Without literacy, we are left vulnerable to manipulative charlatans like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, as well as their doppelgangers in Philadelphia's big dailies. Just check out the unhinged debate over health care reform.
I am not defending the person with the sign...what I am defending is the fact that national socialism in germany caused those bodies in the picture to be dead. jesus christ..it isn't deep, its rather freaking simple...national socialism = nazi = dead people...what about that is incorrect? please school me...just because some people don't want to put 2 and 2 together about socialism..don't try rewriting history.
Here's some schooling: "national socialism" is not the same as the "National Socialist German Workers Party" and their platform. Yes, both include the word "socialist," much as dogs and cats have tails and fur -- and nothing else in common.
Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with a method of compensation based on the amount of labor expended...
Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and programme; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalisation (usually in the form of economic planning), sometimes opposing each other.
And here's Wiki on the National Socialist German Workers' Party:
Nazi ideology stressed the failure of both laissez-faire capitalism and communism, the failure of democracy, and "racial purity of the German people", as well as Northwestern Europeans and persecuted those it perceived either as race enemies or Lebensunwertes Leben, that is "life unworthy of living". This included Jews, Slavs, and Roma along with homosexuals, the mentally and physically disabled, Communists and others...
Hitler was less interested in the "socialist" aspect of "national socialism" beyond moving Social Welfare administration from the Church to the State. [H]e disliked the mass working class of the big cities, and had no sympathy with the notions of attacking private property or the business class...
But more important than this is HOW the Nazis defined "national" and "socialism." For the Nazis, "nation" was synonymous with "race", as you can see by reviewing the 25 points of the Nazi platform:
4. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently no Jew can be a member of the race...
7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.
In other words, the "socialism" of the Nazis is highly qualified, and was only open to Germans of Pure Aryan Blood, and that's it.
That is fundamentally different from socialism. Calling national health care a form of socialism is certainly debatable, much as our interstate highway system could be called socialist. But making the leap that socialism, even on the national scale, is the same as Nazism makes no sense. In fact, it's a false comparison, something which would only be claimed by someone deliberately trying to confuse the ignorant, or by someone who is him or herself ignorant.
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