Many people, mainly from the left wing conveniently ignore the socialist roots of fascism. they wrongly describe fascists as “far right”, when nothing could be further from the truth.
‘I am a Socialist,’ Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, ‘and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow’.
No one at the time would have regarded it as a controversial statement. The Nazis could hardly have been more open in their socialism, describing themselves with the same terminology as our own SWP: National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
Almost everyone in those days accepted that fascism had emerged from the revolutionary Left. Its militants marched on May Day under red flags. Its leaders stood for collectivism, state control of industry, high tariffs, workers’ councils. Around Europe, fascists were convinced that, as Hitler told an enthusiastic Mussolini in 1934, ‘capitalism has run its course’.
One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring. History is reinterpreted, and it is taken as axiomatic that fascism must have been Right-wing, the logic seemingly being that Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty and fascists were nasty. You expect this level of analysis from Twitter mobs; you shouldn’t expect it from mainstream commentators.
Hannan is referring to the case where a Tory candidate was suspended for daring to link socialism with nazism…with a re-tweet:
Rachel Frosh, who yesterday wrote for this website, has apparently been suspended from the Conservative Party’s candidates list for the next general election, following hysterical coverage of a retweet of hers which linked Nazism to Socialism.
Party sources are reported to have confirmed the suspension in response to the retweet, which mockingly encouraged socialists to embrace their “inner Nazi”.
Though perhaps bluntly made, the point is a widely held belief amongst right-thinking historians and academics, that National Socialism has its roots in Socialism, rather than on the Right.
Frosh told The Commentator that she has an excellent background in combating extremism and human rights abuses, and that Lady Thatcher herself used to link Socialism to their ‘bedfellows’ in Communism. Frosh, it has been argued, has simply juxtaposed another despotic ideology, Nazism, with Socialism.
Sources have been quick to indicate Frosh’s record over the past few years, including her 20 years in the National Health Service, extensive volunteer work and her position as a Tory candidate in Harrow West in 2010.
One high-profile Tory activist told The Commentator, “It’s almost as if Lady Thatcher would fail to get on the candidate’s list in the modern Conservative party. Since when are in the business of barring people for holding perfectly legitimate political views?”
This was her offending re-tweet: