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Stuff Leftist People Like #21-30 (aka Top 10 Things Leftists Like Continued)

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Posted on January 16 2011 9:00 am
Scott Spiegel blogs at http://www.scottspiegel.com. He can be reached at spiegelscott@yahoo.com.

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#24: Hitler/Nazi References

Leftists love hyperbole, and they love accusing their ideological opponents of crimes of humanity for opposing their agenda. However, they have a particular affinity for Hitler/Nazi metaphors. This is not just because Hitler and Nazism were evil and were responsible for the deaths of millions. After all, communism and its practitioners around the globe have been responsible for far more murder, oppression, and miserable living conditions than the relatively small-fry one-off historical atrocity of Nazism.

Leftists love Hitler references because of the meme that Nazism was a “right-wing” ideology.

True, Nazism did have elements of fascism, which has been associated with the ideology of several other 20th-century dictators. But if leftists think they can get away with popularizing the notion that Nazism more closely mirrors contemporary conservatism than leftism, they’d better hope people don’t look too closely at Nazi ideology and start drawing their own conclusions.

The Nazis’ 25-point plan contained such limited-government recommendations as:

“That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished”

“[A]ll personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits”

“We demand the nationalization of all trusts”

“We demand profit-sharing in large industries”

“We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions”

“The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young”

“We demand the abolition of the regular army and the creation of a national (folk) army”

In case it’s not obvious, these planks overlap with 90% of the platform of the modern Democratic Party.

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