Nazi Party Program Analysis (3)

The right to determine matters concerning administration and law belongs only to the citizen. Therefore, we demand that every public office, of any sort whatsoever, whether in the Reich, the county or municipality, be filled only by citizens. We combat the corrupting parliamentary economy, office-holding only according to party inclinations without consideration of character or abilities.

It is no secret that Nazis (and all German nationalists hated Weimar Republic). And not just the Nazis – hatred (or at least disgust) for the Republic was so widespread in 1920s and early 1930s Germany that it was aptly labeled “Republic without republicans”.

Consequently, it is no surprise that the Nazi party program contained a very thinly veiled commitment to do away with the parliamentary system and replace it with a one-party rule under which all officials will be appointed (by their superiors, naturally) according to the assessment (made by the superiors in question) of their character and abilities.

And that’s exactly what Nazis did when the Enabling Act passed by the Reichstag in March of 1933 (a month after the infamous Reichstag fire) gave them the power to kill the Weimar Republic and replace it with the Führerstaat based on the “Führer’s Principle”.

We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.

The first clause was redundant as the fundamental objective of every democratic state (and even of some authoritarian and totalitarian states) is to provide its citizens with the highest possible quality of life.

The second clause was outright criminal as it was essentially a call for ethnic cleansing. It allowed the (Nazi) government to deport all foreigners (i.e., Jews – let’s be honest) when it deems it necessary.

Which began to happen right after the Nazis got the absolute power (i.e. after the Enabling Act was passed by the German parliament) and immediately began to vigorously pursue the policy of “involuntary emigration” of Jews. And ultimately led to the Holocaust – after the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.

 

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