They do, however, often seek inspiration in much admired totalitarian / authoritarian judicial systems, when they want to indulge in some actions of a more esoteric nature, such as the withdrawal of academic degrees.
You need to take the historical context into account and not offer pious judgments in a vacuum. When the National Socialists came to power they inherited an economic basket case on the verge of total collapse and Bolshevik revolution. Further, Germany was surrounded by hostile nations who had just dismembered and occupied the Reich and ceded swaths of its land to Germany's enemies. So to prevent a civil war and utter chaos, Hitler outlawed the seditious communists and all that was anti-German. No apologies here either. It was going to be a momentary measure anyways.