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How does Mein Kampf differ from the Communist Manifesto? Is it important that I read both? And if yes, why is it important. Thank you.

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Ron Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto? That's like asking how Twain's huckleberry finn and Smith's wealth of nations differ and if you should read both... Mein kampf and the Communist Manifesto are not related to each other in that way. Hitler was Fascist and it would help to understand Communism to understand his animosity toward it. Whether or not it is important to read both... that depends on you. The Communist Manifesto has impacted, and continues to influence, billions of peoples lives and provides a counterpoint to mindlessly backing a capitalist economic system. Mein Kempf, while interesting, very truly is the obvious work of a insane man.

TLDR: Mein Kampf = interesting; Communist Menifesto = thought provoking, enlightening and understanding of different cultures
Kendall Moore Three Answers:

1. One is the closest delineation of fascism as your likely to get and the other is a philosophical blueprint for underclass rebellion. Both are essentially ideological propaganda, but the Communist Manifesto has aged better.

2. If you choose to read both, start with the Communist Manifesto first and then research the differences between the two ideologies. In this way you will establish a historical background for the two books and therefore be able to come to more informed conclusion.

3. As to why you should read these books, only you can say.

P.S. For a through political dissection of these two philosophies I recommend supplementing Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto with Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism."
Lobstergirl Mein Kampf is very long and written by a crazy person. The Communist Manifesto is quite short and written by two people who were political theorists and ideologues. It would be more important and beneficial to read the Communist Manifesto because it had a much wider influence on history and ideology. It's easy enough to get Hitler's opinions in abridged form in other places, or just read some histories of the Third Reich.
Noah Isaac

Hitler was both a fascist and socialist. He wasn't one or the other. The ideas from both socialism and fascism overlap. You might want to learn about the etymology of the word nazi and what letters stand for. It's the german abbreviation for national socialist. Also, Hitler read the communist manifesto. His version of socialism has a lot in common with Marxism, considering he was influenced by Karl Marx.

Boocat If you want to be able to develop more insight into two inhumane political philosophies that have been responsible for the killings of countless millions of people, study the dark allure of these books. (Communism, of course, still exists today and destroys countless lives in China, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba, to name a few communist h*ll-holes.) Know your enemy and be warned. This can happen anywhere.
Jacob Adams You should understand one thing: National Socialism is NOT Marxian Socialism. National Socialism puts emphasis on the collective Nation, but does not entirely dissolve the individual. However, with Marxian Socialism, the individual is entirely dissolved and replaced entirely by the collective. You definitely should read both, only so you can understand the utter flaws that lie within. Many of these folk here seem only to have read one, mainly the Communist Manifesto, and not the other, content with over generalizing it and labeling it evil and bad just because of the author.
Corey Chrisman They aren't very comparable. As bad as mein kampf is, reading the manifesto will make it look like a college textbook. The manifesto is poorly thought out fanciful theorizing for emotional children (and yes there's lots of them, agreeing at how brilliant it is, from then to now. But a emotional child's opinion doesn't become an adult's opinion by virtue of popularity.) Read them both, and get a well rounded view of things, but don't credit undue influence to actual worth. They're both sh*t, but it's probably a safe bet that many here praising the manifesto and trashing mein kampf only read the former and are a little too sure of themselves and what they know. You reading it will mean you're one of the few that actually know what you're talking about. Anyway, remember, the only person who can judge a sane man is a reasonable man, and those types of men (and women) are rare these days..
Dean It is a dumbed down outgrowth of the Communist Manifesto. If you read one and then the other you will be able to spot many similarities. He repackaged Marxism to reflect the popular German sentiments of the time, and to politically defeat his more traditionally Marxist opponents.
Ana Rodrigues They're both the same thing
William McBride It's not particularly 'important' that you read either, unless you're seeking a better understanding of each book's respective body counts.

The half of Mein Kampf my masochistic curiosity carried me through were not terribly enlightening. They're the sermons of a paranoid ideologue. Still better than David Icke's "The Biggest Secret," but that's not a point in its favor. Most interesting takeaway I still remember is the contrast between anti-semitic rhetoric from then to today.

The Communist Manifesto is comparatively well written, and aged spectacularly well. Just look towards the countless shining historical examples of its well implemented ideology that self-identified Communists proudly cite.
Timothy Morrison communist manifesto is anti-imperialist. Hitler says that he fulfills it. Hitler believed that communism was a Zionist conspiracy against the world.
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