Violence and intimidation tactics are nothing new
The Communist Party of Germany or German Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) was a major political party from 1918 until the rise of Hitler and the National Socialist Party or Nazi Party in 1933.
A little history is in order to show history is repeating itself — not in Germany but in the United States.
The KPD was initially part of a front operation by the Soviet Union to bring about communism in Germany. Germany would then have become a satellite country under the control of the Soviet Union.
The Soviets worked on the idea that following Russia’s revolution in 1917, communism would spread around the world – with Russia in control of the world -- and that Germany, still in chaos after losing World War I, would be the next nation to convert to communism.
At the time, Germany had the secondlargest communist party in the world.
In 1921, the Soviet Union’s Communist International Convention in Moscow worked on ways to trick other countries into adopting communism. One of these ideas was to adopt the slogan that the workers who were represented by the communist system should present a “united front” to bring about communism.
The KPD was able to bring a few other smaller political groups into itself using this “united front” idea.
To gain more support, the KPD labeled all rival political parties in Germany as “fascist.” However, the truth was that any political party that did not want to go to communism and wanted to stay with capitalism met the KPD’S version of fascist.
For the KPD, calling the opposition fascist was just political rhetoric intended to support the communist violent and aggressive measures taken against its opposition.
The KPD and the Nazis had many physically violent fights that resulted in many deaths and serious injuries.
Such street fights were common in Germany during the Great Depression — which was a world-wide economic disaster and not just an American problem involving Wall Street.
Both German political parties had many members who were angry that they could not find a job or earn enough money to feed their families. Many German citizens saw those clashes as a way people were working off these frustrations.
This was just a cover for using violence and intimidation to gain political control of Germany.
It is important to remember that the communist and fascist systems are based in collectivism and state-planned economies. Both governing systems include the lives of individuals being heavily controlled by an all-powerful national government. Individual freedom is not allowed by either. The phrase “the pot calling the kettle black” comes to mind when communists call others fascists for political gain.
Both communism and fascism eventfully need genocide for leaders to remain in power.
The vicious struggle between communism and the Nazis ended in the Nazis taking control in Germany. The result was six million Jews murdered and millions killed trying to free Europe from Hitler’s control.
In the Soviet Union, that communist dictatorship killed an estimated 20 million people. That is second only to Red China where the communist government murdered an estimated 65 million people to stay in power.
A comparison between the KPD and the current day group called Antifa, a theoretically anti fascism group, shows there are many similarities in their violent methods.
In Oregon recently the local Antifa group attacked and injured several conservative demonstrators who were peacefully demonstrating. It looked just like one of the old German street fights.
At least one journalist — a fellow by the name of Andy Ngo, who works for the website Quillette and writes regularly about Antifa — was severely injured.
Antifa has tweeted out a link to a list of names and photos of nearly 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Antifa supports open borders in the United Sates want wants ICE abolished.
It is important to remember that when Antifa uses violence and intimidation that these tactics are not new. The KPD used them to destabilize Germany.
History has shown that when capitalism, freedom and democracy are overthrown, it always results in a dictatorship.
The most important thing a dictator wants is to stay in power. As time passes, there are always too many people wanting two few resources. This leads to something call democide — death by government for any citizen who disagrees – or the dictator thinks disagrees -- with the government.
JIM HARRIS conservative corner