Was Hitler a socialist (2)?

I was always aware of the similarities between the Nazi and Socialist political propaganda but what struck me in John J. Ray’s essay was  the environmental program of the Nazis which reads like a Greenpeace manifesto. For example:

The Nazis also absorbed the German Youth Movement, the Wandervogel, which talked of our mystical relationship with the earth (…) it was for the Wandervogel that the philosopher Ludwig Klages wrote his influential essay Man and Earth in 1913. In it, Klages warned of the growing extinction of species, the destruction of forests, the genocide of aboriginal peoples, the disruption of the ecosystem and the killing of whales. People were losing their relationship with nature, he warned. (…) This essay by this notorious anti-Semite was republished in 1980 to mark the birth of the German Greens

Some thoughts by Ernst Lehmann, a leading biologist under the Nazi regime:

We recognise that separating humanity from nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind’s own destruction and to the death of nations. Only through a re-integration of humanity into the whole of nature can our people be made stronger (…) This striving toward connectedness with the totality of life, with nature itself, a nature into which we are born, this is the deepest meaning and the true essence of National Socialist thought.

And now a direct quote from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”:

When people attempt to rebel against the iron logic of nature, they come into conflict with the very same principles to which they owe their existence as human beings. Their actions against nature must lead to their own downfall.

I could not summarise the links between the Nazis and Leftist environmentalism any better than Andrew Bolt, quoted in John J. Ray’s essay:

Hitler, for one, was an avid vegetarian and green, addicted to homoepathic cures. His regime sponsored the creation of organic farming, and SS leader Heinrich Himmler even grew herbs on his own organic farm with which to treat his beloved troops. Hitler also banned medical experiments on animals, but not, as we know to our grief, on Jewish children. And he created many national parks, particularly for Germany’s “sacred” forests.

Why does this matter now? Because we must learn that people who want animals to be treated like humans really want humans to be treated like animals. We must realise a movement that stresses “natural order” and the low place of man in a fragile world, is more likely to think man is too insignificant to stand in the way of Mother Earth, or the Fatherland, or some other man-hating god. We see it already. A Greenpeace co-founder, Paul Watson, called humans the “AIDS of the earth”, and one of the three key founders of the German Greens, Herbert Gruhl, said the environmental crisis was so acute the state needed perhaps “dictatorial powers”.

One last things I am going to touch on in this post is so hilarious I just could not help myself but to reprint John J. Ray’s narrative in full:

Perhaps the most amazing parallel between Hitler and the postwar Left, however, is that for much of the 30s Hitler was actually something of a peacenik. I am putting up below a picture of a Nazi propaganda poster of the 1930s that you won’t believe unless you are aware of how readily all Leftists preach one thing and do another. It reads “”Mit Hitler gegen den Ruestungswahnsinn der Welt”.
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And what does that mean? It means “With Hitler against the armaments madness of the world”

And how about the poster below? It would be from the March 5, 1933 election when Hitler had become Chancellor but Marshall Hindenburg was still President:
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Translated, the poster reads: “The Marshall and the corporal fight alongside us for peace and equal rights“. Can you get a more Leftist slogan than that? “Peace and equal rights”?

THE END

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