"Of Communism, Fascism and Nazism, which ideology was best suited for post-WWI recovery in all areas of human activity?"Can you help me understand why one is more favorable than another?   I...

"Of Communism, Fascism and Nazism, which ideology was best suited for post-WWI recovery in all areas of human activity?"

Can you help me understand why one is more favorable than another?   I originally stated that none of the three were best suited and explained why but I am limited to selecting one of the three. Can you help me understand why one of these was better than the other two.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Wow... you actually have to say that one of them was good?  Of these, I guess I would have to pick fascism.

Communism, at least as practiced in the Soviet Union, was too oppressive and too centralized to really be good for "all areas of human activity."  It did not provide consumer goods for the people the way the other ideologies did.  It did not allow people to practice religion which, after all, is a major aspect of "human activity."

Fascism was, at least, better than that.  It was still authoritarian, but not to the same extent that communism was.  It promised order and stability, which would help with economic recovery.  At the same time, it at least allowed some amount of personal freedom, which was more than communism allowed.  Nazism offerred many of these same things, but its horrible attitudes on "race" disqualify it as a good answer to the problems that existed after WWI.

I agree with your inclination to say that all three were bad.  But if you have to pick one, I would argue that fascism is the best of a bad lot.

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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Communism, Fascism, and Nazism were three types of government systems that intended to make life better for the people. Fascism and Nazism planned to make life better for the people through expanding the power of the government. Then, the government could supposedly provide for the people of the nation. Communism thought that people could have better lives if there was not a class system. As a result, the government would eventually fall away and everyone would live in utopia. Though these political ideas sound hopeful, selfish leaders in these systems followed their own agendas and caused great damage to their nations and other nations all around the world.

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