Hitler and the Unions

by Jonah Goldberg

I keep meaning to do an omnibus post on Hitler and labor unions because we keep hearing so much from the Left about how Governor Walker is copying from Hitler’s playbook. This is, of course, nonsense. Yes, Hitler destroyed independent labor unions — by nominally turning them into government unions! Without collective bargaining of course. And, at least ideologically, the idea of creating the DAF (German Labor Front) was to give labor a “seat at the table,” as it were, inside the government.

I didn’t mind Sherrod Brown’s idiotic remarks so much, because he at least recognized that Hitler and Stalin pretty much did the same thing. Usually what you hear is that Hitler destroyed labor unions because that is only something “right-wingers” do, while left-wingers love unions. This, too, is errant nonsense (as I discuss a bit here).

Anyway, Ace of Spades has a pretty good post on the subject here. I wish he didn’t treat Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich as the definitive text on the subject, but it works in this case.

Correction: Ace’s guest blogger Fitzworth actually penned the post.