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What are the Differences Between MEChA and Nazism?
[Stefan Sharkansky] 9/3/03

California gubernatorial candidate Cruz Bustamante remains steadfast in his refusal to denounce MEChA, which he joined as a university student.

For anybody who is still wondering why this is such a big deal, herewith are key quotes from MEChA's founding document El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán (cited by many MEChA university chapters as being "fundmental" to the organization) juxtaposed with the Nazi Party's founding platform ("The Twenty-Five Points", which were first read in public by Adolf Hitler on Feb. 24, 1920)

Twenty-Five Points:
4. None but members of the nation may be citizens of the State. None but those of German blood, whatever their creed, may be members of the nation. No Jew, therefore, may be a member of the nation

El Plan Espiritual:
Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada

Twenty-Five Points:
7. We demand that the State shall make it its first duty to promote the industry and livelihood of citizens of the State. If it is not possible to nourish the entire population of the State, foreign nationals (non-citizens of the State) must be excluded from the Reich

El Plan Espiritual:
Aztlán belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans.

Twenty-Five Points:
8. All non-German immigration must be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans, who entered Germany subsequent to August 2nd, 1914, shall be required forthwith to depart from the Reich.

El Plan Espiritual:
economic control of our lives and our communities can only come about by driving the exploiter out of our communities, our pueblos, and our lands

Twenty-Five Points:
13. We demand nationalisation of all businesses which have been up to the present formed into companies (Trusts).
14. We demand that the profits from wholesale trade shall be shared out.

El Plan Espiritual:
Cultural background and values which ignore materialism and embrace humanism will contribute to the act of cooperative buying and the distribution of resources and production

Twenty-Five Points:
17. We demand land-reform suitable to our national requirements, passing of a law for confiscation without compensation of land for communal purposes;

El Plan Espiritual:
Lands rightfully ours will be fought for and defended. Land and realty ownership will be acquired by the community for the people's welfare.

Twenty-Five Points:
23 (c) It must be forbidden to publish papers which do not conduce to the national welfare. We demand legal prosecution of all tendencies in art and literature of a kind likely to disintegrate our life as a nation

El Plan Espiritual:
We must insure that our writers, poets, musicians, and artists produce literature and art that is appealing to our people and relates to our revolutionary culture.

Twenty-Five Points:
24. We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the moral feelings of the German race.

El Plan Espiritual:
Nationalism as the key to organization transcends all religious, political, class, and economic factions or boundaries. Nationalism is the common denominator that all members of La Raza can agree upon.

Twenty-Five Points:
The leaders of the Party swear to go straight forward - if necessary to sacrifice their lives - in securing fulfillment of the foregoing Points.

El Plan Espiritual:
Self-Defense against the occupying forces of the oppressors at every school, every available man, woman, and child.

Back to the question in the title: What are the differences between MEChA and Nazism?

Answer: The Nazis were German, the Mechistas hail from Mexico. The Nazis were fixated on Jews, the Mechistas don't seem to like any white people. The Nazis came to power and achieved (for a time) many of their stated goals. The Mechistas have helped establish "Chicano Studies" departments, but (hopefully) will never achieve many of their other goals. The leading Republican candidate for California governor is the son of a former Nazi and has unequivocally denounced Nazism. The leading Democratic candidate for California governor was an active member of MEChA and continues to defend the organization.

UPDATE: Some might apologize for MEChA by saying that its adherents see themselves as members of an oppressed, impoverished and humiliated people. Okay, but the same held true for the Nazis.

[copyright 2003 Stefan Sharkansky]



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