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  •  Even the Nazis flirted with Marxism for a time (3+ / 0-)
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    I always found it a bit odd that quite a few leading Nazis were so vehemently opposed to communism but much of their economic theory was more or less derived from it.  Look up Strasserism, the ideology of the left-wing of the Nazi Party and it's hard to see much difference between it and communist economic theory.

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    Of course we never did have to opportunity to see it in action as the right-wing (Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, etc.) of the Nazi Party won the power struggle over the left-wing faction (Strasser brothers, Rohm, much of the SA leadership, etc.).  The Night of the Long Knives annihilated the Nazi left-wing for good.  It's interesting to imagine how things would have gone for Nazi Germany had the left-wing of the party won the power struggle.  

    •  Fascism Is Syncretistic - It Absorbs Things (3+ / 0-)

      Fascism is anti-intellectual and populist, so it absorbs various things, unlike the intellectual purity of Communism. And the Nazis were absorbing all sorts of minor political parties.  Look at the Bundy ranch - law enforcement "Oath keepers" lining up "Sovereign Citizen" cop killers! But this was also a feature of Continental Dialectic philosophy that came in about a hundred flavors. The Nazis were "socialist" like the Republicans are "socialist" - it's socialism for whites only.  And the Strassers were "socialist," not "Socialist." They wanted a military junta run by the Junkers (hereditary army officer class) minus all the racist nuttiness.  there was also a regional difference with the north being more Socialist.

      But that was all over by 1934, so that form of Nazism had nothing to do with WW2.

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:07:16 PM PDT

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      •  Hitler once said to a rally: "I know that some of (0+ / 0-)

        you are angry at me because I have abolished the Marxist
        party. But remember, I abolished the other parties as well."

      •  Doesn't seem all that populist (0+ / 0-)

        once it's been going for a while.

        Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:34:49 AM PDT

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