Unlike my last installment series about well behaved women and the fact that they do make history, where I came up with most of the list in the space of about twenty minutes and then over several months of weekly posts I only added two or three to the original batch, it seems that for every week that passes and every word that I check off this list it grows by two more. I joked that I would have a dictionary by the time I was done and now I’m not so sure I was joking.
This week’s word that leftists really ought to learn the meaning of before they try to use it in conversation is one of their very favorites of late: Nazi. In the real world, Nazi was short for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, and of course was the engine by which Adolf Hitler and his adherents came to power in the interim between World Wars I and II. The Nazis were very much fascist, statist, socialist, and left-wing by their own admission as well as in practice. I mean really, “socialist” is right there in the party name, it’s not hard to figure out. The main difference between Nazi socialism and Soviet communism is that the Soviets saw themselves as the vanguard of the international communist revolution, whereas the Nazis had a definite nationalist streak that sought to promote and build up Germany and the Germanic peoples. Most people do not realize that Germany had not existed long as a nation proper before World War I and the purpose of uniting the Germanic states behind Prussia was in part to establish Prussian hegemony over them (as opposed to Austrian) and in part to bring that same unity to the Germanic people, so this ethos was important to the nation itself.
That nationalistic streak does not, however, mean that the Nazis were “right-wing” as the left likes to claim. Like fascism, the left has tried to insist that Nazism is a right-wing ideology ever since World War II not because of any factual basis to the claim, but because of the negative connotations behind it. The Nazis opposed Christianity, confiscated guns, and nationalized the economy, how is that in any way “right wing?” “But they were racists!” the leftist twerps will insist. You mean like Democrat Andrew Jackson, the Democratic South, and the Democratic KKK (spare me your fairy tales about a party switch)? Or like President Lyndon “I’ll have them [n-words] voting Democrat for the next two hundred years” Johnson? Or like Black Lives Matter? Race strife is right up there with class warfare in the leftist standard operating procedure manual.
This misuse of the term “Nazi” would be bad enough in and of itself, but for most modern leftists in particular, the term has simply devolved to mean “someone I don’t like for political reasons.” Did you vote for Donald Trump? You’re a Nazi. Don’t support total open border immigration? Sieg Heil. Want a flat tax? Yup, Nazi. Are you aware of unbiased historical facts that undermine leftist narratives? Total Nazi. In this regard the word Nazi is virtually interchangeable with the word racist in the leftist lexicon, and is every bit as meaningless.
The problem with Godwin’s Law is that it discourages the people who are making apt comparisons to the Nazis from doing so, but doesn’t slow the people who really don’t know what they’re talking about down at all, and essentially says that because some people will throw the term around as meaningless hyperbole that no one can ever use it, no matter how accurate they may be. But then, using the term Nazi is like using profanity–it’s usually a sign of low intelligence and inability to make a convincing argument, but done right it can still be forceful and powerful. Most of the time, however, John Hayward is right about the first rule of making comparisons to Hitler (he says, simply, “don’t”).
As I said earlier I will be absent for the next couple of weeks but I should only miss one Sunday entry in this series. I might try to do the next one as a double feature, we’ll see. Until then, thanks as always for stopping by.