Somebody asked me:
“What is the difference between Marxism and National Socialism?”
One difference between Marxism and National Socialism is that if Hitler had imitated Marxist methods, as everybody accuses him of doing, he would have shot millions of people immediately after taking power and there would have been tens of millions of people incarcerated in those concentration camps.
National Socialism rejected class warfare and believed that every productive member of society needed every other. That intellectuals need manual workers and vice versa. They also believed in independent national states, working together in peace. They believed in freedom of religion. They rejected striking and strike-breaking. One of their basic mottoes was “Arbeit adelt”. Work ennobles. They said, National Socialism is not for export. All the European nations, and all the classes, are there, and none can make the others disappear. We all need each other. We all need to work, and it is obvious that we can work best if we can all work in peace. What’s more, they backed up these principles with deeds, facts, concrete diplomatic offers of disarmament, peace. They were forced into the war, and they did not gas the Jews. They did not believe in uniformity. They rejected centralization to at least some extent. They loved the variety of the regions and peoples, dialects, occupations, of Germany (and everyplace else). The Marxists went around shooting everybody that didn’t have callouses on his hands.
This building in Neustadt an der Aisch in northern Bavaria was the headquarters for the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD – Labor Service) Battalion 1/281 “Meister Peter Vischer der Älterer.” The building still exists, but the double tower above the entrance, with the RAD spade insignia and motto “Arbeit adelt” (Work Enobles) has been replaced by a normal gable.
The National Socialists had a very complicated system of barter in foreign trade, which threatened the whole international banking system and were even thinking of nationalizing the central banks. Incidentally, 80% of their spending came out of taxation, which is almost a balanced budget. They probably had almost no foreign debt, so perhaps there’s not that much difference financially between National Socialism and fascism after all. The first great modern dictator was Lincoln. Lincoln was a typical dictator: he believed in centralization, industrialization and protectionism. The real alternative isn’t between various systems of these things, but between centralization and decentralization, i.e., the Confederacy. Keep in mind that in the Confederacy, the President didn’t jail newspaper editors, shut down newspapers, jail draft dodgers, etc. There were no pro-Union movements with hundreds of thousands of members, and no race riots. All Communist countries have always worshipped Lincoln. So instead of being similar, the Confederacy and National Socialism are exact opposites. Jefferson Davis didn’t even jail the governor of Georgia for refusing to permit Georgia soldiers from being sent outside the state. Another difference: they didn’t shoot or drown people for trying to leave the country, they didn’t jail people for 20 years for talking to foreigners etc. The list is endless. They didn’t build a wall around Germany, with mine fields, etc. Classifying political systems is like saying which musical instrument is best, or saying that birds, bats, butterflies and pterodactyls are all “the same” because they all fly. It was a perfect, or near-perfect system, for the GERMANS, at THAT TIME. For other nationalities, or other time periods, it would have to be somewhat different. The basic principles are universally valid. Arbeit adelt. Everybody needs everybody else. But nobody needs criminals, etc. It’s hard to think of any way in which they were really wrong. One thing they have in common with the Confederacy is that they fought like gentlemen, they were proud, and they fought to the death. Also, Hitler never insisted that only National Socialists could get good jobs. He wanted the best man for the job. He wanted to convert the last German, not force them. He said he didn’t want to be a tyrant, or rule against the will of the people, and he didn’t. They discouraged certain types of speculation, but they had bond markets, stock markets, commodity exchanges, etc. just like everyplace else. In some ways it was rather medieval, like the guilds of the Middle Ages, but people felt they had a place, their function was honoured, all the plumbers, or peasants, or whatever, all felt they were appreciated. All the regions were encouraged to keep their regional costumes, dialects etc. The Communists want everything to be uniform.
Hitler was a man of considerable humour and humility, he could make a good joke at times, tremendous sarcasm. In contrast to the Communists he didn’t over do things. He said, send 2 or 3 Party Officials, more will just be harmful. He said he made speeches all over Germany all the time, but there was no question of broadcasting them all over the country because then people would say, “My God, it’s always the same.” “Mein Gott, wir hören immer dasselbe.” Can you imagine a Marxist saying that???? He went around without any security measures. Can you imagine it? It was William L Shirer with his 1000 year Reich lie that probably caused the war more than anything else. Americans will believe anything. Even the Japanese were accused of trying to conquer the world. They said, it should have been self-evident that they could never even conquer all of China! Another difference is that apart from a few careerist Party officials, they didn’t make a fuss about things that didn’t matter. For example, they no doubt viewed jazz as non-Germanic, and probably a bad influence, but it was popular, so it was never banned. There were about 14 big jazz bands in Berlin alone, almost right upto the end of the war. I have a national Socialist video, official propaganda, that shows Germans dancing to American jazz. Under Communism, they are obsessed with everything. For example under Mao it was seriously said that stop lights couldn’t be red, because red was the colour of communism and red stop lights might be interpreted by somebody to mean “stop communism”. That’s the spirit of political correctness. Another thing, they didn’t force everybody to conform. Hitler said, if a person works well, but doesn’t want to participate and go to meetings, wants to go away and be by himself, let him, it’s right, we must act like it’s a big tragedy, “kann es machen, das ist sein gutes Recht, wir müssen es nicht für tragisch nehmen”, of course, he mustn’t be allowed to screw things up, but if he works well, if his work fits into national production, it doesn’t matter. Hitler said, the purchasing power problem is a production problem, it’s not a money problem. If you want to be able to buy more, you have to produce more. A very unpopular doctrine in an era in which the motto is, “more wages for less work”. “Eine sehr unpopuläre Lehre in einer Zeit in der die Sprüche [or der Anspruch, I forget] ist, mehr Lohn, weninger Arbeit”. Can you imagine a Marxist saying something like that? Independence should be the aim of every nation and every region, to some extent, but independence working together, that was Hitler’s idea.
Of course all this pre-supposes that Hitler told the truth, but I believe the historical record shows that he indeed DID tell the truth. He said he didn’t want war with Britain, then refused to wipe out their troops at Dunkirk. Can you imagine anybody else doing that? If it was the other way around, the Brits or the Americans would have fried 200,000 Germans with phosphorous with the greatest satisfaction, and then starved them all afterwards, any that were left.
Did you know that in Germany in 1939 it was said a Polish girl working in Germany could walk home at 2 in the morning in any city in Germany but in Poland an ethnic German couldn’t go out in broad daylight, even grandmothers.
Another difference between National Socialism and Marxism is the incompetence of the Marxists, even German Marxists, compared to the competence of the National Socialists. Read ANY book about Communism and one of the things that strikes you most is their incompetence and contempt for reality. Read Mao’s little red book and presto! you can do anything, cure cancer, diabetes, make steel, etc. If you wreck all the trains, just shoot all the engineers, etc. Set impossible production goals, so everything is junk, so shoot all the engineers again, etc. Very simple. In Moscow they had to put nets on all the buildings to protect people from masonry falling into the street. You get something of the same spirit in anything Jewish. Magical short cuts to knowledge.