One of my pet peeves is the use of concepts by people who have no real clue as to the meaning of that concept. This is especially prevalent in political discourse. Too often people misuse concepts not out of ignorance, but rather to disceive and mislead. This deception is called propaganda, something that the nazi’s were masters at.
The reason that i mention the Nazis is because the right-wing political propagandists in this country equate the Third Reich with socialism, which is ridiculous. First of all, the Third Reich was a totalitarian political system, in which the government, embodied in the Oligarchy that controlled the Nazi party, owned some but not all of the most essential economic resources. Socialism is the cooperative ownership of essential means of production by all the citizens of the body politic. A socialist economy can exist in various political systems. It does NOT have to be a totalitarian government. Continue reading