Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mein Kampf: The Science of Hope and Change

The history of scientific insulting is now becoming more clear to me.  It begins with Karl Marx.  Hitler advanced the science.  Then Gordon Ramsay brought the science of insults to perfection.  After having read a collection of 19th century histories and communist writings, it seemed fitting to follow up with this Mein Kampf.

I have a little time to read, but didn't want to spend money on Hitler's work, so pulled a .pdf version down to my iPad for perusal.  The first half of this 500 page rant has now passed in front of my eyeballs.  Hitler is mostly condemning everything, but he has not yet proposed any program.  Everyone knows he is anti-Jew and anti-Marxist.  What I had not known is that he is equally anti-Slav and a bit anti-French, but everyone is anti-French.  The part that for some reason is missed by Dr. Wiki is that Hitler was also vehemently opposed to "international capital" and stock corporations to the same degree that he was anti-Marxist.    Somehow he managed to confound the two, since Jews were prominent in both international capital and Marxism, so that he considered these to be part of the same conspiracy and was oblivious to the fact that they are mutually exclusive.  This error was related to a separate error, that the Jews were all of one mind, thus, he completely failed to understand that just because some Jews might be pimps and pornographers, they weren't all of this profession.  His single minded attribution of every evil in the universe to a grand Jewish conspiracy seemed to me as a conspiracy theory worthy of The Matrix.  Other groups that Hitler condemns are the monarchists, the parliamentarians and the bourgeoisie.  The bourgeoisie is condemned because they are wealthy, comfortable, and consequently unwilling to take a course of action that might be risky.  Clearly I am a bourgeois slug, although he would probably still be astounded at the degree of self-destructiveness achieved by our Republicans.  Other targets of his vitriol are the press, the pacifists and the sick perpetrators of "modern art".  Then there were the scum who married outside of their race, with me as a prime example.

The fun part of this is Hitler's take on marketing and motivational speaking.  The principles are universal and are as valid for selling tacos as for politics, but Hitler claims to having mastered the field by studying the Marxists.  This amounts to finding a message that is simple enough to be grasped by the average person, then pushing it relentlessly.  For some reason all this comes naturally to most Marxists.  Hitler mastered this and threw it back in their face.  He chose red as his party's symbol and introduced "socialist" into NAZI for the purpose of deliberately goading the Marxists.  He then targeted the proletariat and turned their techniques against them.  Part of Hitler's success was undoubtedly simply because much of the population was longing for someone to talk back to the Marxists.  It is tempting to wish that America's conservatives might learn from this, but only for a brief time.  Hitler knew where he wanted to lead Germany, but America's conservatives have no such agenda, whether it be for good or evil.

So much for the first half of this.  Diagnosing the ills of a fallen humanity is the easy part.  The second part of Mein Kampf is supposed to tell us what he intends to do.

3 comments:

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

Thank you for the PDF link. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time but wasn't willing to pay for it either (I admit). Let's see what lessons I'll retrieve from it.

As for Hitler being similar to Marx: I don't think it was an accident. I think they are similar, they believed in the same things (how ironic, one was a confused Jew and the other a Jew hater) but Hitler had to mask his true beliefs. Anyway, let me read this opus and then I'll get back to you.

Cheers

Looney said...

Max,

Good to see you back. Have fun with this work! I have heard someone say that all political arguments come to an end when both parties get into a rage, point there finger at the other and shout, "You! ... You are a NAZI!". Which is to say, NAZI is an insult, but I have not felt I had a good understanding of what their true nature was, Pietr's comment on your blog has me pondering the need to follow the evolution of the NAZI beliefs as reflected in their writings and actions since Mein Kampf is still at the early stage of this movement.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

Thanks, it's good to be back. I intend to :).
I read Pietr's comment and I too need to do some follow up. I'll start by watching documentaries and listen to Hitler's speeches then I'll compare it to the writings. More often than not, parties or people will eventually sway from their manifestos over time, it's natural as they adapt to political realities and events on the ground.
Have a blessed week, my friend.