Also, while I’m posting links, I hope the editors allow me to ‘reblog’ this at my own weblog. (I continue to wince at the word ‘blog’ and have decided to stop using it hence forth.) And I wish to take this moment to thank the editors of the Electric Agora for posting this essay. (Interesting conversation in the comments by the way.)
by E. John Winner
With Mein Kampf in the news recently, we’ll here consider two rhetorical strategies found in Hitler’s text. The first targets the well-known anxieties of Hitler’s expected audience. The second finds Hitler identifying with his audience or rather, a particular segment of that audience, the young and rebellious. Hopefully, the reading will reveal something about the people who supported Hitler’s rise to power, as well as about the nature of Modern culture.
- Appealing to the audience
As a sign of (the Jews’) growing presumption and sense of security, a certain section of them openly and impudently proclaim their Jewish nationality while another section hypocritically pretend that they are German, French or English as the case may be. Their blatant behaviour in their relations with other people shows how clearly they envisage their day of triumph in the near future. The black-haired Jewish youth lies in wait for…
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