|"The thinking worker comes to Hitler"|
This is complete nonsense.
The socialist roots of Nazism doesn't require any digging; it's right there in the groups official title "The National Socialist German Workers Party." Sometimes this is waved off by saying they were "right wing socialists." As Jonah Goldberg wrote in Liberal Fascism, that remark is justified by the warmongering nature of fascism, not by its economic policies.
People make associations between the two by mistakenly projecting the hawkish nature of modern American conservatives into the 1930's. They do the same thing with the modern right wing tendencies of modern white supremacists, but that's also a mistake.
I recently stumbled across an in-depth video on Netflix from Philosophy Professor Stephen RC Hicks entitled "Nietzche and the Nazis" which attempts to explain the intellectual beliefs and philosophy of the Nazi party.
Hicks completely knocks it out of the park. He repeatedly highlights the embrace of socialism and contempt of capitalism that swam through the Third Reich and backs it up with specific quotations and excerpts.
There's been plenty of academic analyses that go into the collectivist nature of Nazi Germany's policies, including Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, but Hicks presents something in a format that's easy to digest by anyone.
He also drew attention to a pamphlet written by Joseph Goebbels, the head propaganda minister. Here are some notable lines:
What does anti-Semitism have to do with socialism? I would put the question this way: What does the Jew have to do with socialism? Socialism has to do with labor. When did one ever see him working instead of plundering, stealing and living from the sweat of others? As socialists we are opponents of the Jews because we see in the Hebrews the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of the nation’s goods.Combine that with
I can love Germany and hate capitalism. Not only can I, I must. Only the annihilation of a system of exploitation carries with it the core of the rebirth of our people.It's pretty hard to see how anyone could read what the Nazis actually wrote in their own propaganda and still insist that Nazism was some sort of free market cult. If someone wants to write off this pamphlet as some sort of fluke, then watch the major propaganda film Triumph of the Will and fast forward to the scene 31 minutes in where workers march like soldiers with shovels in the place of rifles.
It's unfortunate that the popular mindset overemphasizes racism as the selling point of Nazism and fascism. Hicks does a great job of tapping into that mindset and revealing how a philosophy that rejects traditional morality was able to inspire people yearning for progress. This brings about an uncomfortable idea about the future.
If younger generations fundamentally misunderstand the driving force behind evil mindsets like Nazism, then they will be completely vulnerable if it comes back again, striking not with mere hate but with false promises of prosperity.