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PostWhat Does It Mean to be a Neo-Nazi? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/25/21 4:01 am)
My friend Rodolfo Neirotti commented positively about my May 18th post: "I do not know if Netanyahu is or was a neo-Nazi. It would be interesting to document this information somehow."
Others have written on this Forum that calling the Prime Minister a neo-Nazi is not constructive. When I call him this, it is indeed totally unproductive, because he does not even know I exist and few people pay attention. But, perhaps if the label is true to his behavior, more people should realize it.
When I call someone or a nation neo-Nazi, what I mean is their behavior is similar or Nazi-like. It doesn't mean I think they are members of the National Socialist Party. What are the characteristics I associate with the Nazis? To qualify as a neo-Nazi you must have several of these:
1. Strong nationalist focus to the detriment of mankind;
2. Regularly show disrespect for science and other people's rights to advance your own opinions;
3. Obvious willingness to lie shamelessly to anyone about serious issues whenever necessary to accomplish your goals or narrative;
4. Obvious willingness to commit atrocities against anyone, including innocents, resisting your aggression or obstructing your path to accomplish your goals .
There might be a few more telltale signs of Nazi behavior, but these four will do for now. I call Netanhayu a neo-Nazi because I certainly continue to see all of these in his behavior over the years. Perhaps if more people acknowledge his criminal behavior, Israel as a nation can reflect the true greatness of the Jewish people in the eyes of mankind.
JE comments: An interesting list; we could certainly add more bullet points (militarism above all, as well as racism as a national "project"). And what about the "socialism"? This aspect of Nazism tends to be overlooked by most.
Regarding your second point, Tor, I never saw the (original) Nazis as disdainful of science. Rather, they harnessed science for its most perverse ends.