Why Hitler was an Anarchist
Sunday, June 4, 2023
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In this video clip from the Infrared Show, Haz argues that Hitler was essentially an anarchist with a nihilistic understanding of politics and the state, which contributed to the development of fascist ideas. Haz discusses the connection between anarchism and fascism, tracing the right-wing tradition of anarchism back to Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the circle Proudhon group, which later contributed to the development of fascist parties. Haz also emphasizes the link between ultra-leftism and fascism and argues that both anarchists and fascists seek to abolish the state, but do so in different ways. Finally, Haz claims that the bourgeoisie employs criminal elements, including anarchists and fascists, to maintain their power and keep the working class in check.
00:00:00 In this section, Haz explains the relationship between anarchism and fascism, stating that fascists are essentially anarchists in power. While anarchists see the state as meaningless and represent only the exertion of arbitrary will over others, the state legitimizes itself with law, order, and myth. Adolf Hitler, in particular, is described as the world's most infamous and successful anarchist because of his understanding of the contradictions between the state's justifications for its power and the reality of the state. Haz then discusses the anarchist thinker Kropotkin's influence on anarchism and how his nihilism towards statehood disguises a nasty and militaristic attitude that glorifies war and mythological violence.
00:05:00 In this section, the video discusses the concept of corporatism as a precursor to Italian fascist ideas, with the founder of anarchism, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, having similar views about war to fascism. The state is seen as having no basis in anything human or materially real, and its existence is due to the exertion of wills over others. Corporates, which mediate the relationship between civil society and the state and provide a supplementary existence to capitalism, represent the corporate structure of fascism and are parasitical and meditative. Marxists view seizing state power as a means of production being placed under common ownership, while Proudhon believes that voluntary associations between producers could establish a form of society without the need for a state or capitalist relations. Overall, the video argues that Hitler's anarchist view was based on a nihilistic understanding of politics and the state, contributing to fascist ideas.
00:10:00 In this section of the video, Haz argues that Hitler was essentially an anarchist who believed in the same ideas as fascist corporatism. While anarchists today often try to present themselves as revolutionary leftists, the historical anarchist tradition was not firmly on the left and had a mix of ideologies, including reactionary socialism. Haz traces the right-wing tradition of anarchism back to the circle Proudhon group, which adopted proton's mutually agnostic and syndicalist ideas to create a political group. Like proton, the group believed that the unions could abolish the state and bring about revolutionary change. Georges Valois, a member of cersei proton, later founded a school modeled after Benito Mussolini's fascism in France in the 1920s.
00:15:00 In this section, Haz discusses the connection between anarchism and fascism, arguing that almost all currents of anarchism in Europe at the time culminated in what we now know as fascism. Haz provides a few examples of individuals who were initially anarchists but later contributed to the development of fascist parties, such as Massimo Rocca and Mario Guoda in Italy. Additionally, Haz explains how Mussolini, who was often associated with authoritarianism, was actually an anarchist because of his view of the state as the arbitrary exercise of individual will. Haz also highlights the link between ultra-leftism and fascism.
00:20:00 In this section, Haz discusses how the Nazi party viewed the Soviet Union through the lens of their ideology, which was similar to that of anarchism, Trotskyism, and ultra-leftism. He explains how the Nazi stance towards the Soviet Union, based on claims of social betrayal, is comparable to the criticisms of anarchists and ultra-leftists. Fascism, he asserts, is an ideology of the urban lumpen, characterized by irrationalism, modernism, and metaphysics, all rooted in classical modernity. Haz emphasizes that fascism, Nazism, anarchism, Trotskyism, and social democracy are all related through the psychosis of classical modernity and liberalism, which manifests as the tyranny of the town over the country. Finally, Haz provides an illustration of the Nazi ideology by referencing the Horst Wessel song and its namesake, who he describes as a pervert and a pimp.
00:25:00 In this section, Haz of the Infrared Show explains that right-wing paramilitary groups in Weimar Germany during the 1920s were anarchist in behavior and action regardless of whether they shared the ideology of anarchism. These groups acted as antifa or the black bloc does today with the Viking League being an example of such groups. Moreover, the rank and file of fascism have historically been the same as anarchists, and the excess that brings rise to fascism is the same as anarchism- the internal contradictions within the liberal bourgeois state. Despite both fascism and anarchism coping with these contradictions in different ways, anarchists advocate abolishing the state while fascists carry out this excess dictatorial power with no regard for its legality, groundedness in civil society, definite institution, or historical tradition.
00:30:00 In this section, Haz argues that Hitler was an anarchist because both anarchists and fascists claim to abolish the state, but fascism does it in an extreme and anarchic way that the anarchists cannot dream of. When the fascists abolish the state, they suspend the minimum of civil liberties that allow the state to have some grounding in human civil society, which is then replaced by the criminal anarchic power of the open dictatorship. In contrast, anarchists attempt to negate the forms of the state through illegal criminal activity, but ultimately, both anarchists and fascists are one and the same thing. According to Haz, the bourgeoisie needs to address this contradiction by imperiling its own class through a new social revolution.
00:35:00 In this section, Haz talks about how the bourgeoisie employs criminal elements in order to get rid of the working class and maintain their power. They put men in masks like the Klan, the Black Legion, the Nazis, anarchists, Antifa, and Black Bloc to do their "dirty work" that cannot be held accountable by the overt legal forms of the state. Haz claims that anarchists, Nazis, and fascists are all the same thing and states that Hitler was an anarchist. The lumpen, or the "realized criminality" at the heights of bourgeois society, is the key here.