To be successful, a political party needs to develop and ruthlessly pursue a program that will provide solution to acute problems that Germany faces today. In other words, to radically improve the welfare of the German people.
Contrary to a very popular misconception, no improvement can be brought about until it is understood that economics play only a secondary role, while the main part is played by political, moral, and racial factors [well, not racial, of course – this one was an epic delusion].
Only when this is understood will it be possible to comprehend the causes of the present evils and consequently to find the ways and means of remedying them. Therefore, the question of why Imperial Germany really collapsed is one of the most urgent significance, especially for a political movement which aims at overcoming this disaster [and DAP surely did].
The assertion that the loss of the war was the cause of the German collapse can best be answered as follows:
It is admittedly a fact that the loss of the war was of tragic importance for the future of our country, but that loss was not in itself a cause. It was rather the consequence of other causes.
That a disastrous ending to this life-and-death conflict must have involved catastrophes in its train was clearly seen by everyone of insight who could think in a straightforward manner, but unfortunately there were also people whose powers of understanding seemed to fail them at that critical moment.
In reality, military defeats are the result of internal decay, cowardice, want of character, and are a Divine retribution for such things. Thus the military defeat of Germany was in itself but the consequence of a whole series of morbid symptoms and their causes which had become active in, the German nation even before the war broke out.
Unfortunately, as long as these diseases in nations are not of a catastrophic character, the population will slowly accustom itself to them and later succumb. It is then a stroke of luck—although a bitter one—when Fate decides to interfere in this slow process of decay and suddenly brings the victim face to face with the final stage of the disease.
More often than not the result of a catastrophe is that a cure is at once undertaken and carried through with rigid determination, but even in such a case, the essential preliminary condition is always the recognition of the internal causes which have given rise to the disease in question.
First, the amazing increase of population in Germany before the Great War brought the question of providing daily bread into a more and more prominent position in all spheres of political and economic thought and action.
Repudiation of the idea of acquiring fresh territory and the substitution for it of the mad desire for the commercial conquest of the world was bound to lead eventually to unlimited and injurious industrialization.
[Which was absolutely necessary, because to win a colonial war, you must have very powerful armed forces. To have very powerful armed forces, you must have a very powerful military industry. To create such an industry, you need a radical industrialization. This is something that Hitler’s arch-rival Joseph Stalin understood very well].
The first and most fatal result brought about in this way was the weakening of the agricultural classes, whose decline was proportionate to the increase in the proletariat of the urban areas, until finally the equilibrium was completely upset.
[Which is the natural and unavoidable consequence of making your armed forces the most powerful in the world].
In proportion to the extent that commerce assumed definite control of the State, money became more and more of a god whom all had to serve and before whom all had to bow. Heavenly deities became more and more old-fashioned and were laid away in the corners to make room for the worship of Mammon.
A serious state of economic disruption was being brought about by the slow elimination of the personal control of vested interests and the gradual transference of the whole economic structure into the hands of joint-stock companies.
In this way labor became degraded into an object of speculation in the hands of unscrupulous exploiters. The de-personalization of property ownership increased on a vast scale. Financial exchange circles began to triumph and made slow but sure progress in assuming control of the whole of national life.
[The same thing – if not worse – happened in Britain, France, USA and other Entente nations. Which did not prevent them from winning the Great War].
Patriotic German industrialists made determined attempts to avert he danger, but in the end they gave way before the united attacks of money-grabbing capitalism, which was assisted in this fight by its faithful henchman, the Marxist movement.
[It appears that Hitler had a highly inaccurate perception of Marxism. Sure, it has many vices, including some genuinely deadly ones – but being a servant of international capital is definitely not one of them].
German education in pre-war times had an extraordinary number of weak features. It was simply and exclusively limited to the production of pure knowledge and paid little attention to the development of practical ability.
Still less attention was given to the development of individual character, in so far as this is ever possible, and hardly any attention at all was paid to the development of a sense of responsibility, to strengthening the will and the power of decision.
[With disastrous consequences, obviously]
One visible result of a wrong educational system was the fear of shouldering responsibility and the resultant weakness in dealing with obvious, vital problems of existence.
The starting-point of this epidemic was, however, in our parliamentary institution where the dodging of responsibility was particularly fostered. Unfortunately, the disease slowly spread to all branches of everyday life and particularly affected the sphere of public affairs.
Responsibility was being shirked everywhere and this led to insufficient or half-hearted measures being taken with personal responsibility for each action being reduced to a minimum.
[Hence the idea of a Führerstaat based on an all-encompassing principle of a very personal responsibility for the results of one’s decisions and actions]
Another deficiency was that it deprived our young people of their natural instincts, pumped into them a certain amount of knowledge without, however, being able to give them real insight, since this requires not only diligence and goodwill, but innate understanding. Understanding of causes [fundamental facts], which is both an instinctive and fundamental.
One of such facts is that right to personal freedom comes second in importance to the duty of preserving the race [the nation, actually. In reality, it is the proper balance between loving oneself and loving one’s neighbor – i.e. one’s nation – needs to be achieved. Ideally, the synergy between the two].
Another fact is that man must not fall into the error of thinking that he was ever meant to become Lord and Master of Nature [error preached by both Western democracies and Marxists].
He must realize instead that a fundamental law of necessity reigns throughout the whole realm of Nature and that man’s very existence is subject to the law of eternal struggle and strife.
He will then see that there cannot be a separate law for mankind in a universe in which planets and suns follow their orbits, where moons and planets trace their destined paths, where the strong are always the masters of the weak and where the latter must obey or be destroyed.
Consequently, he must submit to the eternal principles of this supreme wisdom. He may or may not try to understand them but he can never free himself from their sway.
Obviously, in this life-or-death struggle victory can not be achieved by half-measures. Every half-measure is the outward expression of an internal process of decay which will lead to an external collapse sooner or later.
I believe that our present generation would easily master this danger, if it were led aright, for it has gone through certain experiences which must have strengthened the nerves of all those who were not broken by them.
[It did; however, the end result was very different from the desired one]
It is also very important to instill in the minds of our young the right attitude toward marriage. Which is simple and straightforward – marriage is not an end in itself but must serve the greater end, which is that of increasing and maintaining the human species and our race. This is its only meaning and purpose.
This being admitted, then it is clear that the institution of marriage must be judged by the manner in which its allotted function is fulfilled. Therefore, early marriages should be the rule, because thus the young couple will still have that pristine force which is the fountainhead of a healthy posterity with unimpaired powers of resistance.
Of course early marriages cannot be made the rule unless a whole series of social measures are first introduced without which early marriage cannot even be thought of.
[After Nazis came to power, they quickly introduced these measures – with astounding success]
Obviously, the offspring of these marriages must be healthy which no less obviously requires that the parents must be healthy as well. Hence, in our educational system a proper balance will have to be established, first and foremost, between mental [functional] instruction and physical training.
What is known as the Gymnasium to-day is a positive insult to the Greek institution. Our system of education entirely loses sight of the fact that, in the long run, a healthy mind can exist only in a healthy body.
[However, when Nazis came to power, they did not achieve a proper balance. Their education system was too skewed towards physical and ideological education at the expense of functional]
The exclusive intellectualism of the education in vogue among our upper classes makes them unfit for life’s struggle in an epoch in which physical force, and not intellect, is the dominating factor [the latter turned out to be not true at all].
Thus, they are neither capable of maintaining themselves, nor of making their way in life. In nearly every case physical weakness is the forerunner of personal cowardice [not always].
Those boys whose constitutions have been trained and hardened by sports and gymnastics are less prone to sexual indulgence than those stay-at-homes who have been fed exclusively with mental pabulum [this is not true – many athletes are very sexually active].
Thus in every branch of our education the day’s curriculum must be arranged so as to occupy a boy’s free time in profitable development of his physical powers. He has no right in those years to loaf about, becoming a nuisance in public streets and in cinemas; but when his day’s work, is done he ought to harden his young body so that his strength may not be found wanting when the occasion arises. [Good idea]
Our school system must also rid itself of the notion that the training of the body is a task that should be left to the individual himself. There is no such thing as freedom to sin against posterity and thus against the race.
[Against oneself, actually as excellent health and productivity is one of the most valuable assets of the individual].
The fight against pollution of the mind must be waged simultaneously with the training of the body. Disease of the body is merely the result of a diseased condition of the moral, social, and racial instincts [there is no such thing as the latter].
A glance at the till-of-fare provided by our cinemas, playhouses and theatres, suffices to prove that this is not the right food, especially for our young people.
Consequently, we must thoroughly clean up the moral pollution of our city ‘culture’ fearlessly and without regard for the outcry that will inevitably follow. This process of cleansing our Kultur will have to be applied in practically all spheres. The stage, art, literature, the cinema, the press and advertisement posters, all must have the stains of pollution removed and be used in the service of a national and cultural ideal.
[When Nazis came to power, they did exactly that. In the corresponding section of the book I will find out how successfully]
The demand that it should be made impossible for defective people to continue to propagate defective offspring is a demand that is based on most reasonable grounds, and its proper fulfilment is the most humane task that mankind has to face.
[Which for all practical purposes means sterilization. Which was ruthlessly – and criminally – carried out by Nazis when they came to power]
Unhappy and undeserved suffering will be prevented in millions of cases [not true], with the result that there will be a gradual improvement in national health [achieved by criminal means].
It would then be a case, where necessary, of mercilessly isolating all incurables—perhaps a barbaric measure for those unfortunates—but a blessing for the present generation and for posterity. The temporary pain thus experienced in this century can, and will, save thousands of future generations from suffering.
[Which means that the rationale for conducting the T4 euthanasia program – a massive crime against humanity – comes straight from Mein Kampf]
If, for reasons of indolence or cowardice, this fight is not fought to a finish, we may imagine what conditions will be like five centuries hence. Little of God’s image will be left in human nature, except to mock the Creator.
Whether we like it or not, education never ends; while the young are educated by the school, adults are educated by the press [and other media such as radio].
Generally speaking, readers of the press can be classified in three groups: First, those who believe everything they read; second, those who no longer believe anything; third, those who critically examine what they read and form their judgments accordingly.
Numerically, the first group is by far the largest, being composed of the broad masses of the people. Intellectually, it forms the simplest portion of the nation.
Nowadays, when the voting papers of the masses are the deciding factor, the decision lies in the hands of the numerically strongest group; that is to say the first group, the crowd of simpletons and the credulous.
It is an all-important interest of the State and a national duty to prevent these people from falling into the hands of false, ignorant or even evil-minded teachers. Therefore it is the duty of the State to supervise their education and prevent every form of offence in this respect.
Particular attention should be paid to the press; for its influence on these people is by far the strongest and most penetrating of all, since its effect is not transitory but continual. Its immense significance lies in the uniform and persistent repetition of its teaching.
[Hence the need for the omnipresent – and very powerful – propaganda system, total government control over the education and over the press, essentially making all press de-facto government-owned and managed]
Here, if anywhere, the State should never forget that all means should converge towards the same end. It must not be led astray by the idea of so-called ‘freedom of the press,’ or be talked into neglecting its duty and withholding from the nation that which is good and which does good. Therefore, with ruthless determination the State must keep control of this instrument of popular education and place it at the service of the State and the nation.
Unfortunately, in the Imperial Germany it did not happen. The function of the so-called liberal press was to dig the grave for the German people and Reich. No mention need be made of the lying Marxist [i.e. Social-Democratic] press.
What measures did the State take to counteract this wholesale poisoning of the public mind? Absolutely none. The passing of a few paltry decrees, punishment meted out in a few cases of flagrant infamy, and there the matter ended.
The reason for this ignominious failure on the part of the State lay not so much in its refusal to realize the danger as in the out-and-out cowardly way of meeting the situation by the adoption of faulty and ineffective measures. No one had the courage to employ any energetic and radical methods to solve this crucial problem.
One has good reason to be suspicious in regard to any new idea, or any doctrine or philosophy, any political or economic movement, which tries to deny everything that the past has produced or to represent it as inferior and worthless.
[That’s exactly what Marxists and their offspring – Bolsheviks – did]. If the creative spirit of the Periclean age was manifested in the Parthenon, then the Bolshevist era is manifested by a cubist mask.
Such an antipathy is usually due to a sense of inferiority or to malicious intention [with Bolsheviks the latter was undoubtedly true]. Any new movement which is really beneficial to human progress will always have to begin its constructive work at the level at which the last stones of the structure have been laid. [Makes complete sense]
For all human culture, as well as man himself, is only the result of one long line of development, where each generation has contributed its share in the building of the whole structure.
The meaning and purpose of revolutions cannot be to tear down the whole building, but to take away what has not been well fitted into it or is unsuitable, and to fill in the gap thus caused, after which the main construction of the building will be carried on.
Still another critical symptom has to be considered. In the course of the nineteenth century our towns and cities began more and more to lose their character as centers of civilization and became more and more centers of habitation.
In our great modem cities the residents do not show much attachment to the place where they live. This feeling results from the fact that their dwelling-place is nothing but an accidental abode, and is also partly due to the frequent change of residence which is forced upon them by social conditions.
Each of these cities has nothing of real value to call its own. They are agglomerations of tenement houses and congested dwelling-houses, and nothing else.
It would be a miracle if anybody should grow sentimentally attached to such a meaningless place. Nobody can grow attached to a place which offers only just as much, or as little, as any other place would offer, which, has no character of its own and where obviously pains have been taken to avoid everything that might have any resemblance to an artistic appearance. All our towns are living on the glory and the treasures of the past.
[There is some serious truth to that, obviously]
In Berlin itself, compare the shameful disproportion between the buildings which belong to the Reich and those which have been erected for the accommodation of trade and finance.
The community as such is not the dominant characteristic of our contemporary cities. Our era is entirely preoccupied with petty materialistic considerations, or rather it is entirely preoccupied with the question of money. Therefore, it is not to be wondered at if, with the worship of such an idol, the sense of heroism should entirely disappear [already does].
Taken all in all, there were superabundant symptoms to show that a diseased epoch had begun. And all these symptoms which preceded the final collapse of the Second Reich must be attributed to the lack of a definite and uniformly accepted Weltanschauung.