A French edition of Mein Kampf has become a surprise summer bestseller
“What is the use of making more people aware of the criminal delirium that it contains?” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing Unbowed France party.
Well, having a copy of what is – as is rightly said – agreed to be criminal delirium allows us to page through other manifestos to look for people saying much the same thing. Which does indeed lead to a number of possibly unfavourable pieces of note taking. There are definite echoes of fascist economics (note, economics that fascists pursued, not fascism itself) in the progressive protectionism of Colin Hines. Mariana Mazzucatto comes much to close, in my mind, to that all in the state, nothing against the state idea in her ramblings upon innovation and invention. And there are definitely an awful lot of people for whom – please note, neither Hines nor Mazzucato – replacing Jew with capitalist works as an explanation for what’s wrong with the world. Even, over on some of those fringes of anti-Zionism, an identification of each with the other.
That is, if we agree that we’ve a collection of twattish ideas then reading it can illuminate who else is also a twat.