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[Thread] So, once again, @DineshDSouza has trotted out the tired "Nazis were socialists" argument. He does appear to have at least taken a picture of the cover of a scholarly book though, so that's something. Let's talk about this (again) 🤦‍♂️
First, off, let's just be clear about WHY DD and other conservatives make this argument in the first place. The argument goes something like this: "Socialism is bad. The Nazis were socialists (and very bad). All Democrats want socialism. Therefore, all Democrats are very bad."
It's the transitive property of stupid. And it's illogical, fallacious, and intellectually dishonest, but here we are.

(See cartoon by conservative Robert McCray)
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[Thread] The -isms: a very generalized guide. I've wanted to do this for a long time, sparked by how often "#socialism" is thrown about as a catch-all for a variety of vastly different philosophies. I hope BEGIN a #Threaducation here. So, let's talk about this.
First off, let me be CLEAR: These are complex ideas and I am just trying to give a brief overview of the basic distinctions for those who don't know and (hopefully) for those who throw all these ideas together. I make no real endorsements, just try to point out all sides.
It is my FERVENT hope that #AcademicTwitter, #Twitterstorians, political scientists, and philosophers will step up and contribute to this #Thread or use it as a jumping off point for deeper explanations (and/or corrections) of my admittedly general summaries.
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[Thread] Or...why do we have to explain in 2019 why Congresspeople should NOT quote from Mein Kampf on the floor of the House (or ever)? Let's talk about this.

Time for some #Threaducation

washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03…
Full clip here:

Alabama Republican Wingnut (and Congressman) @RepMoBrooks leveraged not only Mein Kampf but also the much repeated (and still idiotic) idea that the Nazis were socialists in an homage to @realDonaldTrump and an assault on the media/Dems. The Nazis were NOT socialists (ffs).
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