by Povl H. Riis-Knudsen

For far too many years it has been widely accepted that National Socialists are extreme right-wingers, and only rarely have they hesitated to refer to themselves as such. It can be argued, however, that National Socialism does not fit into the pattern of "right" and "left" and instead ought to be considered as standing above this distinction. This argument most certainly is a step in the right direction, but at this time and within the context of the current struggle it might be a good idea to reconsider the whole question of political wings and make a few points clear concerning the meaning of the terms "right" and "left" and their applications to today's political scene.

Historically, the words "right" and "left" in reference to political views originated in pre-revolutionary France, where those who wanted to preserve the system of government more or less as it was sat to the right in the National Assembly, and those who wanted more radical changes sat to the left. Hence, the terms "right" for the reactionaries and "left" for the revolutionaries--terms that have since become universally known and used. Neither the word "reactionary" nor the word "revolutionary," however, says anything universal about the particular views in question. They are both relative and receive their specific meanings only within a given historical context. For instance, the revolutionaries of former times, the European National Liberals of the 19th century, do not seem very revolutionary today--quite the contrary--just as today's reactionaries would have been considered very revolutionary 200 years ago. When the Communists took over Russia in 1917 they did so as revolutionaries out to overthrow an ineffective and corrupt regime; but from the 1920s to the collapse of the Soviet Union seven decades later they represented the reactionary establishment.

In our time the traditional left wing has been predominantly Marxist, even to such a degree that the very term "left wing" has been thought to be synonymous with the word "Marxism." This, of course, has no basis in reality. Any revolutionary is a left-winger--it is just that the Marxists have had so little competition that they have been able to appropriate the term.

On the other side of the political spectrum we have the right wing, consisting of reactionaries who want to preserve the present society and the so-called Christian civilization of the West with its materialism and capitalism. The right-wingers stand up for traditional patriotic values: They are good Christians and good citizens who defend the constitution and are loyal to their country and their monarch, if they have one. They are willing to go to war against any other nation to assert the greatness of their own--even if it means waging a nuclear war against another White country if they think its system of government threatens their own domestic order, no matter how corrupt and degenerate it may be. They are for an economy based on unrestricted free enterprise, regardless of the consequences, but they usually resent the Liberal trend in politics as well as immigration and racial integration because they fear any changes that could upset the order to which they are accustomed.

Where National Socialists are to be found in this spectrum seems quite clear: WE ARE LEFT-WINGERS, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! We do not want to preserve the present system or any part thereof! We do not believe in the foundations of a system that has led our people into the misery of the present time! We do not want to support any institution which is responsible for drug abuse; two world wars between White nations as well as countless minor wars; nuclear rearmament; the pollution of the environment; unemployment; the total disillusionment of young people, who have lost all faith in the future; pornography; and all the other forms of complete degeneracy which are displayed today.

We National Socialists want the most radical change of all: We want the complete overthrow of the entire Old Order!

Whereas Marxism shares a basic equalitarian philosophy with the Old Order and defines itself as a materialistic movement aiming at the mere redistribution of material goods, National Socialism seeks to build an entirely New Order based on idealism and a profound respect for the laws of Nature in all aspects of life. This, definitely, is the most revolutionary idea of this century, and thus very much left wing! It certainly is not Marxist! Compared to National Socialism, Marxism is nothing but a pseudo-revolutionary idea upheld by Liberal Democracy. If all people are created equal, why should not all wealth be distributed equally among all people? Seen in this light, Marxism is simply part of the Old Order we want to destroy.

If National Socialism is, in its essence, a left-wing movement, it is of course paradoxical that National Socialists should have devoted so much time and energy to catering toward traditional right-wing attitudes, whereas they have shunned all openings to the left. Is it any wonder that all attempts to create a National Socialist movement on this basis have been utterly unsuccessful?

The first precondition for creating anything in this world is that one has a clear idea of what one wants to achieve and how one can possibly achieve it. A sculptor who wants to create a work of art starts out with a mental concept, and then sets out to realize it in his chosen material. He does not just dabble around casually with his chisel on a piece of marble and wonder what the final result will be.

Thus, it is crucial to realize that National Socialism is not merely a form of extreme rightism. Anybody within our ranks who still has such notions should devote himself to studying the idea of National Socialism to find its true meaning and significance. Or, if he doesn't have the energy or ability to do so, he should find another outlet for his activities. This Movement does not have room for frustrated haters or religious dreamers, but only for devoted National Socialist revolutionaries!

Let us face reality: The right wing is mostly a pitiful conglomerate of people with very unclear ideas. They realize that something is wrong, but they refuse to leave the Old Order. Instead, they cling to it with all their might and wish to revert to the situation as it was 75 or 100 years ago, thinking that this will solve all their problems. They simply fail to see that the mess we are in today is a logical result of the system we had 100 years ago, that the foundations of that system were not good and stable enough to safeguard us from the present developments.

It is a historical fact that nothing good has ever come out of the right wing. If it had not been for such revolutionaries as 16th-century philosopher Giordano Bruno and astronomers Galileo, Nicholas Copernicus and Johannes Kepler, we would still believe that the earth is flat and the center of the universe. When capitalism developed, the establishment made no attempt to solve the social problems resulting from the industrial revolution but went on to exploit the new working class mercilessly, thus giving rise to revolutionary thoughts as expressed in Marxist ideology. All the necessary and just social improvements we have seen during the past 100 years have been introduced only after hard pressure from the left wing, with right-wing conservatives in constant retreat, pitifully trying to preserve as much as possible for themselves.

This does not mean, of course, that any effort to overthrow an established system is, per se, good. If man succeeds in creating a new natural order which does not fossilize but remains a living organism and develops within the boundaries of natural law, adopting new scientific and philosophical insights into the nature of life without clinging to outdated conceptions, it would, indeed, be a most serious offense to try to uproot that order and revert to egoistic materialism or any other unnatural philosophy. What is good and bad can be judged solely on the basis of natural law; the closer to it the better.

It is almost universally accepted that there is a gulf between National Socialism and Marxism. By the same token, however, National Socialists are certainly not right-wingers. The only common ground National Socialism seems to have with the right wing is the racial issue. But here, too, there is an extreme difference in the outlook. The right-wingers believe being White holds an absolute value in itself, which elevates the Aryan race over all other living organisms and gives it a right to do with the world what it wants to do. As National Socialists, however, we are not merely concerned about the life and immediate well-being of our own race. We see the White race as part of the whole natural order of the universe, and our wish to preserve it is linked with our wish to preserve the entire natural environment--including other human races--out of a deep respect for the inscrutable wisdom of nature.

No doubt, our race has great possibilities in its intellectual capacity, but its abilities have absolutely no value as such if they are not put to the right use in accordance with the laws of Nature. For much too long we have joined in the chorus claiming "White Power" and ignored the sad fact that our race has had the absolute power for at least 2,000 years. And it is exactly this power that has led to the kind of society we have today.

Thus, we do not share the right-wing belief in continuous technological and economical expansion, which already has led to the pollution of air and water and has made huge areas of the world unfit to live in for all species--a development which means that the ozone layer in the atmosphere is systematically destroyed so that coming generations are going to be exposed to life-threatening radiation; that tropical forests, which supply us with oxygen and medicinal plants, are cut down to make room for industrial growth; and that the deserts are irrigated so that the ground-water level sinks in fertile areas, which become deserts in turn. All of this is the result of Aryan genius. This genius has not been put to work to build a better world for our children and grandchildren, but only to satisfy the human greed of the moment and to secure a pleasant life now without regard for the future. This fatal trend, which by the standards of natural law has most certainly turned industrialized White countries into a far more degenerate state than any primitive society of the so-called Third World, is violently supported by the right wing, which seems to think that everything would be just fine if only the Blacks, Jews and Boat People were expelled. We know that, in itself, this would change very little.

Our aim is a complete spiritual rebirth. It is our immediate goal to define and build the foundations for this rebirth, which is the only thing that can give the racial struggle any meaning. This struggle should not be understood as a struggle against other races, but as a relentless fight against the decadence of our own race. The isolated appeal to race as the basis of a new society is meaningless unless we can overcome this decadence and find our way back to natural values. If our race can survive only within the context of the present system, we do not want it to survive, because then it would represent nothing but the grossest form of anti-natural degeneracy. The claim for "White Power" can gain meaning only if, by that, we mean the wish to reactivate the power of Nature as it rests latently in the genius of the White man, whose duty it is to put this power to use in order to uphold the very principle of life.

Of course, this does not mean that we are in favor of any kind of multiracialism. Race is one of the cornerstones of the natural order and thus must be defended like all other natural principles. It certainly does not mean that the white color of one's skin is necessarily a hallmark of human quality. The White race has allowed the world to slide to the brink of disaster, and unless it can be brought to realize that the quality of life can be improved by replacing the materialistic consumer society--which is the supreme goal of both Marxism and Liberalism--with natural and spiritual values, it is doomed and will destroy the whole planet in the process of its absolute decline.

Naturally, we National Socialists do not think that we should go back to Stone Age caves, but we do think we should never take more out of Nature than we put back into her. The quality of life should mean more to us than the quality of material goods.

In today's disillusioned society, growing numbers of people realize this and, what is more, they protest against the ruling order. They do not become National Socialists, however, for one simple reason: They are not aware that National Socialism--and only National Socialism--can solve today's crucial problems. Instead, they allow their protest movements to be taken over by the Marxists, who are better at selling their product than we are, despite the fact that no Marxist government has ever made the slightest attempt to tackle these issues. That's because the very concept of Marxism is materialistic and at no point concerned with natural values. The Marxists merely use popular dissatisfaction with the establishment to promote Marxism. The dissatisfied individuals themselves are not at all Marxists to begin with.

While National Socialists run around trying to win over small fringe groups of traditional right-wingers with all their political and religious hang-ups, their notorious megalomania and their lack of commitment to a cause, the Marxists get a foothold among concerned citizens who renounce unlimited materialism out of an idealistic concern for the future of our planet. For the most part, these people do not realize that preservation of the natural order calls for more far-reaching measures than the control of pollution and the abolition of nuclear energy and the atomic bomb. They do not see that it also demands racial separation and a general spiritual revival that can lead Man back to the sources of life. They can learn this, however--or, rather, they cannot help but see it--if they are provided with the necessary information and insight and not left exposed to the exclusive influence of asinine Marxist teachings. These people are idealistic and for Nature, and thus they really belong to us. They generally are far more valuable as fighters than a good many disillusioned youngsters who call themselves National Socialists in an attempt to boost their egos and hide their personal problems and insecurity behind a self-styled uniform and ludicrous ranks and titles.

But the environmentalists are not attracted by storm-troopers, hate propaganda or so-called skinheads, all of which confirm their negative impressions of National Socialism. Nor does it help to talk to them about the significance of race, because they have not yet come so far in their development that they can see the relevance of the racial issue. They must be approached where they are and on issues that concern them here and now. To do this, it is necessary to produce good material on environmental problems as seen from the National Socialist point of view and to go into the groups where these people gather in protest against nuclear weapons, pollution and warfare. We cannot expect the environmentalists to come to us, because they have no way of knowing what National Socialism is all about. And if we fail to get in contact with them, they will be lost to the Marxists, in whose hands they are never going to realize the full consequence of their own attitudes.

These new protesters are hostile to us simply because of decades of enemy propaganda, which has not only alienated sound and intelligent people from any kind of movement which overtly expresses National Socialist ideas, but which has also succeeded in attracting a large number of individuals to our movement who suit this propaganda image of National Socialism only too well and who come to us simply because they want to live up to this image. Too many people attracted to National Socialism want to be the murderous, bloodthirsty beasts they have come to know from countless Hollywood productions and yellow-press accounts of the "terrible Nazis."

For far too long we have welcomed such psychopaths into our ranks and for far too long we have failed to dissociate ourselves from other organizations which do the same. Just because some people might call themselves National Socialists and wave the Swastika does not make them our comrades! Many organizations still do not realize this, and as long as they fail to do so they are doomed; unfortunately, so are we if we do not take every opportunity which offers itself to denounce them in public. It often has been said that we should not "wash our dirty linen" in front of the enemies and that all "internal strife" should be kept within our own walls. But this is not our linen and it most certainly is not "internal strife." Instead, it is a necessary cleaning operation, and it must be carried out in public.