Dinesh D’Souza made a statement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRdxyVkzwbM) that the platform of the NSDAP was manifestly left-wing and aligned with the Democrats.  There is a lot of truth in that statement (I have even heard one Democrat who proudly affirmed her affinity to fascism). But how accurate is his thesis?  It seems that most Republicans also agree with at least some of the NSDAP platform.  The following paraphrases the original 25-point manifesto of the NSDAP of 1920 into English while removing explanatory text and applying it as much as possible to the United States.  It also suggests the current political party most, but not exclusively, supportive of the idea (according to my opinion) as well as suggesting that some are not very popular in either party.  In each case, members of the other party sometimes support the idea.  In other words, labeling an idea as Republican by no means indicates that many Democrats don’t also support the concept nor that every single Republican does.  This also tries to follow the form of the original document; so, it is acknowledged that most supporters of these ideas would use different language.  Specific quotes challenging the claims below can certainly be found.

The NSDAP Platform (Paraphrased)

Whereas:

  1. “We want all Americans to live in a Greater America.” – This idea is supported by some who want to restrict or tax emigrants from the United States but is not popularly supported by either party.
  2. “We want The United States to be treated the same as other nations, and we want the peace treaties to be cancelled.” – This idea is supported by some but is not popularly supported by either party.
  3. “We want land and colonies to feed our people and to settle our surplus population.” –  This idea is supported by some but is not popularly supported by either party.
  4. “Only Americans may be inhabitants of The United States. Only those of the Northern European heritage can be true Americans.  No Mexican or Islamicist can be a citizen.” – Republicans.
  5. “Non-citizens may live in The United States, but there will be special laws for outsiders, foreign or domestic.” – Republicans and Democrats.
  6. “Only citizens can vote for Congress and officials, or vote on laws. Everyone who works for central government, state government, or small village must be a citizen of The United States.” – Democrats and Republicans. _________________________________ Point 6 continued: “We will stop giving people jobs based on the political party they are in, only the best people should get a job.” – Republicans.
  7. “The state’s primary function is to assure everyone has a job and enough to eat.” – Democrats. _________________________ Point 7 continued: “If the government cannot do so, non-citizens should be required to leave The United States.” – Republicans, but with much division.
  8. “Everyone who is not an American and who started living in United States recently should be forced to leave the country.” – Republicans.
  9. “All people have equivalent rights and obligations.” – Democrats.
  10. “Every citizen is entitled to a job. Their labor should not be self-centered, but should help everyone.” – Democrats.
  11. Therefore “No one should live off income from rents or capital ventures unless they have physically labored.” – Democrats.
  12. “People die or lose property in a war, therefore profiteers are wrong to profit from conflict. Anyone who has made money off our wars should have it taken back.” – Democrats.
  13. “Mega-corps should be government owned.” – Democrats.
  14. “Business owners must share profits with workers.” – Democrats.
  15. “The aged must be covered by generous pensions.” – Democrats.
  16. “We want: (a) a healthy middle class (b) to split up the Walmarts of the world, and let small businesses rent space inside them and (c) to make local governments buy locally.” – Democrats.
  17. “We want fair land ownership including (a) a law to take over land if the country needs it, without the government having to reimburse the previous owner; (b) abolition of rent; and (c) prohibition of speculation.” – Democrats.
  18. “Economic actions against the common interest must be punished.” – Democrats.
  19. Roman law should replace common law.” – Democrats but wide spread Republican support.
  20. “Every American should have access to higher education which (a) emphasizes practical knowledge, (b) teaches civics, to make good citizens. (c) If poor parents cannot afford it, the government should pay for education.” – Democrats.
  21. “The State must ensure health by (a) protecting mothers and infants, (b) prohibiting child labor, (c) requiring compulsory gymnastics and sports, and (d)supporting sports clubs.” – Democrats.
  22. “Replace the all voluntary army and with a people’s army that would look after the ordinary citizens, not just the rich.” – Republicans and Democrats but would extend to idea of the draft to non-military national service.
  23. “We want a law to stop politicians from being anti-American, and newspapers from covering them and to make an American national press.” Politicians of both Democrats and Republicans but, hopefully, not widely supported by the population.
  24. “All religions should be allowed, unless they offend the feelings of the Americans. The United States is a Christian nation, but does not belong to any denomination. The United States will fight the terrorism of Islamicists and believes that, to be the strongest nation, everyone must put the common interest before self-interest.” – Democrat and Republican.
  25. “We believe in (a) a strong central government; (b) Congressional control over the entire country; (c) groups based on race, socioeconomic status, and jobs to further adherence to the laws.” – Democrats.

Conclusion

Between not only Democrats, but Republicans also, much of the platform of the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, translated National Socialist German Worker’s Party, or Nazi for short) has been adopted in the United States.  While D’Souza’s claim that fascism is a leftist movement, towards which Democrats are strongly oriented, rather than rightist is certainly true, but it is hardly the exclusive program of Democrats.  Republicans also play a significant role in the propagation of fascist tendencies.

On another subject, D’Souza also makes a claim that slave holders were exclusively Democrats.  That, also, appears true, but with caveats.  While specific names of Republican slaveholders are unknown, the use of the word “all” is problematical.  To make the claim that no Republican whatsoever owned slaves, seems unlikely.  A word like “most” would be less fraught with the potential for error.  It is also important to not commit causation fallacy by conflating the idea that most slaveholders were Democrats with the idea that most Democrats were slaveholders.  The latter was not the case.  Large segments of the antebellum Democratic party opposed slavery: George Bancroft, John Brough, Henry Dean, Edwin Stanton among many others were prominent antebellum Democrats opposed to slavery.  Slaveholders among Democrats were in the minority.

While making some good points, D’Souza’s blanket claims are sketchy at best.