1. ....Putting aside fine phrases we shall
speak of the significance of each thought: by comparisons and
deductions we shall throw light upon surrounding facts.
2. What I am about to set forth, then, is our system from the two
points of view, that of ourselves and that of the GOYIM [i.e.,
3. It must be noted that men with bad instincts are more in number
than the good, and therefore the best results in governing them are
attained by violence and terrorisation, and not by academic
discussions. Every man aims at power, everyone would like to become a
dictator if only he could, and rare indeed are the men who would not
be willing to sacrifice the welfare of all for the sake of securing
their own welfare.
4. What has restrained the beasts of prey who are called men? What
has served for their guidance hitherto?
5. In the beginnings of the structure of society, they were
subjected to brutal and blind force; afterwards - to Law, which is the
same force, only disguised. I draw the conclusion that by the law of
nature, right lies in force.
6. Political freedom is an idea but not a fact. This idea one must
know how to apply whenever it appears necessary with this bait of an
idea to attract the masses of the people to one's party for the
purpose of crushing another who is in authority. This task is rendered
easier if the opponent has himself been infected with the idea of
freedom, SO-CALLED LIBERALISM, and, for the sake of an idea, is
willing to yield some of his power. It is precisely here that the
triumph of our theory appears; the slackened reins of government are
immediately, by the law of life, caught up and gathered together by a
new hand, because the blind might of the nation cannot for one single
day exist without guidance, and the new authority merely fits into the
place of the old already weakened by liberalism.
7. In our day the power which has replaced that of the rulers who
were liberal is the power of Gold. Time was when Faith ruled. The idea
of freedom is impossible of realization because no one knows how to
use it with moderation. It is enough to hand over a people to
self-government for a certain length of time for that people to be
turned into a disorganized mob. From that moment on we get internecine
strife which soon develops into battles between classes, in the midst
of which States burn down and their importance is reduced to that of a
heap of ashes.
8. Whether a State exhausts itself in its own convulsions, whether
its internal discord brings it under the power of external foes - in
any case it can be accounted irretrievably lost: IT IS IN OUR POWER.
The despotism of Capital, which is entirely in our hands, reaches out
to it a straw that the State, willy-nilly, must take hold of: if not -
it goes to the bottom.
9. Should anyone of a liberal mind say that such reflections as the
above are immoral, I would put the following questions: If every State
has two foes and if in regard to the external foe it is allowed and
not considered immoral to use every manner and art of conflict, as for
example to keep the enemy in ignorance of plans of attack and defense,
to attack him by night or in superior numbers, then in what way can
the same means in regard to a worse foe, the destroyer of the
structure of society and the commonweal, be called immoral and not
10. Is it possible for any sound logical mind to hope with any
success to guide crowds by the aid of reasonable counsels and
arguments, when any objection or contradiction, senseless though it
may be, can be made and when such objection may find more favor with
the people, whose powers of reasoning are superficial? Men in masses
and the men of the masses, being guided solely by petty passions,
paltry beliefs, traditions and sentimental theorems, fall a prey to
party dissension, which hinders any kind of agreement even on the
basis of a perfectly reasonable argument. Every resolution of a crowd
depends upon a chance or packed majority, which, in its ignorance of
political secrets, puts forth some ridiculous resolution that lays in
the administration a seed of anarchy.
11. The political has nothing in common with the moral. The ruler
who is governed by the moral is not a skilled politician, and is
therefore unstable on his throne. He who wishes to rule must have
recourse both to cunning and to make-believe. Great national
qualities, like frankness and honesty, are vices in politics, for they
bring down rulers from their thrones more effectively and more
certainly than the most powerful enemy. Such qualities must be the
attributes of the kingdoms of the GOYIM, but we must in no wise be
guided by them.
RIGHT IS MIGHT
12. Our right lies in force. The word "right" is an abstract
thought and proved by nothing. The word means no more than: Give me
what I want in order that thereby I may have a proof that I am
stronger than you.
13. Where does right begin? Where does it end?
14. In any State in which there is a bad organization of authority,
an impersonality of laws and of the rulers who have lost their
personality amid the flood of rights ever multiplying out of
liberalism, I find a new right - to attack by the right of the strong,
and to scatter to the winds all existing forces of order and
regulation, to reconstruct all institutions and to become the
sovereign lord of those who have left to us the rights of their power
by laying them down voluntarily in their liberalism.
15. Our power in the present tottering condition of all forms of
power will be more invincible than any other, because it will remain
invisible until the moment when it has gained such strength that no
cunning can any longer undermine it.
16. Out of the temporary evil we are now compelled to commit will
emerge the good of an unshakable rule, which will restore the regular
course of the machinery of the national life, brought to naught by
liberalism. The result justifies the means. Let us, however, in our
plans, direct our attention not so much to what is good and moral as
to what is necessary and useful.
17. Before us is a plan in which is laid down strategically the
line from which we cannot deviate without running the risk of seeing
the labor of many centuries brought to naught.
18. In order to elaborate satisfactory forms of action it is
necessary to have regard to the rascality, the slackness, the
instability of the mob, its lack of capacity to understand and respect
the conditions of its own life, or its own welfare. It must be
understood that the might of a mob is blind, senseless and
un-reasoning force ever at the mercy of a suggestion from any side.
The blind cannot lead the blind without bringing them into the abyss;
consequently, members of the mob, upstarts from the people even though
they should be as a genius for wisdom, yet having no understanding of
the political, cannot come forward as leaders of the mob without
bringing the whole nation to ruin.
19. Only one trained from childhood for independent rule can have
understanding of the words that can be made up of the political
20. A people left to itself, i.e., to upstarts from its midst,
brings itself to ruin by party dissensions excited by the pursuit of
power and honors and the disorders arising therefrom. Is it possible
for the masses of the people calmly and without petty jealousies to
form judgment, to deal with the affairs of the country, which cannot
be mixed up with personal interest? Can they defend themselves from an
external foe? It is unthinkable; for a plan broken up into as many
parts as there are heads in the mob, loses all homogeneity, and
thereby becomes unintelligible and impossible of execution.
WE ARE DESPOTS
21. It is only with a despotic ruler that plans can be elaborated
extensively and clearly in such a way as to distribute the whole
properly among the several parts of the machinery of the State: from
this the conclusion is inevitable that a satisfactory form of
government for any country is one that concentrates in the hands of
one responsible person. Without an absolute despotism there can be no
existence for civilization which is carried on not by the masses but
by their guide, whosoever that person may be. The mob is savage, and
displays its savagery at every opportunity. The moment the mob seizes
freedom in its hands it quickly turns to anarchy, which in itself is
the highest degree of savagery.
22. Behold the alcoholic animals, bemused with drink, the right to
an immoderate use of which comes along with freedom. It is not for us
and ours to walk that road. The peoples of the GOYIM are bemused with
alcoholic liquors; their youth has grown stupid on classicism and from
early immorality, into which it has been inducted by our special
agents - by tutors, lackeys, governesses in the houses of the wealthy,
by clerks and others, by our women in the places of dissipation
frequented by the GOYIM. In the number of these last I count also the
so-called "society ladies," voluntary followers of the others
in corruption and luxury.
23. Our countersign is - Force and Make-believe. Only force
conquers in political affairs, especially if it be concealed in the
talents essential to statesmen. Violence must be the principle, and
cunning and make-believe the rule for governments which do not want to
lay down their crowns at the feet of agents of some new power. This
evil is the one and only means to attain the end, the good. Therefore
we must not stop at bribery, deceit and treachery when they should
serve towards the attainment of our end. In politics one must know how
to seize the property of others without hesitation if by it we secure
submission and sovereignty.
24. Our State, marching along the path of peaceful conquest, has
the right to replace the horrors of war by less noticeable and more
satisfactory sentences of death, necessary to maintain the terror
which tends to produce blind submission. Just but merciless severity
is the greatest factor of strength in the State: not only for the sake
of gain but also in the name of duty, for the sake of victory, we must
keep to the programme of violence and make-believe. The doctrine of
squaring accounts is precisely as strong as the means of which it
makes use. Therefore it is not so much by the means themselves as by
the doctrine of severity that we shall triumph and bring all
governments into subjection to our super-government. It is enough for
them to know that we are too merciless for all disobedience to cease.
WE SHALL END LIBERTY
25. Far back in ancient times we were the first to cry among the
masses of the people the words "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,"
words many times repeated since these days by stupid poll-parrots who,
from all sides around, flew down upon these baits and with them
carried away the well-being of the world, true freedom of the
individual, formerly so well guarded against the pressure of the mob.
The would-be wise men of the GOYIM, the intellectuals, could not make
anything out of the uttered words in their abstractedness; did not see
that in nature there is no equality, cannot be freedom: that Nature
herself has established inequality of minds, of characters, and
capacities, just as immutably as she has established subordination to
her laws: never stopped to think that the mob is a blind thing, that
upstarts elected from among it to bear rule are, in regard to the
political, the same blind men as the mob itself, that the adept,
though he be a fool, can yet rule, whereas the non-adept, even if he
were a genius, understands nothing in the political - to all those
things the GOYIM paid no regard; yet all the time it was based upon
these things that dynastic rule rested: the father passed on to the
son a knowledge of the course of political affairs in such wise that
none should know it but members of the dynasty and none could betray
it to the governed. As time went on, the meaning of the dynastic
transference of the true position of affairs in the political was
lost, and this aided the success of our cause.
26. In all corners of the earth the words "Liberty, Equality,
Fraternity," brought to our ranks, thanks to our blind agents,
whole legions who bore our banners with enthusiasm. And all the time
these words were canker-worms at work boring into the well-being of
the GOYIM, putting an end everywhere to peace, quiet, solidarity and
destroying all the foundations of the GOY States. As you will see
later, this helped us to our triumph: it gave us the possibility,
among other things, of getting into our hands the master card - the
destruction of the privileges, or in other words of the very existence
of the aristocracy of the GOYIM, that class which was the only defense
peoples and countries had against us. On the ruins of the eternal and
genealogical aristocracy of the GOYIM we have set up the aristocracy
of our educated class headed by the aristocracy of money. The
qualifications for this aristocracy we have established in wealth,
which is dependent upon us, and in knowledge, for which our learned
elders provide the motive force.
27. Our triumph has been rendered easier by the fact that in our
relations with the men, whom we wanted, we have always worked upon the
most sensitive chords of the human mind, upon the cash account, upon
the cupidity, upon the insatiability for material needs of man; and
each one of these human weaknesses, taken alone, is sufficient to
paralyze initiative, for it hands over the will of men to the
disposition of him who has bought their activities.
28. The abstraction of freedom has enabled us to persuade the mob
in all countries that their government is nothing but the steward of
the people who are the owners of the country, and that the steward may
be replaced like a worn-out glove.
29. It is this possibility of replacing the representatives of the
people which has placed at our disposal, and, as it were, given us the
power of appointment.
1. It is indispensable for our purpose that wars, so far as
possible, should not result in territorial gains: war will thus be
brought on to the economic ground, where the nations will not fail to
perceive in the assistance we give the strength of our predominance,
and this state of things will put both sides at the mercy of our
international AGENTUR; which possesses millions of eyes ever on the
watch and unhampered by any limitations whatsoever. Our international
rights will then wipe out national rights, in the proper sense of
right, and will rule the nations precisely as the civil law of States
rules the relations of their subjects among themselves.
2. The administrators, whom we shall choose from among the public,
with strict regard to their capacities for servile obedience, will not
be persons trained in the arts of government, and will therefore
easily become pawns in our game in the hands of men of learning and
genius who will be their advisers, specialists bred and reared from
early childhood to rule the affairs of the whole world. As is well
known to you, these specialists of ours have been drawing to fit them
for rule the information they need from our political plans from the
lessons of history, from observations made of the events of every
moment as it passes. The GOYIM are not guided by practical use of
unprejudiced historical observation, but by theoretical routine
without any critical regard for consequent results. We need not,
therefore, take any account of them - let them amuse themselves until
the hour strikes, or live on hopes of new forms of enterprising
pastime, or on the memories of all they have enjoyed. For them let
that play the principal part which we have persuaded them to accept as
the dictates of science (theory). It is with this object in view that
we are constantly, by means of our press, arousing a blind confidence
in these theories. The intellectuals of the GOYIM will puff themselves
up with their knowledges and without any logical verification of them
will put into effect all the information available from science, which
our AGENTUR specialists have cunningly pieced together for the purpose
of educating their minds in the direction we want.
3. Do not suppose for a moment that these statements are empty
words: think carefully of the successes we arranged for Darwinism,
Marxism, Nietzsche-ism. To us Jews, at any rate, it should be plain to
see what a disintegrating importance these directives have had upon
the minds of the GOYIM.
4. It is indispensable for us to take account of the thoughts,
characters, tendencies of the nations in order to avoid making slips
in the political and in the direction of administrative affairs. The
triumph of our system of which the component parts of the machinery
may be variously disposed according to the temperament of the peoples
met on our way, will fail of success if the practical application of
it be not based upon a summing up of the lessons of the past in the
light of the present.
5. In the hands of the States of to-day there is a great force that
creates the movement of thought in the people, and that is the Press.
The part played by the Press is to keep pointing our requirements
supposed to be indispensable, to give voice to the complaints of the
people, to express and to create discontent. It is in the Press that
the triumph of freedom of speech finds its incarnation. But the GOYIM
States have not known how to make use of this force; and it has fallen
into our hands. Through the Press we have gained the power to
influence while remaining ourselves in the shade; thanks to the Press
we have got the GOLD in our hands, notwithstanding that we have had to
gather it out of the oceans of blood and tears. But it has paid us,
though we have sacrificed many of our people. Each victim on our side
is worth in the sight of God a thousand GOYIM.
1. To-day I may tell you that our goal is now only a few steps off.
There remains a small space to cross and the whole long path we have
trodden is ready now to close its cycle of the Symbolic Snake, by
which we symbolize our people. When this ring closes, all the States
of Europe will be locked in its coil as in a powerful vice.
2. The constitution scales of these days will shortly break down,
for we have established them with a certain lack of accurate balance
in order that they may oscillate incessantly until they wear through
the pivot on which they turn. The GOYIM are under the impression that
they have welded them sufficiently strong and they have all along kept
on expecting that the scales would come into equilibrium. But the
pivots - the kings on their thrones - are hemmed in by their
representatives, who play the fool, distraught with their own
uncontrolled and irresponsible power. This power they owe to the
terror which has been breathed into the palaces. As they have no means
of getting at their people, into their very midst, the kings on their
thrones are no longer able to come to terms with them and so
strengthen themselves against seekers after power. We have made a gulf
between the far-seeing Sovereign Power and the blind force of the
people so that both have lost all meaning, for like the blind man and
his stick, both are powerless apart.
3. In order to incite seekers after power to a misuse of power we
have set all forces in opposition one to another, breaking up their
liberal tendencies towards independence. To this end we have stirred
up every form of enterprise, we have armed all parties, we have set up
authority as a target for every ambition. Of States we have made
gladiatorial arenas where a lot of confused issues contend ... A
little more, and disorders and bankruptcy will be universal ...
4. Babblers, inexhaustible, have turned into oratorical contests
the sittings of Parliament and Administrative Boards. Bold journalists
and unscrupulous pamphleteers daily fall upon executive officials.
Abuses of power will put the final touch in preparing all institutions
for their overthrow and everything will fly skyward under the blows of
the maddened mob.
POVERTY OUR WEAPON
5. All people are chained down to heavy toil by poverty more firmly
than ever. They were chained by slavery and serfdom; from these, one
way and another, they might free themselves. These could be settled
with, but from want they will never get away. We have included in the
constitution such rights as to the masses appear fictitious and not
actual rights. All these so-called "Peoples Rights" can exist
only in idea, an idea which can never be realized in practical life.
What is it to the proletariat laborer, bowed double over his heavy
toil, crushed by his lot in life, if talkers get the right to babble,
if journalists get the right to scribble any nonsense side by side
with good stuff, once the proletariat has no other profit out of the
constitution save only those pitiful crumbs which we fling them from
our table in return for their voting in favor of what we dictate, in
favor of the men we place in power, the servants of our AGENTUR ...
Republican rights for a poor man are no more than a bitter piece of
irony, for the necessity he is under of toiling almost all day gives
him no present use of them, but the other hand robs him of all
guarantee of regular and certain earnings by making him dependent on
strikes by his comrades or lockouts by his masters.
WE SUPPORT COMMUNISM
6. The people, under our guidance, have annihilated the
aristocracy, who were their one and only defense and foster-mother for
the sake of their own advantage which is inseparably bound up with the
well-being of the people. Nowadays, with the destruction of the
aristocracy, the people have fallen into the grips of merciless
money-grinding scoundrels who have laid a pitiless and cruel yoke upon
the necks of the workers.
7. We appear on the scene as alleged saviours of the worker from
this oppression when we propose to him to enter the ranks of our
fighting forces - Socialists, Anarchists, Communists - to whom we
always give support in accordance with an alleged brotherly rule (of
the solidarity of all humanity) of our SOCIAL
MASONRY. The aristocracy, which enjoyed by law the labor of the
workers, was interested in seeing that the workers were well fed,
healthy, and strong. We are interested in just the opposite - in the
diminution, the KILLING OUT OF THE GOYIM. Our power is in the chronic
shortness of food and physical weakness of the worker because by all
that this implies he is made the slave of our will, and he will not
find in his own authorities either strength or energy to set against
our will. Hunger creates the right of capital to rule the worker more
surely than it was given to the aristocracy by the legal authority of
8. By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move
the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out all those who hinder
us on our way.
9. WHEN THE HOUR STRIKES FOR OUR SOVEREIGN LORD OF ALL THE WORLD TO
BE CROWNED IT IS THESE SAME HANDS WHICH WILL SWEEP AWAY EVERYTHING
THAT MIGHT BE A HINDRANCE THERETO. (The Biblical "Anti-Christ?")
10. The GOYIM have lost the habit of thinking unless prompted by
the suggestions of our specialists. Therefore they do not see the
urgent necessity of what we, when our kingdom comes, shall adopt at
once, namely this, that IT IS ESSENTIAL TO TEACH IN NATIONAL SCHOOLS
ONE SIMPLE, TRUE PIECE OF KNOWLEDGE, THE BASIS OF ALL KNOWLEDGE - THE
KNOWLEDGE OF THE STRUCTURE OF HUMAN LIFE, OF SOCIAL EXISTENCE, WHICH
REQUIRES DIVISION OF LABOR, AND, CONSEQUENTLY, THE DIVISION OF MEN
INTO CLASSES AND CONDITIONS. It is essential for all to know that
OWING TO DIFFERENCE IN THE OBJECTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY THERE CANNOT BE
ANY EQUALITY, that he, who by any act of his compromises a whole
class, cannot be equally responsible before the law with him who
affects no one but only his own honor. The true knowledge of the
structure of society, into the secrets of which we do not admit the
GOYIM, would demonstrate to all men that the positions and work must
be kept within a certain circle, that they may not become a source of
human suffering, arising from an education which does not correspond
with the work which individuals are called upon to do. After a
thorough study of this knowledge, the peoples will voluntarily submit
to authority and accept such position as is appointed them in the
State. In the present state of knowledge and the direction we have
given to its development of the people, blindly believing things in
print - cherishes - thanks to promptings intended to mislead and to
its own ignorance - a blind hatred towards all conditions which it
considers above itself, for it has no understanding of the meaning of
class and condition.
JEWS WILL BE SAFE
11. THIS HATRED WILL BE STILL FURTHER MAGNIFIED BY THE EFFECTS of
an ECONOMIC CRISES, which will stop dealing on the exchanges and bring
industry to a standstill. We shall create by all the secret
subterranean methods open to us and with the aid of gold, which is all
in our hands, A UNIVERSAL ECONOMIC CRISES WHEREBY WE SHALL THROW UPON
THE STREETS WHOLE MOBS OF WORKERS SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ALL THE COUNTRIES
OF EUROPE. These mobs will rush delightedly to shed the blood of those
whom, in the simplicity of their ignorance, they have envied from
their cradles, and whose property they will then be able to loot.
12. "OURS" THEY WILL NOT TOUCH, BECAUSE THE MOMENT OF ATTACK WILL
BE KNOWN TO US AND WE SHALL TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT OUR OWN.
13. We have demonstrated that progress will bring all the GOYIM to
the sovereignty of reason. Our despotism will be precisely that; for
it will know how, by wise severities, to pacificate all unrest, to
cauterize liberalism out of all institutions.
14. When the populace has seen that all sorts of concessions and
indulgences are yielded it, in the same name of freedom it has
imagined itself to be sovereign lord and has stormed its way to power,
but, naturally like every other blind man, it has come upon a host of
stumbling blocks. IT HAS RUSHED TO FIND A GUIDE, IT HAS NEVER HAD THE
SENSE TO RETURN TO THE FORMER STATE and it has laid down its
plenipotentiary powers at OUR feet. Remember the French Revolution, to
which it was we who gave the name of "Great": the secrets of
its preparations are well known to us for it was wholly the work of
15. Ever since that time we have been leading the peoples from one
disenchantment to another, so that in the end they should turn also
from us in favor of that KING-DESPOT OF THE BLOOD OF ZION, WHOM WE ARE
PREPARING FOR THE WORLD.
16. At the present day we are, as an international force,
invincible, because if attacked by some we are supported by other
States. It is the bottomless rascality of the GOYIM peoples, who crawl
on their bellies to force, but are merciless towards weakness,
unsparing to faults and indulgent to crimes, unwilling to bear the
contradictions of a free social system but patient unto martyrdom
under the violence of a bold despotism - it is those qualities which
are aiding us to independence. From the premier-dictators of the
present day, the GOYIM peoples suffer patiently and bear such abuses
as for the least of them they would have beheaded twenty kings.
17. What is the explanation of this phenomenon, this curious
inconsequence of the masses of the peoples in their attitude towards
what would appear to be events of the same order?
18. It is explained by the fact that these dictators whisper to the
peoples through their agents that through these abuses they are
inflicting injury on the States with the highest purpose - to secure
the welfare of the peoples, the international brotherhood of them all,
their solidarity and equality of rights. Naturally they do not tell
the peoples that this unification must be accomplished only under our
19. And thus the people condemn the upright and acquit the guilty,
persuaded ever more and more that it can do whatsoever it wishes.
Thanks to this state of things, the people are destroying every kind
of stability and creating disorders at every step.
20. The word "freedom" brings out the communities of men to
fight against every kind of force, against every kind of authority
even against God and the laws of nature. For this reason we, when we
come into our kingdom, shall have to erase this word from the lexicon
of life as implying a principle of brute force which turns mobs into
21. These beasts, it is true, fall asleep again every time when
they have drunk their fill of blood, and at such time can easily be
riveted into their chains. But if they be not given blood they will
not sleep and continue to struggle.