mh, i think the writers intended the analogies to mein kampf. that book
is surely a piece of crap, but the people bought and read it
nevertheless. and there are still people who read it and think that it
worth more than the paper its printed on - the dangerous thing is that
the book contains exactly the things those people want to hear - it
offers simple solutions to complex problems. and that's what baltar's
book does - and, since tyrol refers to it as being a pile of trash (or
something like that) it does not seem to offer much more than that.
baltar probably hopes this book will help him in the upcoming trial....
let's see how that will turn out.
and the paralells to marx' works.... i don't think so. try reading the "capital" - that's far from being easily accessible.
Chairman Mao is actually the person who came to my mind. I can't say that he did his writing in prison, but he wrote as a peasant for peasants advocating revolution. His works were pretty much watered down Marx and Engels, but that's what made him accessible. You didn't have to be a scholar to understand him. But I don't think they had one sole person in mind for Baltar to be echoing- there's elements from a number of people from history.