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To: Capitalism2003
The problem with your argument is that Hitler betrayed almost all the socialist principles laid out above once he came to power. The true believers in National Socialism, including Ernst Roehm and the Nazi ideologue who wrote the very words you have posted, Gregor Strasser, were murdered by Hitler on the Night of the Long Knives, June 30, 1934.

Hitler was backed by all the major capitalist industrialists in Germany throughout the existence of the Third Reich. He consolidated his power as Chancellor by gaining the support of the conservative faction in German government led by Franz von Paten. The only private property at risk in the Nazi era belonged to the Jews. Private enterprise flourished under the Nazis and strikes were outlawed. Hardly the record one would expect of socialists.

For the Nazis, ideology on paper was one thing, actual governing philosophy something else entirely. Hitler did not go to the working man to build his war machine. He went to the capitalists.

In such a well researched and well known area of history it behooves no one to distort the facts. The proper way to understand National Socialism is to always put the emphasis on the first word -- nationalism. The Nazis were German racial chauvinists of the first rank. Hitler's committment to socialism was always secondary, and, as we saw, easily disposed of when he felt it was convenient to do so.

44 posted on 05/25/2004 12:07:19 PM PDT by beckett
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To: beckett

The lure of socialism for the ruling class has always been the godlike power and condecention. The weight of socialism always rests upon the shoulders of the working class


50 posted on 05/25/2004 11:00:14 PM PDT by bad company
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