Nazi Party Program Analysis (5)

We demand the nationalization of all (previous) associated industries (trusts).

Did not happen – for the abovementioned reasons. Which leads to a conclusion that this demand was nothing but a populist promise which Nazis never really intended to keep.

We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries.

In practice, it meant (a) significant increase of corporate- and wealthy individual tax rate; and (b) limits on dividends that could be paid out to shareholders. Nazis implemented both policies – with considerable economic, social and political success

We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.

Nazis did fulfil this promise by creating the then most advanced pension system in the world. In fact, pension (old age welfare) system in modern-day Germany is based to a significant extent on the system developed and implemented by the Nazis.

We demand the creation of a healthy middle class and its conservation, immediate communalization of the great warehouses and their being leased at low cost to small firms, the utmost consideration of all small firms in contracts with the State, county or municipality.

An excellent idea that Nazis actually – and quickly – implemented with considerable economic, social and political success.

We demand a land reform suitable to our needs, provision of a law for the free expropriation of land for the purposes of public utility, abolition of taxes on land and prevention of all speculation in land.

Nazis did implement a highly successful agrarian reform and thus delivered on this promise. Which earned them respect, admiration and support of German farmers.

We demand struggle without consideration against those whose activity is injurious to the general interest. Common national criminals, usurers, profiteers and so forth are to be punished with death, without consideration of confession or race.

Not with death usually (thank God), but the Nazis did deliver on this promise (a loud and clear threat, actually) by establishing the preventive detention system. Those whose activities (words and deeds) were deemed by the Nazis to be “injurious to the general interest” were arrested and thrown into concentration camps without trial.

And kept there until the appropriate Nazi authorities (usually the infamous Gestapo) decided that the individual in question is no longer a threat to the “general interest”. Which – depending on the individual – could mean days, months or even years of detention.

We demand substitution of a German common law in place of the Roman Law serving a materialistic world-order.

In practical terms, it is a loud and clear declaration of Nazi intent to do away with the legal system of the Weimar republic and to replace it with a very different (Nazi) legal system. Which they very successfully did.

The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education and subsequently introduction into leading positions. The plans of instruction of all educational institutions are to conform with the experiences of practical life. The comprehension of the concept of the state must be striven for by the school as early as the beginning of understanding. We demand the education at the expense of the state of outstanding intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession.

This is an unambiguous promise to radically reform the system of secondary and higher education (which was fulfilled by the Nazis). Their desire to make education as practical as possible (e.g. provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to create the maximum amount of aggregate value as soon as possible) makes complete sense and is highly laudable.

As is their demand to support “intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession” and to give every qualified German an opportunity to obtain higher education (which created a powerful social lift that simply did not exist in Weimar Republic).

However, the “comprehension of the concept of the state” was, alas, but an euphemism for brainwashing (i.e. ruthless indoctrination of the students in Nazi ideology).

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