Democracy Reform

Sir Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the rest. He is right. Its the best form of government but it also has its flaws. I think that its flaws endanger democracy and needs to be fixed. This blog is for like minded people who want to see democracy improved. I invite people to sumbit essays. I will publish even those I do not agree with so long as I find them interesting.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Why are the worst mass murderers from the left?

The worst mass murderers from the twentieth century and possibly for all time were Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler - all left wing dictators.

Did I say Hitler? I think that most people would not object to my calling Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot left wing dictators. But Hitler? Many people think of him as a right wing dictator but that is not correct. Why is Hitler a creature of the left?

To begin with, the Nazi party stands for the German Workers' National Socialist Party. Hitler claimed in a speech on May 1, 1927:



"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."

The Nazi Party campaigned on a recognisably leftist platform. Here is an excerpt from the 1920 Nazi party manifesto:

"10. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. The activities of the individual may not clash with the interests of the whole, but must proceed within the frame of the community and be for the general good.

Therefore we demand:

11. That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.

12. Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in life and property, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as a crime against the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits whether in assets or material.

13. We demand the nationalization of businesses which have been organized into cartels.

14. We demand that all the profits from wholesale trade shall be shared out.

15. We demand extensive development of provision for old age.

16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle-class, the immediate communalization of department stores which will be rented cheaply to small businessmen, and that preference shall be given to small businessmen for provision of supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.

17. We demand a land reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to confiscate from the owners without compensation any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land
."

The party manifesto does not call for free market capitalism. Calling for nationalization, confiscation of land are things that Socialists or Communists call for. Of course, you can say that Hitler or any votrepreneur (politician) will say anything to gain power. His rhetoric gained him the support of mostly lower income and middle income Germans. Ultimately, its what he did that counts. Action speaks louder than words. So what did Hitler do when he came to power?

Hitler took over control of nearly all means of production like a good Socialist or Communist would. He did not nationalize all assets of production like what Lenin or Mao did. The nominal ownership was left in private hands. But the substance of ownership passed to the state.

This is explained in an article by George Reisman writing for the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Drawing on the writings of the great economist, Ludwig Von Mises, Reisman explained why Nazism is Socialism and why Socialism leads to totalitarianism.

When Hitler took power in Germany, the "owners" of assets of production (eg factories, farms etc) had every major economic decision decided for him by the state. The state (or some central planning bureaucrat) told you how many workers you must employ, how much to pay them, how much to charge for your products and services and how much dividends the owners get. The government also practiced wage and price controls in 1936.

(The government had to impose wage and price controls because of the runaway inflation as a result of increasing of its money supply to fund its huge programs of public works, subsidies and rearmament. To keep the people happy, he gave them cheap subsidised holidays to the Alps and the Canary Islands. )

When your rights to your "property" such as a factory or farm or rental apartments etc are so eroded, the state effectively owns them. You are "owner" in name only. Thus I would put the Nazi party left of say the British Labor Party but right of the Communist Party of Soviet Union.

Since Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin were people who claim to be Socialist or Communist, is there something in Socialism that leads to totalitarian government?

The answer is a yes.

I will sum up the arguments. Firstly, Socialism calls for state control of all means of production. This means that all workshops, farms, factories etc are to be controlled by the state. What to produce and how much will be centrally planned.

The state will decide what to produce, how much to produce and sell at what price. It has no way of telling what consumers want. In a capitalist economy, all these questions will be settled by the market as each individual pursues his own self interest. If a product is in demand, then its price will go up.

Other independent producers will see a profit opportunity and increase production for the product. As production increases, the price will drop. In a command economy the bureaucrat decides all this.

Since prices are controlled, shortages or gluts will be the result since it is hard for the bureaucrat to get it exactly right. That is why in the former Soviet Union, you end up with long queues - which is an unproductive way of spending your day. The Soviets also sold staples like bread very cheaply. The result was wastage as people fed the bread to their pigs.

Of course, there will be people who want to sell at a higher price than the officially sanctioned prices so as to gain a larger profit. So to enforce the system, the state will have to make it a crime. This means that they will employ an army of spies to detect black market activities. People will fear one another for anybody could be a spy. Even your girl-friend might be a spy.

Punishment for profiteering is severe since a fine would merely be regarded as a business expense. Since a jury is unlikely to send a man to the firing squad for selling a bar of soap at a higher price, you need state appointed judges to do the dirty work.

The result is a complete loss of freedom. To enforce Socialism then you need a totalitarian system where everybody is suspicious of everybody else and power is concentrated at the top. This was what happened in Nazi Germany and the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

Once the state has so much control over the lives of its people, all sorts of nasty things can happen - including mass murder. That is why the worst mass murderers of the 20th century were all creatures of the left. The more concentrated the power, the more abuses are likely and Socialism has a tendency to concentrate power.

This has not fortunately not happened in any western democracy even those which are run by parties that call themselves Socialists. But the tendency for greater state control over your lives are always there. Its just embedded in Socialism.

For example, in the year 2000, France's leftist government of Lionel Jospin created the Department of Work Police. The Work Police will catch people who work too hard! (2)

At a time when countries try to compete to by working harder, the French Socialists wanted to do the opposite!

16 Comments:

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous chris naron said...

Good stuff. Let's see how long it takes the deniers to do their usual tap dance.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Freedom Fighter said...

You're totally correct about Hitler and national socialism.

However the swastika has no relation to the hammer and sickle, but comes from an ancient Aryan symbol.

Aside from Hitler's economic ideas
( very similar, BTW to the `class warfare' type rhetoric coming form some of the Democrat party candidates) the tip off is the red flag. Leftists turn purple when you mention it.

Here's something else that resembles the Nazi ideology....J O S H U A P U N D I T: The Qu'ran vs. Mein Kampf

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous USpace said...

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At 2:29 AM, Blogger Siddhartha said...

Great Read!!
@Freedom Fighter
i think equating Swastika and the Hammer and Sickle is just symbolic. It depicts that both Nazism and communism are one and the same

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Puppet said...

For pete's sake don't mix socialism and communism...they are totally and completely different.......socialism is the shadow of the idea that is communism......

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger JMHead said...

Here is a quote from a Progressive Labor Party pamphlet posted on their site:
"The communists set up a system of socialism as a halfway step to communism."
(from WHY WE FIGHT FOR COMMUNISM http://www.plp.org/pamphlets/whycommunism.html)

Communists have used Socialism interchangeably with communism for a long time. Western socialism isn't as malevolent in it's current incarnation, but the seeds are there, and dark hints of what could be.

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Hitler was very anti-Communist.

"The Church's interests cannot fail to coincide with ours alike in our fight against the symptoms of degeneracy in the world of to-day, in our fight against the BOLSHEVIST culture, against an atheistic movement, against criminality, and in our struggle for the consciousness of a community in our national life, for the conquest of hatred and disunion between the classes, for the conquest of civil war and unrest, of strife and discord. These are not anti-Christian, these are Christian principles."

In 1941...

"The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianty's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew."

"The only thing that would be still worse would be victory for the Jew through Bolshevism. If Bolshevism triumphed, mankind would lose the gift of laughter and joy. It would become merely a shapeless mass, doomed to grayness and despair."

Hitler worried that communists were mostly Jewish and thus opposed it very wholeheartedly. Trotsky had other things to say on fascism and Hitler in general. Trotsky's (communist) theory is that there was a massive workers movement against the German state and thus the fascists attempted to reorganize the state and defense system against this movement in a hypernationalist manner.

You should try and read a book sometime.

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The left has always been fighting the left. Didn't Stalin send someone to put an ice-pick on the head of Trotsky? Didn't China and Russian troops clashed along the border? Didn't China attacked Vietnam?

Just because Hitler invaded Russia and had nasty things to say about the Bosheviks does not mean Hitler was not a leftist.

 
At 2:09 AM, Anonymous USpace said...

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The Left is addicted to thinking of Hitler as completely 'Right-Wing'. Tell a Liberal that Hitler was a creature of the Left and they will shriek with indignation.

That is the biggest success of the Left so far, brainwashing people that Hitler was from the Right. Hopefully, they will have no bigger success.

"Move Left everyone, or you'll get to Hitler's way if you move Right." Because of this, many so-called 'Liberals' think the Right and conservatism is more dangerous than communism.

The main principle of 'conservatism' is 'individual liberty', that is instinctual and naturally understood. We must keep planting this thought in the minds of young people, so that they will be better able to resist their institutional brainwashing. 'Leftism' is a lie, it is phony, and it is racist at its core.
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At 8:56 AM, Blogger bama4freedom said...

The left does not have room for opposing ideals.

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

What a load of bollocks.

The political spectrum is like a circle, the extreme right & left actually have quite similar views.

So yes, Communism & Facism can be considered similar but to turn round and say their both on the "left" just displays your own ignorance on the matter. They're went completley opposite directions from the "central" postion of the circle (to the right & left) but ended up being similar becuase they are so extreme. The right or left are not inherently evil. It's extremists that carry out atrocities. Trying to blame either side of the polical debate for their actions is stupid & stifleing to genuine debate on the issues.

Basically what i am saying to you is stop this bullshit namecalling & start acting like mature adults.

 
At 6:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is not being "from right" or "from left". The political space is not even a one dimensional space.

Stalin's and Mao's so called communism isn't what communism is really about. Read the original manifesto and you know the basics: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Manifesto_of_the_Communist_Party/Chapter_I


There are dictators in the right as well as in the left. Stalin was a monster, and had many critics, Trotsky being one of the best known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trotsky

Where in the manifesto you find things like racism, nationalism, totalitarianship and mass murders that Hitler put into action?

And speaking of mass murders of last decade, are Bushes also from left?

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Socialism, Capitalism are of little difference. The entire point of both being control over the masses. Each promising a future utopia. The problem that arises is that each calls for an acceptance of suffering.
In both the "greater man" exerts his will upon those who speak out against his tyranny.
The only ideal is in the balance of the two

 
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At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are extremes on both ends of the political spectrum, and almost an infinite number of ways ANY perception can be substantiated. The key is maintaining open-mindedness, as in understanding that any perception is highly subjective and no one perception is absolutely correct. This creates flexible, rational, and reasonable minds that are key to the development of any truly great and civilized society. The problems come when any individual or group is certain they are right, and others are wrong, as this invites fear, hate, and ignorance--the three plagues of mankind .

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous an Historian said...

Hmm, look up these terms: Dirty War. Shanghai Massacre of 1927. Caravan of Death. Operation Colombo. Bodo League Massacre. Freikorps. White Terror (Hungary). Indonesian killings of 1965-66. Ramadan Revolution. White Terror (Spain). Acknowledging these events undermines any theory that "the worst mass murderers are from the left".

 

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