Could Hitler be described as right-wing or left-wing?

There are two sides to this question: the argument that Hitler was right-wing, and the argument that Hitler was left-wing.

Argument that Hitler was Right-wing:

Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist or the Nazi party represented extreme Right wing politics. One has to look no further than the fact that some of the first actions Hitler took were to get rid of the Leftist Socialists & Trade Unions, to the modern day Right Wing Neo-Nazis. However it is important to remember that we really can`t tie the Nazis to either wing of American politics.

Hitler in 1919 attended his first socialist German Workers Party (GWP) meeting, the subject of the talk being given was the "How and by what means is Socialism to be destroyed?"

He shortly joined the GWP thereafter, very quickly becoming their leader and renaming it the National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazi party to try & appeal to socialists.

In 1920 he co-wrote the party's "eternal" and "unalterable" manifesto. This included totalitarian or right wing ideology. Other typical right wing policies included: "removal" of health services for the mentally and physically ill, nationalisation of industry, expropriation of land by the state without compensation, forced employment and idealogical education

In terms of world politics, his ideas were also Right wing. His views and the views of Joseph Stalin are remarkably similar, including a tight control of the media, mass genocide, and extremely powerful government. Hitler disliked Communism & Marixism because he believed that there was "Jewish influence" on Communism, due to the fact that Karl Marx the author of the "Communist Manifesto" and the creator of Communism in general was Jewish. However, his policies were indeed similar to the 20th century Communist policies, which are extreme right winged regimes.

Hitler was indeed right wing, his totalitarian policies were designed to remove all class structure. His policies were plutocratic, totalatarian and antiliberal, exemplified by his "Volksgemeinschaft" doctrine or "people's community". Hitler and the Nazis campaigned as Socialists. They also believed in Nationalism. To believe in both Socialism and Nationalism is not mutually exclusive. Certainly to believe in Nationalism does not automatically make you right wing. e.g. Stalin ruled as a Nationalist referring to his "Mother Russia". The BNP are also often mistakenly labelled left wing by people that don`t understand socialism has both Right & left wing ideologies as do any form of governance.

A further example of how right wing Hitler and the Nazis were, can be found in Hitler's book Mein Kampf, where he talks about his marketing strategy to target like minded Socialist and Communists, by using their own imagery and symbols to do so. An example is the Nazi use of the Socialist colour red in their Nazi swastika flag; a black swastika, inside a a white disk in a sea of red: "We chose red for our posters after particular & careful deliberation....so as to arouse their attention & tempt them to come to our meetings...so that in this way we got a chance of talking to the people". "In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for victory of the Aryan man."

Argument that Hitler was Left-wing:

Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist or the Nazi party represented extreme left wing politics. Hitler has been deliberately mis-labelled as extreme right wing by many in the Socialist movement, desperate to create as much distance as possible between Hitler and his fundamentally Socialist principles. Hitler's Nazism and Stalin's Communism are not the polar opposites politically speaking, that many people mistakenly assume. They had far more in common, than not. However, Hitler suspected the Communists of being sympathetic to the Jews.

Hitler in 1919 attended his first socialist German Workers Party (GWP) meeting, the subject of talk being given the "How and by what means is Capitalism to be destroyed?"

He shortly joined the GWP thereafter, very quickly becoming their leader and renaming it the National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazi party.

In 1920 he co-wrote the party's "eternal" and "unalterable" manifesto. This included such socialist or left wing ideology as the "common good must come before self interest". Other typical left wing policies included: expansion of the health services, abolition of market based lending and income from interest, nationalisation of industry, expropriation of land by the state without compensation, guaranteed employment and universal education

In terms of world politics, his ideas were also left wing. His views and the views of Joseph Stalin are remarkably similar, including a tight control of the media, mass genocide, and extremely powerful government. Hitler disliked Communism & Marixism because he believed that there was "Jewish influence" on Communism, due to the fact that Karl Marx the author of the "Communist Manifesto" and the creator of Communism in general was Jewish. However, his policies were indeed similar to the 20th century Communist policies, which are extreme left winged regimes.

Hitler was not right wing, his socialist policies were designed to transcend class differences. His policies were anticapitalist, anticonservative and antiliberal, exemplified by his "Volksgemeinschaft" doctrine or "people's community". Hitler and the Nazis campaigned as Socialists. They also believed in Nationalism. To believe in both Socialism and Nationalism is not mutually exclusive. Certainly to believe in Nationalism does not automatically make you right wing. e.g. Stalin ruled as a Nationalist referring to his "Mother Russia". The BNP are also often mistakenly labelled right wing when in fact they hold strong socialist views, such as re-nationalisation and should therefore be classified as extreme left wing.

A further example of how left wing Hitler and the Nazis were, can be found in Hitler's book Mein Kampf, where he talks about his marketing strategy to target like minded Socialist and Communists, by using their own imagery and symbols to do so. An example is the Nazi use of the Socialist colour red in their Nazi swastika flag; a black swastika, inside a a white disk in a sea of red: "We chose red for our posters after particular & careful deliberation....so as to arouse their attention & tempt them to come to our meetings...so that in this way we got a chance of talking to the people". "In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for victory of the Aryan man."