A Familiar Political Platform | Politician, Tar, Feathers.
All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.
Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in blood and treasure, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
We demand the nationalization of all trusts.
We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class,
We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements
We stand against those who work to the injury of the common welfare.
We will make it possible for every resident to obtain higher education
The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing healthcare.
We demand the abolition of the regular (volunteer) army and the creation of a national (draft) army.
We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the media.
We demand freedom from all religious faiths in the state
COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD
In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.
I usually observe Godwin’s law, but “When the shoe fits”, throw it.
These platform planks were lifted (with very minor alteration, such as substituting “healthcare” for “maternity care”) from the official platform of the National Socialist German Workers Party. (Nazi Party for those with recent educations)
Supporters of Communism, or of socialism in general, like to pretend that Nazism was not socialist but “right wing”.
It was common in those days, as it is in ours, to identify the Communists as leftist and the Nazis as rightists, as if they stood on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But Ludwig von Mises knew differently. They both sported the same ideological pedigree of socialism. “The German and Russian systems of socialism have in common the fact that the government has full control of the means of production. It decides what shall be produced and how. It allots to each individual a share of consumer’s goods for his consumption.”
The difference between the systems, wrote Mises, is that the German pattern “maintains private ownership of the means of production and keeps the appearance of ordinary prices, wages, and markets.” But in fact the government directs production decisions, curbs entrepreneurship and the labor market, and determines wages and interest rates by central authority. “Market exchange,” says Mises, “is only a sham.”