Richard Dawkins is still using Mein Kampf to swipe at his critics on twitter.
The read it in German remark is aimed at those that say the Koran should be read in the original language only. That debate plays out here.
However, how useful would it have been to have read Mein Kampf to understand nazism before World War 2? Reading the preface written in 1933 in my 1938 edition of “My Struggle” still gives me goosebumps:
So naturally you can form an opinion on nazism without reading Mein Kampf, but if others had widely read it to have an informed opinion in the 1930s would the popularity of appeasement been the same in the UK?
It is worth noting what Winston Churchill had to say about Mein Kampf:
“the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”
That is the history of thought linking Islam and Nazism which is the context for what is happening regarding the tweet.
Hence my earlier blog saying Dawkins really should have seen this coming if he knew something about Mein Kampf.
I immediately brought up Rabbi Boteach “you shriek like Hitler” (see blogs on) to suggest again that Dawkins lacked empathy how people would perceive his comments.
Which Dawkins himself has alluded to on Twitter over Rabbi Boteach:
Language is one thing, but none of us
can escape history or cultural context. We can plead ignorance but there comes a point when putting your hand up is the thing to do.
No, not like that …
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog