“Nazi” “Socialist”: What’s in a Name?

Marjorie Taylor Greene has brought up the Nazi-Socialist thing to defame certain left-wing American politicians in 2021. Obviously, she doesn’t know history. But why was Hitler’s fascist party named the “National-Socialist German Workers’ Party”? “Socialist” and “Fascist” usually have totally different, indeed opposite, meanings. How did they get combined and what did the “National Socialist” label mean in the 1930s and 1940s? And why are some Democrats (even President Biden) tarred with the “Nazi” brush by political circus clowns nowadays? Professor Nash helps us understand it all. Listen and learn! Episode 419

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Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

By uncovering disturbing patterns that are as prevalent today as ever, Stanley reveals that the stuff of politics—charged by rhetoric and myth—can quickly become policy and reality. Only by recognizing fascists politics, he argues, may we resist its most harmful effects and return to democratic ideals.

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