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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hitler And Unions

Hitler And Unions

With so many teachers protesting, you’d think someone—preferably a history teacher—would refute the fallacious comparison of Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler.

For starters, Walker isn’t trying to abolish the unions. Limit their power, maybe (if by “limit their power”, you mean require them to contribute to their own benefits and prevent them from bargaining for wages higher than inflation), but not abolish them. The “union-busting” talking point has been thrown around so many times that fact-checking website PolitiFact was obliged to debunk it, giving it a “Pants On Fire” rating (their lowest rating!).

But yes, Hitler did abolish unions in 1933—only to replace them with his own! It must be remembered that Hitler was a “national socialist”—in other words, a socialist; and as such, was anti-capitalist, thus making him pro-labor. In fact, as he wrote in Mein Kampf, he viewed unions as a necessary force:

I think that I have already answered the first question adequately. In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby.

Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.
But don’t expect moonbats to acknowledge this inconvenient truth. After all, they have a nasty tendency of ignoring historical facts that don’t align with their leftist worldview. Why else do they call Republicans “racist” when it was Democrats, especially former Klansman Robert Byrd, who supported segregation and opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which Republicans helped passed!).