Was Hitler left wing and were the Nazis Fascists?
When I was taught history at school, I vaguely remember that Hitler was most definitely right wing. Now I know that the party Hitler first joined was the popular German Social Democrat Party, which was then renamed the National Socialist German Workers Party, or the Nazi Party, which shifted the balance from Socialist to Nationalist. The appeal in the first instance was most definitely to the workers and the unions, but Hitler engineered the split eventually from the GSD socialists because he abhorred socialism and communism.
The Nazis, in the end betrayed the workers, and Germany.
“Stripped of their romantic trimmings, all Hitler’s ideas can be reduced to a simple claim for power which recognizes only one relationship, that of domination, and only one argument, that of force.”
The Nazi party was always referred to as Fascist in nature; although I appreciate the term correctly describes the party founded by Mussolini which has always in the past been firmly extreme right wing.
Since I left school and became more interested in political theories, I’m of the opinion that the extreme left, that is Communism, and the extreme right, Fascism, have rather more similarities than differences. I’m not sure that changing the terms of reference with which we were familiar at one time is a cynical exercise by the far right to distance itself from the pejorative accusations of Fascism, or is all such terminology becoming nonsensical meaningless jargon.
And what about the term liberal, which is now used pejoratively to mean anything but! Is it all a sort of reverse Political Correctness?
It is most certainly confusing.