Originally Posted by Rojo
But we weren't talking about Stalin. We were trying to make Nazism and fascism into some sort of left-wing sect. Nobody who lived through those times saw it that way. Fascism and Nazism were right-wing phenomona, conservativism on steroids.
Fascism and Nazism were reactionary movements that grew out of the social and economic discontent following WWI in Europe. Reactionaryism is by definition a right wing ideology, albeit the farthest right on the political spectrum.
To put it another way: Stalinism is to liberalism as Nazism / Fascism is to conservatism.
Attempting to lump Nazism and Fascism in with Stalinism and call it an extreme left wing position is unfair and historically inaccurate.