[LMB] OT: People Changing Political Words

Peter Hews Peterhews at protonmail.com
Sun Sep 26 19:51:44 BST 2021



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On Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 17:30, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:


> And if you look into it, you find that the Italian and German regimes did
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> do a lot of "socialistic" stuff. Some of you keep calling Hitler a
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> right-winger, but he had NO patience for hangovers from the past---he
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> pretty much ended even the nominal independence of a lot of the states that
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> made up the Reich, like Bavaria. In WWI the Bavarian army, as well as a
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> few other states', were nominally independent organizations, but not in
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> WWII.

You're confusing socialism with centralised state control, a common mistake.  As I noted before, it's hard to get these things straight if you try to map all political positions on a one-dimensional axis.  At one time "socialism," "communism" and "anarchism" were used interchangeably to describe the same movement.

Peter Hews

Oh better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.



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