Vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion tac­tics are noth­ing new

The Saline Courier - - OPINION -

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

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