Sunday, August 25, 2013
Nazis vs. Communists
I have been studying a lot of Soviet ideology stuff lately, and so I bought a book about Bolshevism by a German named Heinrich Härtle. It is a reprint from the University of California Libraries, and I bought it because it was one of the few German-language books I could find on the subject. Having no idea of the contents, I took a small risk on a very inexpensive book.
Well, after reading a fair amount of the book, I started getting a strange vibe about it. After what seemed to be a competent explanation of certain Bolshevik and Marxist beliefs followed by fairly decent criticisms, he would go on to say things like, “This is typical of Jewish intellectuals.” It seemed as if the author was a bit obsessed with race. I looked at the publication date—1944. No way! This book was written by a straight-up Nazi during WWII!
I did some research on the author and it turns out that he was one of the most important intellectual Nazi ideologues. He was member #60,398 of the Nazi Party. In 1928 he joined the Sturmabteilung (Brownshirts), and in 1942 he became a Sturmbannführer in the SA (equivalent to a Major). He played an important role in linking Nietzsche ideologically to National Socialism.
It is fascinating to witness this ideological war between the Nazis and the Communists. Both had one thing in common: They both saw people first and foremost as members of groups rather than as individuals. For the Communists, it was all about in which of the warring classes one found oneself. For the Nazis, it was all about one’s racial identity.
Härtle berates the Marxists for thinking that class identity can produce a true culture. Only racial identity can produce a true culture.
A couple of choice quotations that I have selected:
This one I think has a ring of truth to it: “Since ‘Bolschevism’ doesn’t always sound sufficiently scientific, they increasingly adopted the very learned-appearing name of ‘Dialectical Materialism.’ In the USSR, this name is supposed to play the role that the scholastic philosophy—Thomism—plays in the theology of the churches. Dialectical Materialism became the theology of Marxism, the ruling fundamental concept of research as well as teaching, of the university as well as the academy, of the institutes and the libraries.”
But then things get serious: “Marx displays the following entirely typical Jewish traits: First, the instinct toward economic activity; second, a parasitic-plagiaristic foundation; and third, the destructive and annihilating effect on non-Jewish people.”
Further: “Only the racial investigation solves the final riddles of this unholy development [Marxism]. […] Jewish is the parasitic exploitation of the intellectual achievement of others, and Jewish is the intellectual misrepresentation of original discoveries.”
“When we briefly confront, in the following, the main thesis of his [Marx’s] theory, it is not in order to refute Marx ‘scientifically,’ which presupposes to take him scientifically seriously, but rather to characterize him as a Jewish intellect.”