Friday, October 9, 2009

In response to Luigi B

The following is in response to a comment left by Luigi B regarding the video of David W. Hedrick that I posted yesterday.

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Luigi B said...
> Actually, the Nazis weren't socialists. They were fascists.

> I think he needs to look up the definition of Socialist
> (and so do you) before comparing it to Nazism.
> By the way, Fascists are considered right wingers.

Greetings Luigi B,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

I’m sorry, but you are only half right. The NAZIs were indeed fascist, but fascism is simple one end (the right end if you prefer) of the socialist spectrum. Communism would then be on the left end of the socialist spectrum.

The word NAZI refers to “National Socialism” (German: Nationalsozialismus), and refers to ideology and practices of the “National SOCIALIST German Workers' Party”.

As for the NAZIs being considered to be being on the right end of the overall political spectrum, this is an erroneous representation, based on an misguided attempt to place democracy somewhere between communism and fascism.

If you really want to try to do this, you would be better off replacing the straight line with an incomplete circle open at the bottom. Communism could then be placed on the bottom of the circle, on the left side of the opening, democracy could be placed on the top of the circle, directly opposite the opening, and fascism could then be placed on the bottom of the circle, but on the right side of the opening. This would better represent the concept you make reference to, as well as showing that communism and fascism are really just two sides of an empty ideology, I.E. socialism.

A more accurate representation of the political spectrum would position communism, fascism, and other forms of totalitarian governments, on one side of the spectrum (lets call it the left side), democracies and republics somewhere near the center, and absolute anarchy on the opposite side (lets call it the right side).

See the video below for a more complete explanation of this representaion.

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