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Letter: Don't put Nazis to the left of political spectrum

In a recent letter Myles Stanley tries to refute what Kristin Janeczek said about the Democratic Party. Mr. Stanley offers a confused mish mash of tired old right-wing talking points. What really caught my attention was his attempt to put the Nazi Party on the left of the political spectrum. On that, a few historical points.

1. While the Nazis were named the National Socialist German Workers Party, most German workers voted for either the Socialists or the Communists. The Nazis received much of their funding from German industrialists. The Nazis did have a left wing component, i.e the Strasser brothers and Ernst Rohm, they wiped that group out in 1934 during the "Night of the Long Knives"

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2. The first party outlawed by Hitler was the KPD, the Communists. Not long after, the SPD, the Socialists, were gone.

3. Nazi and other fascist parties are grouped on the far right in every European parliament, and always have been.

4. There are, as Mr. Stanley says, anarchists on both the right and left. Those on the right hate the government for a variety of reasons, and are just an unorganized extreme version of the Libertarians. Those on the left hate the government because they think it is owned by the corporations and the wealthy. Kind of like our current government.

If Mr. Stanley wants to opine on the subject of right and left, I suggest he read some books on the rise of Hitler, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II.

Frank Rammes

Westminster

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