With the rising popularity of nationalism and white supremacy in the United States, it’s time to brush up on our knowledge of Nazi ideology. Specializing in the political analysis of authoritarian regimes, Yonatan Zunger fills in our Nazi knowledge gaps. His piece is a fascinating, sobering, chilling “must-read.”
“…After WWII, there was a campaign to argue that Nazism had no real ideology, that it was just some group of people, to delegitimize it. That had some value, but its downside was that people forgot that Nazism does have an ideology, which never went away.
Nazism conceives of the world as a struggle between races. That’s not “race” as in the 20th-century American “black/white” sense; in the Nazi vision, Jews, Slavs, Britons, and so on are all “races,” too. Nazism believes that races have certain characteristics, which are passed on through the blood, and that they are bound to some land, which it is their right and duty to rule.
There are a few other articles of Nazi belief: for example, that acting (“the will”) is better than thinking (a sign of weaker races), and that the strength of a race is most strongly exemplified through the untrammeled Will of its leaders. It is often combined with Fascism, which adds a belief in the importance of hierarchy and obedience — and if you’re thinking, “Wait, you just made an ideology around obeying people who don’t think?” you may have spotted one of the many ways in which this goes wrong…
When I refer to Nazis in the U.S., I am not using this as some kind of generic slur against people I disagree with. Nazis are people who subscribe to the ideology of Nazism, whatever organizations they do or don’t affiliate with. Nazism is an ideology fundamentally inimical to everyone who isn’t a Nazi. It is a known and proven threat to life…”
~ Yonatan Zunger
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