It's worth looking at a recent post by birther/deather Alan Keyes.
He uses Jonah-Goldberg-like babble to conclude Dems are worse than Nazis, then ends up channeling Hitler.
Like Goldberg, he accuses Democrats of the same things Hitler said about the Jews.
"Liberal fascism" has to start with pseudointellectual gibberish:
we tend to forget that the core of the Nazi ideology involved the concept of the volk, which derived its existential meaning from the occult and mystic qualities of the blood.
Really? I thought volk meant "people" as in "Peoples' Car" (the Volkswagon). Herbie the Lovebug is an occult blood car?
Actually, the core of Nazi ideology is rabid fear of foreigners and the creation of a volkish (populist) movement through pervasive media propaganda about the mongrel races and liberals killing whites. The volk was a population trained to only accept information in the form of inflammatory propaganda. This isn't existentialism Alan, this is marketing to dummies, and it should already sound familiar. The modern Volk is Fox News viewers.
Alan makes the point that where Nazi believed in pure will, blood purity, and nationalism, the modern liberal believes in "scientific materialism." According to Keyes, even though they have nothing in common, but Nazis and liberals are terrifyingly similar.
This is typical breathless wingnut doublespeak. Jon Stewart exposes this sort of pro forma conservative rhetoric on the Daily Show, when conservatives loudly contradict themselves in the same breath or claim that they never said something they said 2 minutes before. It's sort of like they have a sign out fron that says "You must be this stupid to ride this ride."
But then Keyes goes on to say that it's because of liberals respect for science that they are worse than the Nazis. According to Keyes, liberals are dangerous because they use logic. The Nazis merely made intensely emotional appeals bases on ethnic hatred. So you see, even if conservatives get busted using Nazi talking points that just proves they are still better than liberals.
But wingnuts still like pseudointellectual gibberish, and Keyes tackles the subject of "scientific materialism." The rift between Materialisn and Spiritualism is an ancient one. Aristotle was solidly in the Spiritualist camp with his concept of "essences" and what we would call "Intelligent Design," and European reverence for Aristotle helped make the Dark Ages what they were. Spiritualist explanations of the universe span the Christianity, pagan, and animist traditions, not to mention the Nazis.
The rift between "Scientific materialism" was a big controversy for 19th century German philosophers, and Hitler sided with the "spiritualists." The "spiritual" would include all religion for good or bad, as well as Hitler's propaganda that he said over and over must appeal "to the heart" and the emotions, but never to the "intellectuals" that Hitler ridiculed.
Even though Hitler considered the "eggheads" to be his mortal enemies, so does Alan Keyes. Keyes claims that liberals are a much greater evil than Nazis.
we are discarding the moral principles that allow us to recognize and acknowledge the evil that we do, evils will be done in the twenty-first century that make the holocausts of the twentieth look like a dress rehearsal.
Gee Alan, it sure sounds like you're making the case that a vibrant American Nazi Party would be valuable ally in the war against the terror of Liberalism.
And strangely enough, Hitler and Alan Keyes draw similar conclusions. Like all "Liberal Fascism" buffs, Keyes go on to accuse liberals of the same sins that Hitler attributed to liberals and Jews.
As Alan Keyes says:
Leftists of the Obama faction, and the big business interests working with them appear to believe that scientific materialism is an acceptable basis for dealing with human affairs.
Compare this to the platform of the Nazi Party.
- We demand that Roman law, which serves a materialist ordering of the world, be replaced by German common law.....
- We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race. The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without
And then Alan goes off on another toot:
The contemporary national socialists (he means liberals) deny the boundaries on human action implied by the subjective perception of meaning we derive from our experience of willing.
Sounds like he's talking about Tim McVeigh or something, you know a guy who denied the "boundaries on human action" based on his "subjective perception of meaning." And for that matter, Hitler was pretty big on breaking boundaries and following his own subjective ideas. In fact people wrote books about how the Nazi lived in a subjective reality, like George L. Mosse's In Masses and Man: Nationalist and Fascist Perceptions of Reality. So again, Alan is saying that modern wingnuts are better than modern liberals because wingnuts are closer to Nazis.
So it's not really clear why Alan says that modern conservatives having a "subjective realtiy" is a good thing, although it does leave them free to insist that Obama is a Kenyan mulatto conspiring to kill white people, which is what Keyes believes. To paraphrase Alan "I got your subjective reality right here, be-actch!"
And of course, Keyes can't wrap this up without a shoutout to Jehovah, apparently looking for something that will distinguish him from Nazis, because so far the parallels are pretty disturbing.
(Conservatives) respect for God's will distinguishes them decisively from both the 'right wing' national socialists of old, and those of the left with whom we now contend (Keyes)
Really Alan, your respect of God's will is what sets you apart from Nazis and liberals? Because Hitler declared that he was an instrument God's will all the time.
Everybody who has the right kind of feeling for his country is solemnly bound, each within his own denomination, to see to it that he is not constantly talking about the Will of God merely from the lips but that in actual fact he fulfils the Will of God and does not allow God's handiwork to be debased. For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God's Creation and God's Will. (Hitler, Mien Kampf)
Man! I have to add citations to not mix up my keyes and Hitler quotes!
Hell, even John Haggee claims Hitler was doing God's will.
OK, Alan, play us off now, and don't screw it up.....
I believe it is imperative for true Americans to join together now to preserve the work that reflects their wisdom, uniting for God, for Liberty and the Constitution in order to preserve both conscience and humanity.
Actually, Alan, that is a very volkish appeal to "true Americans" to preserve their culture that is strikingly like Hilter's appeals to "real Germans."
We are all proud that through God's powerful aid we have become once more true Germans.
-Adolf Hitler, in a speech in March 1933