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Leading Conservative Magazine Calls Bernie Sanders A Nazi

Alex Constantine - July 21, 2015

... Earlier this month, the conservative National Review’s Kevin Williamson drove a steamroller over [Gpdwin's Law]. Williamson’s article, “Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism,” which was published two weeks ago but became available on the conservative magazine’s website on Monday, is not a model of clarity. It bounces between criticism of Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ trade policies and quotes from some of Sanders’ least thoughtful supporters. Yet, as the title of the article suggests, Williamson does come to a bold conclusion — Bernie Sanders is a literal Nazi who is leading a literal Nazi movement in the United States.

Williamson lays this thesis out in one paragraph:

In the Bernieverse, there’s a whole lot of nationalism mixed up in the socialism. He is, in fact, leading a national-socialist movement, which is a queasy and uncomfortable thing to write about a man who is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and whose family was murdered in the Holocaust. But there is no other way to characterize his views and his politics. The incessant reliance on xenophobic (and largely untrue) tropes holding that the current economic woes of the United States are the result of scheming foreigners, especially the wicked Chinese, “stealing our jobs” and victimizing his class allies is nothing more than an updated version of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s “yellow peril” rhetoric, and though the kaiser had a more poetical imagination — he said he had a vision of the Buddha riding a dragon across Europe, laying waste to all — Bernie’s take is substantially similar. He describes the normalization of trade relations with China as “catastrophic” — Sanders and Jesse Helms both voted against the Clinton-backed China-trade legislation — and heaps scorn on every other trade-liberalization pact. That economic interactions with foreigners are inherently hurtful and exploitative is central to his view of how the world works.

There are a number of oddities that can be noted in this paragraph. Kaiser Wilhelm II, for example,abdicated the throne in 1918 — one year before Adolf Hitler joined the Nazi Party and seven years  before the publication of Mein Kampf. So it is not at all clear why Williamson brings up the World War I-era leader in a paragraph arguing that Sanders embraces the poisonous ideology that drove much of World War II.

The crux of Williamson’s paragraph laying out his Sanders-is-a-modern-day-Hitler theory, however, appears to be that Sanders’ opposition to open trade relations with China marks him as an adherent to the philosophy of government that murdered six million Jews and millions of others that the Nazi regime deemed undesirable. Williamson leads up to this point by noting that many of Sanders’s supporters describe the senator (as Sanders also describes himself) as a socialist. And Sanders, Williamson claims, is also a nationalist. Therefore, in Williamson’s calculation, Sanders is a “national-socialist.”

The official name of the German Nazi Party, of course, was the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which translates to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. So the comparison between Sanders’ governing philosophy and Nazism makes perfect sense if one limits their inquiry to the kind of linguistic arithmetic that drives Williamson’s conclusion. It is a harder comparison to make, however, once one understands that Sanders does not believe that the United States should pursue a militarized policy of Lebensraum while simultaneously seeking to exterminate particular racial and religious minorities.

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  1. One of the best examples of fascist projective inversion I have ever seen in my lifetime. The real nazis call the victim/survivor a nazi. Wait, didn’t these guys fund offshoring jobs to china to profit from slave conditions there? Yup, found john Erlichman there. . . you know, Nixons plumber friend? Remember?

  2. Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. He is an American nationalist and imperialist.

    His agenda is to channel anger away from confronting the American Empire or its capitalist system and direct it against foreigners–like Chinese workers or Mexican immigrants.

    This is a predictable and cliched propaganda tactic of American nationalists of all strips from Left wing to Right wing, who whine about “foreigners stealing our jobs”or “off-shoring” or “outsourcing” –while carefully avoiding the fact that their America’s way of life itself is fundamentally based upon exploitation of developing nations the world over.

    It’s part of the Washington Consensus and America’s predatory brand of free market capitalism that it has attempted to impose on the world.

    Indeed, that’s what the Cold War was really about–making the world safe for American imperialism and capitalism.

    From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton, they all share this fundamental, unquestioned, agenda.

    Like all American political hacks, Sanders obscures this essential reality and stands reality on its head, portraying the American Empire as the innocent victim, when in reality, America is the world’s preeminent victimizer.

    Sanders exemplifies how the so-called American “Left” is increasingly coming out of the closet as the chauvinistic left wing of the American Empire.

    Just as many American “progressives” promoted con-men like Barack Obama as a savior, now they are pushing yet another political fraud in Sanders.

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