Peter Hitchens is wrong to say Nazis were socialists; they were fascists. Have some facts

Last Updated: March 13, 2023By Tags: , , , , ,

Not socialists: Hitler just put that word into the name of his party and stole some innocuous policies in order to fool working-class voters – much as many people who, today, say Nazis were socialists are trying to do.

I see Peter Hitchens is pushing the falsehood that Hitler’s Nazis were left-wing:

This is a lie that rears its head periodically. I wrote an article about it a few years ago that provides the facts. If you want them, read on:

‘Nazi’ is the short name. The full name for the ‘Nazi’ party was the “National Socialist German Workers’ Party” (“Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” in German).

The fact that the far-right party contained ‘socialist’ in the name was a rebranding gambit to draw workers away from communism and into populist nationalism.

Despite this, the populist nationalists that support the likes of Donald Trump, regualarly take the oportunity to remind modern day liberal or left-leaning critics of white-supremacists and neo-nazis that ‘Socialism’ was included in the Nazi party name.

Hitler’s party positioned as a left-wing organisation based on his rhetoric, rather than his actions, espoused in the 1920s and 1930s to disenfranchised workers frustrated with what they perceived as a two-tier society.

Neither left or right wing want to be known as the side of the political spectrum that Hitler was on, and both sides would argue he was on the other, politically speaking.

One such incident occurred recently on Twitter.

Mike Stuchbery, a teacher and writer whose passion is History, sought to correct the misconception.

This is quite a long dressing down and is a little foulmouthed. You’ve been warned.

The above was from an article I published in 2017.

I wonder how long I’ll have to wait before publishing it again?

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  1. Kieron March 13, 2023 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    This is a straw man article. Hitchens didn’t say they were left wing because they were socialists. You didn’t actually read the article he wrote.

    • Mike Sivier March 14, 2023 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Does it matter? He said they were left-wing and they were demonstrably right-wing.

  2. jeffrey l davies March 14, 2023 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Hitler lefty ha ha ha whose bird brain telling porkies this utter and out mad man who killed people’s for their creed race who ever sais he was a lefty needs locking up

  3. El Dee March 15, 2023 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen this ploy before. Albeit it was an American (not sure why I consider that not to be as bad) it’s hard to tell if they are trolling or really believe it. But it is interesting that they wish to defend the far right nowadays..

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