunt, grim, dismal, gloomy regions.

National Socialism and Communism: both are materialistic and tyrannical, both disregard and negate the freedom of spirit and of the individual.
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4 Responses to Peas in a Pod

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The second is by Churchill, noting the similarity between Communism and Nazism. The third is by Dresden Jew Victor Klemperer on the same point.

    I’d love to get Bahtlahn’s perspective on this (the conservative Jewish perspective). It is axiomatic amongst Jews, from what I understand from Dennis Prager, that Nazi Germany was “right wing.” And Dennis still believes this to some extent. Habits of word use die hard (and thus so do prejudices).

    The problem with equating Nazism with “right wing” is that a much better conception of the “wings” is given in “The 5000 Year Leap.” In that splendid book, W. Cleon Skousen stresses the ends of these wings in the conception of anarchy at the far right end of the spectrum (which today’s libertarians tend to covet) and totalitarianism at the far left.

    There’s nothing conservative or “right wing” about Nazism. It’s just another type of authoritarian totalitarianism. And as Prager rightly notes, the difference between Nazism and Communism is that Nazism was a race-based totalitarian system and Soviet Communism was a class-based one. Different day, same excrement, for the most part. As you said, Timothy, they are like two peas in a pod.

  2. Kung Fu Zu says:

    NSDAP short for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei

    National Socialistic German Workers Party

    Started by a locksmith by the name of Anton Drexler, if I recall correctly.

    Was based on a racial theory of community.

    Had many former communists as members.

    Controlled agriculture, industry and trade.

    Was an enemy to capitalism. Many Nazi’s claimed capitalism was a Jewish plan to weaken others. Was an enemy to the Christian faith.

    Resented the old German class system.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I suspect Nazi support initially came from the lower-middle class; later they won the farm vote largely because they were the only major party trying to win them. Their final breakthrough in the 1930s came when affluent voters dropped their traditional liberal parties (remembering that this was European liberal, not modern US liberal) and began voting for them. There was always a strong component that took the “socialist” very seriously, including Goebbels.

      • Kung Fu Zu says:

        One cannot forget this is the party of the Brown Shirts. Lower middle class and lower class rabble-rousers. There were running street battles between the Communist thugs and Nazi thugs. That is between internationalist socialists and national socialists.

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