say that NAZI-ism is not socialism?
Well, the main issue is that the left (and public school teachers are generally hard to the left) is frantic to say that NAZI-ism is not Leftism. Most people realize that NAZIs were evil (and there are countless movies about that, “NAZI” is generic term of disgust and disapprobation, and Bush was called “Hitler” over and over. When the left doesn’t like someone, they call him a NAZI [see Wisconsin]), but fewer people realize how evil Stalin and the USSR were. So in an effort to paint themselves as “virtuous,” the left needs to make NAZI-ism as evil as possible (not very difficult) and to either not mention the Soviets at all or to downplay their crimes. See, they are on the side of the USSR and so they don’t want to criticize it. The best way to avoid that is to simply say the obvious–that NAZI-ism was evil. And since Germany and Russia were on opposite sides (and the USSR out of convenience sided with the west), well, that deal is done.
Why? Because those people have historically controlled the media and they were and still are very sympathetic to the USSR, communism, and leftism in general. Many (though by no means all) will admit that they are hard left. Now it makes it easy that Hitler and Stalin did not get along and ended up fighting each other, but that was not because their economics differed much, it is because they, ahem, could not share power. But they were both Sauron (sorry for the geeky Lord of the Rings references).
But an actual review of history shows that there were only minor differences between Hitler and Stalin. They were both despots and mass murderers (and Stalin killed a whole lot more than Hitler, though that is a small comfort…). They both had fundamentally the same economic world view. Heck, NAZI is an acronym for “National Socialism!”
We need to understand that the Gulags and the ovens and force in general are a characteristic of leftism. Yes, there may be differences in degree at times (though often the difference is just in how many people are at your disposal to kill). But the key here is that the left has always relied on force. That is not an aberration. That’s not a bug, it’s a feature! Stalin and Hitler certainly made all they could out of this particular feature…