A Review of Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s book describing his early life, wartime experiences and the early development of the National Socialist Movement, continues to be one of the best-selling political books in the world.  In fact, the more it is condemned, the more it seems to fascinate.  Just google ‘sales of Mein Kampf‘.  Rational analysis is in far shorter supply.

In that vein, I ran across an interesting review of Mein Kampf the other day. The reviewer pointed out that prefaces in the English editions of Mein Kampf, published in the 1930s, were quite sympathetic to Hitler, no doubt due to the fact that the Depression-level unemployment in Germany had been greatly reduced, and the nation seemed to be getting on its feet again after its calamitous defeat in the First World War. Also, the 1936 Olympics in Berlin were a huge propaganda victory for the Hitler regime.

It is no use saying that hate, bigotry and madness and whatever else strikes your fancy are the reasons for the success of the fascist movements, and the Hitler movement in particular, in the 20s and 30s, as millions of ordinary, decent people supported them, not only in Germany but throughout Europe and as far away as India. And it is easy to say that Hitler was supported by big business to crush the socialist and communist parties of the time, but that would not have happened had he not “talked a great movement into existence already.”

In the 1920s, there was a multitude of left- and right-wing parties, movements and aspiring demagogues vying for attention and power. Why did Hitler succeed when so many others failed? Our reviewer continues….

“But Hitler could not have succeeded against his many rivals if it had not been for the attraction of his own personality, which one can feel even in the clumsy writing of Mein Kampf, and which is no doubt overwhelming when one hears his speeches…The fact is there is something deeply appealing about him.”

Obviously, some deep psychological need was being addressed, something way beyond mere opinions about political parties or national policies.

“One feels, as with Napoleon, that he is fighting against destiny…”

Indeed, there are numerous references and appeals to Destiny in Mein Kampf and no doubt Hitler felt that was his purpose, either to fulfill it or thwart it.

Prior to the First World War, or the Great War as it was then known, Europe possessed many powerful socialist movements. At times, it seemed that the old imperial orders across Europe were approaching their end. But when war broke out in August 1914, the international socialist parties across Europe folded like straws in the wind before the onrush of Nationalist Awakening. Nation and race have a far deeper psychological appeal than watery internationalism (something our reviewer noted elsewhere) and Hitler and Mussolini rose to power largely because they could recognize this fact and their opponents couldn’t.

But there were nationalist leaders before that never evoked anything like the adulation that was awarded to Hitler and Mussolini. There were also reasons for this….

“…Also he has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and the avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues.”

At least intermittently, people yearn for struggle, self-sacrifice and devotion to a higher cause. Whether one considers these passions desirable is beside the point, they exist and are powerful. Hence…

“…however they are as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life. The same is probably true of Stalin’s militarized version of Socialism….whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a grudging way, have said to people ‘I offer you a good time’, Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet.”

As if you hadn’t already guessed, “our reviewer” is, of course, George Orwell, probably the most prescient writer on politics in the twentieth century. Orwell’s essay (here) is not really a review of Mein Kampf, but an essay on the psychological basis of Hitler’s appeal to millions of ordinary people. It is an important essay because it is written honestly and without fear, not of Hitler, but without fear of bullying and censorship in his homeland. Orwell was a man possessed of a terrible clarity of vision and a crystalline honesty, qualities entirely lacking in our current world of conformity, cowardice and mediocrity.

It is important to note that his essay was published in England, in March 1940, during a period of wartime censorship, when England was at war with Germany. It is highly unlikely that such an essay, analyzing Hitler’s appeal to the good, as well as the bad, in people, would be able to be published in this country in peacetime, when, supposedly, we are guaranteed freedom of speech.

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Don Laird

Enjoyed the essay, both of them thought provoking.

This said however, if this apathy and self-loathing madness in the West does end and end soon, this will be the “horror without end”.

One of the echoes of yesteryear I find most grievous is the apathy of our youth, the indifference to the sweat and blood poured by our ancestors, the same securing the future of our children, how remarkable now, our children turn their backs on their betters……

Here’s a quote from something something I penned a few years ago, as I watched the Muslim boot descend on the necks of the English…..

……..”So England my friend…..what is your convenience?…..what is the depth of your character?…..what is the breadth of your conviction?….. what does Britain and your ancestors mean to you?….What will be your legacy?…..What will your grandchildren say when they speak of you?…….During November’s winter whisper, on parade squares when silvered haired patriots and regiments assemble, when politicians and priests with hand on heart eulogize……will they speak of those who held the line or will they mumble, eyes cast aside, of those for whom courage failed, those who, when their country needed them, turned and ran? Will you honour the dying words of Lt Col. John McRae as he urged; “Take up our quarrel with the foe, to you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields”……

Excerpt, “An Open Letter To England By Don Laird

Ahhhh, you would think I would have learned all I needed to learn about treachery, ingratitude and betrayal when I read of the day they nailed the Christ to the cross.

But here below, is the last installment to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of The Light Brigade”, its a poem by Rudyard Kipling, an ode to the brave men left to “the streets and the workhouse”.

The Last of The Light Brigade.

There were thirty million English who talked of England’s might,
There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.

They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,
That though they were dying of famine, they lived in deathless song.
They asked for a little money to keep the wolf from the door;
And the thirty million English sent twenty pounds and four !

They laid their heads together that were scarred and lined and grey;
Keen were the Russian sabres, but want was keener than they;
And an old Troop-Sergeant muttered, “Let us go to the man who writes
The things on Balaclava the kiddies at school recites.”

They went without bands or colours, a regiment ten-file strong,
To look for the Master-singer who had crowned them all in his song;
And, waiting his servant’s order, by the garden gate they stayed,
A desolate little cluster, the last of the Light Brigade.

They strove to stand to attention, to straighten the toil-bowed back;
They drilled on an empty stomach, the loose-knit files fell slack;
With stooping of weary shoulders, in garments tattered and frayed,
They shambled into his presence, the last of the Light Brigade.

The old Troop-Sergeant was spokesman, and “Beggin’ your pardon,” he said,
“You wrote o’ the Light Brigade, sir. Here’s all that isn’t dead.
An’ it’s all come true what you wrote, sir, regardin’ the mouth of hell;
For we’re all of us nigh to the workhouse, an’ we thought we’d call an’ tell.

“No, thank you, we don’t want food, sir; but couldn’t you take an’ write
A sort of ‘to be continued’ and ‘see next page’ o’ the fight?
We think that someone has blundered, an’ couldn’t you tell ’em how?
You wrote we were heroes once, sir. Please, write we are starving now.”

The poor little army departed, limping and lean and forlorn.
And the heart of the Master-singer grew hot with “the scorn of scorn.”
And he wrote for them wonderful verses that swept the land like flame,
Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.

O thirty million English that babble of England’s might,
Behold there are twenty heroes who lack their food to-night;
Our children’s children are lisping to “honour the charge they made – ”
And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!

-The Last of the Light Brigade
-Rudyard Kipling

Like I said, treachery, ingratitude and betrayal are timeless.

Regards, Don Laird
Alberta, Canada

PS, its Friday evening

Here’s a clip that oughta wake ya up….


Barry Thompson

If you looked at how World War I ended from Germany’s point of view, and then projected that through the revenge that Versailles brought, followed by a lack-luster new democracy that steered them into a classic hyperflation, bankrupting the middle class … do you know why Nov 11 is called “Armistice Day”? It’s because it was supposed to be an armstice where the terms of peace were to be negotiated, and it ended up that Germany had conditions imposed on it, including removing the monarchy. I could go on. Hitler probably gave legitimate voice to the darker feelings of Germans.

Even so, his plans to “purify” the population were never something that was used to gain votes There was serious harassment of Jews before the war, but it seems to have been aimed at driving them out of Germany. They didn’t turn to camps and gas chambers until after the war started. The real abatoirs were not in Germany, the gruesome stuff was done in Poland.

Don’t misunderstand me — I don’t like Hitler, and am not even close to being a white supremacist. My focus is learning from the past, probably futile, but it’s my hobby. It’s a mistake to note the resentment in Hitler’s appeal without putting it in the social context. It amounts to building a new stereotype.

We are in a kind of “Weimar” period in our own cultures at the moment. Huge corruption in the control centre. It’s probably wise to soak up a little about how economic and political strains can drive a whole population to extremes.

Don Laird

Barry Thompson has a point.

Back an entire nation into a corner, strip it of its pride, vilify its culture and heritage at every turn, loot its economy, grind its citizens into the ground with crushing taxation, lie to its citizens at every turn with a centrally controlled, like-minded media, promote sexual immorality, attack its foundational underpinnings, humiliate the entire nation on the world stage, and sooner or later there will rise voices that object, sooner or later those voices will give rise to a renewed sense of nationalism, sooner or later those voices will set in motion the mechanisms for a renewed strength and pride, sooner or later there will rise those who refuse to live on their knees with the boots of their oppressors on their necks……..and who among us could blame those voices?

Starting to see the similarities between post WW1 Germany and many of the civilized Western countries of today?

Starting to see the similarities illustrated in the vilification of the civilized West today, at every turn, at every opportunity, by a centrally controlled Marxist mass media?

Starting to see the similarities between Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau, devout Marxists all, treasonous and seditious all, who take great delight in the grinding humiliation and ravaging of their cultures and nations under the guise of White Guilt, multiculturalism, mass uncontrolled immigration and the sacred global village, and all fuelled with their seething sense of self-loathing?

Starting to see the similarities illustrated in the attacks, at every turn, at every opportunity, on every single brilliant accomplishment of civilized Western societies and their citizens as reflected in the actions of groups like La Raza, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, the mass media, social media groups like FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube and virtually the entirety of the Democratic party?

Starting to see the similarities as our judiciary engages in virtually criminal levels of activism by blocking, openly defying, our elected officials attempts to close the third-world floodgates to the West, essentially, and forgive me, but what can best be termed as “shitting in the punchbowl”, wide open, unchecked, uncontrolled mass immigration, floodgates that pour in what amounts to human refuse, what amounts to parasitic economic opportunists, the criminal, the mentally ill, the chronically ill, the uneducated, the illiterate, the lazy, the fraudulent, the liars, the grifters and those, in their tens of thousands, who despise the West and the culture and the freedoms that we enjoy, the same tens of thousands sworn to our complete subjugation or annihilation, and not being picky as to which mechanism they choose to achieve their ends?

Yes, Barry Thompson has a point.

Here are a few quotes from previous posts and an essay pasted together, somewhat fractured but you get the idea…..…..

……….”As Britons, as men, you stand idle and indifferent as your heritage, your culture, your history and your country are destroyed. You turn away as social engineers and sneering academia fill your children’s heads with poisonous propaganda, turning them into haters of their own people and lovers, nay, worshippers of the black hearted, murderous cancer of Islam. The hands of welcome and generosity you extended to Muslims have been spat on and bitten. Your sacred traditions, customs and observances including your places of worship have been attacked, mocked and defiled by your Muslim guests and you turn away, indifferent. Even your very monarchy suffers threat and derision and you hang your heads and look away”………

……”A letter authored by a collection of self-loathing Liberals who grovel at the feet of the Muslim student activists who stalk the halls of our universities smearing the excrement of Islamic fundamentalism on everything within their reach, demanding immediate deference and capitulation to their every Islamic demand and whim.

A letter authored by those academic social engineers and university administrators who force and harass normal students and faculty into validating the mental illness and sexual depravity of a few shrieking, primping, preening “trans” activists who scamper about the university campuses extolling the joys and benefits of their pending publicly funded genital renovations.

A letter authored by nothing more than a collection of academic parasites who, for the past 3 decades, have squandered literally billions of dollars in taxpayer funding in their destruction of the very foundations of sound academic institutions and in so doing, ravaged and corrupted the minds and characters of our children and placed the stewardship of our nations in the hands of the weak and the mentally ill.

A letter authored by “women and men of colour” whose hyphenated terms of their cultural origin and racial identification betray them for that collection of whining, publicly funded, grifters they are, grifters who vomit their derision on the brilliant success of Western societies all the while ignoring the fact that their very own racial and cultural origins hail from continents, cultures and countries that have been spectacular and amusing failures for millennia.

A letter authored by malevolent, murderous Leftists who celebrate the virtual toilets that are the majority of African and Middle Eastern countries, all the while attacking, at every opportunity, the greatest success story in the history of Mankind: civilized, secular, capitalist, democratic, enlightened Western societies that rest on a foundation of Anglo Saxon Protestant Judaeo Christianity”……

Yes, Barry Thompson has a point.

As for me, I’m sick and tired of apologizing for the colour of my skin and the fact that I am part of the greatest success story in the history of Mankind.

I am sick and tired of apologizing for the magnificent accomplishments of the West, from our advancements in medicine, to engineering, to science, to technology, to our love of the rule of law, to our capitalism and our love of entrepreneurship, and this, all of this, which has brought us to the point where we now stand on our tiptoes and reach into the blackness of space in an effort to answer those questions that have burdened us since the darkness was upon the waters, who are we?, where do we come from? where are we going? and quite simply, why? and to, as the poet said….”slip the surly bonds of earth, to dance the skies on laughter silvered wings, to reach out our hands and touch the face of God”

And if that, if all of that, makes me a “racist” or an “Islamophobe” or “intolerant” or “homophobic” or an “extremist”, or a “nationalist”, or “xenophobic”, or “transphobic” , or a “Nazi”, or a “hater”, well then so be it, if those are the labels for my life, my character, my love of my country and my heritage, labels that fall from the mouths of the treasonous, the seditious and the self-loathing, then they are labels I wear with pride.

Yes, Barry Thompson has a point.

Sincerely, Don Laird
Alberta, Canada

PS, by the way, pour a cup of coffee and spend 45 minutes with Jared Taylor. And of course, with all the truth Mr. Taylor speaks and the fact that I have posted this link, will make all of us Nazi’s.


Pat Saxton

I would agree with Don Laird on many points except his inclusion of capitalism as a virtue. If he had said free enterprise instead I could understand his argument. Capitalism is happier in totalitarian countries like the fascists of the second world war, or the many dictators of African and South America and now China. Capitalism leads to monopoly in every historical situation. We in the western democracies decided to limit the ability of monopolies to overwhelm our democracies, while allowing free enterprise to flourish. That is a balancing act that we are may be losing. It is the middle class that pays for and protects our western institutions. They are under attack from the far left and far right, similar to what happened in Germany.

I also read mein kampf recently because my granddaughter wanted to know why the Nazis murdered the Jews. You have to understand something before you can critic it. That motto is now lost in our universities. Like my beloved CBC they are unwilling to understand anything or see another view point without labeling it. Don’t offend anyone who is not in the majority since everything is the majority’s fault. I don’t consider them leftists. Tommy Douglas was NDP and he would not have tolerated the censorship that is going on in the media and our universities.

Most of the immigrants entering Canada are not supporters of the far right or left. I have worked with enough to know that most of them are here because of the middle class values of peace, order and relatively good government that we created in this imperfect but great country. We should be able to speak out against anyone who brings values contrary to our hard won secular society. That would mean excluding people who have values contrary to secularism and want to push our values aside. Keep your religion in your church or house. Don’t bring it to the public sphere. Quebec has made that a law and had more balls then the rest of Canada.
The anger that many of us feel is because too many hateful and mindless voices are given free reign because they are so called minorities. Though most of them are more privileged then we are. We have to fight back each time we are attacked, similar to what was done in the Halifax paper two weeks ago, where a well reasoned argument was written to point out that racism can be both ways. The article addressed an ugly rant by a privileged so called minority student who hated white people.

Therefore I would agree that our voices are being silent by part of the media, and other valid points of view are suppressed because they come from a ‘majority’ person. Let the others rant while we support those that speak for a realistic view of what is going on in the world.


I need to make clear to the Thought Police and one or two concerned readers that the authors of Barrelstrength do not agree to or will countenance totalitarian doctrines or measures of any kind: whether predicated on racial, economic, social class, national, tribal or any other form of (pseudo) justification. To cite the motto of a newspaper I revile: the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor consent to arbitrary measures.

Don Laird

Dear Msr. Dalwinnie

Do go on……….seriously…….expand and expound……..a few more paragraphs will not hurt…….

Sincerely Don Laird

Barry Thompson

About racism… it’s a scary topic to discuss, and it’s what is used to vilify people who think government budgets should balance — at least most of the time. We call them the ‘right wing’, which is what we also call the leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

The problem is that racism was taught in the universities of the world as the next great idea for improving humanity. Evolution, as a theory, had itself evolved into the eugenics movement. Planned Parenthood, in the USA, was started by a first wave feminist, and was aimed at reducing the number of black children being produced. The sainted Tommy Douglas wrote a sociology MA thesis in which he located two and three generation welfare families, and traced their family trees to document the social pathology of the whole group. Eugenic thinking became mainstream after 1925, and was considered to be “progressive” thinking. It may surprise people, but the US federal civil service wasn’t racially segregated until Woodrow Wilson became President — the first Democrat in a long time.

The take-away point is that what would today be called extreme racism that nobody would find tolerable was a major part of “progressive” thinking — until Hitler. When Hitler picked up on those ideas and got involved in a lot of racial purity stuff, those ideas were academically certified!

And academics have been running away from that ever since. Now we have a anti-racism hysteria centred on campuses … as well as a ‘gender’ hysteria, modelled on the treatment the ex-slaves got. It has become a redemptive racism, aimed at white males. And men in Canada are too gutless to face the world they are leaving their sons.

It’s gone too far. Consider this: the modern mood is negative towards our own culture. Life is felt to be purposeless and everything is merely arbitrary and oppressive. It is felt that what gives people meaningful lives has something to do with their narratives, which suggests all we need to do is create a new cultural mythology. But this is the contradiction: the real narratives of our lives are history, and it involves racial groups, right down to families. We have lost this sense of family history, or ‘belonging’ to something bigger, because our kinship system has been obliterated by the state. But any revival of narratives will almost certainly involve racial and national narratives. Think on that!

That’s just my point of view.

Pat Saxton

I agree with most of your statements since the belief in Eugenics was wide spread. However you are making the same argument that those people attacking our society are making. We will ever be responsible for the dark side of our history which exempts the others from taking responsibility for theirs. Whatever good was done by people like Tommy Douglas is ignored since we find something bad and peripheral to his achievements. History used properly is not a myth building tool, it is a tool to understand how we got here and what are the consequences of our historically created beliefs. My point was that the left in the past was in the vanguard to protect freedom of speech. It was not to justify everything they believed in the past.
What is going on in universities and the media today is a consequences of dumbing down of critical thought by accepting a minority’s assessment without critical review. In universities it started in the 1970s (with the acceptance that all students can’t fall because it is hard on them) to where we are now: students will be traumatized if they hear contrary arguments. So not only do they not have to study, they also don’t have to think.
The media in its push to be multicultural has given up its role of watchdog against hypocrisy and has accepted that it is racist to challenge minority beliefs or statements. That leaves a lot of Canadians who think, with a skeptical view of both institutions.

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