A common definition is that” National Socialism (Nazism) is a socialist ideology, not communist. Socialism advocates state ownership of industry whereas communism mandates everyone share everything.” This is really saying that a pig is not an animal because it has a small tail but a horse is an animal because it has a long tail. They are both animals but with different type tails. The economic differences of Nazism and Marxism or Communism are very slight.
In the 1930s, Hitler was widely viewed as just another protectionist central planner who recognized the supposed failure of the free market and the need for nationally guided economic development. Proto-Keynesian socialist economist Joan Robinson wrote that "Hitler found a cure against unemployment before Keynes was finished explaining it."
What were those economic policies? He suspended the gold standard, embarked on huge public-works programs like autobahns, protected industry from foreign competition, expanded credit, instituted jobs programs, bullied the private sector on prices and production decisions, vastly expanded the military, enforced capital controls, instituted family planning, penalized smoking, brought about national healthcare and unemployment insurance, imposed education standards, and eventually ran huge deficits. The Nazi interventionist program was essential to the regime's rejection of the market economy and its embrace of socialism in one country.
Such programs remain widely praised today, even given their failures. They are features of every "capitalist" democracy. Keynes himself admired the Nazi economic program, writing in the foreword to the German edition to the General Theory: "[T]he theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state, than is the theory of production and distribution of a given output produced under the conditions of free competition and a large measure of laissez-faire
These were the essence of the Marxist program as called for by Marx: Abolition of property and land and application of all rents of land to public purposes, A heavy progressive or graduated income tax, Abolition of all right to inheritance, Centralization of credit in the hands of the state by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly, Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state, Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing of cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan, and Free education for all children in public schools.
Both the Nazi’s and the Marxist’s emphasized central planning and strong central control. Crony capitalism has similarities to both. Nazism and Marxism strongly emphasize community or allegiance to the state and punish individualism while true capitalism is the opposite emphasizing individualism over community. Nazism and Marxism both stress state controlled health care, state controlled education, state control of businesses, central planning, and big controlling government as opposed to limited and divided government.
Any of the current candidates for president who emphasize only a change in our current government and not a true reduction of government along with a return to a divided government are much closer to the philosophy of a Nazi and Marxist then to the philosophy of the founders.
The real differences between a Nazi and a Marxist are found in the international philosophies. Marx stated “Workers of the World Unite.” Marx called for an international revolution and stated that all workers should not be limited by borders. It was the goal of Lenin to bring revolution or transformation to all countries.
The ideology and practice of the Nazis was the the policy of racist nationalism and national expansion. Racism was at the center of the Nazi ideology along with the belief of the existence of a super race and the desire to build that race through the elimination of all others.
Both Nazism and Marxism have begun under and flourished under a charismatic leader who was especially egotistical and unable or unwilling to accept any criticism, constructive or otherwise. Marx would personally attack anybody, friend or foe, who might question his solutions or his motives. Marx was never at fault according to Marx. Hitler believed that he was infallible and not only verbally attacked those who questioned him but eliminated them. In the initial takeover of a country these leaders never spoke openly and honestly about their beliefs. They spoke to the emotions of the public. They relied on the people being swayed by emotion and not reason. They would speak in sound bites continually reciting the phrases they knew would incite raw emotion.
These are the tactics of demagogues. The end result always is the loss of freedom. The label is unimportant because the suffering of the people is the same. This is exactly the opposite of what our founders fought for and won for us. Our founders believed in rule by the people. Our founders knew it was the responsibility of the citizens to keep that freedom.
I cannot emphasize enough that we as voters must be totally and fully aware of whom and what the candidate we choose to support is. Is the candidate somebody who would support centralized health care? Strike one. Does the candidate or has the candidate ever supported socialized or big government policies. Strike two. Is the candidate able to react positively to criticism or does he or she attack viciously like the demagogues of the past? Strike three and move on. Now look for the candidate who is a true Freedom Loving American, who has character, veracity, statesmanship and believes in the principles of rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people. Look for that candidate who is in the mold of a George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, or Ronald Reagan.
Voters, it is our responsibility to keep our freedom. We must be very discerning in our evaluation of who we would support. Please dig deeper than sound bites and trite cliches of the stump speech and dig into the current and former beliefs of the candidate, and the character and depth of the individual. Our freedom depends on it.