Sunday, October 7, 2012

An Introduction to Hitler's Germany

The Good Society by Matt Koehl. NEW ORDER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007. ISBN 0-9648533-3-7, booklet format, 24 pp., nine photographs. Available from

On January 11, 2005, NEW ORDER Commander Matt Koehl was given the opportunity to present  an uncensored, pro-NS description of Hitler's Germany to an honors class of political science high school students in Worthington, Ohio. This booklet is a transcript of his remarks.

The masters of deceit would have us believe that Hitler's Germany was a nightmare world, a brutal dictatorship characterized by terror, hatred, slave labor and genocide. Workers' rights were trampled on, the youth conscripted and dragged off to fight in endless wars and women reduced to mere brood cows. People went hungry because the evil Nazi economy placed "guns before butter," and science and technology were held in thrall to the capitalist-military war machine.

The truth about Hitler's Germany is exactly the opposite of this horror-filled fantasy. Rather, the National-Socialist order was modern and progressive. The economy was efficient and productive, with full employment that generated a high standard of living for the working class. Mothers and children were honored, respected and cherished. There was free health care and free higher education for all. It was, indeed, a good society!

Koehl begins by setting forth the criteria for an ideal state. These include a stable and prosperous economy, affordable housing, acessible health care, universal education, support for the farming community, public safety, and protection of the environment. He then shows how National-Socialist Germany fulfilled each of these in a systematic and comprehensive manner.

Especially interesting is his explanation of how the NS economy functioned. By basing the German economy on the productive capacity of the German worker rather than some extraneous metal such as gold or silver, Hitler was able to bypass the international capitalist financial system, and create a stable currency with no debt or inflation. The key to this was drawing a distinction between productive capital and speculative capital. The stunning success of the NS economy, in turn, was able to finance housing, health care, and a high standard of living for ordinary Germans.

As a former Hitler Youth member once told NS Bibliophile, the Marxist plan for making everyone economically equal is to make everyone equally poor, while the NS plan for economic equality is to make everyone equally wealthy.

NS Bibliophile heartily and without reservation recommends The Good Society as a brief introduction to the reality of Hitler's Germany. Both readers new to the subject as those well versed in it will find it informative and inspiring.

Our only complaint is that it is too short! Matt Koehl could write volumes on this topic -- and we hope that some day he will!


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