Yesterday I came across an online ad’ listing a copy of Mein Kampf for sale.
The seller described the book as a gift given to his grandparents, perhaps questioningly, as a wedding gift.
This got me thinking… We’ll use the ubiquitous and provocational Nazi regime as our primary example here…
Much of the prejudice experienced in our lifetime, a lot of it has been bred into it over generations. This is the reason young people nowadays will, without flinching, without thought and without forethought yell and lobby against any semblance of ration declaring an opposing, alternative or open-ended view upon the Nazi regime.
Anyone wanting to examine the regime and its pre and post history, its tactics and strategies or its idelogies is doomed from the start due to the overwhelming wave of ignorant naysayers.
“blah, blah, blah NAZI blah, blah, blah.” “ACK! NAZI! BAD, BAD, BAD!”
I’m fairly certain most of you reading this (many less than than those who started reading this; point in case) are already convinced I’m a Nazi and worthy of abolishment to somewhere fiery.
So we’ve established that we’re dealing with a heated topic here, and that the general populous is largely spewing placeboic vitriol in response.
This begs the question: Can you ethically make money out of something you morally oppose?
Nazi ‘collectibles’ (it’s not memorabilia!) are a huge global business with many thousands of collectors, all in varying degrees.
Some, no doubt, are (personally and mentally at least) followers of the original regime’s policies (Neo Nazis are something else), some are general ‘war’ collectors, a portion are history buffs and some are simply traders.
I would wager however, that a sizeable contingent of the above do not support the Nazi regime. Whether that is as a result of (hopefully unbiased) education leading to that conclusion or the general subjective ignorance is another debate.
If you do not support the Nazi regime, is it righteous to trade and live off of the remnants of it?
If you need some other examples, think of Che Guevara’s image — prominently displayed on everything from buildings to T-shirts, from photo’ form to Andy Warhol–esque style.
Camouflage design clothing when you are the first to protest against war?
Trading in goods related to a film based on the history of conflict and human/human-inflicted animal suffering?
If you’re guilty of any of these, I’ve got news for you…
YOU’RE A HYPOCRITE.