July 23, 2009
A Platform for Change
Guess who proposed a platform for change that contained all the points below? (All emphases added by me.)
We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens.All citizens must have equal rights and obligations.The first obligation of every citizen must be to work both spiritually and physically. The activity of individuals is not to counteract the interests of the universality, but must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all.Abolition of unearned (work and labor) incomes. Breaking of rent-slavery.... personal enrichment through a war must be designated as a crime against the people. Therefore we demand the total confiscation of all war profits.We demand the nationalization of all (previous) associated industries (trusts).We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries.We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.We demand the creation of a healthy middle class and its conservation, immediate communalization of the great warehouses and their being leased at low cost to small firms, the utmost consideration of all small firms in contracts with the State, county or municipality.We demand a land reform suitable to our needs, provision of a law for the free expropriation of land for the purposes of public utility, abolition of taxes on land and prevention of all speculation in land.The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious [citizen] to obtain higher education and subsequently introduction into leading positions... We demand the education at the expense of the State of outstanding intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession.The State is to care for the elevating national health by protecting the mother and child, by outlawing child-labor, by the encouragement of physical fitness, by means of the legal establishment of a gymnastic and sport obligation, by the utmost support of all organizations concerned with the physical instruction of the young.We demand freedom of religion for all religious denominations within the state so long as they do not endanger its existence or oppose the moral senses ... common utility precedes individual utility.
Here's a hint: the above platform planks were proposed by a "Workers' Party".
The answer: The Program of the National-Socialist (Nazi) German Workers' Party of 1920.
Hat tip to Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.