meninlove said Let's see...who should I believe. Mock? Pattycakes? Shy? TigerTim?
I pick TigerTim.
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"Nazism (Nationalsozialismus, National Socialism; alternatively spelled Naziism) was the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany. It was a unique variety of fascism that involved biological racism and antisemitism. Nazism presented itself as politically syncretic, incorporating policies, tactics and philosophies from right- and left-wing ideologies; in practice, Nazism was a far right form of politics."
There is a huge difference between the actual policy and the climate that creates the authoritarianism. The "right" attempts to stop government growth because of the past risks of it going awry, regardless of what specific policies ensue, whether they are considered "leftwing" or "rightwing" doesn't really matter. The "left" constantly thinks that they can better the world through growth of government that is going to be the servant of the people and ensure that the"correct" thing is done to benefit everyone. This was the leftwing aspect of the Nazi regime. The people put their full trust in someone and a party to "do good" only to helplessly watch him destroy everything.
Once a government or dictator acquires unstoppable power they can choose to be like Castro or Hitler or even a dictator that chooses to be benign -- it's really up to what they want. You just can't seem to get that though. I suppose nationalism is considered more rightwing, so in that sense, yes, their policies would lean far right. But it wasn't really the nationalism that made them so evil, it was the policies of intolerance, hate, murder and ultimately military expansion that created the monster it became.