"The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist.
It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day.
It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism."
Dr. John Joseph Ray
British historian
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What's his point?
 -- anonymous     
     -- Mary - MI      
    not taught in federal education system anymore
     -- abby     
    Often Stalin is treated better than Hitler to justify FDR's love for his Uncle Joe.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
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    Ha, Ha. So true, perplexity made simple.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    It was definitely not a revolution......
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    I'm not sure where the left / right political paradigm originated with no credible etymology, genealogy or otherwise to trace it. I've read the French revolution with monarch vs. anti-monarch, religious differences, etc. alleged beginning uses but, no real palpable evidence  only subjective opinion. Socialism's core definition supports both communism and fascism as elemental sub-categories. Both socialistic phenomenon are only separated by administration (communism places everything in its singular name while fascism uses corporations {corporatism}). No aspect of socialism allows liberty, inalienable rights or personal sovereignty "SO", the current left / right political designations only point to differing administrations of the same enslaving tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The left/right paradigm is held up by those that lay claim to it all, in typical authoritarian fashion.  Apparently the world is 2 dimensional, no depth.  Right and left are 2 parts of a whole, you can't be to the 'right' of nothing.  Is communism 'on the Left'?  The left of what?  Everything else, because there is nothing left of the left.  So when those that identify with the ideals of the 'left' call someone 'right-wing' they merely mean not them.  Anyone not them is to the right or 'far-right' which is often conflated with Nazism.  Nazism was a German form of socialism  nationalist democratic socialism, that's what NAZI means.

    But point that out and then the self-declared socialists will say Hitler was not a real socialist.  ;-)  How about the people?  Did they think they were socialists when they voted for his party? when they voted to make Hitler the country's leader for life?  (Chinese communist Xi is also 'elected' and now for life as well.) 

    The fact is that the US has adopted many key principles of socialism such that Liberty has become an enemy.  The real disparity in America is Liberty vs. Statism.  Are the natural born rights of the People supreme or the dictates of the State?  From the perspective of a socialist (i.e. authoritarian) any move away from State power is a move to the right  communists feel the same way.  From the perspective of a free American, the socialists are laying claim to total power over the People.  That is not Right, it is WRONG.  Note that those that the socialists call 'right-wing' do not consider themselves right wing but merely defending their inalienable 'rights' from authoritarians.

    I cannot argue against those that say the US has embraced fascism (thanks to FDR)  I agree.  But it is not what the country was founded upon. Socialism in all its forms is the hijacking of a free nation.

     -- E Archer, NYC     
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