Nazi Tools & Methods

Nazi ToolboxTo achieve their strategic objectives, Nazis used a variety of tools that reflected both their identity (them being national-sociopaths) and a deeply mystical nature of Nazism.

  1. Loving care about Germans. For the first time in their history, Germans felt that their government genuinely cares about them; that it works not only for the elites, but for all Germans. Nazis walked what they talked and practiced what they preached; they identified the key needs of Germans, promised to satisfy these needs – and delivered on these promises. Honesty is definitely the best policy (even in politics) and this honest loving care became the most powerful tool (weapon even) with which Nazis won the battle for minds, hearts and souls of Germans
  2. Patriotic Love. Napoleon Hill – author of an all-time bestseller “Think and Grow Rich” (the best guide to personal success ever written) proved beyond the reasonable doubt that love is by far the most powerful drive for an individual. It is not known whether Adolf Hitler read this book (although it was first published in 1937 and Hitler was fluent enough in English to read it) but Nazis used the full power of their mighty propaganda machine to instill powerful patriotic love in minds, hearts and souls of Germans. And it was exactly this powerful love that gave the Germans the power to perform genuine miracles in the workplace and on the battlefields (after all, strategic objectives of the Nazis were achieved by millions of ordinary Germans)
  3. Pride. Another very powerful force unleashed by the Nazis (more precisely, by their propaganda machine) was pride. Pride wounded by the defeat in World War I, armed robbery at Versailles, hyperinflation, Great Depression and other traumas that Germans sustained in 1918-33. This pride became another powerful drive that gave Germans the proverbial desire, determination, discipline and dare (the four “Ds” of success) to perform genuine miracles in the workplace and in the battlefield and thus to achieve seemingly impossible objectives.
  4. Hatred. Already very powerful forces of patriotic love and pride were further amplified by another powerful one – hatred. Hatred for enemies of Germany – both real (Bolsheviks and to some extent Western democracies – Great Britain, the USA and France that robbed Germany at gunpoint in Versailles) and imaginary (Jews and other “inferior races”). In addition to providing Germans with a powerful drive to achieve their strategic objectives, Nazis used this tool to strengthen their bond with their Führer. It worked because, as American actor Harvey Fierstein correctly noted, “Nothing binds a people to their leader like a common enemy”. Hated enemy.
  5. Fear. Not the fear of Gestapo, prison, concentration camps, execution, etc. – this fear was not a major tool used by the Nazis (contrary to very popular misconceptions), but fear of being defeated, conquered, enslaved and exterminated by the existential enemy – Jews, Bolsheviks, etc. Which further reinforced already very powerful emotional drive generated by the Nazi propaganda.
  6. Violence. Including, alas, murderous violence. Nazis used this tool – the only criminal one – both to come to power in Germany and to use this power to achieve these strategic objectives. Which predictably resulted in horrible war crimes and crimes against humanity (Holocaust being only one of these crimes). Nazis used violence because they sincerely believed that they were fighting an existential war where all tools and methods were acceptable if they help win the war. Including murderous violence on an enormous scale.
  7. Paramilitarization. Nazis deeply and sincerely believed that they had been fighting an existential racial war (i.e. was between the “Aryan race” and the inferior races). To win the war, one obviously needs an army and to win the racial war, one needs to transform one’s nation into one huge army. And that’s exactly what Nazis did by militarizing (paramilitarizing, to be more precise) just about any organization (NSDAP, SA, SS, Hitler Youth, BDM, etc.) – complete with ranks, uniforms, flags, awards, etc.
  8. Symbols. It is well-known that symbols have power. Often enormous emotional and spiritual power. Nazis being a deeply mystical bunch (not occult, but mystical – there is a difference) knew it – and used powerful symbols (swastika, flags, Nazi Eagle, runes, uniforms, etc.) extensively to motivate (and manipulate) Germans to achieve their strategic objectives.
  9. Slogans. Another powerful emotional tool are slogans (“mantras”). Nazis used these slogans (“Blood and Soil”, “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer”, “National Socialism is the guarantee of victory”, “Our Führer is always right”, “My honor is loyalty”, etc.) to a great effect in motivating and manipulating Germans to achieve their strategic objectives.
  10. Rituals. Still another powerful emotional tool extensively used by Nazis were rituals – from the infamous “Heil Hitler!” salute to huge party rallies and paramilitary parades (especially the torch parades at nighttime).
  11. Eugenics. One of the key strategic objectives of the Nazis was transformation of German people into Übermenschen (nation of superhuman beings). To achieve this objective, they chose eugenics as their primary tool. In other words, they believed (erroneously) that they could succeed in this very ambitious endeavor by purely biological means – promoting genetic groups judged to be superior and excluding (and even eliminating) groups deemed to be undesirable. The latter (not surprisingly) very quickly led to horrible crimes against humanity such as the T4 euthanasia program and ultimately to the Holocaust.

 

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