In his entry on “Auschwitzphobia” today, one of Larry Auster’s readers offers up a new description of liberalism* as “fear of engaging in activity or thought that would lead to another Holocaust”. This is because liberals took the wrong lesson from the Holocaust, as they take the wrong lesson from everything. Where the lesson of the Holocaust should be to fear the totalitarian State, liberals instead fear nationalism and the military and continue to worship the State–again, that synecdoche error so rampant on the Left. What was Nazism composed of primarily? SOCIALISM, not military insignia OR antisemitism. What do liberals consistently associate with Nazis? the military.
The real problem that liberals have with rejecting Nazism is that they agree with it on almost everything. The fight in Europe between Communism and Fascism was one of scale, not fundamental first premises–should we have a universal collectivism thereby demolishing nationalism or have it on a state-by-state basis, thereby retaining it.
Because they agree with Nazism on almost everything they are continually trying to admonish THEMSELVES not to slip into the Nazi-like aspects of Progressivism under the guise of admonishing the NON-socialists, possibly because they simply do not recognize the existence of noncollectivists except as an aberration even though they are operating in a country founded on explicitly OPPOSITE principles. This guilt they feel for fundamentally agreeing with a philosophy that had such atrocious consequences and their subsequent misunderstanding of the GENESIS of those consequences is causing them self-destruct all over Europe and the US. They can’t bear the shame of what resulted from the full implementation of their beliefs and yet they also CANNOT let their beliefs go. The cognitive dissonance of this position is untenable and they seek to simply snuff themselves out as an entire race and culture as a result.
*like many in the US I do tend to use liberalism and leftism interchangeably. I am fully aware of the differences. Since Auster used “liberal” in his entry, I am continuing that usage here.