User:Osaka Sun/Hitler and socialism
|Automatons led by a lunatic who looked like Charlie Chaplin|
|The Third Reich|
A US-centric argument, spurred on by certain nutty ideologues and infamous websites, claims that Adolf Hitler was not the far-right nationalist that everyone remembers him to be, but rather an egalitarian socialist. Much like the Discovery Institute and their attacks on the theory of evolution, this attempts to evoke the association fallacy on anyone who practices leftist politics, and by that standard, anyone who slightly leans to the left is an adherent of fascism. The canard is primarily powered by the full name of the Nazi Party - National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP). Eeek!
The reality, as usual, is much more complicated: while Hitler did oppose capitalism as an "international" ideology out to destroy the German nation, he was not opposed to private enterprise within a national "sandbox." Furthermore, to get to power, he allied with people whose economic views were much more liberal than his own, distancing himself from alte kaempfer like Gottfried Feder and bringing people such as Hjalmar Schacht into his circle.
 The Enabling Act
“”You can take our lives and our freedom, but you cannot take our honour. We are defenseless but not honourless.
|—Otto Wels, final head of the pre-war German SPD before going into exile|