Apparently before the Third Reich Hitler was as a charismatic young man with a ton of energy and a chilling ability to hold people's attention. He'd rant, he'd rave, he'd lecture histrionically, but that's not how he took power so quickly. This isn't new information, but post- WWI left Germany with major economic and identity issues. It was in want of an aggressive alpha male to reestablish the culture's sense of dignity, empowerment, and righteousness. And Hitler surely was self-righteous.
What he wasn't, was a scientist. Simply flipping through Mein Kampf may produce some of the fullest yawns of your life, however, if you flip to the 'Nation and Race' section, he demonstrates a fundamental lack of Darwinian awareness. Natural selection (or colloquially known--thus wildly misinterpreted--as "survival of the fittest") is simply the the recurrence of traits that demonstrate reproductive success in a local environment. So if thick eyelids help protect your eyes in a dusty environment, then v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y do your eyelids get thicker. If darker skin helps protect your body from harmful solar rays, then v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y does your skin darken. And if the environment is so hot and dry it cracks the earth, then creatures with the aptitude to burrow beneath the cracked earth during daylight hours are naturally selected as the fittest. (Survival of the fittest is a user-driven interpretation of Darwin's science, misunderstanding that the strongest are the most fit. Pitting gorillas against cockroaches, the former are less fit in almost every single environment, due to the cockroaches impressive adaption. However, since gorillas are physically stronger, many interpret them as more fit because they can mechanically smash the cockroaches to pieces.) Hence, evolution is objectively about breadth and adaption, not about a linear progression toward what we humans believe is better. At risk of being redundant, it is not human centric.
I'm no expert in evolution or biology, but that's the point. To get a grasp of their fundaments you don't need to be. Now that we're on the same page, let's go to Mein Kampf. Quoting Chapter 11: "The consequence of this racial purity, universally valid in Nature, is not only the sharp outward delimitation of the various races, but their uniform character in themselves. The fox is always a fox, the goose a goose, the tiger a tiger, etc., and the difference can lie at most in the varying measure of force, strength, intelligence, dexterity, endurance, etc., of the individual specimens. But you will never find a fox who in his inner attitude might, for example, show humanitarian tendencies toward geese, as similarly there is no cat with a friendly inclination toward mice."
First off, this is rampant with human centricity. Yes, foxes are foxes and geese are geese, but they are separate species. Jews, Negroes, Chinese, Caucasians are different racial qualifiers (race is simply a man-made concept used to separate humans via physical traits), yet are all of the same species. Second, there are plenty of displays of inter-species cooperation, we humans just don't like to pause our self-absorption to pay attention to nature. And third, of course a fox will not act in a humanitarian way toward a goose...it's not a human. It doesn't have the concept of or capacity for a human morality. Not to say all humans inform their moralities, but they at least have the capability. This doesn't make us better, because even though we have this moral capacity, we are the only species on earth to wage genocide. And rape.
Further down he writes: "The result of all racial crossing is therefore in brief always the following: A) Lowering of the level of the higher race, and B) Physical and intellectual regression and hence the beginning of a slowly but surely progressing sickness." I don't understand what a 'higher level' is. The ancient Egyptians lived for 3,000 years in a relatively unchanged culture, yet invented beer and built huge pyramids via simple technology and hard labor. The Native Americans created 700 languages and hunted-and-gathered for millennia, sans iPhones and facial wash, until the European settlers obliterated them. I don't think "higher level" is very well qualified.
Hitler's meteoric rise to power was in part due to having the right set of attributes in the right social milieu, and also, as Orwell writes on page 251: "because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don't only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags, and loyalty-parades." It's convenient to dismiss this, but do you think the current Thanksgiving Day Parade is held because people just loooove turkey, stuffing, and huge inflated cartoon characters? Orwell's right, the majority loves, although not necessarily every day lavish social conventions to release them from their daily struggle, monotony, and 'dues paid.' Hitler clearly exploited this, but since the Germans post WWI were so depressed, humiliated and forsaken, they were aching for some marching and flag-waving. And someone to blame.
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