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The Snake in the Garden of History: A Brief Overview of Socialist Utopians Gone Awry | November 18, 2010

In the 1930’s there were three newly planted gardens in which the snake of progressivism had invested much hope and inspiration; each garden was tended by three different gardeners with different styles but with much the same goal — to create the Garden of Eden or “utopia” as they preferred to call it — socialism by all other names.   Stalin of the former Soviet Union was an international protetariat-variety socialist; Mussilini in Italy was of the similar school while Hitler mixed a little nationalism into his socialist mix, resulting in Nazism (Nationalsozialismus from Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or National Socialist German Workers Party).   The three were like Damian Triplets of “Omen”-fame, turning viciously on one another by degrees and at different times. 

While Hitler with his Teutonic-efficiency gets branded as the most notorious mass murderer of all time, Stalin easily put him to shame at almost a 3 to 1 murder “advantage” — the Soviets were just not as meticulous when it came to their mass-murder tallies as were the Germans.

Unfortunately, American and European intellectuals and elites vested a great deal of hope in these three gardens as they were convinced that scientific methods mixed with a good heap of “social justice “could create their earthly versions of paradise by eradicating the disparate gap between the rich and poor, the educated and uneducated and the advantaged and the disadvantaged.  

While suppressing protests against Nazi atrocities, for example, Harvard University sanctioned the Nazi consul general in Boston in laying a swastika-emblazoned wreath in the Memorial Church at Harvard University.  In another example, Columbia University president, Nicholas Murray Butler destroyed the academic career of art historian Jerome Klein for publicly protesting Nazi crimes.

Even after WWII and the world became aware of Nazi atrocities, American institutions of higher-learning accepted several known Nazis and/or Nazi-sympatherizers as faculty members! 

“The University of Chicago, for example, welcomed to its faculty lounge a Nazi official who was complicit in atrocities that “cover[ed] a complete range of a demented imagination … torture and killing.” The official went from leaving “Jewish corpses in the street to be chewed up by dogs” to “a highly successful professional career” as part of the “educated class” of David Brooks and our media elites.”

Britain’s Edward VIII is remembered more as the noble but meek king who gave up his crown for the love of American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, than as the open Nazi-sympatherizer that he was.

Joe Kennedy, patriarch of the politically powerful Kennedy dynasty, was the American Ambassador to Great Britain and was such an open admirer of Hitler that he was at odds with President Roosevelt and resigned after Roosevelt was reelected in 1940.

In the November 1938 edition of “Homes and Gardens,” an intimate portrait of Hitler follows, describing him in the following manner:

“There is nothing pretentious about his little estate. It is one that any merchant might possess in these lovely hills. All visitors are shown their host’s model kennels, where he keeps magnificent Alsatians. Some of his pedigree pets are allowed the run of the house, especially on days when he gives a “Fun Fair” for the local children. He delights in the society of brilliant foreigners, especially painters, singers and musicians. As host he is a droll raconteur. Every morning at nine he goes out for a talk with his gardeners about their day’s work. These men, like the chauffeur and air-pilot, are not so much servants as loyal friends. A life-long vegetarian at table, his kitchen plots are both varied and heavy with produce. Even in his meatless diet, he is something of a gourmet. He is his own decorator, designer and furnisher, as well as architect.”

One might think him the perfect Silicon Valley model citizen:  vegetarian, dog-lover, anti-smoker, eco-friendly and, not to mention, decorator and designer!





Norwood, Stephen H., “The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses”
Lipstadt, Deborah, “Beyond Belief: The American Press & the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933–1945”

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