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Monday, August 17, 2009

Who most resembles 'Nazis'?

It's the title of Joseph Farah's article today. Mr Farah raises some legitimate points such as....
"Lately, both sides of the political spectrum have suggested their political opponents resemble Nazis or fascists. Are both sides equally wrong?
Let's talk about "national socialism" – because that, indeed, is exactly what Barack Obama and his friends in the Congress are actively promoting and enacting in America today.
The very word "Nazi" is indeed an acronym for national socialism – the political and economic system Hitler infamously imposed on Germany in the 1930s. It was then and remains today, despite the denials historical revisionists, a "left-wing" idea. All socialism is, by definition, a left-wing notion.
If the left-right political spectrum has any meaning, it is that those on the left tend to favor government intervention while those on the right favor non-government solutions to problems. That is the traditional and accepted definition – much as those on the left would like to blur that understanding.
National socialists, whether they seek to kill Jews or old people or the disabled or unborn babies, will always be national socialists – no matter what kind of lipstick they put on the pig.
Furthermore, people like our Founding Fathers, who sought to diffuse power because they understood its unchecked and unlimited centralization represented a grave threat to personal liberty represent the polar opposite of national socialists."
I mostly agree with Mr Farah's asessment however there are a few points raised in his article that I'm not in agreement with. Later on he cites a long list of similarities between the Obama administration and Fascism or National Socialism. However such items listed like "Keeping tabs on political opponents" or "Secrecy" arent necessarily limited to left or right wing phenomena. I highly recommend Jonah Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism which explains in great detail the distinctions between Nazism and Fascism and vividly points out that in the US, the American hard-left is more closely resembles either one and ideals of the American conservatives are the polar opposite.

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