Defining Fascism and National Socialism (Nazism)

Submitted by BernieSanders moderator in FascismRising (edited )

This Submission has been created with an attempt to educate and inform. People should not be ignorant in the differences between Nazism and Fascism.


Fascism is a form of authoritarian nationalism, which believes in total mobilisation of society under a single party state. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation and aims to promote a masculine, martial culture.

Classical Fascism promotes a corporatist economic system, where employer and employee associations are linked in the interest of the nation but actions such as strikes are illegal. Fascism tended to favor big industry and state investment in capitalist buisness.

Fascism is very traditionalist, promoting moral hygiene and national tradition.

National Socialism (Nazism):

National socialism is the form of Fascism adopted by Nazi Germany. National socialism extols the virtues of a single race (historically the Aryan race) over all other races, and sees the expansion of that race's control as the most effective way to combat their racial enemies (historically the jews).

Like Fascism, National Socialism puts the authoritarian state above all else, but adds state-run Eugenics programs to ensure racial purity.

National Socialism is commonly referred to as right-wing due to these social characteristics, but economically national socialism favored neither the Socialist struggle for class equality nor free market capitalism, with mercantilism in the service of the state preferred.


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