It is absolutely certain that a movement which, in an era in which the majority principle holds good in every sphere of life, adopts as its fundamental principle the Führerprinzip (and consequently the assumption of responsibility by the leaders), will one day succeed in abolishing and triumphing over existing conditions.
[It did – and even achieved simply incredible results – both in civilian life and on the battlefield. However, the same Führerprinzip (which did not include the necessary risk management system) subsequently led to colossal blunders, defeat in World War II and the demise of the Third Reich]
Political opinion should not be paraded, but should find expression in efficient work. The man who does valuable work for the nation expresses thereby the soundness of his political opinions. [Absolutely]
A good National Socialist proves his loyalty by the readiness, diligence and efficiency with which he discharges whatever duties are assigned to him, in performing whatever work is allotted to him within the national community.
Due to these and other solid business management principles it was possible for us, during the difficult period of the inflation [hyperinflation, actually], when thousands of businesses failed and thousands of newspapers had to cease publication, not only to keep the commercial department of the Movement going and finance its activities, but also to make steady progress with the Völkischer Beobachter. At that time it came to be ranked among the big newspapers.
[No small feat – which proves beyond the reasonable doubt that Adolf Hitler was an excellent and enormously gifted business manager (and manager in general) as well].
I always demanded that we should not abandon the search until the best, most honest and manifestly most competent person had been found for the position of official manager or leader as the case might be, in every business concern of the Movement.
Once installed in his position he [it was always a ‘he’] should be given absolute authority and full freedom of action in regard to his subordinates and at the same time be called upon to assume full responsibility towards his superiors.
Nobody was placed in a position of authority over subordinates unless he himself was more competent than they to perform the work entrusted to them.
[A very military principle – that’s the way they do things in the Armed Forces (or at least used to). It appears to have worked very well in the Nazi Party – and subsequently in the Nazi State]
In our efforts to discover the quickest and easiest way for the Movement to reach the heart of the broad masses, we were always confronted with the objection that the worker could never completely belong to us while his interests in the purely vocational and economic sphere were cared for by a political organization conducted by men whose principles were quite different from ours.
[Therefore, a month after they acquired the absolute power in Germany, the Nazis outlawed all German trade unions and replaced is with the Nazi one – German Labor Front (DAF)]
We could not be satisfied with merely understanding the problem; it was necessary to come to some conclusions that could be put into practice. [that’s one of the key reasons why the Nazis were so successful]
The trade-unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.
[A very interesting idea, actually. It might be quite valuable even nowadays]
The National Socialist Movement, which aims at establishing the National Socialist völkisch State, must always bear in mind the principle that every future institution under that State must evolve from the Movement itself.
[In other words, it must be created by the Nazi Party. A radical reengineering of the whole political, economic and social system indeed]
The spirit [i.e. the essence] is always more important than the external form which it animates, since this form can be created mechanically and quickly.
For instance, the Führerprinzip may be imposed on an organized political community in a dictatorial way [it was]. But, this principle can become a living reality only when, by means of a gradual process of development from an extremely small nucleus, and by that process of elimination which the hard realities of life continually enforce, there is produced, after the lapse of years, the necessary material from which leaders, capable of carrying the principle into practical effect, are chosen. [Very true]
The National Socialist State can only grow out of an organization [NSDAP] which has already existed for a long time [in those days, ten years were a very long time]. The institutions of the Movement must be transferred to the State [they were].
Consequently, National Socialist Movement must create its own trade unions. It must do so for a further reason, namely, because a real National Socialist education for the employer as well as for the employee, in the spirit of mutual co-operation within the common framework of the national community, cannot be secured by theoretical instruction, appeals and exhortations, but only through the struggle of daily life.
[Economic recovery – Quantensprung, to be more precise – of 1933-38 was quite a struggle indeed. And Nazis (mindful of the strikes that led to the defeat in World War I and the demise of the Second Reich) were very, very successful in developing and maintaining a spirit of mutual cooperation between employers and employees]
The National Socialist State recognizes no ‘classes’ but, from the political point of view, only citizens with absolutely equal rights and equal obligations corresponding thereto.
[A revolutionary idea for those times which immediately made them sworn enemies of Marxists for whom class divisions and class warfare were everything]
Apart from these, it recognizes subjects of the State who have no political rights whatsoever. [Not a bad idea provided it is based on fundamental cultural – not racial – differences]
The trade-union is not naturally an instrument of class warfare; but the Marxists transformed it into an instrument for use in their own class struggle.
[And thus corrupted a very sensible initial idea]
The National Socialist trade-union must organize definite groups of those who participate in the economic life of the nation. They will thus enhance the security of the national economic system, reinforcing it by the elimination of all deficiencies which ultimately exercise a destructive influence on the social body of the nation, damage the vital forces of the national community, endanger the welfare of the State and, last but not the least, bring evil and destruction on economic life itself.
The National Socialist employee will have to recognize the fact that his own material welfare is bound up with the economic prosperity of the nation. The National Socialist employer must recognize that the welfare and contentment of his employees are necessary prerequisites for the existence and development of his own economic prosperity.
National Socialist workers and employers are both, at one and the same time, the representatives and administrators of the whole national community. The large measure of personal freedom which is accorded to them for their activities is to be explained by the fact that experience has shown that the productive powers of the individual are greater if he is accorded a generous measure of freedom [i.e. market freedom] than if he is coerced from above.
[That’s why Nazi state-controlled market economy was far more efficient than the Soviet economy based on centralized planning with no private property or marketplace to speak of]
When the National-Socialist State is established it will, as a matter of course, abolish the class struggle between the two great groups made up of employers and employees respectively. For that is a struggle which has always resulted in lessening national production and injuring the national community.
[And it did – with genuinely miraculous results]
In place of this struggle, the National Socialist State will undertake the task of caring for and defending the rights of all parties concerned [as any responsible State should]
The task of the National Socialist trade union will be to educate and prepare its members to conform to these ideals, namely, that all must work together for the maintenance and security of our nation and its State, each one according to the abilities and powers with which Nature has endowed him and which have been developed and trained by the national community. [Makes complete sense]
It would be senseless to have a National Socialist trade union side by side with other trade-unions, for the former must be thoroughly imbued with a feeling for the ideological nature of its task and the resulting obligation not to tolerate other similar or hostile institutions.
[And so Nazis outlawed all of the latter immediately after they got the power to do so]
It is often better to leave a thing alone for the time being, rather than try to do it by halves or do it badly, owing to a lack of suitable means. [Very true]
When one is engaged in a great ideological struggle in the political field, it would be a grave mistake to mix up economic questions with this struggle in its earlier stages.
[Makes sense as in order to solve economic problems you must have a political power. And to obtain this power, you have to fight – and win – an ideological and political struggle. A war, actually]