Were the Nazis really socialists? The proof – and numbers – are hard to find

I faced a problem.

I had found another one of those “universally known economic assumptions” that everybody assumes is true, but did not know for a fact whether or not it was. We all know these economic assumptions, and even we are guilty of assuming they’re true every day:

– Capitalism is the best economic system there is. (Proven true.)
– “The rich don’t pay their fair share.” (Proven false.)
– “Sexism is causing the wage gap.” (Proven false.)
– “Housing always goes up.” (Absolutely proven false.)
However, this one was going to be a little bit harder to prove:

Were the Nazis (the National SOCIALISTS) indeed socialist?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This is a very good question that we all thought we have the answer to, but due to government command of the German economy, this proves they were socialist in both practice and in name.
    Good article.

    • That’s Captain Capitalism;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I bought his book twice (Bachelor Economics) for both my son and I!

      • AmicusC

        just stopped by to say that but again you have beaten me to the punch.

    • “Socialist” was in their name. They also assumed control of formerly private or near-private industries.

      Sounds socialist to me.

  • truthdareisay

    hahahahaha! what kind of moustache goes up his nostrils? Or is that a hairy nose piercing 🙂

    • mobuyus

      I believe that it is a descended uni-brow.

    • Minicapt

      He started with a handle-bar, but had to truncate it to fit under a gas mask c.1916.


    • Clausewitz

      Came from his not being able to seal his gas mask when he sported a full mustache during WW I. He carried over the style as an attempt to differentiate himself from the full mustachioed political opponents during the 20’s and 30’s.

  • FactsWillOut

    Fascism is a form of socialism. Just read the works of the guy who invented it, Mussolini. He said in no uncertain terms that fascism is socialism.

  • Shebel

    Stands and has the posture of a female.

  • UCSPanther

    Didn’t Hitler say something about National Socialism being similar to Marxism in the late 1930s?

  • simus1

    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of others peoples money.”
    So said Maggie Thatcher.

    Hitler ran out of other peoples money and foreign loans inside Germany by 1939 and went on a thieving expedition across Europe to replenish despite a war plan that set 1944 as the start of war if required.

  • WalterBannon

    Hitler also voted for Obama

    • Clausewitz

      Yes, but that Hitler was a swarthy Mexican fellow who had the pleasure to vote in twelve different polling stations.

  • canminuteman

    Good to se that you have found new outlet for you talents, Cappy. I have followed you for years. You have always been interesting, and your writing skills have improved immensely over the years.

  • tom_billesley

    Authoritarian collectivism can come in fascist or marxist guise. It’s a fallacy that they represent opposite extremes. It’s a circle – going far enough left or right gets you to the same place.

    • simus1

      Socialism (for the gullible uninitiated) usually is presented and perceived as a utopia for the downtrodden and people of good intentions. Wiser heads recognize that it is much more a scenario in which the wolves are the sales force and the sheep are the customers.