Boy did the Gini coefficient decline from 1934 to 1945! As Lew Rockwell said of Hitler\’s economics:
Proto-Keynesian socialist economist Joan Robinson wrote that \”Hitler found a cure against unemployment before Keynes was finished explaining it.\”
What were those economic policies? He suspended the gold standard, embarked on huge public works programs like Autobahns, protected industry from foreign competition, expanded credit, instituted jobs programs, bullied the private sector on prices and production decisions, vastly expanded the military, enforced capital controls, instituted family planning, penalized smoking, brought about national health care and unemployment insurance, imposed education standards, and eventually ran huge deficits. The Nazi interventionist program was essential to the regime\’s rejection of the market economy and its embrace of socialism in one country.
I think Jonah Goldberg says it well:
If you leave out the parts about killing all the Jews and invading Poland, what specifically about the Nazi political platform do you disagree with?
Quite, other than the military expansion I can\’t see anything at all there which is not devoutly desired by most columnists at The Guardian.
And there are certainly those in the comments sections who argue for the confiscation of the capital of rootless cosmopolitans, aren\’t there?