LETTER: Socialism does not morph into fascism

Anyone who thinks that socialism “morphs” into fascism (as one letter writer recently suggested), does not understand these political philosophies of governance.

Our prime example of fascism, the National Socialist German Workers Party — or NAZI — was not socialist in any way other than its name.

Socialists advocate collective solutions for societal needs.

In its extreme form, socialism becomes communism — not fascism.

Socialists emphasize shared humanity and the values of the commons.

Fascism is marked by government partnership with industrial and financial business leaders and discrimination against minorities.

In the case of Hitler’s Nazis, the principal minorities were Jews and homosexuals, sent to their extermination in death camps.

Anyone who suggests that socialism leads to fascism cultivates political confusion.

John Merton Marrs,

Port Angeles

 

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