Originally Posted by Rojo
I think this is the exact answer the tester wants. That's why I said it's a leading question.
Let's not get overwhelmed by infrastructure projects. Hitler and Mussolini were as anticommunist as Joe McCarthy. The blackshirts ransacked labor union and social democratic party offices. Hitler sent communists, socialists and labor organizers to concentration camps.
Lots of political factions were anti-communist in that era. Within the workers' movements of that era, communists, socialists and fascist workers parties all viewed each other as political rivals and fought with each other when they weren't fighting the conservative factions. Communism itself was divided between the Marxist-Leninists and the Trotskyites. Each of those groups had their own armed paramilitary wings as well. The fascist regimes in Germany and Italy, like Stalin in the Soviet Union, liquidated or imprisoned many of their own party members if those members dared express ideas or desires that ran counter to those of the party leader. But in general, the fascists we're pro-worker, as long as you were a worker who shared the same ethnic and political views of party leadership. The Nazis didn't name themselves the National Socialist German Workers Party as mere window dressing, and you need look no further than the party platforms of the NSDAP and the Italian Fascist party to see where they lean on social and economic issues.
I agree that the question is loaded, but without knowing the political leanings of the tester we don't know which way it's loaded. Its basically a question designed to have students make superficial comparisons between historical fascism and current politics.