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Mein Kampf: the Good, Bad and Outright Ugly
From bourgeois to poverty
In my thirteenth year my father [died]. As an orphan [I had] not enough for the bare necessities of life. I left for Vienna. [For] five years I had to earn my daily bread … not even sufficient to still the hunger.
Vienna manual labourers lived in surroundings of appalling misery. Woeful dens, night shelters and the slums, spectacles of ordure, loathsome filth and wickedness.
Class-conscious, income redistribution
[I] belonged to the small bourgeois class [which] had very little contact with the world of genuine manual labourers.
Every kind of work has a double value; the one material, the other ideal [on which] a man’s value must be estimated … not on the amount of recompense received.
The individual will be given what he needs [leading to] a wiser scale of wages and salaries [allowing] everyone to live an honourable and decent life.
It is intolerable that young people without a single vestige of talent are deemed worthy of a higher education, while [others] who possess high natural gifts have to go without.
Social legislation, not welfare
The bourgeoisie hinder all legislation [to] shorten the inhumanly long hours of work, prohibit child-labour, grant security and protection to women, [end] changes from work to idleness and [fluctuations of] earnings and expenditure.
[We need a] profound feeling for social responsibilities among the public [combined] with a ruthless determination to prune away all excrescences which are incapable of being improved.
The aim [is not] charitable relief [but rather] eliminating the fundamental deficiencies in our economic and cultural life.
Favors rural, urbanization creates social classes
[Many evils stem from] the disproportion between the urban and rural portions of the population. In the open country the master and the farm-hand were doing the same work, and doing it together.
Increase of population [weakened the] agricultural classes … rich and poor now became apparent [and began] to divide the population into political classes. The factory worker [replaced the artisan class and] sank to the level of a proletariat, [with no] independent source of livelihood [to] support him in later life.
A peasant boy may be more talented [but] the superior culture of the city child arises from the more varied education and the surroundings.
Like BF Skinner’s Walden Two, favors early marriage
Prostitution is a disgrace to humanity. [We must] make early marriages possible. [When we] hinder the process of procreation why is marriage still in existence, does our duty to posterity no longer play any part?
Early marriages are impossible [because] salaries [are set with] too little attention to the problem of family support.
[America] wages war against alcoholic intoxication [and] our bourgeois European [looks] sideways stupidly. Even moral principles are used in this slanderous campaign against a movement which aims at suppressing a great source of immorality.