Skip to comments.Were Nazis Right-Wing?
Posted on 04/19/2010 2:12:06 PM PDT by AJKauf
The worst thing about the passage that I have quoted is its apparent endorsement, or uncritical acceptance, of Freuds characterization of the Nazis as right-wing. This seems to me simplistic to the point of dishonesty, or at least symptomatic of a desire that complex social and political realities should be located on an analogue scale from right to left or left to right. If such a scale must be used, it seems to me that there is as much, if not more, reason to place Nazism on the left of it rather than on the right.
Not that this would be satisfactory, far from it. As Bishop Butler said, every thing is what it is and not another thing; Nazism was what it was and not another thing. If it could not, and cannot, be fitted neatly on to a political analogue scale, so much the worse for the scale. To change the figure of speech, we must not construct Procrustean conceptual beds.
Does it matter, however, if Nazism being what it was and not another thing is routinely characterized as being right-wing? I think that it does matter, for the following reason. There is a false syllogism that has a profound psychological effect:
* Nazism was right-wing. * Conservatism is right-wing. * Therefore Nazism was conservative and conservatism is Nazi. ....
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They were socialists
Exactly ... National Socialists.
NO they were totalitarian government controlling leftists.
I once read an essay on NAZI economics and they were definitely not believers in free markets and private property.
THERE’S NOTHING RIGHT-WING ABOUT NAZIS.
Who the heck started that lie anyway?
I believe this erroneous premise is the basis for much of Jewish antipathy toward conservatives and conservatism despite its support of Israel.
According to the lyrics of the Nazi “Horst Wessel Lied”, the Nazis were fighting against “reactionaries”:
So I guess the Nazis were NOT right-wing!
Well, their policy of extermination of a portion of humanity by defining them as sub-human certainly sounds like something the leftists at Planned Parenthood would applaud.
National Socialists. Trust in conservative principles and you can’t go wrong. Trust in socialism and you get Hitler and Stalin.
Marxism and Nazism are routinely described as left and right extremes of a continuum. I describe them as two sides of a single coin. The notion that we are perched precariously on some slippery slope between these two extremes is a false one. We are not on that continuum at all. Between fascism and communism, Nazism and Stalinism you will find every variety of mutation and amalgam, most totalitarians are really an amalgam of the two with a healthy shot of mafia thrown in for good measure. Socialists are the less-violent cousins to the fascists and communists but there is no bright line to separate them; they are the ones perched on a slippery slope with no clear barrier.
We’re constitutionalists, classic liberals, republicans. We are their polar opposites, in fact its hard even to speak of us as being their opposites when it is more correct to say that we are a different genus altogether. Freedom is our DNA. Control is theirs.
State Control of Industry
(and anti-Israel, before there even was a post-1948 Israel).
They were Socialists....like the current POTUS.
Calling Nazi’s right-wing was a myth started in the first half of the 20th century when it was clear that they were in heated competition with the Communists. They were enemies in pre-Hitler Germany and fighting would break out between the two groups. The popular thinking seemed to be that since Communists were clearly on the left, then those fighting with them must be from the right. Of course, a similar line of reasoning would put Trotsky on the right, which doesn’t fit at all.
No! It is a common misconception.
The political spectrum is a circle. The far left and the far right are the same place. They are socialists.