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The NAZI Collectivist Experiment
Although not ordinarily recognised as a ‘Communist’ Project, NAZI ‘National Socialism’ was exactly that….Socialism in terms of which the means of production were brought under State control to suit the War objectives of the State and not the individual.
The National Socialist German Workers’ Party, commonly referred to as the NAZI Party, was active in Germany between 1920 and 1945 and followed the ideology of Nazism.
It was preceded by the German Workers’ Party which existed from 1919 to 1920, and it was Germany’s response to the Communist threat.
Its collectivist ideology was designed to attract workers who would have otherwise been attracted to Communism.
Adolf Hitler emerged as its leader, and was appointed German Chancellor on 30 January 1933.
On his ascendancy to power, Hitler put in motion his plans to create the Third Reich, probably the world’s most infamous Totalitarian regime.
THIRD REICH COLLECTIVIST PROJECT
The NAZIs portrayed themselves as a Socialist Party, as the Party’s abbreviation “the National Socialist German Workers’ Party” would suggest.
The German State took effective control of the means of production including industry, and even went as far as implementing price controls in order to stem the runaway inflation caused by the increase in the German monetary supply owing to increased Government spending on Re-armament and public works initiatives.
It would be through Price controls that the NAZIs would regulate and control German industries which had now been been collectively re-organised towards fulfilling the goal of German rearmament.
If Germany was to successfully re-arm and win World War 2, then NAZI Germany had to become a Totalitarian State as it did ultimately become.
The NAZI experiment shows that Collectivism can be expressed in the form a variety of Political systems such as National Socialism.
If Communism and/or Collectivism is characterised as a system in which Production/Output is controlled and distributed by the State, then the NAZI Germany falls within this definition.
The manipulation of Culture through Propaganda also became an essential element of NAZI Collectivism, and it is probably one of the reasons NAZI Germany produced propaganda on such a grand scale.