Essay on Fascism vs. Communism

1366 Words Feb 22nd, 2009 6 Pages
During the late 1920’s and 1930’s, Hitler and Stalin were leaders of Germany and the Soviet Union respectively. These states were under fascist and communist rule, which essentially were very similar. It was due to their full run of government that resulted in a dictatorial rule, also known as totalitarianism. Civilians’ lives were regulated in every aspect, some of which were their property and the military forces. Both parties used propaganda to bring awareness of their movement’s ideologies to their states in hopes that they would influence a large number of civilians, or if anything, all of them. The most comparable and recognizable aspect of fascism and communism was the fact that both Hitler and Stalin wanted a radical change for …show more content…
His way of thinking was influenced by other fascist leaders; for example, Mussolini’s statement, “A minute on the battlefield is worth a lifetime of peace” suggesting that a strong military is crucial, and that is why all non-Jewish youth were sent to participate. The soldiers were forced to comply with the army regulations, such as paramilitary uniforms and salutes to authority. This ideology can be summed up by the Hitler Youth motto “Blood and Honor”. Hitler and Stalin’s main reason for creating strict policies on production and property ownership, youth, and military forces was because they believed that the well being of their state was more important than of their citizens. Even though Hitler and Stalin were appointed head of their parties by different manners, one through voting and the other without, they both resulted in dictatorships. This gave them total rights to govern their people in whichever way they wanted, which unfortunately hurt the citizens.

Fascism and communism both used propaganda as a way to target their state’s citizens in order to manipulate them, in hopes that they would accept their movement’s ideologies. The power that propaganda can have as a government becomes more centralized is massive, in the sense that people become easily influenced by what they see and hear. Hitler’s goal was to

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