If the Chinese Communist Party were truthful, would it substitute the swastika for the hammer and sickle on its flag?
Communism and Fascism / National Socialism (= Nazi in German) both believe in no political freedom and government domination of the economy. The biggest differences are that Communism under Mao and Stalin attempted to eliminate the market economy completely, while National Socialism allowed a form of crony capitalism that included slave labor camps benefiting favored corporations. National Socialism also included genocide based on explicitly racist ideology, while Communists killed millions based more on class distinctions.
China’s market-based economy is now much closer to the Fascist / National Socialist model than it is to Communism. With the development of concentration camps with slave labor and charges of genocide of Uyghurs and other ethic minorities, is China really a National Socialist state?
Yes, political systems form a circle, not a line, and as one moves further north from the south pole of individual freedom both left and right tend towards authoritarianism, with communism on the left of the north pole, and fascism on the right of the north pole. It’s a very easy transition from one to the other a la Animal Farm.
Or the academics who write about history and politics tend to sympathize with Communism and Socialism and do not want to admit that National Socialists were really a left-wing organization.
Many of the National Socialist policies were copied by New Deal Democrats as noted in these comments about the Roosevelt administration:
. . . Volkischer Beobachter, an official Nazi Party newspaper, noted in 1934 that there were “National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies.” The same newspaper also stated that:”many passages in his book Looking Forward could have been written by a National Socialist. In any case, one can assume that he feels considerable affinity with the National Socialist philosophy.”
Likewise Germans copied Jim Crow laws from Southern Democrats:
. . . a component of the Jim Crow era that Nazis did think they could translate into Germany were anti-miscegenation laws, which prohibited interracial marriages in 30 of 48 states. “America had, by a wide margin, the harshest law of this kind,” Whitman says. “In particular, some of the state laws threatened severe criminal punishment for interracial marriage. That was something radical Nazis were very eager to do in Germany as well.”
In China they are using computer technology for racial profiling to identify Uighurs:
Sounds like an updated version of racist 1930’s German posters on how to identify Jews. Is this another link between China and National Socialism?