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    • chris (munich)
    • 13.04.13 | 11:43 (IDT)

    It seems to me that the best way to prevent the growth of racist, militarist and other extreme right-wing ideology is to allow fresh air and sunlight to enter. This means exposing these ideas to examination, not insisting on talking about them in a stereotyped way. After all, an ideology which claimed the superiority of the Aryan "race" over the "Untermenschen", and which resulted in "Untermenschen" in the capital of the "Reich" while the "Fuehrer" killed himself, cannot really be taken seriously, can it? I have tried several times to read "Mein Kampf", but always had to give up because it was so irrational, rambling and therefore boring. Persecuting this teacher just gives Nazi ideas (which I very much doubt they were trying to propagate) an undeserved aura of exciting forbidden fruit.

    from the article: U.S. teacher's assignment to students: Explain why Jews are evil
    First published 19:51 12.04.13 | Last updated 19:51 12.04.13
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