There are numerous stories these days about triggered progressive millennials calling anybody with an opposing viewpoint a “Nazi”.
Or a “White Supremacist”.
When that fails, they fall back on the tried and true, ever handy, “Racist”.
The left is again, trying to engage in revisionism, and actually destroy the meaning and significance of what these terms actually mean or represent, just as they thought defacing or removing monuments to history, would somehow magically alter that history, history that requires study to interpret and learn from.
The Left has already stolen “Gay” from the lexicon, never to be used again in it’s centuries old meaning. Let’s not allow the Left to alter or dilute the meaning or significance of any more words in our language.
Perhaps the lack of an understanding of what exactly a “Nazi” is, can be traced to a lack of real History studies in Universities anymore.
The real study of History has been replaced with the works of revisonists like Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, in addition to a massive array of bizarre alternate tracks such as, “The Physics of Star Trek” at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus” at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., or perhaps “United Kingdom: To Hogwarts, Harry: An Intensive Study of Harry Potter Through the British Isles”, offered at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, M.I. (Thats just a tiny example of what passes for University level study in the US anymore…)
As a public service, allow me to help you clueless millennials develop an actual understanding of what exactly a Nazi is ( or was), so that you might not sound like such an idiot in future, and insult actual REAL victims, of REAL Nazi’s.
As you will find out, Real Victims still exist, and have a REAL problem with the dilution of the significance of the word when used as a throwaway buzzphrase.
If time permits, we will move on to “Fascists”, “White Supremacists” and perhaps even “Racists” in the near future.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Nazi: National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), more commonly known as Nazism (/ˈnɑːtsi.ɪzəm, ˈnæt-/), is the ideology and set of practices associated with the 20th-century German Nazi Party.
Many claim that the Nazi’s were not Socialist because Nazism rejected the Marxist concept of class conflict and opposed cosmopolitan internationalism.
Yet the Nazi’s were Socialists in the true sense of the word, because Nazi’s sought to convince all parts of the new German society to subordinate their personal interests to the “common good” and accept political interests as the main priority of economic organization, while employing socialist concepts such as Wage and Price controls, and centralizing the means of production through oversight of the distribution of raw materials and control over which firms produced goods, while monitoring output.
Get over it Lefties, The Nazi’s were very much indeed, Socialists.
Nazi leaders were anxious and determined to throw off the financial yoke and humiliation of the post World War 1 restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.
Germany began secretly rearming (Aufrüstung), in violation of those treaties, almost immediately after they were signed, and escalated on a massive scale after the consolidation of power by the Nazi’s in 1933.
Adolf Hitler would go on to boast on September 26, 1938 in the Berlin Sportpalast that after giving orders to rearm the Wehrmacht ( the German Army…), he could “openly admit: we rearmed to an extent the like of which the world has not yet seen.”
At the time, the Wehrmacht was the most modern fighting force on the planet, fielding the finest hardware available.
As an aside, they also had, without a doubt, the coolest uniforms going…
Of course, that was always a German tradition…
What followed was the largest geographical scale of war ever known to mankind, involving more than half the planet, resulting in the deaths of millions upon millions of combatants and civilians. ( Assisted of course, by the hapless Italians and the Asian “master race”, the Japanese.)
Nazism and “White Supremacy”
Many Millennials equate Nazism with the concept of “White Supremacy”, without quite understanding the fact that Hitler and the Nazi’s had a very limited view of what and who constituted the “Master Race”.
It was limited to a very specific subset of white people, those whom Hitler considered “Aryan”, or Nordic/Germanic whites.
Most of the”Neo- Nazi” “fans” in the US, whose numbers are incredibly small, despite the mainstream media push to shape public perception otherwise, would not qualify for “membership” in Hitler’s “Master Race”.
As far as the rest of the “White folks” out there during World War 2, they were fair game for the Nazi’s and were murdered and maimed by the millions.
The vast majority of the millions of victims and casualties of the Nazi violence, were indeed, White Europeans and Caucasians. The concept of lumping “White Supremacy” in with Nazism is intellectually lazy and intellectually dishonest.
But that never stopped a progressive millennial from throwing out those words and engaging in lazy and intellectually dishonest dialog.
Progressive millennials continue to distort and dilute the meaning and significance of these words and slander the memory of those who fell victim to the evil socialist ideology of the Nazi regime.
The impact of language revisionism and ignorance of History.
The demographic of the facility where I work is comprised of elderly folks, primarily Jewish, many in there late 80’s and 90’s. The majority of these residents tend to vote the progressive party line, for reasons I will never quite comprehend.
But that is certainly their prerogative. I enjoy healthy debate with quite a few of them, the nice part about that being the fact that folks in their 90’s don’t engage in the vitriol of their younger progressive counterparts and tend to argue strictly on facts and experience.
I sat down in the library at the facility on my lunch break recently with Sam Weiss 89 , and Helena Wolińska, 87. Both were Polish survivors of the Holocaust. Weiss still bearing the faded tattoo applied after he was shipped to the Treblinka concentration camp, surviving only because he was young and healthy enough to be selected for slave labor.
Both lean progressive in their political views. I asked them what they thought of the repeated use of the term “Nazi” by their younger progressive counterparts and how it made them feel. I was surprised by their frank ( and, in one instance, expletive filled) responses.
Chuck Johnson : So tell me, what do you think of the way that young progressive throw out he term “Nazi” nowadays? Don’t you find that kind of offensive after all you suffered in the 30’s and 40’s?
Wolińska: “Are you kidding? Of course I find it offensive. These kids don’t have any idea what they are talking about.They throw that word out without any reference to what it represents, and yes, I am deeply offended.”
Weiss: “ Those kids are a bunch of loudmouth assholes. They wouldn’t know a Nazi if one punched them in the face. Its disgraceful how inconsiderate and uninformed they are…”
Wolińska:” I think the way these words are bandied about, De-emphasizes what they really represent and cheapens the memory of those who perished at the hands of the Nazi’s…”
Weiss: ” I think the behavior of many young liberals often embarrasses the rest of us who hold liberal viewpoints. I think it only demonstrates their lack of maturity and ability to understand the world that they live in…”
This exchange only served to validate what I already knew.
That the morons who go around throwing out meaningless political buzzwords that they don’t quite understand, do lasting damage to the integrity of the meaning of the word itself.
Trouble is, I think that they lack the ability to comprehend that, and if they do understand the ramifications of their words, they simply don’t care.
In the sixties, the Windansea surf club used to dress up as Nazi’s and ride wheeled sleds through the drainage tunnels under La Jolla.
“Back in the early 1960s, everyone in California knew there was something different about the La Jolla’s WindanSea crowd and surfers like Curren, Mike Diffenderfer (RIP) Tiny Brain Thomas, Billy Graham, and Butch Van Artsdalen (RIP).” Pat Curren and Mike Diffenderfer were known to hang at the Birds Rock’s Sip and Surf and Red Mountain Inn and Tiny Brain Thomas was a bartender at Maynards. Sure there were others, but nothing like the ones mentioned.
Rakestraw and Curren had similar trends, both were regulars at Maynards and many times shared temporary living quarters at jail, so much so – Rakestraw used to write Curren little messages on the jail walls.
Mac Meda started the phrase “Surf Nazis,” where they would dress up like Nazis and ride down the storm drain on their Flexy Flyers that started at the top of Bon Air Street. What a bitchen thrill that was!!!
Mac Meda was also known for their satire Mel Brooks style Nazi parties where they would burst into local restaurants, have Nazi parties in the bunkers up on Mt. Soledad and even become guests at the Jewish fraternities at U.S.C.
One time the La Jolla elite got scared, thinking there was some new Aryan group that was infiltrating their community. They called the FBI.
Jack was then working in the Post Office when his supervisor came up and said, “Uh, Mac…the FBI is here to talk to you.” So he sat in a car with two G-Men. They asked him if he and his friends were trying to overthrow the U.S. government. He then told them they were just having a good time on their flexy-fliers, screaming down a dark drain pipe and shooting out at WindanSea.
The FBI started laughing and said something like, “It does sound like a good time.”
“The most rebellious group of people I ever met,” said legendary big wave surfer Fred Van Dyke. “They were like wild animals!”
These guys were hardly Nazi’s. They just knew how to have a good time.
Nowadays, they would be fired from their shitty jobs and pilloried on social media.
No doubt Sam and Helena would think these guys were assholes, but at least they would laugh about it…
The good old days, indeed. – ed.