Predominantly Right Wing
Predominantly Left Wing
Largely in the center
Don't know/unsure/no opinion/none of the above
It matters not to me what party anyone belongs. But I do become scared of those who put "very" anything infront of their political slant. Those who think that only they hold all of the truths are dangerous and for the most part, ignorant people. If there was one thing to learn from Nazism, it is that political extremism is a very dangerous thing and can never lead to good.
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Their primary threat was from the Communists, just the opposite as ours is.
Extremism is the danger, knowledge is the answer.
Of course you can, because it is a means to an end. Socialism is not an end itself, it is a means by which people seek a more egalitarian society (which is the end), ie. equal return on equal investment of labor, and so on. Socialism, because it involves control and redistribution of the means of production and the products of labor can also, however, be used for different ends-- such as the confiscation of a nation's wealth and productive capacity to fight a world war.I disagree with this too. I see socialism as an end to itself. Also, there are degrees, one can be very socialist and approaching communist or one could be mostly capitalist and only with to use this type of intervention in limited circumstances.
When did I say that socialism was the only type of intervention? There are certainly other ways a government can intervene, and the nazi's did intervene through other means as well. They used slave labor, they exploited and confiscated the resources of conquered regions, etc. They used massive keynesian spending programs as well as socialist policies and regulation internally in Germany. Fact is, they used whatever economic policy they could to gain control of whatever resources they could to advance the state.This is the problem. You automatically think of state intervention as socialist when that is only one of the possible types of state intervention. The spectrum is not either or, nor is it necessarily two dimensional.
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