„Social democracy is objectively the moderate wing of fascism“

“Concerning the International Situation,” Works, Vol. 6, January-November, 1924, pp. 293-314.
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Context: Social democracy is objectively the moderate wing of fascism.... These organisations (ie Fascism and social democracy) are not antipodes, they are twins.

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