Hitler constructs his conspiracy theory piecemeal as a series of unjustified assumptions, each one drawing upon the previous one until an entirely circular self-justifying ideology has been constructed from it. Taking the foundational tenets of Hitler’s ideology and arranging them in a way that appears at all convincing to an impartial reader is actually a very challenging feat. He has to argue that Aryans are inherently superior and it is their destiny to be masters of the human race while also arguing that other races are covertly ruling Germany. He also has to argue that Jews are self-interested opportunists while also being consistent with his assertion that they are conspiring with other groups Hitler deemed unfavorable.
Hitler has to both glorify and villainize Individualism in the same way as he does both to Collectivism. Though us English majors probably won’t be very convinced by Mein Kampf, I nonetheless found it incredibly interesting to reflect upon what must have gone into constructing a text from such conflicting premises. Hitler also constructs his narrative to coincide with the overall themes and structures of uniquely German stories such as Das Nibelungenleid, the famous culture-myth of the establishment of a German identity (The ending of Inglourious Basterds is also a subversion of this story!). The rhetorical underpinnings of Hitler’s text contain some parallels today with contemporary American political discourse. Though there are few contemporary politicians on the US quite on the same level as Hitler, we can see that some figures utilize similar methods in order to construct social enemies.
I’m honestly not trying to be crass with this example, but the book Treason: Liberal Treachery from The Cold War to Terrorism by Ann Coulter is similar to Mein Kampf both thematically and stylistically although somewhat ironically I would say that Hitler’s book is actually the more elegant work, or at least as much as a work of this nature can be.