This is pretty funny.
Socialists actually crave the non-fighting aspects of the military life — the collectivization of people into a single body with one shared purpose. (This feeling of a shared purpose is often craved by those with a religious impulse but who reject actual religion.)
Socialists long to be corporatized — turned into a single cell of a much larger, much grander, much more transcendent body.
Yup. As Hitler and Mussolini knew all too well.
Erich Fromm and Theodor Adorno were founding members of the Frankfurt School, i.e. rotten commie bastards, but they did get one thing right — there’s a certain, sadly prevalent personality type that longs to knuckle under to a man in a uniform. Both The Authoritarian Personality and Escape from Freedom are supposed to be about the appeal of Fascism, but — being commies — neither Adorno nor Fromm saw that they were projecting. Which you’d think would be a pretty big failure coming from professional psychologists, but hey, politics makes lots of smart people stupid. And so neither of them saw what is obvious to any reich-wing knuckle-dragger, that there’s about a dime’s worth of difference between Fascism and Communism.
Which, again, Hitler understood perfectly, which is why the Nazis put so much effort into converting young communists. He didn’t hate Bolshevism because it was socialistic — again, Nazi = National Socialist — but because it was Jewish.
Read Escape from Freedom today, and it sounds like he’s describing a typical MSNBC viewer.