“Well, first, you’re confusing communism with socialism, and you’re conflating socialism with democratic socialism. Second, you can’t claim you adhere to a political model just by putting it in the name of your political party. Fascism is not socialism.” Now that is just daft Left Wing ideology designed to exclude Hitler from the Pantheon of Socialist Leaders, because he went to War with equally Socialist Russia. It is not confusion on my part, it is clarity:
Fascism pretty much IS Socialism, and the difference between Communism and Socialism is simple: Socialism is the rhetoric before the Revolution, Communism (or Fascism) is the reality after the Revolution. Democratic socialism is the creeping sort that seeks to infect a democracy with Socialist polices through the ballot box rather than the barrel of a gun: They are the Diet Pepsi of Socialists, but still have Central Planning & Bureaucratic rules replacing the Supply and Demand free market economy. What the Democrats claim to be, in other words, Social Justice Warriors working towards a future without freedom of choice.
The core beliefs of Socialism are anti-Capitalist, with Centrally Planned Economies being the ideal, Personal freedoms subsumed for the greater good: “Everything for the State” as Mussolini put it. The only difference between Hitler’s and Stalin’s Socialism was that Hitler demanded that the Party control the means of production and distribution, but allowed the current owners to keep ownership as long as they took orders from the Party, while Stalin killed the owners and Nationalised everything, losing a lot of management expertise in the process.
“Svetlana is a cynical capitalist zealot, not an honest broker. I know this because she’s trying to tie the model of socialism to the most repugnant thing she could think of — Nazism.” I don’t agree with your assessment of Svetlana, nor that Nazism is necessarily that much worse than other brands of Socialism: Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Kim Jong Un are fairly repugnant too, and what do they have in common with Nazism? Answer: Everything.
Marxism, Socialism, Communism, National Socialism all come from the flawed idea that personal rights and freedoms, including the right to own property, are wrong, and should be replaced by communal service to the State, which will be the owner and planner of everything. Hitler and Nazism are repugnant: that is exactly why their Socialist roots are so important to understand: Hitler’s Reich and Stalin’s USSR differed only in minor details: both are extreme examples of Big Government taking all freedoms away from their own citizens.
I haven’t read any of Dinesh D’Souza’s writings and don’t intend to; I am quite capable of forming my own views after reviewing the historical facts of the case. He is an example of a Straw Man argument, and I’m not going to defend a person I don’t know, who may well be a “racist, birther crank”. However just because everything else he says is incorrect does not mean Fascism and Socialism are not one and the same, just because he says they are.
“Above all, the Nazis were German white nationalists.” The Nazis were Socialists with a nasty overlay of Racism, but they weren’t “white nationalists”, because many of those they hated were white, including European Jews, Slavs and Russians. They pretty much hated anyone who wasn’t just like Germans. It is amusing that many dim-witted members of White supremacist gangs in the USA would themselves have gone to the gas chambers in Hitler’s Germany, but they are themselves a dying cult of losers. The vast majority of the western world rejects the politics of Racism. The greatest danger to civil society today comes not from tiny deranged groups of white supremacists but from the ironically named Fascists of Antifa, the leftist thugs rioting in the streets against Trump’s America. Fascist and Socialist States all started out as violent movements among young working class males, just like the Black-shirts of Antifa.