A surprising number of people don't know that 'Nazi' is an acronym for "Nationalsozialistiche Deutche Arbeiterpartei". Translation: National Socialist German Worker's Party. So, even the name it started with was a cynical lie. It was always a fascist party, based on the principle that the state is supreme, including the elite who run it, and as workers in the Third Reich quickly found out, you toed the line or you got scooped up by the Gestapo, i.e. The Geheime Staatspolizei, secret police. If this happened it was likely your family would not even be informed of your status, and you would very possibly end up in a concentration camp. Dachau was created very shortly after the Nazis came to power in '33. People who were sent there, if they came home at all, would not even speak about it.
The NSDAP (Nazi Party) was founded on goals of becoming a totalitarian terror state....and, it was, from it's early days, intent on elimination of all those who either stood in its way, or were considered undesirable or inferior, i.e. Jews, gays, pacifists, social democrats, communists, dissenters of any kind and simply the entire rest of humanity beyond the boundaries of the Aryan race. If the inferior peoples were not to be outright exterminated, they were to be enslaved and their labors used for the benefit of the Nazi state.
Most people do know that Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party and of the German state, was called Der Fuerher, The Leader, and led the Axis powers into World War II and orchestrated the Holocaust. But, I don't believe that many people actually realize what life was like in Nazi Germany or in the countries and territories that the Germans occupied. Life in a totalitarian terror state is being modeled in various countries around the globe today, particularly, in North Korea, but also numerous other third world countries where people live in a state of knowing that they could be arrested and even murdered at any time, if they are perceived as being 'out of line', or if someone even accuses them of being so. Hence the term 'terror state'. Duterte is doing a fair job of creating a terror state in the Philippines. Because he is largely focused on murdering anybody who is involved with drugs, many Filipinos are going along with his agenda. History shows, however, that people like Duterte often have broader ambitions for their power and once they have become firmly entrenched it is very difficult to stop or even hinder them. Kim Jong Un is a good example of this.
In the countries and territories that the Nazis overran before and during World War II, the people were subjected to brutal oppression at a level that most people who live in democratic and free societies cannot really comprehend. You could be arrested for reasons that were never even made clear, and you had no rights....none. Your life was subject to the whim of local SS and Gestapo commanders, whose brutality became infamous. You might be tortured, or sent off to a slave labor concentration camp, or simply be shot...all because you came to the attention of the Gestapo, perhaps because a fellow citizen accused you of just about anything at all that the Nazis didn't tolerate.
In any discussion of 'Good and Evil' when one of the participants wants to clearly define 'evil', it is often easiest to use the Nazis as an indisputable example of what constitutes evil behavior. And, this brings us to trying to understand who the people are--and what they really believe--who are marching in the streets of America, and in Europe too, carrying the swastika flag of the Nazis.
They claim that they just want 'white power'. They often make statements that white people are now endangered and that the growing diversity in our society poses a lethal threat to Caucasians. The people who have dominated the globe for many hundreds of years, enslaving and wiping out untold legions of indigenous people, carrying on as if it is their 'right' to be the dominant and domineering race on the planet, as if God put them in charge somehow, are now on the run. Right? Riiiight...
The neo-Nazi agenda espouses a 'race war' fought for the very survival of the white race. It is merely a continuation of what the original Nazis wanted: to either subjugate or exterminate all other races. Nobody in their right mind would claim that they are either 'harmless' or well-intended. Their plan is lethal to all but conforming white people....notice I said, 'conforming', because they would also exterminate whites who are not going along with the planned hegemony.
For any of the current Nazis to claim that they are less odious, less malevolent, less dangerous, than their predecessors is simply to put up a smoke-screen. The most famous Nazi smoke-screen was on the iron-work gates over Dachau and Auschwitz, and perhaps other camps: "Arbeit Macht Frei". This must at least be a leading contender for the most cynical statement of all time. It means, "Work Will Set You Free"......over the gates that led toward the gas chambers and the ovens beyond. In the minds of the craven sub-humans who created these gates, it was likely a way of getting the prisoners passing underneath them to cling to some faint hope that they were not really on their way to their doom....and therefore they might remain more passive...as they were 'processed'.
If you want to give yourself a first-hand perception of the notion of 'Pure Evil', look-up some film footage of Reinhard Heydrich...and glimpse Mephistopheles himself. There is one particular clip where he is leaving a meeting and comes toward the camera, looking directly into the lens as he passes. It makes my skin crawl. Here's a link to one short. And, here's another, longer, viewing of just exactly who the original Nazis were.
|Reinhard Heydrich. One Evil S.O.B.|
And, here we are, in 2017, with a man in the White House, who says things that seem intended to mollify, reduce or otherwise disguise the fact that anybody who considers themselves to be 'a Nazi' has embraced evil on a massive scale. People at large are reacting to this with vehemence and disgust. It is wholly unacceptable that Nazism should emerge as a legitimate political orientation once again. As the enraged man shouted at Peter and me: "I have seen too many good men die fighting that!"
It is not enough to turn your eyes away. It is insufficient to simply shake your head and mumble about what the world is coming to. It is an egregious avoidance of responsibility to say, "But, what can I do about it?" You can....AND MUST.....make your voice heard, even as one of millions--in fact, particularly as one of millions--who refuse to accept that Nazis and Klansmen and all others who espouse 'white supremacy' should have any say whatsoever in the political and societal conversation about what America needs to do to become a country that we can feel good about again.
Because, as of this date, it has some real problems and we need to get involved with working them out. The rest of the world is watching us with some valid and deep concerns. We need to be the people our parents' and grandparents' generations believed we were.....and, we need to do it soon.