The Reichstag Fire

Posted on January 14, 2013

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In 1933, Marinus van der Lubbe, a dissident communist from the Netherlands, burned down the Nazi parliament. Immediately, the Communist Party feared blame would be placed on them, and they began a campaign to smear and bad-jacket van der Lubbe, calling him a mentally handicapped or psychologically unstable homosexual (to them, this was an insult), and claiming the Nazis had burnt down their own parliament to justify harsher repression. Van der Lubbe always maintained he acted alone. What is not surprising is why van der Lubbe attacked the Nazis, but why he was one of the few to do so until after the Holocaust was well under way. Even today, many people still believe the Stalinist slander and think the Nazis burned down their own parliament in a false flag operation. The politics of appeasement to fascism used by almost everyone except the anarchists in the lead-up to World War II is a proven fracaso. The idea that people should not have “provoked” the Nazis spreads a belief that the Nazis wanted peace. What was their provocation for killing Jews and Roma? None whatsoever. Just like the police do not need a provocation to torture and kill, the Nazis needed to provocation to act like fascists, because that’s exactly what they were. Marinus was right to burn down the Reichstag. More people should have carried out similar attacks. The real reason the Communists did not want to rock the boat was because Stalin was preparing to make a deal with Hitler.

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