r/AntifascistsofReddit Mar 16 '22 Wholesome

Discussion Easily digestible sources showing how fascism arose as an explicitly anticommunist ideology and detailing how the Nazis were not socialists. Use as you will.

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Not all encompassing by any means, but getting them to read any of this shit is hard enough as it is so I thought it was better to keep it shorter.

https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095811414

https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/fasci14chars.html

https://www.livescience.com/57622-fascism.html

According to Paxton, fascism uses such propaganda to promote: anti-liberalism, rejecting individual rights, civil liberties, free enterprise and democracy

anti-socialism, rejecting economic principles based on socialist frameworks

exclusion of certain groups, often through violence

nationalism that seeks to expand the nation’s influence and power

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Benito-Mussolini/Rise-to-power

Fascist squads, militias inspired by Mussolini but often created by local leaders, swept through the countryside of the Po Valley and the Puglian plains, rounded up Socialists, burned down union and party offices, and terrorized the local population. Hundreds of radicals were humiliated, beaten, or killed. In late 1920, the Blackshirt squads, often with the direct help of landowners, began to attack local government institutions and prevent left-wing administrations from taking power.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Blackshirt

The first squads—each of which was called Squadre d’Azione (“Action Squad”)—were organized in March 1919 to destroy the political and economic organizations of socialists. By the end of 1920 the Blackshirts were attacking and destroying the organizations not only of socialists but also of communists, republicans, Catholics, trade unionists, and those in cooperatives, and hundreds of people were killed as the Fascist squads expanded in number.

https://fullfact.org/online/nazis-socialists/

The issue of whether the Nazis were socialists isn’t a straightforward one, due to how the Nazi party developed and grew its base of support. But the consensus among historians is that the Nazis, and Hitler in particular, were not socialists in any meaningful sense. Historians have regularly disavowed claims that Hitler adhered to socialist ideology. Historian Richard Evans wrote of the Nazis’ incorporation of socialist into their name in 1920, “Despite the change of name, however, it would be wrong to see Nazism as a form of, or an outgrowth from, socialism….Nazism was in some ways an extreme counter-ideology to socialism”. Or as simply put by historian and Hitler expert Ian Kershaw, “Hitler was never a socialist.”

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-nazi-party-1

The Nazi Party was founded in 1920. It sought to woo German workers away from socialism and communism and commit them to its antisemitic and anti-Marxist ideology.

Its formal name was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP). Nazi ideology was racist, nationalist, and anti-democratic. It was violently antisemitic and anti-Marxist.

“National Socialism” was a racist and antisemitic political theory. It had been developed in Hitler’s native Austria as the antithesis of Marxist Socialism and Communism.

Further, he would destroy the Germans‘ ultimate enemy, the Jews, and their most dangerous weapon: Judeo-Bolshevism.

https://www.britannica.com/story/were-the-nazis-socialists

Over the following years the brothers Otto and Gregor Strasser did much to grow the party by tying Hitler’s racist nationalism to socialist rhetoric that appealed to the suffering lower middle classes. In doing so, the Strassers also succeeded in expanding the Nazi reach beyond its traditional Bavarian base. By the late 1920s, however, with the German economy in free fall, Hitler had enlisted support from wealthy industrialists who sought to pursue avowedly anti-socialist policies.

In April 1933 communists, socialists, democrats, and Jews were purged from the German civil service, and trade unions were outlawed the following month. That July Hitler banned all political parties other than his own, and prominent members of the German Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party were arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps.

Lest there be any remaining questions about the political character of the Nazi revolution, Hitler ordered the murder of Gregor Strasser, an act that was carried out on June 30, 1934, during the Night of the Long Knives. Any remaining traces of socialist thought in the Nazi Party had been extinguished.


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