English MP (Member of Parliament) Daniel Hannan gave a speech (posted on December 9, 2014) in which he asserted that German fascism was not a right-wing party but a left-wing socialist party. Hannan noted that Hitler said “I am a socialist. And a very different kind of socialist…”
Hannan further noted that the official Nazi economic platform included:
- All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
- The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.
- Therefore we demand:
- That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
- Profit-sharing in large industries.
- A generous increase in old-age pensions.
The Nazi platform was summarized in bold letters: COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD.
Hannan pointed out that while Russian socialists and German fascists fought one another for power, both despised classic liberalism which stands for individual freedom and which is the true “right”.
Later, Hannan wrote in the Telegraph that the Left continually ignores the socialist roots of fascism, reinterpreting history. As a result, “it is taken as axiomatic that fascism must have been Right-wing, the logic seemingly being that Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty and fascists were nasty…”
So the fact that fascism was a left wing is the skeleton in the left’s closet.
Hannan concluded, “as in the Democratic Party in the United States, the first rule of polite, politically correct conversation is to never drag the skeletons out of the left’s closet.”