“ Hitler was not a socialist, he was a fascist.” For obvious reasons the Left has always sought to deny that Hitler was one of theirs, but it is an unavoidable fact that the National Socialist Party was a Socialist party, albeit with strong nationalist and racist memes. Goebbels said the War was between the Socialist Germany and the Capitalist West. Hitler stated plainly that “the whole of National Socialism” was based on Marx. He said “The economy could easily be controlled simply by dispossessing the capitalist class of their means of production, and guiding their productive capacity through the hands of the state.” He ran a control economy where family-owned theoretically capitalist companies were directed by the Party, and all decisions made by the Nazi central planning committee.

In a speech in Munich in August 1920, Hitler addressed the National Socialist party on the issues of race and politics. It was widely known that socialists of the time were tied to eugenic policies, as they have throughout history. Indeed, everyone who supported genocide at that time also called themselves socialists.

Hitler said “We must find and travel the road from individualism to socialism without revolution”. Hitler argued that the “problem with Russian Communism was that they had chosen their path as a revolutionary one. If individualism was to be destroyed, revolution was the most painful and difficult way to destroy the capitalists. Marx and Lenin had the right goals in his mind, but simply chose the wrong tactics.”

If this doesn’t sound Socialist to you, it should. Mussolini was a Fascist, and an ally of Hitler, but that doesn’t make Hitler Fascist any more than having Japan as an ally made him a Bushido Buddhist!



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Al Black

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.