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Culture War: Is Nazism Far-Right or Far-Left?

Culture War: el nazismo, ¿movimiento de ultraderecha o ultraizquierda?

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Over the past few decades, the left has attempted to rewrite the history of Nazism to make it look like a far-right ideology. Editor-at-large at El American, Emmanuel Rincón, devotes the twelfth installment of Culture War to analyzing the narrative that disguises the socialist roots of Hitler and his movement as “far-right.”

Members of academia, journalists and left-wing activists have pushed to turn the “greatest exponent of the collectivist left,” Adolf Hitler, into a “right-wing monster” who persecuted the poor and communists.

Emmanuel clarifies that, although it is true that Hitler and also Mussolini fought against Soviet communism, it was a matter of conflicting visions of the left: the Bolsheviks intended to “internationalize their movement” through the Komintern, while Hitler and Mussolini conceived a “nationalist and autarchic socialism”.

Hitler, more socialist than Marx

“Although it may sound far-fetched, Hitler considered that he represented authentic socialism and that the Marxists were representatives of the vilest international capitalism, dominated by the Jews,” says Rincón. “That is to say, for Hitler, Marxism was capitalist”, this was written by the genocidal man himself in his book Mein Kampf.

Using Hitler’s own words, Rincón narrates the collectivist principles that the German National Socialist movement defended: from the domination of the means of production to the militarization of the economy through the Gauleiter.

The Nazi party promoted statism until its last days. Rincon describes how public spending and investment skyrocketed under Hitler’s “military Keynesianism,” and how the bubble that built the autobahns, electric dams and financed the purported “Nazi welfare state” was formed.

On the fallacious basis that Hitler fought communism because it was right-wing and protected private enterprise, the myth is built that Nazism is a “far-right” referent. These are fallacies because the Führer did not believe in the individual and defended the rule of the collective: “a basic principle of the purest Marxism”.

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Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American

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