What is truth? This can be a challenge, but no matter whether one is a journalist, politician, mechanic or baker, it should be everyone’s quest. In Western Civilization, from religion to science to philosophy, one of the key goals in life is the search for objective truth, however elusive though it may be.
What is a lie? Is it simply the opposite of truth?
Not necessarily. This can be harder to determine, in fact, because to be a lie, there must be intent behind it. A statement or belief may be honestly held, but still be wrong. Is it then a lie?
So what do we do with the world of opinion, that broad realm in between? Time was, a newspaper tried its best to put objective truth on every page but one: the editorial page was the home of the in-between, the opinion, the presently unprovable but fervently believed.
The nation’s reaction to the current CCP Virus epidemic has been fascinating.
It has revealed an impressive ability of many businesses to adjust their operations at a moment’s notice. It has demonstrated the great advantages offered by modern technology as tools like Microsoft Teams, Webex, GoToMeeting and Facebook Live have enabled employees and students to move their tasks from office to home. It has shown the flexibility of the logistics network as we switched over to home delivery at a moment’s notice. It has reminded the world, once again, of the huge generosity of the American people, as Americans make homemade masks and scarves, donate money and food to the needy, and generally rise to the occasion as only Americans do.
But it has also revealed such inherent cancers as individual viciousness – see how the self-righteous demonize those who don’t agree with the establishment line on dealing with it. It has revealed a tyrannical impulse in many governors, mayors and other politicians. And it has revealed some incredible hypocrisy in our body politic.
There has been a mass brain-washing, or myth, that the NAZI Party, also known as the National Socialist German Workers Party are somehow right wing, and are closely associated with classic liberal conservatives today. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a lie. The NAZIs were every bit as committed to the destruction of capitalism and individual rights as Stalin’s International Socialist movement. Their only disagreement was the means to the end, and which movement would eventually rule the world in their quest for an un-attainable utopian dream.
Also, please don’t conflate or confuse Nationalism with National Socialism. They have no relation at all. Democratic Socialism is no better than National Socialism, or International Socialism (Marxism). Simply adding a preface in front of socialism does not make it new or better. It only you proves that you are stupid enough to vote to give away your God-given rights. It never ends well.
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“Each activity and each need of the individual will thereby be regulated by the party as the representative of the general good. There will be no license, no free space, in which the individual belongs to himself. This is socialism — not such trifles as the private possession of the means of production. Of what importance is that if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let them then own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the party, is supreme over them, regardless whether they are owners or workers. All that, you see, is unessential. Our socialism goes far deeper.”
~ Adolph Hitler ~
There is little if any difference about whose name is on the property deed or the Articles of Incorporation. Hitler was smart enough to realize that the government was not nearly as good at running railroads, manufacturing, etc as the private sector who were already doing it. It was so much easier to simply demand that company A produce so many widgets X, Y, and Z and to sell them for a set price. They effectively controlled the means of production as well as setting wage and price controls, without the headaches of the minutiae of daily management.
The salaries of company CEOs, Presidents, or owners were also set by the NAZIs, making them effectively prisoners in their own companies.
The NAZIs did not make the same mistake that every other Marxist/socialist regime has made, namely eliminating the producers, professors, teachers and priests in the name of revolutionary purity, leaving no one left who actually knows how to get things done.
Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, Mao and others all made the same tragic mistake, resulting in the bloody purge of millions of their own people. The National Socialist German Workers Party committed genocide for other master race purposes. Their national socialist planks for those not targeted for extermination were not much different from Stalin’s International Socialist movement.
The biggest issue between Hitler and Stalin was who would win the race for world domination. That and the fact that Hitler broke the Warsaw Pact and opened the eastern front.
Look at Europe . . . . Can’t you see past the guff and recognize the essence? One country is dedicated to the proposition that man has no rights, that the collective is all. The individual held as evil, the mass — as God. No motive and no virtue permitted — except that of service to the proletariat. That’s one version [communism]. Here’s another. A country dedicated to the proposition that man has no rights, that the State is all. The individual held as evil, the race — as God. No motive and no virtue permitted — except that of service to the race [fascism]. Am I raving or is this the cold reality of two continents already? Watch the pincer movement. If you’re sick of one version, we push you into the other. We get you coming and going. We’ve closed the doors. We’ve fixed the coin. Heads — collectivism, and tails — collectivism. Fight the doctrine which slaughters the individual with a doctrine which slaughters the individual. Give up your soul to a council — or give it up to a leader. But give it up, give it up, give it up.
“To put it quite clearly: we have an economic programme. Point No. 13 in that programme demands the nationalisation of all public companies, in other words socialisation, or what is known here as socialism. … the basic principle of my Party’s economic programme should be made perfectly clear and that is the principle of authority … the good of the community takes priority over that of the individual. But the State should retain control; every owner should feel himself to be an agent of the State; it is his duty not to misuse his possessions to the detriment of the State or the interests of his fellow countrymen. That is the overriding point. The Third Reich will always retain the right to control property owners. If you say that the bourgeoisie is tearing its hair over the question of private property, that does not affect me in the least. Does the bourgeoisie expect some consideration from me? … The bourgeois press does me damage too and would like to consign me and my movement to the devil. You are, after all a representative of the bourgeoisie … your press thinks it must continuously distort my ideas. … We do not intend to nail every rich Jew to the telegraph poles on the Munich-Berlin road.”
—Adolf Hitler, to R. Breiting, “bourgeois” newspaper editor, 1931
“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”
—Adolf Hitler, 1927 speech
On “the money pigs of capitalist democracy”: “Money has made slaves of us. “Money is the curse of mankind. It smothers the seed of everything great and good. Every penny is sticky with sweat and blood.”
—Joseph Goebbels, 1929
“The worker in a capitalist state—and that is his deepest misfortune—is no longer a living human being, a creator, a maker. He has become a machine. A number, a cog in the machine without sense or understanding. He is alienated from what he produces.”
—Joseph Goebbels, 1932 pamphlet
“‘Private property’ as conceived under the liberalistic economic order … represented the right of the individual to manage and to speculate with inherited or acquired property as he pleased, without regard for the general interests … German socialism had to overcome this ‘private,’ that is, unrestrained and irresponsible view of property. All property is common property. The owner is bound by the people and the Reich to the responsible management of his goods. His legal position is only justified when he satisfies this responsibility to the community.”
—Ernst Rudolf Huber, official Nazi Party spokesman, 1939