Friday, September 23, 2016

Sound familiar?

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From: [A] version of a review by Alec Walter George Randall of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, The Times Literary Supplement (September 16, 2016), p. 38
The fact is that ... after the War there were several vague and ill-defined antipathies. ... The party that could exploit all these in turn would have a good opportunity of crystallizing the all-prevailing disillusionment and discontent to its own advantage. It is not suggested that this was deliberately undertaken ... [W]hile there were a small number of constant factors in the ... [party's] campaign, there were several secondary demands, sometimes hardly reconcilable with one another, whose prominence in the party's public agitation was made dependent on circumstances. Thus the campaign ... seemed to postulate benevolence towards Moscow . ...
In domestic politics there were examples of the same adaptability. ... It is clear that, however forcibly several of the [party's] tenets are stated, definition is rarely allowed to approach an embarrasing point. ... The originality and driving power of the ... Party clearly do not lie in its ill-assorted political, racial, and economic dogmas, but in the personality of its leader.

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