|Automatons led by a lunatic who looked like Charlie Chaplin|
|The Third Reich|
Neo-Nazism is a modern movement of some of the ideals of the aborted Nazi regime of Germany. Neo-Nazis are most prominently characterized by a belief in white racial superiority, and their anti-Semitism.
 Fallacious use
In the 1920s and '30s, communists came to lump all their radical opponents together under the label of "fascism," and to regard their "fascist" enemies as defenders of capitalism, despite the original fascism being not only anti-socialist, but also anti-capitalist. In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler described both capitalism and socialism as two sides of the same coin (i.e. both controlled by Jews), and most of fascism's reputation as a right-wing philosophy came from its staunch anti-communism, nationalism, and reactionary social views; nonetheless, its economic program was broadly populist and called for heavy state intervention in the economy. From this line of thinking was born the time-honored tradition of using "fascist" as a snarl word to refer to any opponent at all, to the point where even some left-wingers thought that the word had lost all meaning.
Today, this tradition continues. Since neo-Nazis are such obvious kooks, holding to an entire array of pseudoscientific ideas and conspiracy theories, they are handy boogeymen for anyone who wants to make a straw man argument.
American conservatism, including such "traditional" racist groups as the Ku Klux Klan and the Council of Conservative Citizens, has a strongly Christian character, particularly Protestant (with anti-Catholicism having once been a major force on the paranoid right). In recent years, this has gravitated toward evangelical Christianity. Many neo-Nazis, however, reject Christianity as a derivative of Judaism, and are instead interested in various forms of mysticism and neo-paganism. Wotanism, a white-supremacist variant of the Germanic neopagan religion Asatru, is popular among neo-Nazis, finding a notable proponent in David Lane, author of the "Fourteen Words." William Luther Pierce, author of The Turner Diaries and founder of the National Alliance, was also the leader of an outfit called the "Cosmotheist Community Church."
However, there are many neo-Nazis who do follow Christianity, either the orthodox sort or heretical variants like Christian Identity. Many Christian neo-Nazis reconcile their anti-Semitism with their following of the teachings of Jesus by subscribing to the Khazar myth, claiming that modern Jews (particularly Ashkenazi Jews) are impostors to the claim of being descended from the ancient Israelites, that they are instead descended from converts from the Khazar people north of the Caucusus, and that white Europeans are the true heirs of Israel.
As for Adolf Hitler and the original Nazis, their relationship with the faith was conflicted, but Hitler described himself as Christian (at least publicly; in private he was a bit more opportunistic). For a while, he and Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg promoted a Nazified brand of the faith known as Positive Christianity and attempted to unite Germany's Protestant churches under its banner, but they ran into stiff opposition from the Confessing Church movement, which was repulsed by the Nazis' attempts to force their ideology into the pulpit, and so they largely gave up after 1935. Although atheism was never outright banned, atheist groups were, and atheism was generally frowned upon. Esoteric, neo-pagan, and occultist movements were tolerated, but all occult secret societies were banned, though this had less to do with anti-occult activism and more to do with the fact that Hitler just didn't trust secret societies.
Some neo-Nazis are naturalists, even atheists, basing their racial prejudice not in religious premises but rather in so-called "racial realism", usually with non-Jewish whites at the top of the hierarchy of ideal innate propensities. (Even though they often concede that East Asians and even Ashkenazi Jews have higher average IQs than average white people. These points are, however, often minimized by hypothesizing compensatory innately weird traits or dispositions (in Asians), or just being part of being "evil" (in Jews), or yet, being just a fraud from a conspiracy of Jewish scholars.) While it could be that ancestral populations wouldn't necessarily share the same average frequencies for eventual genes influencing behavioral dispositions or abilities, the range of actually realistic possibilities is not in accord with what usually comes under the dishonest misnomer of "racial realism". Not only is the epic-fantasy doomsday scenario false, but it still could be that, in the end, it's some other race that would be on "top" of this meaningless hierarchy.
A large number of neocons not only support the existence of the state of Israel, but also believe that it is justified in its occupation of the territories given to the Palestinians in the 1947 partition. Some religious supporters, known as Christian Zionists, view the existence of Israel as a prerequisite for the fulfillment of end times prophecy and the Second Coming, while more secular conservatives view Israel as a key ally in the unstable Middle East (and, formerly, as a bulwark against communism).
Neo-Nazis, needless to say, have the exact opposite view, treating Israel and pro-Israel groups as their greatest enemies. Many neo-Nazis have sought common cause with radical Islamist and Palestinian groups in opposing Israel and the Jews. Some have even shown an interest in Islam, especially the Shi'a Islam practiced in Iran, as an anti-Semitic vehicle. On the other hand, other neo-Nazis find Muslims to be just another non-white threat, as evidenced by Wade Michael Page, a neo-Nazi who shot up a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, having mistaken it for a mosque.
Neo-Nazis often promote a martial, survivalist, "macho" lifestyle among their adherents. Anything that keeps the suckers in a suitable frenzy of hatred against the "racial enemies" is promoted; notable examples are genres of music such as Nazi punk and National Socialist black metal.
What neo-Nazis fail to understand is that, with the level of human dispersal and general intermingling of cultures, race groups, nations and various other things; that a pure "Aryan" would be virtually impossible without a severe amount of inbreeding effectively rendering the individual a drooling imbecile.
This says more than enough about the people proposing it.
 See also
- Neo-Nazi/Skinhead database at the Anti-Defamation League.
- Neo-Nazi overview at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- ↑ A case in point was the Thule Society, an occultist group that sponsored the original German Workers' Party before it became the Nazis. Its membership has been described as a "who's who" of early Nazi figures and sympathizers, including Hans Frank, Rudolf Hess, and Alfred Rosenberg. However, Hitler himself, despite what Wolfenstein 3D may have told you, was not only never a part of the group, but had it outlawed in 1933, not long after he came to power. SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler, on the other hand, had a far more enthusiastic view of the occult than Hitler did, and is believed to have incorporated elements of the Thule Society into the SS. This goes to show that, much like the Founding Fathers and the editors of the Bible, the leaders of the Nazi Party were individuals with a fairly conflicting set of views that can't really be used to support or oppose one cause or another.
- ↑ Eldridge, Lance. "Strange Bedfellows: The neo-Nazi movement and radical Islam." PoliceOne, 15 Aug. 2012.
- ↑ Leitsinger, Miranda. "Experts: Alleged temple gunman Wade Michael Page led neo-Nazi band, had deep extremist ties." NBC News, 6 August 2012.