A form of government most popularly known due to Hitler's rise to power in Germany, often known as Nazism and linked to Fascism. Incorrectly linked with the far right wing, National Socialism's economic theories are to the left of center, as are its social policies. National Socialism has government run health care, strict gun control laws, and high taxation.
The race based social structure of National Socialism is also very reminiscent of left wing politics, though in an opposite direction. While National Socialism believes in forcefully taking away from minorities and giving to the majority, the left wing today believes in forcefully taking from the majority and giving to the minorities. Such can be seen with affirmative action. The right wing, on the other hand, believes that the government should have a colour blind view, and not to use race in any way legally.
National Socialism uses the government to direct the economy. While an individual owns property and can own their own business, the government decides who owns what property and what a business is doing based on racial views and economic needs. If you want to produce pet food, but the economy needs more copper pots (as far as the government is concerned), you have no choice but to open a factory making copper pots. If one day the government decides there are too many copper pots and not enough people opening businesses in other sectors, they may very well force you to change your production line from copper pots to guns or rail cars.
Nazi Germany is the most prominent example of national socialism.
National Socialism is more properly called ethnocentric fascism.more...
Otherwise known as Nazism: The concept of Nationalism taken to its extreme in an era when Communism and Socialism were gaining broad support among the poor. In the nation of Germany, National Socialists blamed the tiny minority of non-natives for all crises, depressions and military losses. They used the "Socialist" moniker to draw in popular support.
National Socialism, by that name, no longer exists.
The National Socialist German Workers party promoted itself using "The Big Lie": a blatant lie about its opponents, told often enough, assumed to be true. The Big Lie (the ideology itself) was promoted by the party's propaganda wing. By assuming control of the church, scouting organizations, schools and universities, the Nazi party was able to gain broad support. No one wanted to be unpatriotic after WWI, and thus criticism was easily stifled.
Protests were astroturfed to build hatred against Jews, Socialists, Communists, gays, and intellectuals. The Center Party liked the Nazis' anti-Communist, free market beliefs and allowed its rise to power in what was probably the worst political underestimation in history. The Nazis then banned the Center Party.
National Socialism is neither: It seeks to divide people up to more easily conquer them according to their hatreds. It also goes directly against the ideology of Socialism because it teaches people to identify with their race, not their social class.