Originally Posted by nmculbreth
Nobody is equating Nazism with conservatism, merely that Nazism is by definition a ultra-right wing ideology and is considered as such by pretty much every reputable source that I've ever seen. The fact that the vast majority of conservatives in Nazi Germany disagreed with the policies of the Nazi state isn't surprising, the Nazis were far, far to the right of these groups so it's no surprise that there was friction. The fact that such friction existed doesn't mean that Nazism wasn't an ultra-conservative ideology.
This isn't a political opinion, it's an almost universally recognized fact.
Just because it's listed as such in popular culture doesn't make it fact. It's merely a designation made using an inadequate measuring stick. Political scientists have been proposing alternative means for classifying political movements since the 1950s precisely because the traditional left-right spectrum fails to take into account elements of movements such as Nazism, which exhibit some right and some left wing characteristics. It also causes people to tend to think of Leninist, Stalinist, and Maoist Communism and Nazism as diametrically opposed, even though they exhibit some of the same basic characteristics of single-party rule, politicization of all aspects of society, heavy reliance on a state police apparatus to keep the public in line and subversion of the free press to suppress dissent.
David Nolan's chart you mentioned before is but one alternative. There are others. If you use a single linear spectrum, the problem becomes, what really distinguishes the end points? You could have a spectrum based on political freedom where free and open democracy stands at one end and totalitarian undemocratic systems stand at the other. In that spectrum, you'd have the Communists and the Fascists sitting at the undemocratic end for their undemocratic single-party rule, just shy of absolute monarchies and despotism, where no voting takes place at all, diametrically opposed to a liberal democracy where voting takes place often and there are no barriers for entry for particiption.