Posted on March 4, by Scott Alexander I admitted in my last post on Reaction that I devoted insufficient space to the question of why society does seem to be drifting gradually leftward. But this is not true. Communism is very leftist, but society eventually decided not to go that way.
So what is leftism?
For that matter, what is rightism? Any theory of these two ideas would have to explain at least the following data points: For example, why do people who want laissez-faire free trade empirically also prefer a strong military and oppose gay marriage?
Why do people who want to help the environment also support feminism and dislike school vouchers? I have a hypothesis that explains most of this, but first let me go through some proposed alternatives. The Reactionaries have at least two theories.
Moldbug suggests that rightism is common sense, and leftism is Christianity minus the religious trappings and rightism is rational thought. Another of his posts suggests that leftism is naked power-grabbing and rightism is virtuous pro-social behavior.
But the first of these fails to explain point 1; how come most traditionally Christian ideas end up on the right side of the aisle? It fails to explain 2 — how come we can call Sparta rightist even in the pre-Christian age?
It might explain 3. But it definitely fails point 4; even if it were true, why would this weird neo-Christian sect suddenly take off just as all other Christian sects are hemorrhaging believers? As for the second, it explains point 4 and point 4 only, and seems, well, maybe a little completely obviously self-serving?
The Libertarians say that leftism supports government intervention on economic but not social issues, and rightism supports government intervention on social but not economic issues. Leftists support government intervention in society in the form of gun control, hate speech laws, funding for the arts, and sex ed in schools.
Meanwhile, conservatives lead things like the home schooling and school choice movements, which seem to be about less government regulation of society. Having gotten Point 1 not quite right, this theory then goes on to completely ignore points 2, 3, and 4.
The former are more willing to accept risk, while the latter tends to have more intense physical reactions to threatening stimuli. Leftists have an intense physical reaction to the threatening situation of global warming.
Last night at a dinner party we discussed Dungeons and Dragons orientations. One guest declared that he thought Lawful Good was a contradiction in terms, very nearly at the same moment as a second guest declared that he thought Chaotic Good was a contradiction in terms.
I think the first guest was expressing a basically leftist world view. It is a fact of nature that society will always be orderly, the economy always expanding.As I will presently mention in regard to KdF’s goal of building the Nazi Volksgemeinschaft, joy would help create that “racial community,” but Volksgemeinschaft would also create joy.
Likewise, KdF sought to use joy to create strength, but in fact strength also brought joy, and the organization seemed genuinely to desire both for the. By Hitler had effected himself as the leader of Germany and the national socialist party.
The implementation of Hitlers contemporary policies can be assessed to have change Germany socially and culturally. The redress of Volksgemeinschaft is a comp unmatchednt focused on a peoples colligation based on the traditional set of the German.
Jul 17, · Hitler in Stalin in A number of authors have carried out comparisons of Nazism and Stalinism, in which they have considered the issues of whether the two ideologies were similar or different, how these conclusions affect understanding of 20th century history, what relationship existed between the two regimes, and why both of them came to prominence at the same time.
Hitler had a vision- he wanted to use his power to create Volksgemeinschaft, what he called the ‘all pure’ German nation. Hitler interpreted the social revolution as an uncontaminated ‘Aryan’ nation working together for the benefit of the German people and ultimately achieving total national economic self-sufficiency; otherwise known as autarky.
One of their earliest concepts was Volksgemeinschaft, which declared every German to be equal to one another but superior to non-Germans. This was ingenious, mirroring as it did the Bolshevik promise of a classless society, and setting the German people against the rest of the World.
To what extent, and by what means, did Hitler create a totalitarian regime? After consolidating his power, Hitler sought to make Germany a nation a totalitarian state in which the one-party Nazi structure had absolute .