Donald Trump, Jr is in hot water with the press after stating that the Democrat platform is closer to early Nazi-ism than the alt-right. When reading the early Nazi platform, it’s actually not quite that simple. There’s a mixed bag. Points 6 and 7 sound a little like Trump’s immigration policy, except of course that they were predicated on pure German blood being a requirement for citizenship. Trump hasn’t gone anywhere near that, even if the alt-right has and Liberals imagine Trump has. But let’s look at the meat of the Nazi party platform.
Point 12 ended any sort of corporate profiteering from war. Point 13 demanded the nationalization of all corporations. Point 14 calls for profit sharing in large enterprises. Point 15 demands “old-age pension schemes” developed by the government. Point 16, the confiscation of large department stores to be redistributed to small tradesmen and greater consideration given to small business owners. Point 17 requires the abolition of ground rent and land speculation. So far, that sounds pretty much like the Democratic Socialist platform.
Point 20 in the Nazi platform is free education. Point 21 deals with healthcare mandates.
Point 23 calls for the banning of media that “violate the public interest” or has a “destructive effect on our national life”. Think about that as Facebook and Twitter delete or block accounts based on political content. Or how about the fact that Trump Jr was making the comments in response to Dinesh D’Souza’s latest documentary. D’Souza was pardoned by Trump this past year after the Obama administration had gone after him for violations of campaign finance laws. D’Souza was hit with a monetary fine, eight months in a “community confinement center” and “therapeutic counseling sessions” on the trumped up charges of offering to personally reimburse political donors. He plead guilty to avoid prison. Just writing that feels very 1984ish.
Point 24 of the Nazi platform demands freedom of religion so long as that religion does not endanger the existence of the State or offend decency and morality. They go on to rule out Judaism because of the “Jewish-materialistic spirit” and state that revival of the nation must be based on “public interest before private interest”.
Social Security? Free tuition? Nationalization of large corporations? Confiscation of Wal Mart in favor of small businesses? Banning media that violates the public interest? Limited freedom of religion if it is harmful to the State or decency and morality? Healthcare mandates? Outlawing housing speculation and rents? Tell me these are not the dreams of the Liberal movements in America today.
You could argue that there are those in the alt-right whose racism is comparable to the Nazi party. But when it comes to the goals and policies of the Nazi party platform, they are definitely more in line with the goals and platform of the Democratic Socialists. Ocasio-Cortez and those who see eye to eye with her want to abolish Capitalism in favor of a State controlled economy. Just like the Nazis.