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Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian

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This essay explains why Nazi Germany was a socialist state, not a capitalist one. And why Socialism, understood as an economic system based on government ownership of the means of production, requires either fraud or armed robbery in order to achieve power, and then the establishment of a totalitarian dictatorship in order to remain in power. Social Democrats do not have t ...more
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Published December 3rd 2014 by TJS Books
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Peter Jaimez
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
READ THIS!!!

I can attest that this short essay is one hundred percent right.

I live in an on going experiment in Venezuela, they are trying socialism (again, people never learn) we have shortages of every thing from life saving medicines to toilet paper. The people in government, mostly exmilitary, calls every one who doesn't agree with them "fascists".

What defenders of free enterprise lack is an understanding of how well socialism works for those in power, and how important is the influence of E
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Gustavo H.R. Costa
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summary

It makes it very easy to understand the plague of socialism, a major threat to humanity today!
Recommended to all those in search for quick references and arguments to speak up against it.
Robert Colfer
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Should be a must read on all college campuses or for that matter all high schools in these United States!
Alex Koch
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Truth Hurts

Democrats aka socialists should not read this book. Why? You are going to find out what you are ... As the saying goes: the Truth hurts. Hitler's party was the, National Socialist German Workers’ Party— On the other hand, if you love freedom you will enjoy this book.

Yours in Christ,

Alex
JJ
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Professor George Reisman originally delivered “Why Nazism was Socialism and Why Socialism is Totalitarian as a lecture at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s “The Economics of Fascism, Supporters Summit 2005.” The purpose of Professor Reisman’s essay is to show why Nazi Germany was a socialist state, not a capitalist one. And to show why socialism, understood as an economic system based on government ownership of the means of production, requires a totalitarian dictatorship in order to remain in po ...more
John
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
In this short "book" Reisman shows the ideological similarities between Nazism and socialism, why they are the same although they use different methods of achieving the goal. He also shows why socialism is totalitarian in its nature and can only be achieved by force - and why social democracies are not socialist. It says basically what the title implies. Good book, although too short. Need to look into his greater work.
Ruan Mighail
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He makes a solid case

This little book is a great book to recommend to friends who want to understand the bad side of socialism in a short time.
Ioannis Neris
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
So and so

classic talk about individual liberty and freedom with the usual stereotypical arguments for individualism. Good analysis about the economic system of nazi Germany but nevertheless the book in total was reproducing well know ideas and bringing nothing new in the table.
Michael Mechsner
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brief and to the point.

This is of course, a brief essay on the basic characteristics of a socialist system. Which was the basis of the NAZI regime in Germany during the 1930's.
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George Reisman, Ph.D., is Pepperdine University Professor Emeritus of Economics, and the author of Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (Ottawa, Illinois: Jameson Books, 1996; Kindle Edition, 2012), The Government Against the Economy; Warren Buffett, Class Warfare, and the Exploitation Theory; The Benevolent Nature of Capitalism and Other Essays; Labor Unions, Thugs, and Strom Troopers; and, most r ...more
“Now I think that a fundamental fact that explains the all-round reign of terror found under socialism is the incredible dilemma in which a socialist state places itself in relation to the masses of its citizens. On the one hand, it assumes full responsibility for the individual’s economic well-being. Russian or Bolshevik-style socialism openly avows this responsibility—this is the main source of its popular appeal. On the other hand, in all of the ways one can imagine, a socialist state makes an unbelievable botch of the job. It makes the individual’s life a nightmare.” 1 likes
“The reason that Social Democrats do not establish socialism when they come to power, is that they are unwilling to do what would be required. The establishment of socialism as an economic system requires a massive act of theft—the means of production must be seized from their owners and turned over to the state. Such seizure is virtually certain to provoke substantial resistance on the part of the owners, resistance which can be overcome only by use of massive force. The Communists were and are willing to apply such force, as evidenced in Soviet Russia. Their character is that of armed robbers prepared to commit murder if that is what is necessary to carry out their robbery. The character of the Social Democrats in contrast is more like that of pickpockets, who may talk of pulling the big job someday, but who in fact are unwilling to do the killing that would be required, and so give up at the slightest sign of serious resistance. As for the Nazis, they generally did not have to kill in order to seize property. This was because, as we have seen, they established socialism by stealth, through price controls, which served to maintain the outward guise and appearance of private ownership. The private owners were thus deprived of their property without realizing it and thus felt no need to defend it by force.” 0 likes
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