Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Criminalizing Conservatism Through Congressional Action, Preface.

Criminalizing Conservatism Through Congressional Action, Preface.

A post from Quora.com from earlier in the year, answering the question of the viability of criminalizing conservatism in America, deserves to be quoted extensively - including the comments to the post:







How did Germany ban Nazism after World War Two when there must still have been millions of former Nazis around?
2 Answers

Denazification was imposed on the post-war German government by the Allies. The Potsdam agreement outlined the goals and scope of denazification:

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Po...

Potsdam also set up the Allied Control Commission which ran the denazification program in occupied Germany.

In the US Zone, five categories of participation were established: major offenders, activists or incriminated persons, less incriminated, followers and exonerated or non-incriminated persons. Adults were required to submit forms describing their participation in the Nazi regime and were classified according to the categories by special courts. Penalties could range from criminal prosecution to banning from professional work.

The newly established government of West Germany pushed hard to end the denazification program and the US relented in 1951. West Germany went on to pass sweeping amnesty laws pardoning almost 800,000 Germans, including tens of thousands convicted under the denazification program.


 Christopher Huang What happened culturally and socially after 1951?

Thomas Poirier Each zone had its own approach, with the 3 western allies eventually converged. Patton is famously supposed to have said that he couldn't run municipalities without them.

Michael S Goodman,

Also, public display of the cosmetic symbols of Nazism (primarily the Swastika) was (and stlll is) banned, as are groups which the authorities feel to be direct proponents of Nazism and/or of outright denial of the Holocaust, a recent such example being the now banned "Wiking-Jugend".
Thomas Poirier They even put tape over swastikas on memorabilia in open air flea markets.

Michael S Goodman ...and the same in the case of on-line catalogs of auction houses in Germany that specialize in memorabilia of that period.

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After a few years, the US relented in going along with Germany's quest to make sure that Nazism was buried forever. Germany's actions pose an interesting framework in outlawing Conservatism in this country.

In 2004, Germany extended the ban to the internet: "German authorities have the right to block Web pages containing extremist content, and the cross-border character of the Internet can't undermine powers vested to the federal states, (an) administrative court in Arnsberg, Germany, ruled..." (
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/98442/German_court_upholds_Web_ban_on_Nazi_content)

 
After all these years, Germany is still infested with neo-Nazis and is seeking to expel their party, the NPD. (
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18429463) and (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=7&ved=0CFoQFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelocal.de%2Fpolitics%2F20120323-41513.html&ei=L9HpT5jbNseY8AGPvYSRDA&usg=AFQjCNHSAoX4E3ar2UwZ2qtupT19lcZgcQ)

 







Make no mistake, ridding our country of the evils of Conservatism will prove as difficult. The corporatist aspect of Nazism is not uncoincidentally related to the tenets of Conservatism, and if vigilance is the price of liberty, Conservatism must be outlawed forever.

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