The Big Lie | Dinesh D’Souza

Summary of: The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
By: Dinesh D’Souza

Introduction

In the book ‘The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left,’ author Dinesh D’Souza tackles a widely held belief that racism and Nazism are inherently right-wing. D’Souza, however, argues that this notion is a big lie, and instead, shows that the American Left, specifically the Democratic Party, has historically supported policies and ideologies such as slavery, racial segregation, and the extermination of Native Americans. By exploring the origins of the political terms right-wing and left-wing, the historical context surrounding political ideologies, and the role of academia, the media, and Hollywood in perpetuating these beliefs, D’Souza aims to debunk the myth of leftist innocence and reveal the true face of American progressivism.

Big Lies in Politics

Sigmund Freud discovered that people can distort the truth through transference, and D’Souza believes that the American Left is guilty of spreading the biggest lie of all – that racism and Nazism are inherently right-wing. The author argues that it is actually the progressive political Left who are proponents of slavery, segregation, and extermination. He claims that the charge of fascism against President Trump and the Republican Party is a sensational way to condemn conservatism. According to D’Souza, the American Left is spreading a big lie, and academia, Hollywood, and the media are helping to perpetuate it.

The Origins of Right vs. Left, Conservatism vs. Progressivism, and Fascism vs. Collectivism

The terms “right wing” and “left wing” originated from the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly during the 1789 French Revolution. The “right wing” represented the conservatives who defended the king, while the “left wing” represented the revolutionary partisans. Being conservative in America means defending the principles of the American Revolution, including economic and political freedom, freedom of speech and religion. In contrast, the Left distrusts the free-market system and seeks greater federal control. Fascism originated from the Italian fasci, which represented the idea that groups are stronger than individuals, or collectivism. Despite being accused of fascism, President Trump does not fit the definition according to the author’s definitions. American nationalism is different from the nationalism of fascist movements, as it uses traditional symbols like the American flag, while fascism and Nazism broke with national traditions.

Fascism: A Legacy of the Left

In this book, D’Souza argues that fascism has its origins in Marxism. Mussolini and Hitler were socialists before becoming fascists. They did not switch ideals but rather headed towards fascism because it was a new practical form of socialism. Fascism rose as a response to Marxism’s failure to materialize properly. The living conditions of the working class improved, and the proletariat and the bourgeoisie were on amiable terms. National identity became more important than class identity, leading to the development of fascism by Mussolini during WWI. In conclusion, fascism is not on the right of the political spectrum; it is a legacy of the left.

Hitler’s Inspiration and the Legacy of the Democratic Party

In his book, D’Souza uncovers Hitler’s admiration for American racism and his inspiration behind Lebensraum – the policy for acquiring land for the German race. The author argues that this policy was inspired by Andrew Jackson, a Democrat who displaced Native Americans using the Indian Removal Act in 1830. Hitler saw Jackson’s actions and applied them to Jews, Eastern Europeans, and Russians. The author claims that Nazi concentration camps were a legacy of the Democratic Party, which had a history of slavery and an ideology of inferiority. D’Souza draws parallels between Democratic plantations and Nazi concentration camps as systems of inferiority. Similar work routines were imposed on black slaves and Jewish prisoners, who toiled in groups from dawn to dusk. The author believes that the Democratic Party’s treatment of Native Americans, slavery, and concentration camps should be uncovered, especially since the Republican Party was originally anti-slavery. Overall, D’Souza asserts that these dark secrets of the Democratic Party should be explored to understand their legacy.

The Dark Roots of Anti-Semitism

The book delves into the origins of the Nuremberg Laws, which were concocted in 1934 by the Nazi Ministry of Justice to oppress German Jews. The author argues that a young lawyer, Heinrich Krieger, was their prime source and that Krieger had researched US race law at the University of Arkansas, where he perceived how Democratic segregation laws could be used against the Jews. The author explains that US segregation and miscegenation laws were quickly reformulated by the Nazis for their own purposes, as they created two classes of citizens – first- and second-class. The book highlights how the Democrats who enacted and enforced segregation laws in the American South inspired the Nuremberg Laws that denied German citizenship to Jews and prohibited them from marrying or having sex with “citizens of German or kindred blood.” Additionally, the roots of anti-Semitism are identified as being in anti-capitalism and leftist movements. The book says that Nazi anti-Semitism and the anti-capitalist ideology of the Democratic Left in America both stem from the same source, and that Hitler saw capitalism and entrepreneurship as consequences of Jewish immorality. The author posits that the denunciation of capitalists as greedy “profiteers” is likewise anti-Semitic.

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