Below a video we found on Youtube, discussing the public opinion on communism versus the public opinion on nazism. These opinion are shaped by education and media. “Nazi!” has a connotation, that communism has not. It is largely marketing and it works.
- In any debate where someone uses an argument which also has been used by German nationalists in World war II, an opponent can simply say “nazi!”and the whole debate is immediately colored. Any argument ever used by nazi’s, is more difficult to add to a public debate, as one runs the risk of being called “nazi!”. Below some examples.
- “The Dutch government should assure minimum levels of social benefits for Dutch people without work first, before giving extra money to developing countries” – NAZI!
- “The Netherlands is a small country with a high population density. We need to still have enough room for our own people to live” – LEBENSRAUM?!
- “I believe Jews are overrepresented in the media, while media should reflect all parts of a population equally” – NAZI!
- Presenting one (bad!!) regime “NAZI!” as pure evil, even not allowing any rational discussion on “where it went wrong”. We are basically not allowed to discuss anything about World War II, not about what exactly happened and not why things happened in that way. And we are also not allowed to discuss if there are forms of nationalism that are a (potentially) good way to run a country. The moment one would do that, immediately the label “skinhead” and “Nazi” is given. This is done by the mainstream marketing (media and education). One could call it brainwashing. Germany and Europe have been hit hard because of World War II (including the marketing or brainwash aftermaths). The German population credibility due to World War II, it might take a century to overcome it.
- Socialism still has a different connotation. People call themselves socialist the whole time and they are not thrown out of any public debate because of it. Yet communism is a totalitarian regime, perhaps worse than the German Nazi’s. How come the Western world didn’t try to “free” Eastern European countries, even though it was obvious these people were kept behind iron fences their entire life? The populations of Eastern European countries have been put in slavery for decades and the world ignored it (fairly recently!). Why? Because kind words like “socialism” were used in books and speeches? I am not sure that was the reason Western countries didn’t free them. Interesting fact is, that today, in Eastern European countries, nationalism is popular and seen as something good. They don’t think the Nazi’s were the worst regime ever.
Education and media are coloring not only the content of the debate, but also the borders within which a discussion is considered “decent and civilized”. An example? Talking about a life “that has been lived” to elderly people who are still healthy and fit? The term “voltooid leven” has been added to our vocabulary by media and politicians. A “salonfahig” discussion on when elderly should be given the option of a “pill-out”? Still, sharing thoughts on forms of nationalism is considered pure evil in media and education system. Discussing nationalism is unacceptable.
Below a video more or less defending Angela Merkel for being active member of the socialist party in former communist Eastern-Germany. She is still a powerful politician in Europe today, despite her past. This is unimaginable for someone who would have been political active in nazi-Germany? Or would it not? For sure not openly.