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Sat, Sep. 29th, 2007 11:37 am
The pop dictators

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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 29th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)

I'm still trying to figure this out. Okay, Hitler was a baddie and Thatcher was a baddie. But they were very different kinds of baddie, surely. Hitler was obsessed with the "Volk" and the collective will of the German nation, while Thatcher practiced de-nationalization and famously said "there is no such thing as society". The Nazis called themselves National Socialists, and some element of socialist planning was probably built in to their programme.

One reason for Hitler's success in the lead up to war was that he put Keynes's socialistic ideas for managing demand through state spending into practice when the British and others resisted them. Again, these were the opposite of the monetarist economics of Thatcher.


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