Stalinism (Communism), Hitlerism (Fascism), Maoism (Socialism), is there a difference? No. all three have commonalities, driven in building the people, their nation, and destroying capitalism, if possible. These three ideologies stemmed from the same root of Marxism (yes, Marxism). Each dictator had their unique style of pushing, persuading their agenda upon their nation and eventually upon the world. Stalin was, of course, the mastermind in invoking the famous KNVD (KGB) upon his people,1 His unique system of manipulating information2 which Hitler refined it (Gestapo/ SS)3 and Mao, perfected it (Warlord/Bandits/peoples rebellion).4 These three individuals presented to the world a belief that their political ideology was different from the other on the surface, but each individual would move the goal post of evil upon their nation under the ruse of being for the people, “nation-building,” and anti-capitalist.
What makes them the same, you may be asking? Well, for starters, these men began their campaign under the banner of being a party for the people. As Stalin came into power in 1924, he wanted to advance the peasants and proletarians towards a New Economic Plan (NEP).5 Hitler, when he started his rise to power in the early 1920s, he always informed his audience with confidence, what was stolen from Germany by internationalist bankers (Hebrew), Germany will retake.6 And Mao, who famed his name with the long march, until death kept his practices of a peasant to relate to the people although in his private life lived lavishly.7 Utilizing piety, these men won the favor of the people by embracing their acting skills. They understood how to play the role. Once in power, these men intended to rebuild their country into self-sufficient contenders against the west. To the uninitiated in history, one would think these men were a godsend. And to add the cherry on top of this collective communal sundae, these three shared one comradery: they loved power.
But you may be asking, are not ideologies different? Was Stalin not fond of Hitler, or vice-versa? What about Mao? Did he not want to be distinct from these two? The answer is yes! Obviously, I am not picking on the differences, for history books have written about their differences among each other, etc. My opinion, contrary to popular belief that these three men, under their fundamental proposition of Marxism, That Communism, Fascism, and Socialism are all the same. Put it this way, these ideologies are like a circus, the actors change, but the show remains the same.
Focusing on the first argument I raised, let us tackle the building of a nation. Self-sufficiency for any aspiring nation is vital; organic growth, trade-offs, open trade with other countries for their goods and services are the ideal aspiration of a rising nation in the booming global economy. But for these three dictators, not only to produce domestic output in mass quantities was their inclination to advance their people in ‘new levels’ of a standard of living, but to possess a powerful, well-equipped military for sinister purposes. Stalin two five-year plan in the 1930s came at a price,8 Hitler after taking the bull by the horn, Germany became “self-sufficient” from 1934-1940 (ironically, from the help of capitalism, the Dawes Plan).9 And Mao Tse-Tung, his ambition to become a superpower -in the realm of Russia and the United States- pushed his idea “The Great Leap Forward” upon his people from 1955-1960.10 Their ambition to become self-sufficient was their way of building their nation. These men cloaked under these three ideologies did atrocious acts against humanity upon their people to achieve their goal. Unfortunately, the west gave a blind eye to all of it.
Now, Did the people’s living standards increase annually under these ideologies? Did nation-building help the people as they mass-produced domestic goods and services, developed, assembled, erected strong militaries? These men utilized their armed services to invade, annex countries under the belief it was to protect their people from the evil of capitalism of the west; did it help the people under these ideologies? No. Tens of millions in Russia, Germany, and China were starved due to famines, persecution, or killed under the assumption, “collectivism is good,” or “working as a collective advance not only the nation but each citizen.”
Under Communism, Fascism, and Socialism lies Marxism, making all three the same.11 All three controlled information, pushed propaganda upon their people, instilled fear on the minority who opposed them, and importantly, managed to utilize foreign journalists to build these ideologies and their dictators into political figures others should one day emulate. The west was beginning to comprehend that capitalism had ‘real’ competitors of different political models. The west came to understand these political models also provided an economic model which “worked’ even though journalists were aware of the atrocious acts conducted upon citizens of each country carried out by each dictator (example Edgar Snow, aware of Mao’s heinous acts).12
Communism could not exist without the ideology of marxism,13 and fascism could not exist without the principles of Communism found in marxism;14 and socialism, well as Karl Marx called it, socialism is the bastard son of Communism.15 Although these ideologies are different, they are synonymous; they focus on building the people (the worker), nation-building (The motherland), and creating a world away from capitalism. Yes, these three principles seem like genuine noble causes, all the same, brought suffering upon Russians, Germans, and Chinese citizens as these ideologies -embodied by these men, were put into practice. Under Communism/ Fascism/ Socialism, the death of tens of millions of people via famines, persecutions, or torture conducted in secret or open as in china- happened in peacetime.16
It is my goal pynk elephants to help you see patterns, to be alert, to be informed, to thynk pynk, and not conform to the belief when a government says, “it is good,” that it is good.
Always question motives, understand who benefits when others suffer. Aim to understand the beauty of civil liberties, the beauty of freedom of speech, and yes, the beauty of capitalism. Once you can grasp how fortunate you are to live in a nation with freedom, then perhaps like this Pynk Elephant, you will understand why the Marxists are trying their best to belittle the actions done under these ideologies as not real Communism, Fascism, or Socialism. These modern socialists with confidence often state, “true socialism has yet to be practiced,” making a mockery of all the human life lost under these three ideologies. By you staying informed, understanding the past as thynkers, as pynk elephants, we can point these modern socialists to their fallacy, informing them with facts that tens of millions of citizens in these countries or where these ideologies are practiced have perished. To believe these ideologies are ‘noble’ is to be detached from the past. These ideologies brought wars under the ruse of a noble cause to destroy the evil of capitalism.
My opinion has always been Marxism is evil. However, you must decide where you stand. You must see for yourself if Communism, Fascism, Socialism really can be practiced without destroying ecosystems, the family nucleus, and individual success thanks to capitalism. Capitalism has made society advance into new frontiers, providing the masses goods and services at lower cost, making new markets, creating jobs and even, raising the living standard of all people if they but create, produce, or work. “Work or starve,” is how I view capitalism, but Communism, Fascism, and socialism have come to be seen as, “work and starve.”
Learn to see patterns. Learn to see how these ideologies have destroyed millions of lives, and you will see, their actions, their objective is not different at all, but the same. They are rooted in Marxism.
- Volkogonov, Dmitri. The First Glasnost Biography Stalin: Triumph & Tragedy (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited, 1991) 209,239, 300.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) XII, 93, 97, 98.
- Toland, John. The Definitive Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Random House Inc, 1976) 234, 330, 248-51, 350.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) 70, 318, 493-95, 508-12.
- Volkogonov, Dmitri. The First Glasnost Biography Stalin: Triumph & Tragedy (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited, 1991) 77, 91, 98, 113.
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time(New York: Macmillian Co, 1974) 428-9.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) 16, 26, 53, 57, 73-4, 137, 323-24, 326, 336, 338, 339.
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time(New York: Macmillian Co, 1974) 396-401.
- Quigley, 305, 308, 312, 427, 429.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) 418-31, 433, 461.
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: Macmillian Co, 1974) 41, 90-1, 105, 110-11, 289, 888-9.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) 150-1, 190-1, 318-19.
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: Macmillian Co, 1974)91,92, 376, 377, 1205.
- Beichman, Arnold, The Surprising Roots of Fascism, Hoover Institution, California, Standford, 2000, https://www.hoover.org/research/surprising-roots-facism (accessed 11/1/2021).
- Levin, Mark R. American Marxist (New York: Threshold Edition, 2021) 205.
- Chang, Jung, Halliday, Jon. The Unknown Story: Mao (New York: Anchor Books, 2006) 420-1, 428, 429, 453.