Can Nazism be eliminated?

Regardless the ideology that each one may have, anyone who breathes a breath of humanity does not accept Nazism. Why? Because of the death camps that, from the middle of World War II, served Adolf Hitler's German supporters to apply the so-called "final solution" - a system of mass extermination of Jews and also of other groups that Nazis classified as "degenerate" or "antisocial" and that included gypsies, disabled people and communists, among others.

The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp by the Red Army of the Soviet Union reminds us of this Holocaust and there will be no shortage of voices that, recalling the savagery of the time, will say "Nazism never again".

However, as another news quoted during today's morning in TSF already mentioned, never, after World War II, did Nazism have so many supporters in the world, including in Germany, the country where it was born.

The world that rejects Nazism is losing ground, which means that it is not knowing how to fight against that ideology.

The date that marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Nazi party is also marked this year.

It is interesting to see how, in 1920, the founders of the national socialist workers' party (this was, in fact, the name of the organization) described their political proposal: for them, the party's objective was to distance workers from communism and make German nationalism reborn, with the idea that the patriotism that all Germans should feel should mix with something much more radical - a notion of the superiority of the German nation over all others.

The first Nazis claimed to be fighters against the corruption of politicians, they were against, in their words, the gangs that robbed the people, they were against big companies, they were against the bourgeoisie, they were against capitalism.

This rhetoric deliberately provoked an enormous confusion with the speech of the communists and other forces of the left, who also claimed to be anti-capitalist and in solidarity with the working masses.

As the National Socialists grew in popular support, this supposed hatred of capitalism was quickly forgottenand, from the 1930s, with the leadership of Adolf Hitler, many large German industrial companies became the main financiers of Nazism and all Nazi politics quickly left the rhetoric against Capital to focus on the accusation that the Jews were the real gang responsible for all theft of the German people, for all the corruption and that it was enough to get the Jews out of the picture, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, to eliminate from society any Marxist organization so that the capitalism become a good thing. Racism served to support this.

The evolution to the extermination camps was, after that, a coherent step of the only ideology in the modern world that came to power, in an elected way, with the declared purpose of physically eliminate a part of humanity. The slogan "death to the Jews" next to the drawing of a swastika cross, the Nazi symbol, still persists today in occasional graffiti that are painted on many walls in cities of the so-called civilized Europe.

Nowadays, when I hear the rhetoric and the rash language of some right-wing leaders in Europe and the Americas, exalting nationalism instead of patriotism, calling "socialism" and "Marxism" things that are not, making the fight against corruption an instrument of political indoctrination, and mixing the entire political class and all other ideologies in the accusation of theft of people. They show solidarity with the poorer working classes, criticizing large companies and globalization, or using immigrants from North Africa as scapegoats for European ills, I feel myself watching the same political operation 100 years ago when Nazism was born.

I don't want to confuse the current leaders of right-wing populism with Nazism, but I notice that what this new discourse is doing is developing a rhetoric that confuses the most disadvantaged, the working classes and the part of the middle class that feels threatened in their status and their way of life.

This confusion intends to keep people away from protest actions and participation in organizations that try to question, on the left, the status quo of current capitalism, giving them an alternative to the right that ends in anger, inconsequential in modifying the rotten system, but useful for the political strengthening of the extreme right.

This confusion aims to divert the mass protests from left to right, thus ending, as the Nazis did 100 years ago, by neutralizing this movement.

What we are seeing today is just, as it was 100 years ago, the beginning of a process.

Just like the early Nazis, most of the far-right movements claim to accept democratic game. I even think that many of these people who get involved in these political movements are humanists, as some Nazis initially were. For this reason, democracy cannot rightly exclude them.

How, then, to combat the phenomenon?

History has shown that the complacency of 100 years ago went wrong, and, therefore, it takes greater firmness and more intelligence - that is, democracy must prove, every day, that it is even better than Nazism.