Originally Posted by Zachary Fizz
I certainly can't claim any expertise on the matter,
Oh, I don't know, you seem to have a more than average insight into the subject. You aren't a war-gamer by any chance, are you?
but wasn't Rudolf Jung's 1920 renaming of the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei as the NSDAP a reflection of a strongly anti-capitalist, anti-clerical philosophy which co-existed on an equal footing with the nationalist and anti-semitic elements of Nazi thought until the need to placate Army antagonism to the SA led Hitler to approve the purge of the more socialistic elements within the party in the Night of the Long Knives (which of course occurred a full year after the proscription of the internationalist socialists of the SPD under the Enabling Act of 1933)?
Broadly speaking yes, and there's an argument that "National Socialism" is a fairly discrete philosophy taking elements from both streams of thought. I would argue that "Corporatism" that is to say large groups of people working towards a common (evil) goal, is generally speaking the same philosophy. Certainly both Mussolini's fascism and Nazism embraced a planned economy, strong regulation of the markets and strong economic protectionism, which many would argue to be 'socialist' philosophies.
I would also argue that the anti-semitism of the NSDAP probably stems largely from anti-capitalism. Although it's obviously a canard now, in the early parts of the twentieth century, and particularly in the fin-de-siecle
era, a lot of the banks who invested money internationally were
Jewish-owned, and it's not hard to imagine one stemming from the other.