Contrary to contrived leftist mythology, Hitler and Nazism were decidedly Left-wing (i.e., Socialist) entities not Right-wing in the libertarian sense. The acronym NAZI was short for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or National Socialist German Workers Party. The “Right-wing” misnomer was scornfully and malisciously mis-applied by Hitler’s contemporary German Communist brethren as a term of derision because NAZIism was limited to German National Socialism rather than becoming part of the wider International Socialist (i.e., Communist) movement in Germany, the USSR and elsewhere.
Hitler shunned Communism because he was the archetype grandiose narcissist quite unwilling to subordinate himself to a larger worldwide movement or forego the elaborately staged Wagnerian pageantry of NAZI mass rallies which served his addictive needs for “narcissistic supply”.
But Hitler did say
“I won’t conceal that I’ve learned a great deal from Marxism . . . What interested me about the Marxists, and instructed me, were their methods. The difference between them and myself is that I have really put into practice what [they] have begun. The whole of National Socialism is contained in Marxism. Take a look at it: the worker’s athletic societies, the industrial cells, the mass-demonstrations, the propaganda . . . specifically formulated to reach the masses. All these new means of political struggle were almost entirely invented by the Marxists. I had merely to take them over and adapt them to our purposes.” (1)
“Hitler’s economic program closely paralleled . . . the ten emergency measures proposed by Marx in his Communist Manifesto: ‘Eight out of ten of these points were carried out by the Nazi’s with a radicalism that would have delighted Marx.’ ”(2) [Paraphrased from the French translation for clarity].
In fact, The Nazi Party Platform (3) reads like a more extensive version of the Marx-Engels Communist Manifesto. Both were thoroughly Socialist and, accordingly, totalitarian in nature as was Mussolini’s Italian Fascism (4). Mussolini’s Fascist tyranny was, however, mercifully devoid of the genocidal butchery that defined NAZI ism (about six million Jews) and Marxist Bolshevism (about seven million Kulaks - Ukranians) were systematically murdered.
Meanwhile Marxist-Communism’s death toll continues and now amounts to some 90 million people worldwide.
Key Words: Nazi, genocide, Jews, Kulaks, Socialism, Fascism, Marxism, Communism
1. Revel, Jean-Francois, Last Exit to Utopia, Encounter Books, NY, 2000, p. 100.
2. Ibid, p. 97
3. Goldberg, Jonah, Liberal Fascism, Doubleday, NY, pp. 410-413.
4. Muravchik, Joshua, Heaven on Earth, Encounter Books, San Francisco, 2002, pp. 144-171