Is racism the ultimate
From the way Leftists talk, one would certainly get the
impression that racism is the ultimate evil. In the 2008 Presidential campaign,
an amazing number of utterances by Obama foes were twisted out of all
recognition in an attempt to portray them as racist.
I would argue that
things like dishonesty, lack of reality contact and emotionalism are far more
detrimental to overall human welfare but, judging by their own most usual method
of argument, Leftists are quite comfortable with such phenomena.
normally justify their paranoia about racism by referring to Hitler. They say
that Hitler's treatment of the Jews shows just how evil racism is. But Jews are
not a race! It is only your religious heritage that makes you a Jew. Judging by
the number of blue-eyed Jews around, Jews are in fact quite mixed racially.
So Hitler's deeds cannot be put down to racism. They could however be
seen as an example of religious bigotry and are thus yet another example of how
destructive religious bigotry can be. And who are the main religious bigots
today? Muslims and Leftists. The furious hatred that Leftists pour out on
Christianity is quite virulent religious bigotry. So, as in other ways, it is
Leftists, not racists who are Hitler's real heirs.
Even the well-known
claim by Hitler that Germans are a Herrenvolk
can only be portrayed as
racist by mistranslation. It is commonly translated as "master race" but that is
not what it means at all. The German word for race is Rasse
and if Hitler
had meant "Master race", he would have said Herrenrasse
. But he didn't.
means "people" and is related to the English word "folk". So Hitler
was quite clearly referring to a "Master people", not a master race.
note that in the old Communist East Germany, they used Volk
a lot. East
German products used all to bear the brand "VEB", which stands for
, or "people's own enterprise". So were the Communist
East Germans racist? Were they portraying their products as coming from the East
German race? I think the answer is obvious to anybody but a Leftist
Ultimately, the Jews were simply convenient to Hitler -- a
group on whom all problems could traditionally be blamed: A scapegoat. His
treatment of them was politically useful, not an outcome of racism. He treated
many groups harshly, including clearly religious groups. One instance of that
was Jehovah's Witnesses, then known in Germany as Ernste Bibelforscher
Because they refused to be conscripted into Germany's armed forces, they too
went to the concentration camps.
I have said more about these matters on
Trying to be accurate has its
perils. I gather that some have seen what I said above as a defence of Hitler.
Nothing I said above does that. I said that Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat,
which is far and away the most common summary of his actions. By noting that his
savagery extended to all sorts of groups, I think I have in fact shown that he
was worse than a racist. The entire nation of Britain was racist in the 19th
century. They thought that to be born British was to be born superior. Yet they
did nothing remotely resembling what Hitler did. They in fact made a Jew their