2018-05-05 03:18:20 UTC
Why So Much Hate for Nazis While Socialists and Communists Get a Pass?
August 24, 2017
by Gregory D
Who is the greatest mass murderer in history and the personification of
political evil? Everyone knows it’s Hitler, man!
Read on, friends.
As we’ve seen from media coverage lately, hating Nazis is pretty popular.
Rightfully so, I say, given what they are and what they stand for.
But why—and hear me out on this—is there so much more hate for Nazis than
there is for self-avowed communists, Marxists, or socialists? It seems
rather disproportionate to me.
Based on the title of the article, I’m sure a lot of people are ready to
jump on me for defending Nazis or some sort of false equivocation. Rest
assured before we get started that I have no love for fascism, Nazis,
neo-Nazis, skinheads, or anything remotely related to such groups.
There will be no defense offered for any said groups here.
Rather, my intent is to openly question why, exactly, there is such a
visceral reaction against that particular ideology while certain others
receive a collective response of…meh. We appear to be living in a time when
selective outrage has reached a boiling point and is worth examining for the
sake of all our sanity.
Consider, if you will, the phenomenon of Bernie Sanders. Sure, I’ve beat up
on him quite a bit in my writings over the years, but let’s take a serious
look at this for a moment.
In the 2016 Presidential Primaries, well over 1 million people under the age
of 30 voted for the self-described “democratic socialist.” Point of fact, by
the time the primaries were over, Sanders won more votes from those under 30
than Clinton and Trump combined.
During that same time, a poll of that same age demographic (not just those
who voted for Sanders) showed a “favorable” rating for socialism above
others as an ideology. The Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) boasts of
having 20 chapters across the country under the banner of a Democratic
Socialists of America, a national organization with over 25,000 members.
Outright communism, while not as hip and cool as socialism, is still present
and lurking, sometimes in rather subversive ways. The Communist Party USA
only claims 5,000 members, but one study showed that The Communist Manifesto
is one of the most assigned books on college campuses today, and is far and
away the most assigned economics book in higher academia.
The “mainstreaming of Marxism on college campuses” has been noted for quite
some time, as anyone who has spent any time in one of our institutions of
“higher learning” can attest. And one Rasmussen poll indicated that 11% of
Americans believe that communism is a preferable system of government.
In the lands of our not-so-distant cousin, Great Britain, their Labour Party
is over 500,000 strong. While some might blanch at the idea that the party
is fully communist, there is little doubt that they are every bit as
socialist as Bernie Sanders (probably more so, given the political climate
there). The historical positions they have taken show far more than just a
leaning to the left end of the political spectrum.
The intent thus far is simply to show that far-left ideologies have
considerable popularity. While certainly not majority views, when we look at
the numbers, there are significant portions of western civilization who
subscribe to socialism and its related doctrines.
But the bigger question I want to address is the one in the title—with all
the hate for Nazis, why is there so little outcry against socialism,
communism, Marxism, etc.?
Another way of asking this question goes like this: from the time of the
Russian Revolution in 1917 through Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” in 1958-1962,
socialism as an ideology resulted in the deaths of somewhere around 100
million people in those two countries. Those four years in China alone
accounted for 55 million people dead. So where is the public outrage against
any form of socialism?
Rest assured, these millions upon millions of people died as a direct result
of socialist policies. These atrocities didn’t take place because they “just
didn’t do socialism right” or some other excuse. No, they happened because
that’s exactly how socialism ultimately works and where it logically leads.
Remember that question at the outset of the article? The answer is that
Stalin and Mao each killed at least three times the number of their own
people as did Hitler, despite the latter’s prominence in public discourse as
being the personification of political evil.
So why does the American public lose its collective mind when
self-proclaimed Nazis stage a protest while there’s a collective apathy
about self-proclaimed socialists running for President of the United States?
Why does the media collectively cover every anti-Nazi story it can while
giving a silent pass to all the proto-communists we have lurking on college
Or do you think a story like this one in the New York Times would fly if the
term “socialism” in the title was changed to “fascism”? Or what if Bernie
Sanders called himself a “Democratic Fascist,” would that collect a similar
response to what he currently receives?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
It is worth noting—simply because I’m sure it will come up in the comment
section if I do not address it here—that at no point am I defending Nazis or
fascism as an ideology. Point of fact, I decry those for the same reason I
denounce communism, socialism, and Marxism—because they are a poison of
society and, if I may be so bold, demonic. The death toll and suffering
resulting from these ideologies is undeniable.
But as a social phenomenon, we are witnessing something rather profound. Our
collective voices are becoming dangerously selective in their outrage,
ignoring one tremendously large evil in favor of another instead of
recognizing both for what they are.
In the process of this, we are conditioning our youth and the less educated
among us to passively accept some things while violently denouncing others,
despite the similarities between them that become immediately apparent with
even the slightest study. We are teaching the most impressionable members of
our society that “this is the most horrible thing on the planet, but this
really isn’t that big of a deal” and completely ignoring recent history by
And you know what they say about those who ignore history.
We have current, real-time examples of the horrors of socialism in places
like Venezuela and North Korea, just to name two. One only needs to do about
ten minutes of internet searches on both of those places to grasp the levels
of evil being enacted on the citizens by their own governments.
Venezuela, specifically, offers a prime example for any out there who
believe I am overstating my case with the theme of this article. As recently
as 2011, Bernie Sanders was championing the South American country as being
closer to “the American dream” than America herself. In 2013, some of Bernie’s
top people were heralding Venezuela as nothing short of miraculous.
Now just imagine for a moment what the collective reaction would be if any
of these people had “fascism” in their preferred ideology or if the
dictators they praised were referred to as Nazis rather than socialists,
communists, or Marxists. Would they still field a presidential candidate
that nearly got a major party nomination?
Again, at no point here am I excusing fascism or Nazis, nor am I making
apology for them. They subscribe to a disgusting and twisted view of
humanity that has resulted in tremendous bloodshed—and, sadly, probably will
The intent, rather, is to broaden the spotlight of outrage. It makes little
sense for our public square to be awash with animosity for one dangerous
ideology but not another.
I fully realize that hypocrisy is a normal part of our lives, but that doesn’t
mean it should be accepted. In this instance, especially, it should be
combatted at every turn.