For John, BLUF: History is useful, when it isn't misunderstood. Nothing to see here; just move along.
It is National Review. It is Jonah Goldberg. It is Godwin's Law.
But, still, entering the debate currently raging in The Telegraph, Mr Goldberg makes the point, correctly, that National Socialism was both national and socialist. No hiding from the facts, please.
This feels like old times. Across the pond at the Telegraph, Tim Stanley and Daniel Hannan are having a friendly disagreement on the question of whether the Nazis were in fact socialists. I don’t usually wade into these arguments anymore, but I’ve been writing a lot on related themes over the last few weeks and I couldn’t resist.Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Not surprisingly, I come down on Hannan’s side. I could write a whole book about why I agree with Dan, except I already did. So I’ll be more succinct.
Regards — Cliff