Those who know me are aware that I form my own opinions on the basis of facts/data. Don't really care about "experts" and their verbose and often confused opinions.
Regarding my opinion that Hitler is socialist, Sheila (a commentator) has persisted in arguing he was not! No amount of evidence to disprove her has been sufficient. Her last communication to me in this regard, unfortunately, had no content, only personal insults. She thinks I'm persuaded by insults, but she's mistaken. Insults are neither here nor there. I ignore insults and look only for hard data/evidence – of which she had none. My trashing her last comment is not indication that I disrespect her or her ideas: merely a message that to engage with me you must provide serious PROOF.
I decided to explore this issue a bit further, by skimming through Mein Kampf.
It is very clear that Hitler is driven primarily by the "great society" theory. His state is based on a Hegelian view that raises the state above the people. I trace this back to Rousseau's "general will" which in this case Hitler would himself purport to represent (without calling it "general will"). Great Society-Great Man are two sides of the same coin.
HITLER'S THEORY OF THE STATE.
The triumphant progress of technical science in Germany and the marvellous development of German industries and commerce led us to forget that a powerful State had been the necessary pre-requisite of that success. On the contrary, certain circles went even so far as to give vent to the theory that the State owed its very existence to these phenomena; that it was, above all, an economic institution and should be constituted in accordance with economic interests. Therefore, it was held, the State was dependent on the economic structure. This condition of things was looked upon and glorified as the soundest and most normal arrangement.Now, the truth is that the State in itself has nothing whatsoever to do with any definite economic concept or a definite economic development. It does not arise from a compact made between contracting parties, within a certain delimited territory, for the purpose of serving economic ends. [Sanjeev: Hitler thus specifically rejects the classical liberal approach towards the state, and approach based on primacy of the individual. It may be noted that Hitler's approach is entirely consistent with most Western philosophy and religion, and entirely inconsistent with classical Indian philosophy, which specifically talks about a social contract and the king being a servant of the people: to be killed like a mad dog if he doesn't serve the people's interest.]The State is a community of living beings who have kindred physical and spiritual natures, organized for the purpose of assuring the conservation of their own kind and to help towards fulfilling those ends which Providence has assigned to that particular race or racial branch. [Sanjeev: These are “ends” for an entire society determined not by Providence but by an individual – Hitler – who represents the general will.]Therein, and therein alone, lie the purpose and meaning of a State.Economic activity is one of the many auxiliary means which are necessary for the attainment of those aims. But economic activity is never the origin or purpose of a State, except where a State has been originally founded on a false and unnatural basis. And this alone explains why a State as such does not necessarily need a certain delimited territory as a condition of its establishment.This condition becomes a necessary pre-requisite only among those people who would provide and assure subsistence for their kinsfolk through their own industry, which means that they are ready to carry on the struggle for existence by means of their own work. People who can sneak their way, like parasites, into the human body politic and make others work for them under various pretences can form a State without possessing any definite delimited territory. This is chiefly applicable to that parasitic nation which, particularly at the present time preys upon the honest portion of mankind; I mean the Jews.The Jewish State has never been delimited in space. It has been spread all over the world, without any frontiers whatsoever, and has always been constituted from the membership of one race exclusively. That is why the Jews have always formed a State within the State.The instinct for the preservation of one's own species is the primary cause that leads to the formation of human communities. Hence the State is a racial organism, and not an economic organization.The difference between the two is so great as to be incomprehensible to our contemporary so-called 'statesmen'. That is why they like to believe that the State may be constituted as an economic structure, whereas the truth is that it has always resulted from the exercise of those qualities which are part of the will to preserve the species and the race. But these qualities always exist and operate through the heroic virtues and have nothing to do with commercial egoism; for the conservation of the species always presupposes that the individual is ready to sacrifice himself.The sacrifice of the individual existence is necessary in order to assure the conservation of the race. Hence it is that the most essential condition for the establishment and maintenance of a State is a certain feeling of solidarity, wounded in an identity of character and race and in a resolute readiness to defend these at all costs.With people who live on their own territory this will result in a development of the heroic virtues.
"The parliamentary principle of vesting legislative power in the decision of the majority rejects the authority of the individual and puts a numerical quota of anonymous heads in its place. In doing so it contradicts the aristrocratic principle"
The best constitution and the best form of government is that which makes it quite natural for the best brains to reach a position of dominant importance and influence in the community.
In its organization the State must be established on the principle of personality, starting from the smallest cell and ascending up to the supreme government of the country.
There are no decisions made by the majority vote, but only by responsible persons.
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