True & Honest Fan
- Sep 13, 2019
Oh. I guess I was wrong and this shit is much more complicated than I originally believed.Hitler paid lip-service to socialism and even had socialists in his party to help him craft and co-opt socialist language. But he vehemently disagreed with the actual socialists in his party about the ideology.
See his debates with Otto Strasser:
The 21st of May. Thursday May 21st, around 12:15, Mr Hess, Adolf Hitler’s personal secretary, called me to arrange a meeting with Mister Hitler at one at the Hotel Sanssouci. I was about to l…institutenr.org
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His idea of "Socialism" was infected by his tendency to sperg about the master race. His actual economic policies were Fascist.
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In a 1923 interview he clarified his views even before this debate: https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/sep/17/greatinterviews1
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In short, Hitler co-opted socialist language to appeal to the working class, but never had any intentions of actually following through with its tenets, at least the ones he deemed "marxist". His racial ideology overrode his economic one, and in fact directly informed it. This caused a schism within the party that culminated in the Night of the Long Knives, were several prominent leftists in the party were purged.
So Hitler and the Nazis were essentially Socialist in Name Only. This distinction continues to befuddle boomers and MAGAs who treat the term "Socialist" like a hot-potato they pass around to any ideology they want to insult. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with history knows the truth. Of course actually reading up on shit is too complicated for most people and calling Hitler a socialist helps to discredit ideological opponents on the left, so it gets parroted it around even though its factually incorrect. Next time just do some research yourself instead of asking fucking kiwifarms of all places.