The "argument" that the Germans invaded Poland, the USSR, ect because they needed to steal shit in order to fund their government programs is one the most retarded, and ignorant things I think have ever heard about history. And the fact that so many "scholars" and "historians" shill the "theory" without even a hint of irony just shows how much critical thought exists in modern academia. Imagine unironically thinking that you can fuel a modern industrial nation, and army through stealing furniture, paintings, gold teeth, and other miscellaneous garbage from neighboring countries, like some stereotypical Visigoths of yore. Or thinking that Germany was just going to magically collapse by enacting very similar economic policies to the U.S, and Britain, because some hysterical, jewish, ideologue shrieks at the notion that any economy could function without the chosen people's parasitism.
No, you can't fund a modern army of millions who all need food, ammunition, transportation, medication, ect by looting banks, and stealing gold teeth, let alone keep your entire country going off of plunder. The second world war was a net drain on the German economy from beginning to end, it turns out that sending your workforce to die in the millions, burning through your reserves of food, metals, rubber, and fossil fuels in a venture that generate no immediate economic growth, and having enemy bombers turn your farms, factories, villages, towns, and cities into burnt out ruins actually puts strain on your economy, rather than saving it.
Turns out that truly failing and dysfunctional society's can't sustain their economies, yet alone pursue the most costly, and logistically straining action a nation can undertake. When Roman society was collapsing, they did not invade new lands and steal pots, and textiles from barbarian tribes to fund their legions. The USSR didn't try save themselves from economic ruin by expanding, they abandoned their longstanding policy of kick-starting revolutions and coups in minerally wealthy third world countries, turned inward to try and deal with their internal problems, and then fell apart due to internal strife. When nations undergo depression, and economic turmoil, they do not expand, they do not create great empires, they do not conquer, they suffer internal strife until the state stabilizes the situation, or collapses, and is replaced.
Now the Germans did harvest raw material "timber, oil, coal, rubber, metals" in the territories they conquered. But this was never profitable, it never offset the staggering cost of invading those countries in the first place, and such resources were mostly just fed into the war machine, to keep it going without exhausting Germany's meager natural resources too fast. The war was never profitable, and the German economy was perfectly stable before the war. And this policy is pretty much completely unrelated to the jewish propaganda bullshit, that the Germans needed to steal jew gold, in order to pay for their social programs. Which is so retarded on so many levels, I'm amazed the idea is taken seriously by anyone, even in the degenerate society we live in.
The fact is that the Germans fought against the world's juggernauts, Great Britain, the United States, and the USSR, who all had vastly more natural resources, larger populations, and vastly larger industrial capacity, and still managed to persevere so long against such overwhelming odds, holding on as they were isolated from the rest of the world, and bombed into oblivion. The very fact that they did last so long, that they weren't just a footnote, that they still inspire such fear, and hatred in the hearts of the enemies of our people, goes on to show the true resilience, and genius of the National Socialist economic system "and of the German people themselves" not it's faults. Tell me with a straight face that a failing economy is going to fund itself with jew gold, and French paintings while it's lifeblood is drained away, and it's natural resources are basically thrown into a giant hole. They fought to protect their people, and secure their nation's long term interests. As explained by these anon's posts.
It was never about the economy, but instead the war was about national, and racial survival.