Wotan, your history needs a little work.
Hitler displayed intimidation and violence largely after coming to power; he came to power via elections and legislation, and won favor through promises to the German people. (Sounds familiar.)
Socialism is likewise based on the idea that some are better than others. There should be an elite doing all the planning for everyone else (why, if they're not "lesser"?), even as they talk of equality and sharing.
Of course, nothing makes people equal like shared intimidation and privation forcing them to be equal. That's why the ultimate shared equality of socialism is shared misery.