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Hitler's Germany: More Democratic Than Modern-Day Europe

AMIDST MUCH TALK of the Brexit Referendum media has little to say about the only European nation that actually practised democracy for the people by the people. Hitler’s Germany not only invited the electorate to participate in running their own country, they did so with considerable success.

In all matters of national importance in National-Socialist Germany (1933 – 1945) the Reichstag’s elected assembly were careful to invite the opinion of the German electorate to endorse their parliament’s decisions and to give it their final stamp of approval. Such democracy had never before or since been practised anywhere in Europe, although Switzerland and Austria have since adopted the National Socialist initiative.

Such announcement by Hitler’s Reichstag was followed by an interval during which time families and work colleagues could discuss between themselves the pros and cons of events that would shape their country’s future.

On typical plebiscites (referendums) over 90% of the people took part during which they were asked if they supported their government’s position. Most voters did so in a referendum attended by overseas and independent observers. Each referendum’s ballot papers were easily understandable and one could vote either with a simple yes or with no.

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The National Socialist form of democracy was based on the principle of ‘community of the people’. The popular electoral process had its origins during the time of Pericles, ‘the first citizen of Athens’ and what was dubbed ‘The Golden Age of Ancient Greece’ (495 BC – 429 BC).

Of the German people’s participation in government, President-Chancellor Adolf Hitler said:  “The result of the revolution in Germany has been to establish a democracy in the best sense of the word. We are steering towards an order of things guaranteeing a process of a natural and reasonable selection in the domain of political leadership, thanks to which that leadership will be entrusted to the most competent, irrespective of their descent, name or fortune.  The memorable words of the great Corsican that every soldier carries a Field Marshal’s baton in his knapsack, will find its political complement in Germany.”

The National Socialist system of people’s (referendum) democracy was outlawed by the Allies. Their claim was that the plebiscite system had been ‘abused’ in Hitler’s Germany.  The victorious Allies considered it unacceptable that the people be allowed to vote on issues that affected their nation.

During the Reich period (1933 – 1945) the Reich’s form of government according to the will of the people was pure and based on the principle of carrying out major changes based on a people’s referendum. Here are some examples of Direct Democracy in Hitler’s Reich:

November 12, 1933. Leaving the League of Nations. Result: 95.1% yes.

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August 19, 1934, After Hindenburg’s death the Chancellor and the President of the German Reich should be one person. Result: 89.9% yes.

France’s Military Occupation of Germany’s Saarland. January, 13, 1935, Saarland’s inhabitants 90.8% wished to join Hitler’s Germany, 8.8% stand alone, 0.4% wanted to remain as France.

March 29, 1936, German military presence on the Rhine area, Result: 98.8% yes.

April 10, 1938 Unification with Austria, Result: Germany 99.01%, Austria 99.73%.

December 2, 1938, Make elections of the Sudeten country, Result: 98.78% yes.

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Monday, May 25, 2005, a German politician took the German Government to high court. The parliamentarian challenged the constitutional ruling that, uniquely in Europe, forbids the German people from using a referendum to decide on important issues of state. The optimistic politician’s challenge was declared inadmissible. CONDENSED FROM ODYSSEY ADOLF HITLER, Michael Walsh.


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