Careful, Jerry: you just called a European History lecturer naive. What are your qualifications to pass judgment on the history of the National Socialist Party? Svetlana is Russian and knows more about the evils of Socialism than you will ever know, and if she and Hitler both say the Third Reich was a Socialist regime, might it not be you who are naive believing the opposite?
To quote a historian; the National Socialist Party “hobbled private companies, nationalised much of heavy industry, and the unions, and socialised everything from private leisure time to employment structures. They also introduced substantial welfare systems, “free” health care, controlled prices, took control of the education system and restricted ownership of private land. Fascism is a socialist virus just like communism. It is about, as Mussolini spelled out as he cut the ribbon on fascism — “everything to the state.” The only real difference is that fascism is nationalistic in tone and communism is generally internationalist. Hitler’s Fascism in practice though, was far more committed to socialism than Mussolini’s, and in some ways even more than Lenin’s.”
The Volkswagon was created to give cars to the workers, and literally translates as the People’s Car…more socialism.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.
There’s only one reason the Left reject Hitler as a Socialist: His brand is poison, and the Left already have Stalin, Mao, Kim Jong-un and Pol Pot that they can’t deny are Socialists, while Hitler can be denied by the curious fiction of pretending that Fascism is the opposite of Socialism, when in fact it is almost exactly the same thing. As Hitler said, the Big Lie is easier to believe than the small lie, and that’s a whopper!.