Lefties are Nazis.
How even the slimiest little proto-fascists manage to pull off this stark reversal of the obvious, without imploding, has always baffled me. You know the twisted logic, you'll have heard it if you wander around the blogs, or read the odd batwing newspaper columnist on a regular basis.
Lefties, you know, are socialists. Hitler's Nazis called themselves National Socialists. So lefties can be tarred with the deeply unpleasant and, if it leaves even the slightest mark, highly damaging brush of Nazism.
Why is this dishonest? Because the intention is to tarr with that brush, obviously, to damage by nomenclature. And this is dishonest because the tarring, the damage, has nothing to do with any extent to which Nazi Germany had a socialist economy.
People don't hate Hitler because he wove some socialist economics into his philosophy. They hate him because of his racial nationalism and his militarism.
Racial nationalism and militarism- you don't see THOSE woven through the sneering rhetoric of almost every right wing commentator, do you?
Not racial nationalism, cowering behind golden buts and mincing dog-whistling rhetoric? Not steroid-infused militarism?
He'd be rather proud of The Right's leading wafflers, constantly chipping away at evils like multiculturalism while plugging the benefits of aggressive military expansionism.
Funny more of them don't take ownership of his legacy.
Wait, I could be wrong. The Hollywood epic about the nice capitalist who secretly saved the fiscal holdings of thousands of capitalists inconvenienced by Hitler's quasi-socialist economics is just around the corner, tearful tributes and Oscars to follow...
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