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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An honest politician!, June 22, 2007
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Paperback)
It is the year 2008. As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq enter their seventh and fifth years respectively, anti-war sentiment has reached a fever pitch among left-wing segments of the American population. During a day of nationwide mass protests, large contingents of Washington's 250,000 strong crowd, aided by certain disaffected units of the armed forces, storm the White House, the Capitol and other government buildings and declare a new government to be headed by Senator Charles Schumer, with a Cabinet consisting of Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Cynthia McKinney, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Streisand, Michael Moore and other prominent left wingers. Responding to the call of the new government, legions of illegal immigrants, radical college students, racial minorities and assorted left-wing types follow suit in cities across the nations and assume authority from the overthrown "tyrannical" regime. The new government immediately declares our foreign "adventures" at an end, and begins evacuating the troops, issuing a proclamation assuming all war guilt and begging forgiveness from the Iraqi and Afghan people, as well as Al-Quaida. The rest of the world, seeing the newfound "reasonableness" of America's new leaders, queues up with grievances in hand. The new "People's Republic" starts a round-table international discussion which will result in a treaty that 1. reduces the US military to a token contingent of around 100,000 men. 2. cedes southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and 1/3 of Texas to Mexico. 3. Forces the U.S. to pay trillions of dollars in reparations to dozens of nations and non-state actors, including Mexico, al-Quaida, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, etc. 4. New York City is declared an international city under the control of the U.N. while South Florida goes to Cuba and New Orleans declares itself the capital of the new nation of New Africa. The results? Inflation is at unprecedented levels. The U.S. economy collapses. Millions are begging in the streets. White Americans in the reconquered territories are being systematically discriminated against and sporadically massacred. When the first reparations payment is late, UN troops occupy New England. Communist China prepares to take advantage of the situation. The country is in chaos.

How would you feel about this? What would you do? Would you calmly sit back and fondly hope that things would turn out ok in the end, or would righteous indignation compel you to take action and do whatever it took to reverse the situation and restore your country's strength and independence? Perhaps this book, if you shook off a lifetime of incessant government and media propaganda, could help you put yourself in the shoes of an early twentieth century German and understand why Hitler thought the way he did and why he was not only democratically elected but enjoyed the love and support of the vast majority of his people until the day he died. Without giving sanction to all his ideas or actions, I could without reservation wish that America had one statesman who loved his country as much as Hitler did.

As for the notorious book itself, printed with a stark and scary cover obviously meant to color your opinion of the book's contents, I recommend it to both students of the era and modern day practitioners of the political art, especially conservatives. Of course, being on the Index Liborum Prohibitorum of much of the "free" world, there are an ever shrinking number of countries where one may even legally be allowed to read the book, so get it while you still can. Much of the book deals with contemporary German problems, which would probably only interest history buffs like myself. Contrary to popular belief, Hitler does not rant about the Jews on every page of the book. While the "Jewish problem" is addressed, it does not occupy a large portion of Mein Kampf and Hitler's opinions on the subject were probably not that different from large and influential portions of every society in the civilized world at the time. Hitler was not an intellectual or a polished writer but he was a political master and a genius on the subject of human psychology, especially as exercised upon mass society. And that is where this book would be interesting and relevant to a modern audience, especially those involved in concrete politics. Hitler was not only spot-on but scathingly hilarious (I know I sound like Franz Liebkind now- "The Fuhrer was a terrific dancer!") when describing the shortcomings of the conservative politicians of his day and their tragicomic actions in the face of the communist/liberal threat. It's obvious that conservatives never change- a weak, bloodless and cowardly breed of hidebound lackwits, impotently opposing societal degeneration, foreign threats and existential destruction with witty repartee, dithering, toothless political gestures, patriotic fustian and endless compromise. Hitler deals in depth and- in my opinion- with great insight on the subjects of political propaganda of both the written and spoken kind, the use of media, symbolism, personality, mass psychology and all aspects of how to achieve political success. Obviously, conditions vary greatly in time and place, but the human material stays the same and the one overriding rule still applies to politics- men follow courage and the method by which one displays that courage is physical (by defending one's beliefs in the presence of the enemy) and moral (by always telling an unpopular truth, despite the hatred and opprobrium that will be showered upon you). Never back down and never surrender.

Propaganda is a part of every war but there has never been a war in American history in which the propaganda has continued to be shoved down the population's collective throat 60 years after the enemy's defeat. Even Robert E. Lee was lauded as an American hero by the North a mere 5 years after our Civil War. Americans should ask themselves why we are still subject to insulting governmental indoctrination about the Nazis 3 generations after WWII. Reading this book would be a good start to answering that question.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2007, 12:08:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2007, 12:09:02 PM PDT
MrQ says:
OK, thanks for the impossible "what if" scenario, but what did you think of the book?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2007, 6:04:56 AM PDT
J. Michael says:
Well, I realize the scenario is impossible, but it wasn't meant to be a "what if". It was meant to help people envision the situation in 1920s Germany by using more familiar and contemporary people and situations. I think I covered what I thought of the book.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008, 12:45:06 AM PDT
Because you wrote, "I recommend it to both students of the era and modern day practitioners of the political art, especially conservatives." I better understand why Hitler's ideas are a little on the conservative side. But actually they are both, he has conservative ideas and liberal ideas, while he often disguises the liberal idea with a conservative argument, much as clever Republicans do today. I like the fact that Hitler didn't have a stich of "true conservative" in him. He was a nationalist through and through and knew that socialist reforms (among them help for the proletariat) were good in the long run for his country's recovery and its self-respect.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2008, 6:10:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2008, 5:13:57 AM PDT
J. Michael says:
You're right- National Socialism (and fascism) was supposed to be a "middle way" between the left and right and incorporated principles and ideas from both. However, I think it must be recognized that National Socialism arose as a_reaction_to the Red threat and although it successfully enacted many socialist economic policies, its most notable and salient principles and attitudes were of the Far Right- nationalism, tribalism, militarism, anti-Communism, order, hierarchy, traditional values, etc- if not strictly "conservative" in either a European or American sense. The capitalists, the Catholics, the aristocracy and most of the rest of the rest of the mainstream Right came to terms with Hitler and served in the highest positions of the regime; the left-wingers did not. So, while Nazism was definitely not a pure "right wing" movement (e.g. it was opposed to both "Red Front and Reaction"), its main opponent was the Left Wing of Communism/Liberalism and that is where today's conservatives can learn something. In our time, as in Hitler's, the Left was in the ascendant and yet we of the Right keep making the same mistakes and opposing its degenerate influence with the same ineffective and cowardly tactics as they did in the Weimar Republic. Hitler (as well as Mussolini and Franco) were the only men of the 20th century who successfully fought and beat Communism in their countries, which is why they are still demonized to this day. Even if today's conservatives do not necessarily look to Hitler for policy inspiration, we do have the same enemy and can learn from him how he fought it and beat it.
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