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Nazism wasn't left or right wing but syncretic. Yes or no?

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Adolf Hitler declared that Nazism was not a left or right wing movement, but a "syncretic" movement. What say you?
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  1. Was syncretic

    11 votes
    1. Agree
      54.55%
    2. Don't agree
      45.45%



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  • I definitely don't think that the Nazi's were built around a syncretic movement. Syncretism is defined as allowing different beliefs. I don't think that they allowed different beliefs in their territory. I don't think this because eventually, with the Holocaust beginning, the Nazi's cut Jews off and Jews weren't allowed in Nazi Germany at the time.
    billpassed
  • Nazis were built on racism and nationalism. They may not have had any affiliations with political parties. They were against Jews and believe that Germany was the best country globally possibly. That was bad and racist.
  • Adolf Hitler may have issued the statement in order to get Germany to back him up. Keep in mind, Hitler wanted as much support as possible so that when he did something for Germany, his citizens and himself could be recognized for it. That being said, I would agree with what Nazism is being described above, but also that Nazism was independent from any American politics, so it is hard to correlate Hitlers policies with typical American political policies.
    A good debate is not judged by bias, but in the context of the debate, where objectivity is key and rationale prevalent. 


  • Adolf Hitler, Germany, and the Nazis may not have had any political party. They had fundamentally racist beliefs.
    EmeryPearson
  • FascismFascism 298 Pts
    When Hitler said his movement was syncretic, he didn't mean that it allowed different cultures and ideas to mix and mingle. He meant it as simply a movement with left-wing and right-wing values together. 

    Right-wing values in Nazism:
    Nationalism
         Nativism
         Racism
         Cultural preservation
    Patriarchy
    Corporatism
    Private Property

    Left-wing values:
    No freedom of speech
    Command economy
    Heavy business regulation
    Collectivism

    It is a common misunderstanding that fascism is right-wing. Fascism can be right wing or left wing, although in history it was usually moderate like Nazism or right wing. 
    EmeryPearson
  • Nazis are not good, but I don’t belive that they are associated with a political party.
    EmeryPearson
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  • VaulkVaulk 439 Pts
    If the question is regarding what the Left and Right represents today...then the Left is most like the Nazi party.  Nazi stood for National Socialist German Worker's Party.  Which of the two political polarities would you consider to be the closest to Socialism?  Ever heard of Bernie Sanders?
    EmeryPearson
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  • FascismFascism 298 Pts
    @Vaulk Which of the two political parties is closest to nationalism? 
    EmeryPearson
  • AmpersandAmpersand 336 Pts
    edited March 17
    Left Wing and Right Wing are themselves very broad terms which try and simplify complex political ideas - with there being no agreement as to what constitutes left-wing and right-wing. For instance I'd classify no freedom of speech as typically right-wing and a command economy as arguably neither as it crops up in such a variety of economies historically (although again the exact metric a economy becomes a command economy is also arbitrary).

    The main takeaway should be that fascism is awful regardless of whether you view it as left-wing or right-wing.
    BaconToes
  • EmeryPearsonEmeryPearson 118 Pts
    edited March 27
    Economically? Right of center.
    In Governance? Extreme far right.

    People get hung up on the economics, because factually, the Nazi party were far more center in respects to economic policy than people realize. But, they were extremely right on basically everything else.
    PogueBaconToes
  • Nazism promoted in opposititon to the 'left':

    Wealth Stratification.
    Social Stratification.
    Racial Stratification.
    Wealth Consolidation.
    Private Businesses.
    Private Property.
    Anti-Globalization.
    Wage Labor.
    Traditional Female Roles.
    Social Darwinism.
    Racial Purity.
    Anti-Union.
    State use of Religion.

    Just to name a few. 
    PogueBaconToes
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