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July 7, 2005

While we’re all digesting the barbaric bombings in London, and waiting for more information on which to base analysis, I thought I’d share one of the stranger spam emails I’ve received lately.


Honorable American friends,How do you do?I am a Chinese students of
Moslem people university .I have a new idea on psychology ,concerning
Hitler.I hope you can pass the important points of the theories on to the
experts who study domestic psychology and sociology.I think it is better
to offer these ideas to the experts
studying Hitler.
In Hitler there exists two ‘I’s,one is himself,which can be called the
‘ego’, the other is his fatherly image,which can be called the ‘super
I’. During Hitlers childhood he was educated by his father whom he
looked up to.Hitler’s father intentionally educated and guided him in his
childhood and had his figure deeply rooted in Hitler’s mind and formed
his ‘super I’.After growing up,Hitler used his fathers ideas to mould
his political career.He treated the German people and individuals the
same way his father raised him.Hitler treated his nation,public and other
individuals as his father once treated him.That is to say, the
nation,public and other individuals take the place of the young Hitler and
become the object of the ‘super I’ of Hitler.
All the former opinions Chinese government has known.Please contact me if you consider my theory[or discovery] valuable.
my name jinbo

Trolling student, or a more complex scam than usual?

A while back, there was a scam making the rounds on academic listservs in which Indonesian “students” were asking for free textbooks. At least the consensus was that it was a scam… but what, exactly, the perpetrators hoped to get from it I was never sure.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.