National Socialism has become one of the most misunderstood terms in history simply due to peoples misunderstanding of the difference between theory and practice. Many people view Socialism from the theoretical standpoint that Socialism is ‘internationalist’ but it’s this simplistic viewpoint of Socialism that sways from the truth of what Socialism really is. Socialists invariably tell us that National Socialism wasn’t Socialism simply because Socialists apologists want us to see them for what they ‘dream’ of, rather than what Socialism has proven to be throughout world recorded history, what we have seen in practice. When we look at the definition of the word Socialism from various sources we can get a rough idea for what it means. Socialism is defined by central planning, the centralisation of the economy into the hands of the planners. Socialists again will invariably tell you that Socialism is “workers control over the means of production” or in other words “community ownership”, but again what contradicts this is the Socialism we have seen in practice time and time again. So since Socialism is a centrally planned system this is what we refer to as a ‘centralised economy’. Socialism is all about THE PLAN, you hear the age old argument from Socialists that leaving the economy down to the market to regulate itself according to them is ridiculous and the age old argument between Capitalists and Socialists has always been between leaving things for the market to self regulate or the central planners. So the question you have to ask yourself ‘who are the planners?’ Well, in order to carry out THE PLAN you need to have THE PLANNERS in order to carry out the distribution to ensure equality (after all that’s what the goal of Socialism aims for, an egalitarian utopia). The people who give empowerment to THE PLANNERS are the people and the role of THE PLANNERS is to conduct, organise, manage, control and direct the economy, they are the ones who PLAN and CONTROL production. So let’s take a look at some of the definitions of Socialism to give us a better insight to what Socialism means:
SOCIALISM: “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies”
- “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods”
- a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
What we can take from some of these working definitions is that Socialism simply means in the general sense that it is the state direction of the economy; as stated “advocating collective or governmental ownership” the word ‘collectivised’ is synonymous to the word ‘socialised’, as I pointed out in one of my previous blog posts on the ‘Top 10 Reasons Nazi Germany Was Socialist’ the word Socialism is synonymous even by definition to the word Collectivism. What one must understand, Socialism isn’t just state ownership of the means of production via nationalisation; Socialism is also state control of the means of private production. In other words, if the state strongly ‘regulates’ which means to ‘control’ the means of production. This was a large part of what the Nazi government did; Adolf Hitler had strongly regulated private industry which simply meant that all means of production whether state owned via nationalisation or state controlled via privatisation, was controlled and owned by the state. Another working definition of Socialism gives us this hint:
SOCIALISM: “A political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/socialism
From what we can see as quoted “the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated”, emphasising the word ‘or’ meaning that it doesn’t matter if the means of production is owned by the state via nationalisation or regulated by the state via regulation of private industry, that is what defines Socialism. As I pointed out in my video on ‘National Socialism: Undeniable Truth’ here:
you will see from the various telling quotations that there was no denying the fact they were Socialists, they did not hide this fact, they just didn’t adhere to the Marxian tactics, they wanted their own variant of Socialism. After all the Nazi government were THE PLANNERS, the people who conducted, governed, organised and managed the economy; they controlled and owned the means of production which lives up to the definition of Socialism.