Know Your Enemy: Hitler Declares Marxism a Jewish Doctrine

This is the second of several excerpts I intend to post from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, the fascist bible. You have to know your enemy in order to defeat him. These ideas are still very much alive today, but in many cases have just been repackaged a bit. As you read these passages from “Mein Kampf” see if any of this starts to sound familiar. When you hear people like Alex Jones and others talk about “globalists” and a New World Order or Illuminati conspiracy to take over the world, you will know where these ideas come from and that, like Hitler before them, these fascists use populist language to try to disguise the most reactionary worldview.

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. – Sun Tzu

Let’s heed the wisdom of Sun Tzu and know our enemies as well as ourselves. – PC

“It was during this period that my eyes were opened to two perils, the names of which I
scarcely knew hitherto and had no notion whatsoever of their terrible significance for
the existence of the German people. These two perils were Marxism and Judaism.” (p. 25)

“Knowledge of the Jews is the only key whereby one may understand the inner nature
and therefore the real aims of Social Democracy [socialism].” (p. 48)

“Making an effort to overcome my natural reluctance, I tried to read articles of this
nature published in the Marxist Press; but in doing so my aversion increased all the
more. And then I set about learning something of the people who wrote and published
this mischievous stuff. From the publisher downwards, all of them were Jews. I recalled
to mind the names of the public leaders of Marxism, and then I realized that most of
them belonged to the Chosen Race–the Social Democratic representatives in the
Imperial Cabinet as well as the secretaries of the Trades Unions and the street agitators.
Everywhere the same sinister picture presented itself. I shall never forget the row of
names–Austerlitz, David, Adler, Ellenbogen, and others. One fact became quite evident
to me. It was that this alien race held in its hands the leadership of that Social
Democratic Party with whose minor representatives I had been disputing for months
past. I was happy at last to know for certain that the Jew is not a German.

“Thus I finally discovered who were the evil spirits leading our people astray. The
sojourn in Vienna for one year had proved long enough to convince me that no worker
is so rooted in his preconceived notions that he will not surrender them in face of better
and clearer arguments and explanations. Gradually I became an expert in the doctrine
of the Marxists and used this knowledge as an instrument to drive home my own firm
convictions. I was successful in nearly every case. The great masses can be rescued, but
a lot of time and a large share of human patience must be devoted to such work.

“But a Jew can never be rescued from his fixed notions.” (pp. 56-57)

“Considering the Satanic skill which these evil counsellors displayed, how could their unfortunate victims [Germans] be blamed? Indeed, I found it extremely difficult myself to be a match for the dialectical perfidy of that race. How futile it was to try to win over such people with argument, seeing that their very mouths distorted the truth, disowning the very words they had just used and adopting them again a few moments afterwards to serve their own ends in the argument! No. The more I came to know the Jew, the easier it was to excuse the workers.

“In my opinion the most culpable were not to be found among the workers but rather
among those who did not think it worth while to take the trouble to sympathize with
their own kinsfolk and give to the hard-working son of the national family what was his
by the iron logic of justice, while at the same time placing his seducer and corrupter
against the wall.

“Urged by my own daily experiences, I now began to investigate more thoroughly the
sources of the Marxist teaching itself. Its effects were well known to me in detail. As a
result of careful observation, its daily progress had become obvious to me. And one
needed only a little imagination in order to be able to forecast the consequences which
must result from it. The only question now was: Did the founders foresee the effects of
their work in the form which those effects have shown themselves to-day, or were the
founders themselves the victims of an error? To my mind both alternatives were

“If the second question must be answered in the affirmative, then it was the duty of
every thinking person to oppose this sinister movement with a view to preventing it
from producing its worst results. But if the first question must be answered in the
affirmative, then it must be admitted that the original authors of this evil which has
infected the nations were devils incarnate. For only in the brain of a monster, and not
that of a man, could the plan of this organization take shape whose workings must
finally bring about the collapse of human civilization and turn this world into a desert

“Such being the case the only alternative left was to fight, and in that fight to employ all
the weapons which the human spirit and intellect and will could furnish leaving it to
Fate to decide in whose favour the balance should fall.

“And so I began to gather information about the authors of this teaching, with a view to
studying the principles of the movement. The fact that I attained my object sooner than
I could have anticipated was due to the deeper insight into the Jewish question which I
then gained, my knowledge of this question being hitherto rather superficial. This
newly acquired knowledge alone enabled me to make a practical comparison between
the real content and the theoretical pretentiousness of the teaching laid down by the
apostolic founders of Social Democracy; because I now understood the language of the
Jew. I realized that the Jew uses language for the purpose of dissimulating his thought
or at least veiling it, so that his real aim cannot be discovered by what he says but rather
by reading between the lines. This knowledge was the occasion of the greatest inner
revolution that I had yet experienced. From being a soft-hearted cosmopolitan I became
an out-and-out anti-Semite.

“Only on one further occasion, and that for the last time, did I give way to oppressing
thoughts which caused me some moments of profound anxiety.

“As I critically reviewed the activities of the Jewish people throughout long periods of
history I became anxious and asked myself whether for some inscrutable reasons
beyond the comprehension of poor mortals such as ourselves, Destiny may not have
irrevocably decreed that the final victory must go to this small nation? May it not be
that this people which has lived only for the earth has been promised the earth as a
recompense? is our right to struggle for our own self-preservation based on reality, or is
it a merely subjective thing? Fate answered the question for me inasmuch as it led me to
make a detached and exhaustive inquiry into the Marxist teaching and the activities of
the Jewish people in connection with it.

“The Jewish doctrine of Marxism repudiates the aristocratic principle of Nature and
substitutes for it the eternal privilege of force and energy, numerical mass and its dead
weight. Thus it denies the individual worth of the human personality, impugns the
teaching that nationhood and race have a primary significance, and by doing this it
takes away the very foundations of human existence and human civilization. If the
Marxist teaching were to be accepted as the foundation of the life of the universe, it
would lead to the disappearance of all order that is conceivable to the human mind.
And thus the adoption of such a law would provoke chaos in the structure of the
greatest organism that we know, with the result that the inhabitants of this earthly
planet would finally disappear.

“Should the Jew, with the aid of his Marxist creed, triumph over the people of this world,
his Crown will be the funeral wreath of mankind, and this planet will once again follow
its orbit through ether, without any human life on its surface, as it did millions of years

“And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty
Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.” (pp. 58 -59)

Source: Mein Kampf (Murphy translation);


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One Response to Know Your Enemy: Hitler Declares Marxism a Jewish Doctrine

  1. beetleypete says:

    The more passages you read, the more you realise that he was building up to the uncontrollable insanity that consumed his later life.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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