Mises: The relation between nationalism and socialism (or “the right” vs. “the left”)


“The nationalist, too, affirms Socialism, and objects only to its Internationalism. He wishes to combine Socialism with the ideas of Imperialism and the struggle against foreign nations. He is a national, not an international socialist; but he, also, approves of the essential principles of Socialism.”

Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

“Auch der Nationalismus bejaht den Sozialismus; was er ihm vorzuwerfen hat, ist lediglich das, daß er „international“ sei. Der Nationalist will auch den Sozialismus mit den Gedanken des Imperialismus und des Kampfes gegen die fremden Völker verbinden. Er ist nicht internationaler, sondern nationaler Sozialist; aber auch er bekennt sich im Wesen zum Sozialismus.”

Ludwig von Mises, Die Gemeinwirtschaft – Untersuchungen über den Sozialismus (1922)

Hitler didn’t call his ideology national-socialism for nothing. Also, it is no coincidence that the AfD has its biggest electoral successes in east germany, i.e. in the former GDR. Just sayin’.

Picture source: wiwo.de/politik

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