“Message from Adolf Hitler” (6)

AH1And, of course, this movement must be led by men of heroic spirit who are ready to sacrifice everything or within a short while it will become impossible to find real fighting followers who are ready to lay down their lives for the Cause.

In order to secure the conditions that are necessary for success, these leaders must be made to understand that the new movement looks to the future for its honor and glory, but that it has no contemporary reward to offer its members.

Their primary tool should be mass public meetings because this is the only means of exercising a really effective influence on the people. Here the influence comes from direct personal contact and only in this way can the support of large sections of the people be obtained.

The force which has always set in motion the great historical avalanches of religious and political movements is the magic power of the spoken word. The broad masses of a population are more susceptible to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. All great movements are popular movements.

They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless goddess of Adversity or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.

In no case have great movements been set afoot by the syrupy effusions of aesthetic litterateurs and drawing-room heroes. The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of glowing passion; but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.

It is only through the capacity for passionate feeling that chosen leaders can wield the power of the word which, like blows from a hammer, will open the door to the hearts of the people. He who is not capable of passionate feeling and speech was never chosen by Providence to be the herald of its will.

To be successful, the political movement must avoid everything which might lessen or weaken its power of influencing the masses, not from demagogical motives, but because of the simple fact that no great ideal, no matter how sublime and exalted it may be, can be realized without the formidable strength of the great bulk of the people.

If a movement should offer a large number of positions and offices that are easily accessible, the number of unworthy candidates admitted to membership will be constantly on the increase.

And eventually a day will come when there will be such a preponderance of political profiteers among the membership of a successful party that the combatants who bore the brunt of the battle in the earlier stages of the movement can now scarcely recognize their own party and may be thrown overboard by the later arrivals as unwanted ballast. Then the movement will no longer have a mission to fulfil.

[Which means that none of the established political parties were able to make the necessary Quantensprung. Hence, a totally new political organization had to be established from scratch – the NSDAP].

 

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