Defending Capitalism Against Ourselves

BY BEN IRVINE “Riverside indigenous peoples don’t conceive of their river as something which flows, but simply as a place. Flow is a concept exclusive to our capitalist preoccupation with systems, transportation and exchange”. I heard this statement uttered by a participant in a recent seminar, in which the main speaker had likewise regaled us with postmodern musings about life beside the water in South … Continue reading Defending Capitalism Against Ourselves

Was Hitler a Socialist? II

BY BEN IRVINE (Following on from PART ONE) For Hitler, racism and nationalism were equivalent: ‘To us state and race are one’, he asserted. In other words, antisemitism was the link between the ‘National’ and the ‘Socialism’ parts of National Socialism. To Hitler, racist nationalism was racist socialism, and vice versa. Alas, this proved to be a powerful electoral combination. In the early 1930s, a majority … Continue reading Was Hitler a Socialist? II

Was Hitler a Socialist?

BY BEN IRVINE ‘Communism is not Socialism. Marxism is not Socialism. The Marxists have stolen the term and confused its meaning… We chose to call ourselves the National Socialists. We are not internationalists. Our socialism is national.’                                                                   – Adolf Hitler Was Hitler a socialist? On the face of it, the answer is obvious: a resounding yes. From the start of his political career in 1919 … Continue reading Was Hitler a Socialist?