Originally Posted by linda22003
Hitler was a National Socialist, which was a movement of the left (their association with the right was one of Stalin's greatest propaganda coups).
Originally Posted by Starbuck
The Branch Davidians were pretty harmless, and if the ATF hadn't gone in shooting, there would not have been a standoff, and the FBI killed 80 people, not the Davidians.
Jim Jones was a Marxist who used religion as a cover for tax exemptions and as a means of fundraising. The following comes from a paper (http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJones...Introvigne.htm) examining Jone's political beliefs:
“My Marxist Views”: Jim Jones and Liberation Theology
Jim Jones’s fascination with Marxism is well-known. It has been used as a key interpretive tool in at least one of the important books about Jonestown, John R. Hall’s 1987 Gone from the Promised Land (Hall 1987). Hall appears to be genuinely puzzled by Jones’ Marxism. He vacillates between taking it seriously and regarding it as just another recruiting tool for a prophetic show aimed at feeding Jones’ megalomania rather than truly promoting social or political revolution.
Hall duly notes that as a teenager Jones “became enamored of Stalin and the Soviets” (Hall 1987, 13), and later reconstructed his experience as nothing less than a Marxist infiltration into Christianity. “By Jones’ account, he was associating with Communists, who told him, ‘Don’t become a member of the Party; work for the Party’ … ‘How can I demonstrate my Marxism? The thought was, “infiltrate the church”’” (Hall 1987, 16-17). Hall wisely notes that “aside from his own accounts, there is no confirmation of the communist inspiration” (Hall 1987, 17), or that Jones was a man sent on a mission by the Communist Party. On the other hand, “Jones eventually read some Marx,” which made him somewhat different from your average country preacher. “’In the early years,’ Jones recalled, ‘I approached Christendom from a communalist standpoint with only intermittent mention of my Marxist views. However in later years there wasn’t a person that attended my meeting that did not hear me say at some time that I was a communist’” (Hall 1987, 26).