Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Indie Film The Iron Sky - Not From Hollywood

The sci-fi movie Hollywood would not dare to make - Features - Films - The Independent: The sci-fi movie Hollywood would not dare to make. A spoof film about Nazis living on the Moon has become an unlikely hit, says Kaleem Aftab.

This Finnish sci-fi film about Nazis who have been living on the dark side of the moon since the end of the Second World War turned out to be the unlikely hot ticket of this year's Berlin Film Festival.

You may want view The Iron Sky when it surfaces here in the U.S. for a good laugh. However, 
Cine Vue calls it, "a one note joke extended over 97 unimpressive, disappointing and incredibly tedious minutes."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nazism—Still Alive In The USA

The NAZI movement is not dead in the United States. Founded in 1974, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), is now a fast growing organization. Prior to World War II this movement was known as the German-American Bund, an outgrowth of German organizations reaching back into the 1920s. Bund membership nationwide was between 50 and 60 thousand, with three times that many auxiliary members. The Bund security force (OD—Ordnungsdienst—order division) consisted of between 5 and 6 thousand men nationwide. Chicago also had a unit of American SS.

ANP Seal - from the website

The Nazi movement went underground until the formation of the American Nazi Party (ANP) in the U.S. Organized by American naval veteran George Lincoln Rockwell in 1958, the ANP still exists, Rockwell was assassinated on August 25, 1967. The ANP states its purposes in this manner:
Although National Socialism encompasses many various issues of concern to Aryan Americans, including a healthy environment, children's welfare, and freedom of belief without fear of System persecution...the two main tenets of National Socialism embodies the Struggle for Aryan Racial survival, and Social Justice for White Working Class people throughout our land. 
As Aryan Revolutionaries, we recognize the fact that behaving in the manner of past activities, little progress has been achieved for our Cause. That is why we have taken a new direction. In the American Nazi Party, you will find no uniforms or ranks, we do not engage in publicly exposing our Comrades to undo publicity through pointless and dangerous Rallies or Marches. We instead stress Small Cell, and Individual Activism as the path for which to build our Movement, as securely and in a responsible manner as possible.
From the NSM Website

The NSM, however, continues to speak and publish openly, to rally and protest to promote its agenda. 

The NSM's core beliefs include: 
  • defending the rights of white people everywhere 
  • preservation of our European culture and heritage 
  • strengthening family values 
  • economic self-sufficiency 
  • reform of illegal immigration policies 
  • immediate withdrawal of our national military from an illegal Middle Eastern occupation 
  • promotion of white separation 
Membership is open to non-Semitic heterosexuals of European descent.

The National Socialist Movement was founded in 1974 by Robert Brannen, former member of the American Nazi Party before its decline. The NSM is currently led by Jeff Schoep

The Southern Poverty Law Center says this about the NSM:
An organization that specializes in theatrical and provocative protests, the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States. The group is notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups. Until 2007, NSM members protested in full Nazi uniforms, now traded in for black “Battle Dress Uniforms”. . .
Starting in 2004, the NSM began to overshadow all other American neo-Nazi groups, including two, White Revolution and National Vanguard, that emerged from the ashes of the National Alliance. The NSM made its presence felt through frequent theatrical street actions undertaken in Nazi garb. Unlike other neo-Nazi outfits, the NSM adopted an open-arms recruiting policy that allowed members of other white supremacist groups to participate in NSM actions and join the NSM.

Schoep was only 21 years old when he took control of the group in 1994, and his relatively young age has helped him attract a younger generation of neo-Nazis. In fact, under Schoep’s leadership, the NSM set up a unit specifically focused on recruiting teens that it called its Viking Youth Corps. It also launched a Women’s Division and a Skinhead Division. It bolstered its online presence with a revamped website featuring the group’s newsletter, downloadable leaflets for printing and distribution, and field reports from NSM chapters around the country. The group created its own hate rock music label, NSM88 Records, and in April 2007 purchased the now-popular white supremacist social networking site New Saxon.

Christians who base their faith upon the Christ revealed in Holy Scriptures, rejoice in a Savior who had these words nailed upon His cross: "The King of the Jews" (Luke 23:38; John 19:19).

They also rejoice to proclaim: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." - Jhn 3:14-17 ESV

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Power of Nazi Propaganda

An online exhibition: Propaganda by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. explores the Nazis' sophisticated propaganda campaigns and their legacy. Visit the museum's special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. Both demonstrate how the Nazis used advertising, carefully crafted messages, design, radio, TV and film to sway millions with their vision of a new Germany. 

A heavily illustrated large format book on the history of Nazi propaganda is for sale online: State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. It features never-before-published posters, rare photographs, and historical artifacts from the Museum's exhibition. 

What is propaganda? "Propaganda, simply put, is the manipulation of public opinion. It is generally carried out through media that is capable of reaching a large amount of people and effectively persuading them for or against a cause. The exact meaning of propaganda is constantly debated, however, and no specific definition is completely true."

The millions of us on the internet or watching television are constantly bombarded by propaganda. Buy this car, go on this vacation, vote for this candidate. Its coming at us constantly. The purpose, obviously, is to influence our decisions in the direction chosen by the propagandists. That's why it is so important to see behind the message to understand what is really going on.

A You Tube podcast, What is Propaganda, takes a look at three of the most common techniques used by advertising in the media. It offers examples from popular culture to help explain the tactics.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum shares the following view of Nazi propaganda:
After World War I, propaganda became a subject of considerable debate and study throughout the western world, but particularly in the United States and Germany. The term came to be perceived in a negative light and identified in many circles with lies, manipu-lation, and falsehood. Some American opinion leaders feared that unregulated propaganda would destroy the foundations of democracy by creating a nation of obedient slaves marching in lockstep to the government’s orders. Others believed that the democratic marketplace of ideas would counter any potential threats from propaganda. Still others believed that propaganda, when employed for the public good, could create a more educated, healthier, and progressive citizenry. 
In Germany, like the United States, propaganda became the subject of serious discussion and intellectual study. It was commonly held that Germany had lost World War I, not on the battlefield, but because Allied propaganda had sapped the fighting spirit of German troops and weakened morale at home by encouraging demands for peace. In contrast, Imperial Germany’s propaganda efforts were widely criticized for failing to explain why the nation needed to continue to wage war and painted non-threatening images of the enemy. Some politicians and scholars of propaganda urged Germans to learn from the victors. Among these was Adolf Hitler, a former German soldier and leader of an obscure right-wing extremist party in Bavaria. "Propaganda," he wrote five years after the war, "is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." 
Nazi propagandists drew upon the successful techniques and strategies used by the Allies, Socialists, Communists, and Italian Fascists to advance their political campaigns, win public support, and to wage war. Once in power, the Nazis eliminated the "marketplace of ideas" through terror and media manipulation and mobilized propaganda as a weapon to unite the German people around a "leader" and to facilitate aggression, mass murder, and genocide.
It is critical that we learn these lessons today when similar techniques continue to be used. We dare not allow propaganda messages to turn us into thoughtless cyborgs. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Definitions Matter

Review various articles about what is the left and what is the right in politics and in religion and you quickly discover that definitions matter. As is so often said, "The devil is in the details." One example can quickly be found in the history of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany prior to the rise of National Socialism (Nazis). Wikipedia offers an adequate summary. Both parties claimed to be social, but came to radically different conclusions.

History of the Social Democratic Party of Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Era of national socialism / SoPaDe (1933–1945)
Being the only party in the Reichstag to have voted against the Enabling Act (with the Communist Party of Germany prevented from voting), the SPD was banned in the summer of 1933 by the new Nazi government. Many of its members were jailed or sent to Nazi concentration camps. An exile organization, known as SoPaDe, was established, initially in Prague. Others left the areas where they had been politically active and moved to other towns where they were not known.
Between 1936 and 1939 some SPD members fought in Spain for the Republic against Franco and the German Condor Legion
After the annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938 the exile party resettled in Paris and after the defeat of France in 1940 in London. Only a few days after the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the exiled SPD in Paris declared its support for the Allies and for the military removal from power of the Nazi government.
The terms 'right' and 'left' are still bantered around in the U.S., currently under the guise of Republican (read 'right') and Democratic (read 'left') by some definitions. See typical answers to the question, Is Democratic Party left or right wing? Communication and cooperation depend heavily on agreement. How can I tell that you and I are really talking about the same thing? We have to talk about what we mean by the words we use. As always, the demons that divide and destroy us hide in the details.

The same holds true as well in any discussion of religion.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lebensraum and Radical Environmentalism

Green Lebensraum: The Nazi Roots of Sustainable Development:
Much of the European Union's green sustainable development plans are largely based on government controlled land use planning theories rooted in the lebensraum tradition. Literally, lebensraum means "living space." Lebensraum was originally developed by German geographer Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904) and then greatly expanded under the banner of National Socialism (1933-1945). 
Ratzel is the father of modern political geography which is commonly called geopolitics. He believed history was largely a natural evolutionary development of peoples looking for geographical living space. Ratzel also held that expanding borders reflected the biological health of a nation. The National Socialists adopted Ratzel's mixing of evolutionary theory, biology, and geopolitics in their own version of lebensraum. . .

Lebensraum is not dead. Ratzel's geopolitics is still in vogue today under the guise of the EU's sustainable development plans. While the Nazi past has been completely ignored and willfully forgotten in the development of the EU's environmental sustainability policies, the geopolitical epicenter of the green movement has been and continues to be: Germany.
All this sounds great. Back to the land! is the cry. But what happens when one nation declares its right to land that belongs to another? Read WW II.

And what happens when radical environmentalism gains strength, as it has in the United States? Read Greenpeace, ALF, ELF, etc. 
Violent animal rights extremists and eco-terrorists now pose one of the most serious terrorism threats to the nation, top federal law enforcement officials say. 
Senior officials from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives told a Senate panel Wednesday of their growing concern over these groups. Of particular concern are the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kill The Jews!

What's different from the Nazi agenda? Iran may soon have nuclear capability. The Nazis never got there. The justification—or better the rationalization—is also different. 

Yet even in the days of Germany's Nazi regime there was a link with radical Islam. See my earlier blog: Nazis and Al Qaeda and read the  David G. DalinJohn F. Rothmann  book:  

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Courts 'cannot sue' in Nazi cases

Courts 'cannot sue' in Nazi cases - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 03, 2012:
The United Nations' highest court ruled today that Italy's courts were wrong to allow victims of Nazi war crimes to claim compensation against Germany because it has legal immunity from being sued. 
The ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is expected to end a wave of claims for damages stemming from a Nazi massacre in Italy during the second World War and will also prevent other countries such as Greece from using Italy's courts to pursue a flood of similar compensation claims.
Amnesty International writes:
The ICJ ruling breaches the human rights of foreign victims of Nazi war crimes by giving Germany legal immunity from being sued for reparations.

Amnesty International describes itself as
. . . a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. 
Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Extreme Theology: Fascism Reborn

Since the defeat of Hitler and the Axis powers, scholars have been looking for an answer—an answer to a vexing and perplexing question, “How does a society comprised of reasonably well educated citizens, modern technology and an affluent culture turn into a collective pack of murderous thugs devoid of a moral compass or conscience?”

The author concludes:
Today, Fascism has a new name. Even though the name has changed, the exact same irrational philosophies that helped give rise to the 20th Century totalitarian Fascist regimes of Italy, Spain and Germany are alive and well today. The new name that Fascism has taken for itself is Postmodernity.[10]