RE: Drudge pushes photo shopped picture on his web site as real
I think you are really doing mental handstands to find a corelatiion between the Left and and Nazi philosophy. As any one who has read Mein Kampf and the various writings of Goebbels can tell you, the central concept of Nazism is Struggle, or Kampf, with a capital K, hence the point of the title of Hitler's book. A strong willed Leader is necessary to win the National Struggle. The Leader defines the Struggle, in Hitler's case, it was against Jewish Bolshevism, and then the Leader defines all the other Struggles, called "Fronts", that are sub-sets to the National Struggle. The Leader directs society (that is in fact the "socialism" in National Socialism, it has nothing to do with Marxist or Fabian socialism) as to what it must do to win this struggle. If the Leader decides national healthcare is necessary to produce good soldiers, the nation will have it - if he decides private industry should provide it, they will have that instead. In either case, the Leader is free to choose either a public or private solution to any problem, and define it as that economic sector's "Struggle".
The medical establishment's Struggle was to mass produce genetically superior Germans - women who could produce a dozen children, and men who would be the world's greatest warriors - there was nothing in it for them, unlike classical socialism where the aim is to help individuals and improve living standards of the lower classes. Nazism has no use for even the concept of an "individual" - the purpose of a Nazi state is to become a machine that wins these struggles, no matter what they are, for the purpose of the survival and dominance not for individuals, but for the "Volk", or society.
Corporations divide the Furher job up - the CEOs of corporations in a Nazi state are miniature little Hitlers within their market sector. They are charged with a Struggle and must deliver, and, like the Fuhrer, free to use any means necessary, slave labor, murder of strikers, etc to achieve those ends. If they make a profit in the process, they must share it with the State. The State owns the slaves, so the state receives their wages, and there are taxes as well. This is managed by the elite of the society, bred agents of the State, known under various names like the SS, the Black Shirts, or Tom Delay's Committee for a Republican Majority for example. They are the bagmen for the regime. They convert business profits into resources for The Party in the case of slave wages, and for The State in the form of taxes.
We seem to have this mindset that in order for a person to be able to call something Nazism, we must have mounds of dead Jews. In actuality, Nazism is like all ideologies, a set of concepts. "The War on Terror" is nothing more than an implementation of Hitler's idea of an endless national struggle, for which we must all worship our Leader as he wages it. The credo "Everything's different after 9-11!" Is the rally cry of the organization of fronts, which our Leader has selected for us in Iraq and elsewhere. Like Good Germans, a concept that has been defined for us by The State, we must wave our little symbols, plaster them everywhere and cheer whenever the Leader speaks.
Like Hitler, Bush melds together two boogie men into one - Jews and Communists, and Baathism and Al-Queda, that are not really directly related, but creates the propaganda frame in which he needs to operate in order to destroy the one he really hates, in the case of Bush, Iraq; and Hitler, Jews, even if it means subverting the other half of the struggle.
Then of course there is the Propaganda Ministry. It's purpose is to control society's thinking. It has the job of constantly demanding patriotism and sacrifice, and constantly reminding society of the threats it faces. It does not editorialize opinion, instead it serves up a blend of lies with fact, and the outcome is always the same - whatever the Leader or The Party does is right, and anyone who challenges him is a traitor, mentally ill, or just plain stupid, in any case, they are dangerous and not to be trusted.
All of these concepts, and more have been put into play in our society. Since the old fascism is so well known, it has to be different -as Hitler says it doesn't all have to be "government", it can be any combination of corporate power and government power that the Leader says it should be. It has to be delivered in the 21st Century context - with pizzaz - Limbaugh with his Pretender's theme song, Fox with their garish graphics. It can't be imposed, it has to be marketed. It can't take all the freedoms away, it has to chip at them piecemeal, in the name of the Struggle. Ask yourself a simple question - why wasn't the "War on Terror" framed as a policing problem, which it essentially is ? Whay was it necessary to create an endless "war" instead?
None of these concepts are new to the Bush family. Prescott Bush, George's Granddad, was deeply, deeply involved with the Nazis. He ran banks that supplied financing to them, and he and other family members expressed admiration for Nazi ideals. Nazism has always appealed to the very rich - it orders society the way their corporations are ordered - the modern American corporation is a mini-fascist state in its own right.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address