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'Right Wing' Doesn't Equal 'Terrorist'

DHE Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:50 PM
DCM in Fla. Sorry, but computer did not let me reply to you directly below ealier, if you are still around. No idea why. Often have trouble with TH tech. But, I think you ask a good question as to how to define right wing in pre-war Germany. You have to look at the literature and parties (there were many) at the time. Many of them used the same tactics. The "right/left" nomenclature comes, I believe, from the French revolution. In the 1930s, in Germany the right was more defined by nationalist and ethnic cultural objectives (opposed to class struggle) and the left more with international unification and class struggle (as in the Int'l aspects of the communists). Hitler himself disapproved of both ideologies.
45caliber Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 4:24 PM
"Right" and "left" came from the seating positions in Congress when the parties were first forming. Congressmen are allowed to sit on the side they wished - and members of both parties chose to sit together.
DHE Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:51 PM
As I said earlier, I think he was an outlier because of the success of the fuhrer principle, but was more right than left. Those in his party who were more left wing, particularly at the beginning, were eventually purged or killed or adopted his positions. Almost all arguments about Nazis being lefties are based upon the name of the party which pre-existed his joining and some of the early leadership in his party being lefties. But, if nothing else, he was very anti-communist.
DCM in FL Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 3:56 PM
How exactly is "right wing" being defined in your comments?

"he was very anti-communist" -- In what way? Nazism and Communism have very similar roots.

Perhaps there is some political terminology criteria by which Nazism could be defined as "right-wing." All I know is that Nazism is virtually the polar opposite of how "right-wing" is used in America today -- Christian, conservative, etc.

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