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#1
Have you ever met one of those people who claim to like this book? I've met a few. They're not Nazis or anything, probably just trying to be "neat." It's such a trendy thing to pretend you have an open mind, so open that you'll take Adolf Hitler's views on life seriously. Anyways, discuss.

EDIT: On a side note, are any of YOU one of those people?
#3
No, I don't know anyone who likes it to be "open minded"

I some guys who like it, as they sympathize with his ideology
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#4
Meh, I've read it. Hitler had a fanatical, racist, nationalistic point of view and was essentially a raving, murderous lunatic, and the only people he wanted to help were white Germans, and everyone else was viewed as though they were insects. It was a disturbing read, and I wouldn't want to spend any period of time thinking about it again.
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They're not Nazis or anything, probably just trying to be "neat." It's such a trendy thing to pretend you have an open mind

i agree with that. people read stuff and act like their all high and mighty because they read a controversial book.

edit: there is nothing wrong with being open minded and reading controversial books and such but i dont like people who flaunt it every chance they get.
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#6
What I find stupid is people who bash others saying they're just being "trendy" by trying to be open-minded, when the people in question probably are much more open-minded than the douche who bashes them.
#7
It's not trendy to have an open mind, it's a good way to go through life and learn a thing or two along the way.
#8
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who cares if people are open?


Well it's annoying when people are so open that they'll think, "Well sure, he was responsible for mass genocide....but he actually had a lot of good ideas."
#10
People who use the term "open-mind(ed)" are generally idiots and very closed-minded.
#11
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Meh, I've read it. Hitler had a fanatical, racist, nationalistic point of view and was essentially a raving, murderous lunatic, and the only people he wanted to help were white Germans, and everyone else was viewed as though they were insects. It was a disturbing read, and I wouldn't want to spend any period of time thinking about it again.



I agree with this.
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#12
Ive never read it, but i can imagine that it would be sortof interesting knowing that you have just read the thoughts of the most infamous and terrible killer of basically all time. Those people probably get chills reading it.

Would you read a book written by Ghengis Khan about what he thought of Mongolia? i probably would (if i could read).
#13
well if being open-minded is trendy now, thank feck!

surely this can't be a bad thing?
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Is that from Uncyclopedia?
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Ive never read it, but i can imagine that it would be sortof interesting knowing that you have just read the thoughts of the most infamous and terrible killer of basically all time.

Would you read a book written by Ghengis Khan about what he thought of Mongolia? i probably would (if i could read).



Hell yes!

That would be awesome
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#17
I don't agree with any of it, but seriously, it takes so much brain power to read one page of that thing. It's written so poorly, and is ultimately just the drawling of his national socialist mania that lead to all the terrible policies he put in place leading up to/during WWII. Including Auswitch.
I doubt it would be a 'neat' read for anyone not a neo-Nazi. Insightful and educational, perhaps, but it's definitely not book club material.

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#20
hes not saying its trendy to be open minded hes saying there are people ( and i know a few) that will read something like Mein Kampf and say they liek ti just to be differrent not because they actually like it and also do this with lots of other topics
#21
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lol at that


also, yeah... what always gets me about fans of Mein Kampf is that their usual defence of the book is: "well, aside from all the hatefulness and paranoia, he was obviously a very intelligent man in other respects, and the book is well-written."

Like, is it THAT hard to find a good writer to appreciate?
#22
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It's not trendy to have an open mind, it's a good way to go through life and learn a thing or two along the way.


Ask yourself, what is the point of having an open mind? I would say it is so that you are able to learn things that would enrich your life. To see things from a different perspective, one that you hadn't thought of before. So people do this with Hitler. But why waste the time? Why not go to someone who has a little more credibility on leading a fulfilling life.

An open mind for its own sake is meaningless. However an open mind for the sake of bettering yourself is very meaningful.
#23
i read it back in high school. its not that great really. if you can manage to strip away the hate and racism and nationalistic idealogy from it, there are a few interesting parts, but the only reason that book is still talked about is only because the author is one of history's greatest "villains".
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is this a prediction of another holocaust that can only be prevented if we read Mein Kampf in order to easily identify this kind of rhetoric early on before it happens again?
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Well it's annoying when people are so open that they'll think, "Well sure, he was responsible for mass genocide....but he actually had a lot of good ideas."


Hitler was a deluded ****wit. Yes he did cause mass genocide , but what he did do for Germany was great. Hitler brought Germany back from the poverty that had been the result of the treaty of versailles. Of course this doesn't justify trying to wipe out entire races, but just so you know what he did was in Germany's best interests.
#27
Even though you don't agree with somthing, you can still find it interesting.

Also, I've never thought of Mein Kampf as 'trendy'. Sounds like TS is just bashing on people because he dosen't understand their point of view. How do you know these people aren't genuinely[sic] open minded?
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is this a prediction of another holocaust that can only be prevented if we read Mein Kampf in order to easily identify this kind of rhetoric early on before it happens again?


BINGO!

I actually just wrote an exam today in a War and Society class and the question asked was....
Trace Hitlers rise to Power and in your opinion could the same happen again?

Haven't read the book but would like to, not because I'm pro Nazi and hate, but because I enjoy history.
#31
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Even though you don't agree with somthing, you can still find it interesting.

Also, I've never thought of Mein Kampf as 'trendy'. Sounds like TS is just bashing on people because he dosen't understand their point of view. How do you know these people aren't genuinely[sic] open minded?


Yes. I am bashing Hitler apologists. I get your point. I am closed minded because I do not understand the point of view of those who read Mein Kampf and think that it is a good book. I have no problem with anyone who reads the book. The problem I have is when people go around arguing that it is in fact a good book, and anyone who says otherwise must be closed-mined. C'mon, it's silly.
#32
Not a great read.

The only odd thing I found about it was he clearly detailed his plans for Russia yet Stalin trusted him.....took him 8 hours after the start of Operation Barbarossa to actually believe the Nazis invaded.
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#33
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Hitler was a deluded ****wit. Yes he did cause mass genocide , but what he did do for Germany was great. Hitler brought Germany back from the poverty that had been the result of the treaty of versailles. Of course this doesn't justify trying to wipe out entire races, but just so you know what he did was in Germany's best interests.


Arguing that what Hitler did was in Germany's best interest does not hold up. Look what happened to Germany after the war he started. Nope, definitely not in their best interest.
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Ask yourself, what is the point of having an open mind? I would say it is so that you are able to learn things that would enrich your life. To see things from a different perspective, one that you hadn't thought of before. So people do this with Hitler. But why waste the time? Why not go to someone who has a little more credibility on leading a fulfilling life.

An open mind for its own sake is meaningless. However an open mind for the sake of bettering yourself is very meaningful.

"Merely having an open mind is nothing. The point of opening a mind, as of opening a mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
#35
I haven't met anyone who have "liked" it. I've met people that have read it and said that it better elaborates on Hitlers views (not that they were good), and that it was boring.
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Yes. I am bashing Hitler apologists. I get your point. I am closed minded because I do not understand the point of view of those who read Mein Kampf and think that it is a good book. I have no problem with anyone who reads the book. The problem I have is when people go around arguing that it is in fact a good book, and anyone who says otherwise must be closed-mined. C'mon, it's silly.

In In Cold Blood , Capote sympathized with the murderers the story was about. I thought it was an excellent book, but that doesn't mean I support murder. It was just an interesting story.

I imagine people like it for a mix of curiosity, interest, and shock.

And some are just pretentious, to be honest.
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#37
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Not a great read.

The only odd thing I found about it was he clearly detailed his plans for Russia yet Stalin trusted him.....took him 8 hours after the start of Operation Barbarossa to actually believe the Nazis invaded.


Stalin didn't trust Hitler. In front of each other they were all but they both knew the other guy was plotting. Stalin and Hitler both knew that there would be a war between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia but Stalin badly misjudged when Hitler would attack by a few years. He thought he had much more time to build up his forces.
#38
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"Merely having an open mind is nothing. The point of opening a mind, as of opening a mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."


G.K. Chesterton. Nice. I love it when poetic people make the points I have in my head but can't express as eloquently.

#39
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Ask yourself, what is the point of having an open mind? I would say it is so that you are able to learn things that would enrich your life. To see things from a different perspective, one that you hadn't thought of before. So people do this with Hitler. But why waste the time? Why not go to someone who has a little more credibility on leading a fulfilling life.

An open mind for its own sake is meaningless. However an open mind for the sake of bettering yourself is very meaningful.


Right. This would be why I said being open minded is a good way to go through life and learn a thing or two along the way. I never specified Hitler. Obviously being open minded to better yourself is the key, but who's the authority on role models? I'm not going to tell anybody who to listen to and who to ignore.
#40
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In In Cold Blood , Capote sympathized with the murderers the story was about. I thought it was an excellent book, but that doesn't mean I support murder. It was just an interesting story.

I imagine people like it for a mix of curiosity, interest, and shock.

And some are just pretentious, to be honest.


Capote didn't write a manifesto of hate. to your points though.
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