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Monday, September 12, 2005

New Zealand Greens & the Munich putsch

The Green/Baader-Meinhoff thing made me remember an old post on the Daily Bork I did a few months ago about where some of the Green ideology originates. I've reproduced it here for those interested. Phil, don't read this because you'll go spastic.

Where does Green Party ideology come from? Ordinarily you might here about the zero-growth movements of the 70's. But with little extra effort (i.e. Google) you can find a very neat chain. Summarised historically it is:

Hitler & the Munich putsch -> German Greens -> NZ Greens

Start at the NZ Green party web site's history page, proceed to an essay about same, connect the dots using the name of an influential founder. Yes, that's right the founder of the whole movement was a chum of Hitler and was hanging round on the wrong side of the fence at Munich. The relevant bits are excerpted below.

Some might argue that Haussleiter was kicked out by the communists in the movement for being an ex-Nazi, but then socialists of all stripes are well known for turning on each other when it is expedient to the cause. It hardly matters anyway, the ideology was entrenched by that point.

So there you go, the Greens are ideological descendants of the third reich. Who'd have thought it from their policies?

Greens in Time and Space:The History of The Green Party (NZ Green Party web site)

When did it begin? In March 1972 the world's very first Green party (the United Tasmania Group) was formed at a public meeting in Hobart; in May 1972 a meeting at Victoria University, Wellington, launched the Values Party, the world's first national Green party. The Values Party contested the 1972 general election, putting forward radical new policies such as Zero Economic Growth, Zero Population Growth and abortion, drug and homosexual law reform. These were published in the world's first Green election manifesto, 'Blueprint for New Zealand - An Alternative Future'. Over the next three years Green policies were debated, developed and expanded to form the basis of 'Beyond Tomorrow', the 1975 Values Party manifesto. This was a comprehensive statement of Green politics which was widely distributed overseas and contributed to the development of Green parties elsewhere.

More than environmentalism (Global Green History - ‘ Time, Space and the Greens'By Christine Dann, Green Party of Aeteorea/New Zealand.)

In October 1979, at a tense and drawn out congress in Offenbach, Germany, the ‘four pillars’ of Green party politics were decided upon by the proto-party which was to be come Die Grünen, the first party to use the name ‘Green’. While none of these principles were politically novel in themselves, their combination into the basis of a party platform certainly was. As August Haussleiter described the fraught and historic moment:“ Although agreement seemed impossible, I took a piece of paper and wrote four words on it: ecology, social responsibility, grassroots democracy, and non-violence. Then I called Gruhl (leader of the conservatives) and Reents (leader of the left) into the room where the journalists were and said ‘Sign’. We then went back into the convention hall and announced ‘We have a programme.’ (Parkin, 1989, 120).Within a year (and after two more foundational and programmatic conferences) individuals and groups with past or present right-wing connections and/or programmes (including Haussleiter himself) were no longer in Die Grünen (Hülsberg, 1988, 94-96). But the four foundational principles agreed to at Offenbach were entrenched as the original and defining Green party principles. These principles have been translated into many languages in the succeeding years, and were the inspiration for the Green Charter formulated by the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand at its foundational conference in March 1990 (see Appendix A). They were also prefigured in 1974 in ‘The New Ethic’ of the United Tasmania Group (see Appendix B).

Hitlers Betrayal of Socialism (From a not so nice web site)
I would like to speak lastly on one of their most radical and progressive policies of NS, and personally the one that intrigues me the most, and that was with the environment and animal rights. They were the leaders of modern societies by passing the first anti-vivisection law and actually enforcing it, as well as outlawing inhumane slaughters such as kosher, and making anasthetic mandatory for slaughtering of all animals (this one of the first laws passed when into power). Walther Darre', the one behind "Blut und Boden" and bringing back an equalibrium between man and nature, was Reich Peasant Leader and Minister of Agriculture - and thereby was in control of the RNS or Reich Food Estate, which was responsible for things such as regulating quality of produce and price/production quotas, as well as August Haussleiter (who was at the Munich Putsch with Hitler, greatly influenced his "Greenish" ideology, and who during the 70s formed the first Green Party in Germany), and even Alfred Rosenberg if you have read his book Myth of the 20th Century, were basically the leading Greens and Ecological Racialists of the NS hierarchy, and implemented alot of policies - creating nature reserves and protected parks, prohibiting the genetic and hormonal manipulation of livestock (no factory farms, first "organic" methods), and the research into alternative energy sources such as hydropower, and to produce synthetic gas from other sources such as coal, and huge investments into uranium research.
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Posted by Chefen | 9/12/2005 06:18:00 pm


Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's another historical twist for you..

the person who is credited with the creation of central park in new york and with being the father of the national parks movement was also one of the main proponents/promoters of eugenics...(i forget his name..)

and yep..the nazis were really green..(i've horrified more than one green with tales such as this..heh heh..)

if you subtract the vile racism/anti-semetism and global invasion dreams from nazi ideology..it' s pretty green..esp in caring/providing for families..the environment and animal welfare..(as you pointed out)..

and deeply ironic that one who laid such waste to so much was vegetarian..loved dogs..and loved nature..go figure..


9/12/2005 06:38:00 pm  
Blogger Chefen said...

Not really ironic, if you think about it it is fairly much to be expected and segues very neatly into ideologies of racial purity, zero growth, state planning etc. Eugenics was popular the world over prior to the war, socialists loved it for the promise of building the new man. For heaven's sake National Socialism was developed by socialists in Britain before Hitler cam along. Many saw it coming, de Tocqueville, Bastiat, etc, but few listened to them. Even during the war Hayek was spelling out what would happen after. The amazing thing is that anyone still believes that socialism can deliver freedom and liberty.

9/12/2005 06:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i guess then you have to get into definitions of what constitutes socialism..2005...

now that's a mine-field..


9/12/2005 07:14:00 pm  
Blogger Chefen said...

No it isn't, the fundamentals have not changed. The terminology has been misappropriated since, for example, the end of the second world war. But the implications are still the same. Socialism does not give freedom, it gives power.

9/12/2005 07:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chefen..you're starting to slogan at me....(esp your last line..)

is socialism wanting to care for those who for whatever reason are unable to care for themselves..as seeing this as the duty of society/the state..?

is it caring for the environment and wanting to change how we are fucking it over..?

is it not wanting to invade/discriminate against those who are different from birth/religion or whatever..?

if that is what socialism 2005 is..i'll stick my hand up as one of them..


9/12/2005 07:57:00 pm  
Blogger Chefen said...

God Phil since the birth of socialism people have pointed out that it cannot deliver what it promises. These people were proven correct throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, over and over again. Go read Bastiat, Hayek, de Tocqueville... see what they said and compare it to what happened. What you want is pretty much what everyone wants, but socialism demonstrably cannot deliver it and in fact invariable produces the opposite outcome. With good reason. Go learn something eh?

9/12/2005 08:03:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so act is the answer ..eh..?

what was the question..?


9/12/2005 08:38:00 pm  

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