Friday, June 24, 2016

Cliff Kincaid thinks that the Nazis were socialists

In an effort to attack SPLC's Evelyn Schlatter, Rabidly anti-gay Cliff Kincaid demonstrates just how ignorant he is about both economics and history. Kincaid writes:
The SPLC seems to believe there is a significant moral difference between socialism based on race—the Nazi version—and socialism based on class, the Marxist version. Otherwise, why would they find one form objectionable and the other worthy of a conference featuring Evelyn Schlatter, deputy director of research of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project?
Huh? Socialism is based on neither race nor class. Socialism is first and foremost an economic system. While it takes many forms, key attributes include the democratic control of the means of production (everything that goes into production except human labor) and social ownership of those means including (but not limited to) cooperative, collective and employee ownership.

Kincaid continues:
In fact, however, Adolf Hitler’s National Socialism was based on Marxism. “In public,” notes George Watson, author of The Lost Literature of Socialism, “Hitler was always anti-Marxist…” However, Watson notes that Hitler privately “acknowledged his profound debt to the Marxian tradition” and stated explicitly that “I have learned a great deal from Marxism…” Watson cites the book, Hitler: Memoirs of a Confidant, by Otto Wagener, who was Hitler’s economic advisor.
Even if we take Kincaid citing a quote about a quote at face value it does not mean that National Socialism had anything to do with the socialist economic and political systems. Indeed Wagener (who was the Reich Commissar for the Economy for three months in 1933) was considered to be a “corporatist” who had a plan for the elimination of trade unions. More importantly, during the Third Reich there was never democratic control of the means of production and there was never social ownership of the means of production. Ergo, there was nothing socialist in National Socialism. Ergo Kincaid is insane in his campaign to diminish the importance of the SPLC.

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