November 24, 2014

Hitler Didn’t Outlaw Unions – As a National Socialist, He Went Double-Down On Them

Posted on February 21, 2011 by in Articles

Time and time again, the collectivist left in America chooses hyperbole when championing their economy-killing objectives. Most recently, as in the case of the socialist union (yes, they were created by socialists and Marxists)  protests in Wisconsin, you see many signs being wielded by the neo-Marxist rubes stating, “Hitler banned unions”. The purpose of this urban legend-styled disinformation, of course, is a weak attempt to paint Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a Nazi, even though the Nazi’s were national socialists who subscribed to most of the tenets of modern American leftists.

What are the roots of this “Hitler banned unions” urban legend? We have to understand what was going on in Germany at the time. Any economist will tell you, prior to Hitler’s rise to power, that the Weimar Republic struggled under severe hyperinflation. The Weimar’s hyperinflation is required study for every college student wishing to become an economist. What is hyperinflation? Webster’s defines inflation as, “a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services”, and defines hyperinflation as, “inflation growing at a very high rate in a very short time”.

When Hitler came to power, he moved to correct this hyperinflation while keeping his national socialist views front and center. In 1933, the Nazis disbanded the Weimar unions and replaced them with the new and improved union, the German Labor Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF), which was comprised of 2 primary entities, the National Socialist Factory Organization and the National Socialist Trade and Industry Organization. The labor contracts that were Weimar contracts were now DAF-honored contracts. The Nazi’s funded the DAF’s coffers with the Weimar unions’ stockpile of wealth (the existing unions were part of that inflation problem). One of the new unions’ most popular programs was the Strength through Joy (Kraft durch Freude, KdF)) program, which developed the KdF-wagen, that later became the Volkswagen, or People’s Car.

The primary goal of Germany’s national socialists was to “create a classless” society. Hitler’s unions were central in this cause. In fact, Hitler gave the unions their long-awaited demand, one that the Weimar unions were never able to pull off, a National Labor Day, May 1, 1933.

“Bless now our fight for our freedom; the fight we wage for our German people and Fatherland.”  – Adolf Hitler’s speech, May Day 1933

The Nazi unions even had this nifty little logo.

And here’s Hitler’s own words from his book, Mein Kampf:

I think that I have already answered the first question adequately. In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby.

Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.

Yet another leftist urban myth busted!

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  • Anonymous

    Wrong. History says Hitler banned Unions. Here’s a link to William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” READ IT!

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      what i wrote is taken from history and is known fact. i encourage you to research what was written. history did not say “hitler banned unions”. only ignorant ppl who don’t know history say that.

      • http://twitter.com/GadsdenRattlers S.

        Just an example of Liberals twisting the truth to fit their cause. Yes, Hitler disbanded several unions, only to then create his Master Unions.

        • Wake up people

          His master union was a dictatorship – get it?

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            yes, a national socialist central planning dictatorship. hey, cuba, that little country that leftists always brag about being so “people oriented” with their national healthcare and their… what else do they have? oh, nothing. anyway, yeah, that one has government run unions too! how awesome for them!!!

          • Arbothnaught

            I don’t know any ‘leftists’ who ‘brag about’ Cuba. As to Hitler and unions, he banned all unions in 1933, and formed a labor structure (and called it a union) that took away ‘collective bargaining’ and any other rights that unions usually call for – and drastically lowered wages. Your argument is nonsense – the usual for right-wingers attempting to paint witout a brush.

          • Xopher

            Hitler had a moustache too, therefore all people with moustaches are Nazis

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            some ppl with mustaches are nazis

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            i know plenty of leftists who love cuba. hell, van jones’ (one of obama’s favorite employees), STORM takes groups of ppl there all the time to meet with cuba’s leaders, then there’s michael moore’s nonsense praising cuba’s “healthcare” system (what a joke), oh, and bill ayers – he’s one of obama’s pals – he loves cuba. and how about all those ignorant ppl who wear che guevera t-shirts/trinkets? yeah, let’s wear the face of a brutal murdering communist on our person. #fail

            i could go on and on and on. there’s plenty of examples of leftist love for cuba and its communism.

      • http://twitter.com/theendisfar The End is Far

        Brooks, your article is accurate. He did indeed double down. The problem lies in that plebeians such as Adam503 have lost the ability to think. A Union is nothing more than a Monopoly on Labor. Call it a Labor Trust, Labor Cartel, or Monopoly the practice is the same. The Few (leaders) have such powerful influence over the market (labor) that they control nearly every aspect of it.

        Plebeians are not able to think for themselves so they often have an Absolute understanding of a term that has been bastardized by their masters. For example ‘Union’ comes from the Latin term unus meaning ‘one’. One voice for the many.

        Adam503 surely won’t understand that National Socialism is in fact Fascism since the Few must have Authority over the Many in order to Centrally Plan their lives for them. The DAF is perfect for that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paganposts-Us/100001780419026 Paganposts Us

      Wiki seems to back up poster. Maybe you need to do a little more reading. BTW, took me about 20 seconds to determine who was correct.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Labour_Front

      • Dystopianfuturetoday

        In the first sentence of the article you’ve linked to, it says Hitler outlawed all unions and then created his own master union, which was firmly under the control of the state. If you consider destroying public unions and replacing them with a puppet state run union ‘doubling down’, then you are just hearing what you want to hear.

        I don’t get why the right has such a problem with the fact that Fascism is a right wing ideology. Liberals don’t seem to have any problems admitting that Communism is a left leaning ideology. Just because fascism is an ideology of the right doesn’t mean that all conservatives are fascist.

        • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

          because the nazis’ (national socialists) tenets are 75% aligned with modern leftism. it has NOTHING to do with modern conservatism. we don’t support: anti-capitalism, eugenics, collectivism, “classless societies”, unions (state or otherwise), murder/eugenics/abortion, providing a livelihood for citizens (that’s their responsibility), treating jews (we’re israel’s biggest supporters) or any other minority poorly (we, white conservative christians, fought to free the slaves), the ruthless confiscation of all war profits, demand profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises, demanding the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class.

          i could go on, but anyone with a brain could get the point. these are nazi words – some is quoted directly from their own documents. national socialism IS socialism, it’s just not modern canadian socialism.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cody/1512799805 Kevin Cody

            Any one with a brain can plainly see Hitler wrote one thing and did something completely different, that was always a problem with hitler and clarence thomas for that matter-not telling the truth..but maybe you can’t see this because it doesn’t agree with YOUR beliefs, which are obviously a bit twisted given the fact you don’t even agree fascism is and always will be considered right-wing. wow…note to self-do not EVER return to the website “thegraph.com.”

            And yes we should compare facism to neo-cons. but i could be wrong unlike conservatives who are NEVER wrong.

          • Arbothnaught

            Absolutely laughable. Anti-capitalism? I suppose you’re in favor of gas prices going up – after all, it’s FREE MARKET, right? Sell that to your voters. Comparing Eugenics to abortion rights is just flatulence – a eugenics program is pointed in a particular direction; how many abortions has Paris Hilton had? Oh, but she’s rich, so it’s ok, right? Providing liveihood for citizens – what escapes you is the notion of Commonwealth – a Conservative Christian idea invented in 17th Century Britain, where everybody works for the Common Good, so that those less well off can contribute, rather than starve. Treating Jews poorly? Why is it that White Aryan Resistance (the current form of the US Nazi Party) calls themselves ‘conservative’? Conservative Christians freed the slaves? Abolitionists were considered radical liberals in their day – I know, I come from a long line of Ohio Abolitionists. I could go on againt each one of your right-wing propaganda points, but I won’t, because you have your fingers stuck firmly in your ears while you yell. Suffice it to say that ‘Socialist’ was included in the Nazi Party name (National Socialist German Workers Party) just like ‘Workers’ – as an appeal for popularity, not any representation of political reality.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seer-Clearly/100001763720393 Seer Clearly

            Brooks, it’s not quite that simple. Hitler underlying economic/political structure was that government was controlled by himself and the leading industrial magnates in Germany, and that power was to be used to promote and perpetuate this structure. Everything else was window-dressing, including the talk of anti-capitalism, collectivism. You’re missing the point that much like today, society was consumed with political dogma, and any politician needed to cater to the dogma in order to seize control. However the underlying theme was the use of force to concentrate power in the hands of the wealthy few, using ideology to control the masses. This is *exactly* what today’s conservatives are doing.

            In case this sounds too bizarre, even former administration members are saying it:
            http://www.truth-out.org/behind-arab-revolt-a-word-we-dare-not-speak68036

    • RFN

      Wrong. History says that Adam503 is a one testicled moron. Here’s a link (not really) to RFN’s comment, “Adam503 is a one testicled moron”! History!

  • C.

    That’s a good idea… a government-run union. Then there’d be no opposition. Isn’t that what the Soviets did too?

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      kinda sounds like marx and engels doesn’t it?

      • Wake up people

        Hitler was anti Marx

        • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

          he was anti-bolshevik. not the same. many of his ideas were taken from marx and engels.

          • Tnutz

            your full of crap. Claiming to be a scholar. You’re a peabrain just making crap up.

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            i’ve never claimed to be a scholar. i’ve read about liberty and its antithetical competitors my whole life. anyone in germany at that time, who subscribed to any variant of socialist, anti-capitalist views, as did hitler, was influenced by fellow germans marx and engels. as such, your assertion would be akin to saying lincoln wasn’t influenced by washington or jefferson – completely absurd.

          • Tnutzzz

            “i’ve never claimed to be a scholar.”

            You did. You said you were an expert who studies Hitler in native German. Yet you fail to realize even the basics of how he governed.

            Hence. You are a peabrain

          • Motorcitywheeler

            I a left leaning centrist am glad to see an educated well spoke defense to a question. the proper way to address a subject with fact based responses. Unlike most far right or left for that matter fracti0n. I wish more people thought about each other than the all mighty dollar as we are losing a semblance of humanity leaning towards Hitlers ways just instead of race its finacial. we are so rapidly becoming a two tier society of rich vs the poor we are killing this country over who is right. There somehow needs to have common sense brought back to the table and stop having the flow of money go to the top or were on the same track as germany of the 40’s not to exist as a country as a whole….

          • Arbothnaught

            Ask Krupp just how ‘anti-capitalist’ Hitler was. Hitler used the appeal of his fake ‘socialism’ to get votes (he was elected, remember) – but promised all control to the industrialists, like Krupp and Theissen, to get, gosh – campaign contributions. On gaining power, he didn’t ‘socialize’ industry – he gave industry what they wanted – subsistance wages for the workers, and no taxes…as long as they made what he wanted.

            You really don’t understand history – and insisting that Hitler was anything but about power for Hitler and his cronies is entirely wrong. It wasn’t socialism, it was about Total Control for Hitler.

          • Aegis

            …and there it is. Eventually, the leftist realizes he has a failed argument and descends to ad hominem attacks.

          • Motorcitywheeler

            Agreed but calling someone leftist is also a lable. Why do we have to be left right center and just be human and work for the better of humankind?

  • RP

    It would be comical how much this post is a bastardization of history if it wasn’t for the fact that some nut would take your post to be the word of God.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      lemme guess… you’re a unionist. what was posted was taken from germany’s history. feel free to correct any errors.

  • Outletdance

    Wrong on many counts. Hitler outlawed unions and instead established a Nazi organization called “Labor Front.” It wasn’t a union in the traditional sense, since it was government controlled, eliminated regional and national wage rates, and paid workers according to a “performance principle” where a worker was paid based on output. He also banned (eventually) who could join the labor front, excluding Jews. Workers were not allowed to protest, and the rule was that the interest of the state came before the individual’s interests. Wages were set so low for most industries that most workers migrated to the war effort (munitions factories, etc) and somewhere between 1/3 and 1/4 of all the workers in other industries were foreigners who agreed to take the lower wages. The disparity between the average worker’s wage and the top wage earners became more pronounced. Yes, more jobs were created by Hitler and his so-called “union,” but at a very high price.

    I actually know someone who has told me that the wage disparity in the US in 2011 is no big deal, outsourcing for cheaper labor is fine if it earns the company a profit, minimum wage should be banned, workers should not be able to organize unions, and workers such as teachers should be paid on “performance” (as if that’s easy to define). That person had the gall to call me a Nazi. Hmmm. I’m not accusing you of that. This is one particular person I know. However, unlike so many people of different political ideologies in the USA, I don’t believe the vast majority of people on “other side” of political ideologies are out to harm this country. I don’t believe the “other side” is unpatriotic, and I don’t believe that simply because there are clear parallels between certain political bumper sticker slogans and Nazi Germany that anyone actually wants to turn the USA into Nazi Germany.

    Still, get your history right. BTW, Wikipedia isn’t a trustworthy source. Anyone can make it say anything. Hitler didn’t “ban” unions. He abolished them on May 3, 1933.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      again, the information above is taken from german historical texts. i actually read/speak german. all my information is verifiable by doing a general internet search. the germans could no longer afford to keep paying the weimar unions, so they nationalized them just like they did everything else. you know, central planning, a key component of socialism. as i stated, their goal was “a classless society”. what’s the problem with the government running the unions? leftists love the government to run everything! they routinely fight for more government control and regulation everyday. so, from my pov, a union (EXACTLY what the daf was) controlled by a strong central government should be lauded by the left, unless they’re being hypocrites, that is. bottom line, the nazis had unions. any assertion otherwise is a complete and total lie, or ignorance.

      • http://twitter.com/NplainsmenN Jeff Lindstrom

        I applaud you Brooks for going to the original source. What history is passed on to generations can, and has been twisted and manipulated for others political/social aspirations. Throw Truth to the wind if the ends are the desired result. m/

        • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

          that’s what everyone needs to do, jeff. thanks for reading and providing feedback.

      • TNutz

        Thats not what William Shirer wrote, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960),

        2. Ibid., p. 143.

        “The party had to play both sides of the tracks. It had to allow [Nazi officials] Strasser, Goebbels and the crank Feder to beguile the masses with the cry that the National Socialists were truly ‘socialists’ and against the money barons. On the other hand, money to keep the party going had to be wheedled out of those who had an ample supply of it.”

        And what did Hitler say regarding “Marxism”?

        Capitalism over Marxism.

        Alan Bullock, Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, abridged edition, (New York: HarperCollins, 1971), p. 228.
        Bullock writes of Hitler’s views on Marxism:

        “While Hitler’s attitude towards liberalism was one of contempt, towards Marxism he showed an implacable hostility… Ignoring the profound differences between Communism and Social Democracy in practice and the bitter hostility between the rival working class parties, he saw in their common ideology the embodiment of all that he detested — mass democracy and a leveling egalitarianism as opposed to the authoritarian state and the rule of an elite; equality and friendship among peoples as opposed to racial inequality and the domination of the strong; class solidarity versus national unity; internationalism versus nationalism.”

        As Hitler himself would write:

        “The German state is gravely attacked by Marxism.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, trans. by Ralph Manheim (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962), pp. 393-4.

        “In the years 1913 and 1914, I… expressed the conviction that the question of the future of the German nation was the question of destroying Marxism.” -Hitler quote, Bullock

        “In the economic sphere Communism is analogous to democracy in the political sphere.” -Hitler Quote, Bullock

        “The Marxists will march with democracy until they succeed in indirectly obtaining for their criminal aims the support of even the national intellectual world, destined by them for extinction.” -Mein Kampf

        “Marxism itself systematically plans to hand the world over to the Jews.” -Hitler Quote Bullock

        “The Jewish doctrine of Marxism rejects the aristocratic principle of Nature and replaces the eternal privilege of power and strength by the mass of numbers and their dead weight.” -Hitler Quote, Bullock

        • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

          just saying that hitler was anti-bolshevik does negate that almost all the foundational elements of the national socialists were derived from marx and engels. hitler loved tenets, but hated the jews because he saw them as the source of the world’s “evil capitalism”! i’ve read shirer’s book. he glosses over certain elements that weren’t as significant when the book was written. the fact remains that the DAF was a union. sure, it was government controlled. and, so what?! leftists and socialists love central planning.

          in their flagship publication the “nationalsozialistischen briefe” they wrote:

          “We are socialists; We are enemies, mortal enemies, of the present-day capitalist economic system…We are resolved to annihilate this system despite everything.”

          • Tnutzzz

            Hitler himself decried Marx and governed nothing like Marx outlined. I’ve supplied quotes. Reread the quote,

            “The party had to play both sides of the tracks. It had to allow [Nazi officials] Strasser, Goebbels and the crank Feder to beguile the masses with the cry that the National Socialists were truly ‘socialists’ and against the money barons. On the other hand, money to keep the party going had to be wheedled out of those who had an ample supply of it.”

            Translation: They gave lip service to the idea of socialism while they were gaining power, but immedieately stripped the collective of any power and governed nothing like a socialist

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            you should go back and read what hitler actually wrote in mein kampf. you’re citing a known leftist author. his words and opinion are obviously revisionist. he had a reason to make hitler seem not so socialist. one more time (from mein kampf):

            “I think that I have already answered the first question adequately. In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby.

            “Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.”

  • http://twitter.com/theendisfar The End is Far

    “and his so-called “union,” It is ‘so-called’ because it is a Union. The Unions here in the US also create jobs at a very high price.

    ” BTW, Wikipedia isn’t a trustworthy source. Anyone can make it say anything.”

    Love it, ‘trustworthy’? Trust is ALWAYS subjective, if you don’t have the means to verify something yourself, then you only have Faith. What a pitiful world that must be.

  • http://twitter.com/theendisfar The End is Far

    That was in reply to Outletdance.

  • Hbphillie

    I love the labor quote “Bless now…” used to support …. actually I don’t know what you’re using it for but here’s another Hitler era labor quote:

    “Arbeit Macht Frei” – posted at the entrance to Auschwitz and other “Labor Camps”.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      the point of using it was to demonstrate what hilter said on the day he gave german unions their long demanded labor day. that should’ve been obvious. you’re comparing hitler’s murder of jews to his love and support of german unions? strange. that’s like saying bill clinton wasn’t a democrat because he had an illicit affair with an intern.

      • TNutz

        http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-hitler.htm

        It’s a misnomer and myth that Hitler was a socialist. None of his actual policies were socialist. He hated communists and used it as a boogey man to fear monger people into giving up their freedoms. (Sound familiar)

        “rior to the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, worker protests had spread all across Germany in response to the Great Depression. During his drive to power, Hitler exploited this social unrest by promising workers to strengthen their labor unions and increase their standard of living. But these were empty promises; privately, he was reassuring wealthy German businessmen that he would crack down on labor once he achieved power. Historian William Shirer describes the Nazi’s dual strategy:

        “The party had to play both sides of the tracks. It had to allow [Nazi officials] Strasser, Goebbels and the crank Feder to beguile the masses with the cry that the National Socialists were truly ‘socialists’ and against the money barons. On the other hand, money to keep the party going had to be wheedled out of those who had an ample supply of it.” (2)

        Once in power, Hitler showed his true colors by promptly breaking all his promises to workers. The Nazis abolished trade unions, collective bargaining and the right to strike. An organization called the “Labor Front” replaced the old trade unions, but it was an instrument of the Nazi party and did not represent workers. According to the law that created it, “Its task is to see that every individual should be able… to perform the maximum of work.” Workers would indeed greatly boost their productivity under Nazi rule. But they also became exploited. Between 1932 and 1936, workers wages fell, from 20.4 to 19.5 cents an hour for skilled labor, and from 16.1 to 13 cents an hour for unskilled labor. (3) Yet workers did not protest. This was partly because the Nazis had restored order to the economy, but an even bigger reason was that the Nazis would have cracked down on any protest.

        There was no part of Nazism, therefore, that even remotely resembled socialism. But what about the political nature of Nazism in general? Did it belong to the left, or to the right? Let’s take a closer look:…”

        • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

          because the nazis’ (national socialists) tenets are 75% aligned with modern leftism. it has NOTHING to do with modern conservatism. we don’t support: anti-capitalism, eugenics, collectivism, “classless societies”, unions (state or otherwise), murder/eugenics/abortion, providing a livelihood for citizens (that’s their responsibility), treating jews (we’re israel’s biggest supporters) or any other minority poorly (we, white conservative christians, fought to free the slaves), the ruthless confiscation of all war profits, demand profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises, demanding the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class.

          i could go on, but anyone with a brain could get the point. these are nazi words – some is quoted directly from their own documents. national socialism IS socialism, it’s just not modern canadian socialism.

          the economy stabilized. if inflation corrects, the value of currency increases, and ppl don’t need to be paid as much. the weimar were the cause of the hyperinflation. and who were the bankers of the weimar? the jews. starting to get it yet? hitler doubled-down on the unions by restructuring them, he didn’t double down on stupid by keeping the weimar unions. the stupid was already there. read mein kampf for examples.

          • Tnutzzz

            75%? Some made-up number from your odd perceptions?

            First of all Hitler supported capitalism. Google his letters to Henry Ford. He gave corporations unbridled dominion over their workforce.

            Secondly modern liberals are not “Anti-capitalism” They don’t want the Govt making their goods. But there is a place in Govt for our commons. And there shoudl be more oversight on capitalistic entities like Wall Street whicj caused out economic collapse.

            Also you should think of your definition of “double down” destroying unions and outlawing collective barganing is not “doubling down”. The “unions” Hitler created were simply granting power to the corporate heads and making them accountable to him.

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            everything you say isn’t supported in their own words. you cite secondary or tertiary sources or makes references to secondary or tertiary sources. me? i used original sources. here’s another direct source – the nazi’s own publication the “national socialist letters”: “We are socialists; We are enemies, mortal enemies, of the present-day capitalist economic system…We are resolved to annihilate this system despite everything.”

            everything else that’s been stated by me already negates the rest of your off-base assertions..

          • Arbothnaught

            Original sources? Sure, Nazi propaganda was a masterwork of deception – so much so, you’re deceived. Nazi’s were no more ‘socialist’ than a fish can ride a bicycle. Totalitarianism isn’t socialism.

          • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

            you’re assuming that there’s only one type of socialism… which there isn’t. as has been pointed out in these comments, there are several types. national socialism is one type of socialism. the nazis were national socialists. really, you should read mein kampf for a primer before you spout off about things you obviously don’t know.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seer-Clearly/100001763720393 Seer Clearly

            That was a power grab. You didn’t answer his question except by putting him down. It makes your arguments look ridiculous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cody/1512799805 Kevin Cody

        really like this one…somehow these two are comparable…blowjobs and megalomania…nice belief system you got going there…NEVER come back to the graph…no wonder the article…good luck on the self esteem thing -really!

  • Joshua7

    Wow, while Outletdance has a point. Either side shouldn’t be comparing the other to Nazis.
    Both sides do it all the time, more so on the right. As the Grandson of a holocaust survivor, I find the whole thing disgusting.

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  • Truth101

    Mein Kampf :

    “As things stand today, the trade unions in my opinion cannot be dispensed with. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions of the nation’s economic life. Their significance lies not only in the social and political field, but even more in the general field of national politics. A people whose broad masses, through a sound trade-union movement, obtain the satisfaction of their living requirements and at the same time an education, will be tremendously strengthened in its power of resistance in the struggle for existence.

    Above all, the trade unions are necessary as foundation stones of the future economic parliament or chambers of estates.”

    Adolf Hitler

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  • Kronological

    Hitler USED the trade unions to his advantage..same as he propagandized other ‘beliefs’ to get his way. Once he determined that the unions had been sufficiently duped, he simply stepped in and co-opted their power for his own use.

    Parallel that with today where you have Socialists, Communists and other malcontents marching lock-step (or perhaps better stated…goose stepping) right alongside unionized useful idiots…and where will that eventually lead? With Democrat support and ultimately government control.

    Let’s face it. Public worker unions are simply a conflict of interest. Public employees are paid with our tax dollars. A union that fights for collective bargaining is saying they deserve more and more of our tax dollars for their gold plated retirement plans and tenured positions. This flies in the face of public fund accountability, which every public employee has a duty to uphold.

  • J Ryan

    Hitler has been labeled a right-winger by other leftists who wanted to contrast their form of leftism with his competing form. Here’s the best article on Hitler the leftist:

    http://constitutionalistnc.tripod.com/hitler-leftist/id9.html

    It’s an odd thought – a right-winger who wants the state to have total power over everything, including the economy, and for liberty to be ground under his boot. No, Hitler was a leftist.

  • Glynspsa

    You can’t be a communist and a socialist you lying moron they are diametrically opposed political beliefs

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  • Gumbi

    So the fact that Hitler substituted the ACTUAL trade unions with Nazi trade unions and those trade unions were successful at building a Volkswagen tells us that Hitler loved unions? That’s like saying Hitler loved all Germans as soon as all the German Jews were killed! You are a stupid f*cking moron.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      if that was your takeaway, then the moron might be looking at you in the mirror in the morning.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      if that was your takeaway, then the moron might be looking at you in the mirror in the morning.

  • Mjkirby

    Hyperinflation was a product of printing money during WWI. The Dawes Plan (1924) ended hyperinflation in Germany by 1928. They had depression in 1933, not hyperinflation.

    • http://brooksbayne.com brooksbayne

      you’re getting warm, but you need to go to the next blog post, or take the next semester’s class to learn that the dawes plan didn’t work. hence the need for the young plan that was tried in 1929. and we also know what happened in 1929. the wall street crash.

      try again! ;)

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  • Luther Poach

    Found this is in the May 3, 1933 Laredo Times

    GERMAN UNIONS
    DISBANDED BY
    HITLER
    BERLIN. May 3— A stunning
    blow to Socialist-organized labor was
    dealt yesterday by the surprise occupation
    by Nazi storm troopers of
    “all premises throughout Germany of
    the free trade unions, whose segregate
    membership is about 4.000,000.
    Socialist union leaders wrre arrested
    and the brown-shlrted Nazi followers
    of Chancellor Adolf Hitler announced
    that henceforth the trade
    unions wil be national, instead of
    International, in character.
    The raids on the offices were conducted
    early yesterday under orders
    of Robert Ley a Nazi member of the
    relchstag who now Is president of
    the states council.
    In a communique, Ley said “We
    have not yet drawn the whole labor
    fworld into our ranks, but we shall
    not cease our efforts until the last
    •worker recognizes that our way is
    the only right way.”

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  • Maksim
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      Thanks for the link – interesting reading!

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  • Anonymous

    lol @ //The “unions” Hitler created were simply granting power to the corporate heads and making them accountable to him.// (See Jeff Immelt – CEO of GE/NBC)

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