The final goal of a great reformation has often been the object of profound longing on the part of hundreds of thousands for centuries past, until finally one among them comes forward as a herald to announce the will of that multitude and become the champion of the existing desire, which he now sets about triumphantly realizing in the form of a new ideal.
[That’s precisely what was happening in Germany in 1919-33. This herald, obviously, was Adolf Hitler and this “new ideal” was National-Socialism]
Another indication of this feeling may be seen, on the one hand, in the attitude of those who abstain from voting at elections and, on the other, in the large numbers of those who side with the fanatical extremists of the left wing.
It was to the latter that our young Movement had to appeal first of all. It was not to be an organization for contented and satisfied people, but was meant to gather in all those who were suffering from profound anxiety and could find no peace, those who were unhappy and discontented.
[It is well-known that many of the most fanatical rank-and-file Nazis were ex-Communists]
Broad masses of manual laborers [i.e. proletariat] were organized in movements with a more or less radically Marxist tendencies. These organized masses were firmly determined to break any kind of intellectual resistance by the use of brute force. They had no nationalist tendencies whatsoever and deliberately repudiated the idea of advancing the interests of the nation as such.
On the contrary, they promoted the interests of the foreign oppression [i.e. conquest and destruction of Germany by the Soviet Russia via Comintern and military force].
Numerically, this class embraced the majority of the population and, what is more important, included all those elements of the nation without whose collaboration a national resurgence was not only a practical impossibility, but was even inconceivable [very true]. Hence, deliberately anti-national masses had to be converted to believe in the national ideals. [which Nazis very successfully did]
Even in 1918 one thing had to be clearly recognized, namely, that no resurgence of the German nation could take place until we had first reestablished our national strength in relation to the outside world. [Also very true – it was only economic and military might that mattered]
At one time the German people had more than sufficient armaments, and yet that did not suffice for the defense of its liberty, because it lacked that energy which springs from the instinct of national self-preservation and the will to hold one’s own.
[Sounds about right as it is always “not the size of the dog in a fight, but the size of the fight in the dog” that determines the outcome of the fight]
The best armament is only dead and worthless material as long as the spirit is wanting which makes men willing and determined to avail themselves of such weapons. Germany was rendered defenseless, not because she lacked arms, but because she lacked the will to keep her arms for the further preservation of her people.
[True, but it is still important to analyze in detail how and why this will was lost. I will do it in the chapter on World War I]
Therefore, the problem of restoring Germany’s power is not a question of how we can manufacture arms [although it is, too], but rather a question of how we can foster that spirit which enables a people to bear arms. [Precisely]
Once this spirit prevails among a people, then it will find a thousand ways, each of which leads to the acquisition of arms. A coward will not fire even a single shot when attacked, though he may be armed with ten pistols [something like that happened to the Red Army in Summer of 1941]; to him they are of less value than a blackthorn in the hands of a man of courage.
[In summer of 1941 Wehrmacht was outgunned by the Red Army 4:1 in tanks, aircraft and artillery pieces and outnumbered at least 2:1 in soldiers – and still achieved the most spectacular military victory in human history]
The problem of re-establishing the political power of our nation is first of all a problem of restoring the instinct of national self-preservation [i.e. survival instinct]
Weighing up by foreign Powers of the military value of a State has been proved by experience to be grounded not on the total amount of armaments such a State may possess, but rather on the moral capacity for resistance which such a State has, or is believed to have.
[Very true. That’s precisely why Nazi Germany decided not to invade Switzerland]
Therefore, it is not possible to think of re-establishing German sovereignty and political independence without at the same time reconstructing a united front within the nation. [Makes complete sense]
Therefore, we can find a satisfactory solution for the problem of Germany’s future only by winning over the broad masses of our people for the support of the national idea [which they very successfully did].
Hence, no social concession could be considered too great in this effort to win over the masses for the national revival. In the long run, no economic improvement and therefore no rise in corporate profits are possible unless the internal völkisch solidarity of our nation be restored.
Obviously, making the broad masses national-minded can never be achieved by half-measures—that is to say, by feebly insisting on what is called the objective side of the question—but only by a ruthless and fanatically one-sided pursuit of the aim which must be achieved.
Broad masses are susceptible only to a manifestation of strength which comes definitely either from the positive or the negative side, but they are never susceptible to any half-hearted attitude that wavers between one pole and the other. [Very true]
Love is less subject to change than respect. Faith is much more powerful than knowledge. Hatred is more lasting than mere aversion. None of the tremendous revolutions which this world has witnessed, have been brought about by a scientific revelation, but always by a zealous passion which has inspired them, and often by a kind of hysteria which has urged them to action.
[So hysteria became a very important component of Nazi propaganda]
Whoever wishes to win over the masses must find the key that will open the door to their hearts. It is not objectivity, which no one cares about, but determination and power.
The soul of the masses can be won only if those who lead the movement are determined not merely to carry through the positive struggle for their own aims, but are also determined to [identify and] destroy the enemy [real or imaginary] that opposes them.
[Bolshevism was a very real enemy; Jews were not]
When they see an uncompromising onslaught against an adversary, the people have at all times taken this as a proof that right is on the side of the attacker. Their wish is to see the stronger side win and the weaker wiped out, or subjected unconditionally to the will of the stronger.
It is only possible to succeed in making the masses national-minded, only if, positive though the struggle to win the soul of the people may be, those who spread the international poison among them are exterminated.
[A loud and clear call for elimination of all opposition to the Nazis. And that’s exactly what Nazis promptly did after they came to power]
A people that fails to preserve the purity of its racial blood thereby destroys the unity of the soul of the nation in all its manifestations.
[Not of the blood, but of their national culture. It is nurture, not nature and “software”, not “hardware”]
The German nation will never revive unless the racial problem, and with it, the Jewish question, is taken into account and dealt with.
[Nazis solved the “Jewish problem” by deporting and exterminating just about all German and Austrian Jews – and several million Jews in other nations. However, it led not to the revival of the German nation, but to a catastrophe which left Germany and Germans far worse off than they were in 1923]
Obviously, the standing of the upper classes must not be lowered, but that of the lower classes must be raised.
The German worker can be raised from his present status and incorporated in the German folk-community only a systematic improvement in the social and cultural life of the worker, until the yawning gulf between him and the other classes can be bridged.
[And that’s what Nazis very successfully did after they came to power in Germany]