So easy to become that which you hate

From Wikipedia:

The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the authorities of Nazi Germany to ceremonially burn all books in Germany which did not correspond with Nazi ideology.

From The Telegraph:

Virgin Megastores have been forced to remove a copy of “Mein Kampf” from a recommended reading shelf of one of its stores in the Middle East.
[…]
“Recently, one of the region’s Virgin Megastores included in its book section the Arabic translation of Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, a title available worldwide in major bookstores and online,” a statement said.
“For one day, the book was included in the recommended section. The recommended tag was not an endorsement of the book’s author or its content.
“In response to a customer, we removed the title from the display.”

Lets ignore all the possible virtuous reasons for reading or recommending Mein Kampf, such as to better understand what a little prick its author was, and just pull it out of the window sharpish because of the content. And of course Mein Kampf is illegal to publish or sell or even own in a number of countries. The aforementioned little prick would no doubt have been enraged by the censorship of his book, but I’m sure he’d have wholeheartedly approved of the principle of censoring things that don’t correspond with the state’s ideology. In fact I think he talked about how much he liked censorship in Mein Kampf.

3 comments for “So easy to become that which you hate

  1. December 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

    “The recommended tag was not an endorsement of the book’s author or its content.”

    Then what was it? A prank? An accident?

    • December 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Just a recommendation that it’s worth reading, no more or less. I might recommend reading the Graun now and then, but it wouldn’t mean I endorse much of that content either.

  2. December 13, 2011 at 12:55 am

    On the basis of “know thine enemy” Mein Kampf should indeed be recommended reading and for Germans especially.
    I tried reading some Marxist stuff as a youngling but it was terribly dull, particularly Engels.

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