Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 20 14:29:16 MST 2003

Perhaps I should have stayed out of this thread.
But before I mind my P's and Q's, let me clarify that I at no time (nor
would I at any future date, unless I received a head trauma, perhaps)
make the "red=brown" equation.

As a relevant aside, I recommend Michael Parenti's book
"Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism"
Blurb:  Some neglected questions about Fascism, Communism, Capitalism,
and the continuing relevance of class analysis.

I still find it interesting that some syndicalists went to the right.  I
am also aware that many members of the IWW joined the new CPs after the
1917 Revolution.  What determined one's swing one way or the other still
eludes me.  I can only presonally and privately assume that those who
were pulled to the right went right insane, or had been all along.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help there.  Suggestions would be

As for the testimonies I mentioned, they were definitely not
confessions.  They were made before the outbreak of the Second World
War.  With little effort, I do recall where I first encountered these
quotes: in the Brooklyn College History Department's Primary Source
Textbook (3rd edition I think, because they were dropped from later
editions "for reasons of space").  I am not sure at all, but they may
have been sponsored for inclusion through the capable and intelligent
agencies of Professor Renate Bridenthal, editor "When Biology Became
Destiny: Women In Weimar And Nazi Germany" and "Becoming Visible: Women
in European History."  The reason I suggested them was because they hint
at how the motivations of the early members of NSDAP were confused, yet
grounded in a social morality, however simple and shallow, that plainly
contained generous elements of socialism.  Furthermore, perhaps they
were pulled by the Socialist Workers aspect of the party's name.  It
seems, however, that the more defined their conceptualizations became,
and the more caught up in the machine of the party, in which they had
invested so much time and commitment, the more limits constricted around
those they deemed deserving of the German National state.  Histories of
the NSDAP indicate that Hitler, despite his early rhetoric, did move
into a close relationship with capitalists that was much more
accomodating than his party's platform would indicate.  Thus we may
conclude that workers who fell under the spell of the Nazi Party were
deceived and betrayed.

What utility can be derived from this history?
Many Americans have been gulled into destructive politics despite their
best intentions.

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