A history of national socialism by Konrad Heiden

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We therefore demand that the returns from all war-profiteering shall be forfeited down to the last farthing. “13. We demand that the State shall take over all trusts. “14. We demand that the State shall share in the profits of large industries. Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 08:49 29 August 2012 16 A History of National Socialism “15. We demand that provision for the aged shall be made on a very greatly increased scale. “16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; that the large stores shall be immediately communalized and rented cheaply to small tradespeople; that for all public supplies, whether national or local, preference shall be given to small traders.

The State rests upon power, not upon treaties; the country is not a confederacy but an articulated unity; Germans do not live together but are ruled. The Reich was to move forward openly on the steel rails of national unity and not to be hindered in its progress by an opposition concealed beneath the sheepskin coat of a Bavarian cattle-herd. All other demands made in the programme have been more or less dissipated by the growth of the Party. The Party itself remained, and it was within the Party that the Nazis made their first essays in the art of government.

To him it was an end in itself. Thus as early as the summer of 1920 he was designated as the “wiliest agitator” in Munich by an opposition paper. That was a mistake. He was only the most diligent. And, moreover, he had no mistaken inclination to refinement. His method of propaganda was developed by practice, and he gave a masterly description of it later. Practical experiment made of him a past master of political agitation, the greatest that Germany possesses on the last decade. The posters advertising his meetings were of a size never before seen.

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