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"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.."
only to break the people's national and patriotic backbone and make them ripe for the slave's yoke of international capital and its masters, the Jews."
"the economic independence of the nation" from "the international stock exchange"
"Jew" was just a code word for international capitalist.
Adolf and his classmates soon sensed where the majority of their teachers' loyalties lay. They took the punishment that was required for making sketches of Bismarck, greeting one another with the German "Heil," singing German patriotic songs or wearing a cornflower as a symbol of loyalty to the Prussian house of Hohenzollern. They relished any German victory in the Pacific, Africa or any other part of the world. Like many of his classmates Adolf was developing into a German nationalist. He and his friends, like the intellectuals who favored a natural political map, believed that all Germans should be united under one flag.
Really, and what kind of argument would you make to say that it isn't the other way around? What would you say in this instance to prove that Hitler denounced Jews as a roundabout way of denouncing capitalism? After all, Hitler firmly believed in Eugenics, as well as the nationalistic mysticism about the "Aryan" race. If his anti-semitism was a veil for his socialism, then why was it that he carried it out more firmly than any "socalist" policies? His strongest ideological influence came from decidedly non-socalist sources....
This suggests that Hitler's influences came mostly from the grosdeutch style of Germanic nationalism. This, along with the Eugenics and mystical leanings causes one to question claims that the Nazis were purely influenced by socialism, and when they were, it was probably by Stalin's socialism to the East. In my opinion, Stalin's "socialism in one state" achieved the same goals that Hitler wanted to achieve with his German nationalism - submission to the State, strong institutions for crushing dissidents (Gulags), and the suppression of rebellious national groups. Hitler's economic views were probably adapted from the the Soviet Union's policies as a means of rebuilding Germany as an imperial world power, and especially to do so as a means of outpacing the existing powers. That and as a way of getting support during an ongoing economic crisis, with vague promises of work and national greatness.
And the ongoing issue here is how far one can extend a label before it becomes meaningless. Hitler sounds like someone who believes in fairies and unicorns and the Easter Bunny, but who nonetheless goes around insisting that he is a excellent scientist.
The actual difference between Socialism and Marxism still remains a mystery to these people up to this day.
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