More on the Nazi Party

(Follow up to “This will most likely offend” below.) Listen here to understand why it is the Nazi Party in English (De = The – right?). Read this and you can make the argument that it is the opposition smearing the Tea Party movement, those who call them Nazi’s, or accusing them of calling others Nazi, that has the greater similarity to the Nazi Party. So who are the real Nazi’s? Here are some of the firsts initiated by the Nazi Party in the late 1920′s and early 1930′s that brought Hitler to power. (ref. Here)

Hitler, in 1920, renamed the DAP party (German Workers’ Party) to National (rightwing) Socialist (leftwing) German (right) Workers’ (left) Party – NSDAP. The name itself is an enigma. It covers everyone and everything. Everyone could be part of the party. But there was no underlying platform except inheriting from the DAP in general rhetoric, Nationalism, Anti-Semitic (not based on religion but Judeo-Bolshevism) and Anti-Marxist. Thus began the Nazi party.

  • Interest Group Politics – The Nazi (NSDAP) party was the new party and the man responsible for much of the campaigning was Joseph Goebbels. There was no party line so Geobbels used common folks to identify what groups were interested in. He had farmers write letters for farmers, government workers wrote letters for government workers and so forth. He placed people in barber shops to learn what people were talking about. Which means members of the two major parties read blogs like this! Just about every group was targeted, even religious groups – Lutherans in the North and Catholics in the South. There was no way for each “interest” group to check with other groups to learn what they were being told. FDR would be the first to implement “interest group politics” in the US. Today we have the hyphenated American for the same reason.
  • Direct mail – These letters were then used for another innovation – direct mailing. At the time there were many parties, very factured and in disarray, and a lot of people were disillusioned by the long standing political parties. The country was one big mess – all of the principal parties having participated in some way. It had stabilized, during the Wiemar Republic, largely due to US banks investing in German industry. But with the 1929 crash in the US, Germany was once again thrown into chaos. Including a good number of political assassinations. The Nazi’s took advantage of the low approval of all parties, and being the new party, they had no positions to defend.
  • Filling the house – Geobbels always booked appearances in venues too small for the anticipated crowds but put speakers on the outside for the “overflow” crowd. This gave the impression that the masses were endorsing the party even if people were only attending to learn what the “new” party was all about.
  • Entertainment politics – They had evenings of entertainment, self-financed using donations or a cover charge for the entertainment, music and dancing, ending with a speech, often a local loyal party member, expounding the virtues of the Nazi party and appealing to local interests. These speeches would be short on specifics, or pointing out the mistakes made by the main parties in power. Slogan politics. Hope and Change? Can you say, “Rock the Vote”? No one did it better than the propaganda machine of the Nazi party. Usually there was no party line or platform presented. It was the party for everyone and everything.
  • Perpetual Campaigning – Seems we have heard that term this past year. Well it too was first done by the Nazi party. As the party gained influence in regional elections, they didn’t stop campaigning. The entertainment political evenings continued along with visiting speakers at rallies in overcrowded venues but still short on specifics and substance.
  • Blitz Campaigning – When Hitler campaigned, he was the only one to travel by airplane. His opponents used train and automobile transport. Thus Hitler appeared to be everywhere all the time. Sometimes making three appearances in a day. Unheard of at that time.
  • Using art and media – They capitalized on posters and visual art, filmed rallies, and put them in the cinemas – think news reels, and really expanded the use of radio. The Nazi party and Hitler were on the radio somewhere on the dial all the time. It was a true media blitz. Ring any bells? Phonograph records, sound trucks, everything that could be considered media was utilized. They world organize rallies in Marxist strongholds. Unlike the other parties, they challenged the Marxists directly for the German workers.
  • Hitler the orator – When we listen to a Hitler speech, it sounds like a lot of retching and screaming. Alas, the German language is not a romance language. Someone can call you all kinds of names in French and you would likely smile and say thank you. If someone tells you they love you in German, you might well slap them in the face. But in Germany, Hitler was THE orator. People got caught up in the oration and didn’t step back and ask “What did he really say?”. Even as the party gained seats in the Reichstag, there was little substance to the party line.

By the end of 1932, the Nazi Party had won only 33% in the national election but that made them the largest party in Germany. Too many who knew the Nazi party and Hitler could not be good for Germany, compromised their principals to remain in power or to protect the interests of their supporters. Thus Hitler became Chancellor, the real power, and greatly expanded the power of the office that had begun under Heinrich Bruning during the Weimar Republic. President (mostly a figure head office) Hindenburg, a conservative who took his oath to the constitution very seriously, had grated “emergency decree power” to Bruning, allowed under the constitution, because of the depression. It should also be pointed out that the Communist party was also actively trying to achieve the result claimed by the Nazi Party.

So calling someone a Nazi is pretty much meaningless because you might as well call them “Everyone”. That was what the Nazi party was all about – everything to everyone. What you need to watch for is Nazi tactics pioneered by Joseph Goebbels. Those who wish to belittle or oppose the Tea Party movement employ these tactics all the time. Doesn’t Tea Party Nazi sound a lot like Judeo-Bolshevism? Just calling someone a Nazi today is in effect a Nazi tactic.

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One Response to “More on the Nazi Party”

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    Hindenberg gave Bruning the emergency decree power not because of the Depression, but because the global financial elite wanted Germany to carry out austerity and the German conservative movement wanted to force it down the throats of the German people, despite its unpopularity. It’s a bit like the Yeltsin era in Russia where it was supposedly democratic for him to rule by decree and when Yeltsin shot up the parliament and killed hundreds and set up an outrageously presidential constitution and rigged the referendum to pass it this was said to be “democratic” by the “international community”.

    Austerity, or spending cuts in a depression, causes things to get much worse. In Germany, it caused the rise of the radical parties. Bruning and Hindenberg, by forcing this down the throats of Hitler, paved the way for Hitler to take power. The conservatives of Germany, when they saw the results of their work, decided that Hitler was the one who would destroy the communist menace. So as they set about destroying the Weimar system, rivalry between the different characters gave Hitler his opening. The most right wing of the group, Franz von Papen, who had overthrown the left wing Prussian government in a putsch, tried to get Hitler in the government in a subordinate role in 1933. After a rival got Hindenberg to replace him, von Papen used his influence with Hindenberg to try to get Hitler in power as chancellor with himself as vice-Chancellor and with a conservative cabinet. The conservative parties also agreed to sign the Reichstag Fire Act and the Enabling Act which permitted Hitler to set up his dictatorship.

    So the moral of the story is – deficit fighting helps radicals win votes and in this case allowed Hitler to win 35% in the 1932 presidential election, 37% in the July 1933 Reichstag election and 33% in the November 1933 Reichstag election to be the largest elected force in the country. Communists also won between 15% to 20% of the vote. Also, the ruling conservative elite will make deals with the likes of Hitler to try to preserve their privileges and help such people take power. So what does this tell us about the future? The conservatives were marginalised and forced to mumble about how Hitler saved them from communism, whilst Hitler always say then as “reactionaries” – it’s mentioned even in the Horst Wessel Lied, where it goes on about people killed by the “reaction” and the “red front”… Still, the “reaction” gave them they keys.