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Author: Bruce Walker
Date:  February 20, 2006

Topic category:  Other/General

Fascists versus Nazis

Those embrace violence to obtain power do not hesitate to also use lies to obtain power.

In my new book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie, I note on the cover that Nazis were Bolsheviks were Fascists and that all these odious systems were cannibalistic, united only in their hatred of Jews, of Christians, of America and of Israel.  Is it a surprise that the same secular Baathists today make common cause of Islamic fundamentalists?  It should not be.  Those embrace violence to obtain power do not hesitate to also use lies to obtain power.  The love of violence, the worship of violence, is a defining characteristic of Sinisterism, whether it appears (as shown in such awful clarity) in the new book, The Unknown Mao, or it Hitler’s order to destroy the Germany he purported to love at the end of the Second World War.

The names assumed by Sinisterists have no more relevance to their true nature than the names assumed by vicious gangs in American cities.  One salient example how Sinisterists use names to hide nature is the purported identity of Fascists and Nazis or, more properly, the consideration of Nazis as simply a subset of Fascism.  In fact, these two ghastly gangs detested one another

Very early in the history of  Fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany, Anton Drexler, the founder of the National Socialist German Workers Party wrote that Mussolini was “probably a Jew” and that Fascism was a “Jewish movement.”  When Hitler was in Landsberg Prison, Nazi racial theoretician Alfred Rosenberg and Drexler, who would also later serve in the Nazi cabinet, published articles and books condemning Mussolini for his ties to wealthy Italian Jews.  They stopped only when Hitler himself ordered it.  La Vita Italiana, in return, called Rosenberg “the anti-Christ.” 

As the Nazis became a parliamentary party, the Nazis deputies said in a Reichstag speech in 1931: “We are not Fascists.  We are socialists.  While Fascism in Italy endorses and upholds the capitalistic economic system both theoretically and politically, we National Socialists are conscious socialists for whom the downfall of capitalism is both a demand of our program and a necessity of our policies.”  The Nazis also went to some lengths to make it clear in power that their economic policies were not Fascist.  Max Fraunendorfer, Director of the Party’s Office of Corporate Organization, in 1936 said that the National Socialist economic model was not the corporatist model of Fascist Italy’s Carta del Lavoro

Fascists agreed.  Atillio Tamaro in Critica Fascista said that German Nazism and Italian Fascism were not the same.  Fascist General Secretary Roberto Farinacci agreed that the Fascist and Nazi movements were the same. Christopher Hibbert notes in his biography, Mussolini - The Rise and Fall of Il Duce notes that any suggestions that there may be a resemblance between the Mussolini and Hitler was angrily and absolutely denied by Mussolini and that Nazi racial theories was absurd and idiotic.   Princeton University professor John Diggins writes in his 1972 book, Mussolini and Fascism: A View from America agreed, observing that when Hitler first hit the world stage, Mussolini was alarmed that Der Fuehrer would be seen as a disciple of the Duce and that Mussolini emphatically rejected that notion by reassuring Italian-Americans that Italy did not depend upon Germany, by telling Anne O’Hare McCormick that Nazism was not an offshoot of Fascism, and by telling American-Jewish leaders that under his regime Italian Jews enjoyed complete freedom, which succeeded to such an extent that in 1933 American Jewish publishers, as already mentioned, selected him as one of the world’s “twelve greatest Christian champions” of  Jews.  

Fascist Italy alone stopped Nazi Germany from annexing Austria in 1934, and the pro-Fascist government of Austria arrested and put in concentration camps German Nazis (or “Hitlerites” as they were sometimes called.)  In fact, the Austrian Fascists made common cause with Austrian Communists against Austrian Nazis, and German dropped propaganda leaflets urging Austrians to refuse to pay taxes, to avoid conscription and to otherwise disobey the pro-Fascist government of Austria.

Fascists had their own aggressive aims in Ethiopia.  What did Haile Selassie do?  In late 1934, he approached Hitler for armaments and the Nazis provided the Ethiopians secretly with 16,000 rifles and 600 machine guns to fight the Fascists. In the spring of 1935, a German documentary film, Abyssinia Today, was widely distributed within the Third Reich and it was enthusiastically reviewed by German newspapers.  The documentary was highly sympathetic toward Haile Selassie and presented his rule of one of enlightenment and modernization.  At the same time, newspapers in the Third Reich printed articles ridiculing the Italian Army and predicting its defeat if it invaded Ethiopia.  

By contrast, on January 11, 1935 the French threw all their influence to keep the League of Nations Council from hearing the appeal of Ethiopia and it was Britain which found every possible diplomatic reason not to send arms to the Ethiopians.   The Fascists withdrew in 1935 all Italian forces from the French frontier, which enabled France to transfer seventeen divisions to the French frontier with Nazi Germany.  Garratt in his 1940 book, What Has Happened to Europe, noted that the English and French insured that the Ethiopians received no arms at all, to the extent that  the French would not even let a revolver through Djibouti, and the British held up  rifles in Berbera destined for Ethiopian soldiers, and that this arms embargo continued after sanctions were imposed on Italy. 

Even during the Spanish Civil War, As M.W. Fodor wrote in his 1940 book, The Revolution is On!, Germans and Italians clashed in Spain:  Mussolini wanted to create a Latin union in the western Mediterranean, but that Germany had no interest in permitting such a union; the Gestapo and the Fascist secret service were rivals in Spain, and the Fascists watched nervously as the Nazis tried to overthrow Franco and the pro-Fascist Serrano Suner from power in Spain and to overthrow pro-Fascist Salazar in Portugal to replace them with Nazi  puppets.  Garratt that same year described the way Mussolini and Hitler behaved in Spain as like to rival gangsters. 

Those two noxious gangs and their thuggish leaders ultimately made common cause to the greater misery of mankind, but today – as we try to take at face value what men who lie and men who murder say – it is most critical to grasp that what murderers and liars profess means nothing.  It is the reality of their violence and their crimes which defines them as Sinisterists. 

Bruce Walker

Biography - Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990. He is a regular contributor to WebCommentary, Conservative Truth, American Daily, Enter Stage Right, Intellectual Conservative, NewsByUs and MenÕs News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.

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