My first hope was still that this high treason might still be a more or less local affair. I also tried to bolster up a few comrades in this view. Particularly my Bavarian friends in the hospital were more than accessible to this. The mood there was anything but 'revolutionary.' I could not imagine that the madness would break out in Munich, too. Loyalty to the venerable House of Wittelsbach seemed to me stronger, after all, than the will of a few Jews. Thus I could not help but believe that this was merely a Putsch on the part of the navy and would be crushed in the next few days.
The next few days came and with them the most terrible certainty of my life. The rumors became more and more oppressive. What I had taken for a local affair was now said to be a general revolution. To this was added the disgraceful news from the front. They wanted to capitulate. Was such a thing really possible?
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ch. VII
Hitler here seems clearly reactionary, yet he later spouts rhetoric about a "National Revolution". Why? Because while he hated the proletariat for stabbing the "fatherland" in the back, he also needed pawns to carry out his political program (that of the Nazi party). His particular form of radical nationalism was built upon getting revenge on the working class, but as that is not viable for any ideology, he turns to rhetoric about "National Socialism" and the evils of "international finance" in order to give his reactionary movement a revolutionary character.
Not until the moment when the Center and the Social Democracy were forced to recognize, to their own grief, that the sympathies of the soldiers were beginning to turn away from the revolutionary parties toward the national movement and reawakening, did they see fit to deprive the troops of suffrage again and prohibit their political activity.
It was illuminating that the Center and the Marxists should have taken this measure, for if they had not undertaken this curtailment of ' civil rights '-as the political equality of the soldiers after the revolution was called-within a few years there would have been no revolution, and hence no more national dishonor and disgrace.
Mein Kampf, Ch. IX
So Hitler equates a radical revolution with national dishonor and disgrace...
The German national souls kept privately whispering to each other the suspicion that basically we were nothing but a species of Marxism...For to this very day these scatterbrains have not understood the difference between socialism and Marxism
Reading on, it seems obvious that this was a kind of perverse joke, giving the appearance of socialism to shock the centrist bourgeoisie...not too convincing frankly
It seems that Hitler's denunciations of the "bourgeois government" come not from a radical standpoint, but from a reactionary standpoint. In his opinion, they were too soft, and their Republic allowed the rabble to rise up and engage in revolution. So why would he do this if he is such a socialist radical? What seems clear is that he favors a strong government to put down the autonomous action of the proletariat, because it would be a monkey wrench in the war machine of German nationalism, his ideology.