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George Lincoln Rockwell came from a privileged family in Maine. His father was a nationally famous actor. Rockwell was a decorated WW2 pilot. After the war, through his own research, he came to believe that the beliefs and goals of the German national socialists were correct, and that America had made a terrible mistake in helping to destroy them. He decided to devote his life to politics, to bring these ideas to the American people, something he was surprisingly successful at, due to his charismatic personality. He founded the American Nazi Party in 1959 to pursue this goal.
He was a contemporary Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in the turbulent 1960s. Like King and Malcom X, he was assassinated (most likely by the FBI), in 1967. His autobiography, This Time the World, modeled after Hitler's Mein Kampf, is one of the greatest American political books of all time and is an excellent read.
The following 10 minute video by Oscar Turner (Omniphi Video) is a brilliant compilation of some of his key ideas.
Transcript: The following is a machine generated. There may be some errors, but it is suprisingly accurate.
(Speaker) Gorge Lincoln Rockwell:
I believe in race. I'm not ashamed to admit it at all. And that doesn't mean one bit that I'm off to persecute or hurt any man because of his race. He can't help what race he is. We believe that each race has particular geniuses and particular faults. The white races built Western civilization, and we think the white race should dominate in that area.
National Socialism fundamentally is the application of science not only to inanimate objects and animals, but to mankind himself. We believe that the Communists, the Marxists have one fatal error in their doctrine, a place where absolutely there is a hole and there's no explanation for it. They admit evolution. They admit that animals vary by breed and that you can breed better and worse animals. Now, how do they explain how there is a certain dividing line when you come to one particular animal? Man.
They have no explanation time and again when I've asked them. They have no explanation. They just say, its got two legs and it stands on its hind feet. Then it suddenly becomes a special being. And there is absolutely equality. They're all the same. Man is an animal, just like all the rest of the animals. He's more intelligent. But he must obey nature's laws. And that in so far as he is an animal, he must obey the laws that pertain to animals.
We say that when the white races produce such a wonderful thing as Western civilization, we should treasure the people that have produced them and can maintain it. And we should not mix them all up with other kind of civilizations, whether or not they're good. We should certainly try to preserve it just the way the farmer preserves had better grade of stock.
We are also, socially speaking, tribalists. You must live as social beings. You have to live with other people. And this is impossible unless you observe certain fundamental laws of the tribe. The ancient Indian tribe, any kind of tribe of people, even a wolf pack has got to have certain fundamental things.
One of these things is leadership, not leadership, by the most popular, but by the strongest and the best. Any tribe or Indian tribe or any group or family should be led by the best and the strongest. Otherwise, it disintegrates. It's got to have group pride and loyalty. You've got to have selection in the mating process, something that we have almost lost now. We believe that it is a fundamental importance to society that the strongest, cleverest and the best of the men mate with the best type of woman who will make good mothers. And when you destroy that machinery, you get what we have now.
We believe that you have got to have an organic society. By an organic society we mean a society, not a dictatorship, but a society in which the parts of the society cooperate together in different functions and in peace and harmony just the way your body works.
Cancer is the wild, uncontrolled growth of cells at the expense of all the rest of the body. And that's what you have in Washington, D.C. right now. Cancer.
We believe in private property and free enterprise. It is impossible, we believe, to have a society in which there is any real work going on unless people can get the reward of their effort. And at the same time, we believe you've got to have social justice. You cannot have people who are exploiting and squeezing a little helpless people economically. And this is where I get some trouble with the Conservative, because most of today's Conservatives, I've discovered are reactionary. They're real anxious to hold onto their money. They don't care how they have to figure it out. They just want those money bags and they come up with any kind of rationale to keep it.
Every National Socialist believes in idealism - believes in something that is worth more than his own one single human life. He's willing to die for something. When you're ready to die for something, then you're alive. And until you are ready to die for something, you have no real fanaticism.
At dinner a little while ago with some of the fellows were telling me, well, it's terrible to be a fanatic. Did you ever stop and think how this country got here? How all the great inventions ever got there? Any one of you out there that is not a fanatic on something or other, whatever it is you're studying. If you're going to be a doctor, be a fanatical doctor. Otherwise, you'll be nothing. You'll just be an ordinary old chug-chugging guy, and when you die, nobody notices.
But if you're a fanatic, you'll produce something great. You'll create. Creativity is fanaticism. Every creative genius has had to be a fanatic. Many of them have been burned at the stake. So we are ideological and idealistic fanatics, just like the Communists, by the way. In between the Nazis and the Communists is the great mass of non-fanatics.
The TV watchers and the comic book readers. I will say this: National Socialism is the inevitable end product logically of evolution. If you believe in evolution, you've got to be a Nazi. If you think about it long enough, you can't help it. But what happens is people short circuited the minute they believe in evolution and scientific grading until they come to that two legged animal stand up on its hind legs. Then those rules are out. We say that's not possible.
You either believe in the scientific method and the truth and you apply it to yourself without egotism or else you don't believe in the scientific method and you're kidding yourself. Nazis believe in ruthless application of the truth, not only to inanimate matter and animals, but to you animals. People. All of us are the same insofar as we are animals and must survive and live as animals, must we breed ourselves better.
We're going to get worse. That's what's happened. I do worship nature in that I'm humble when I see the mighty awesome power of nature. And believe me, I've seen some terrific power of nature. The typhoon's of Japan during the war, earthquakes. I've been through some tremendous cataclysms on this earth, and compared to them, the atomic bomb is like a firecracker. Nothing. And when you start to think of the enormity of space, our spacemen are just going around at the very bottom level of space. They're no place yet.
There are over a hundred million planets where life just like here could exist. And in the face of that awesome probability, not possibility. Probability. I'd say ridiculous to be egocentric and say we are the center of all things. Everything turns around us. We Nazis are humble. I look at nature and realize how ignorant, small and feeble and weak and little we are. Nazism is a philosophy of nature, a way of looking at the world, and as I've pointed out, we believe in tribalism. We don't think we're above that.
We think that you've got to have pride in your family. Pride in your race, pride in your nation. That's not something to laugh at. Patriotism and pride and family pride and race is something we should be proud of and cultivate. Work on, not get rid of.
Finally, we believe in morals. We believe in the traditions of goodness - virtue. Now I told you something about what we are. But I'll do as good as I can and tell you what I think our enemies are. And our enemies, make no mistake about it, are the Marxists. The philosophy of Marxism, I believe, is the enemy of all humanity. It's the reverse of humanity.
We say Communism itself is the most vicious anti social doctrine the world has ever known. And here's why. They completely deny the very basis on which a human order can exist at all. Without humans, or at least without civilized humans, you certainly can't have human order. And the Communists say they don't believe in race. They believe in absolute equality. The pygmies, the Aborigines of Australia. Everybody. Send them a letter, let them come to Carleton [College], and they will write books, and the cannibals will produce music. That's all you have to do is educate them. And this simply is not true.
This result in chaos social chaos, which is what we have now. They don't believe in enterprise. They don't believe that people should work for themselves. They believe that the state should come and tell them what to do. They don't believe in private property. They don't believe that you can keep the fruits of your production. Above all else, they have no spiritual idea. We say the only thing that's worth protecting with your life is ideals and your family, your race, and your nation.
And Christ in my lifetime, I've been called upon to go out and risk getting killed. And I saw a lot of other young men doing it, young fanatics that they made out of us, by the way. They made us real fanatic haters of the Germans and fanatic haters of the Japanese. Nobody protested that that was bad to be a fanatic when we were fighting with Japs. And I assure you we all were.
Firmly, the Communists - if you remember when they first got into power in Russia - they are against morals. They had pretty much no morals at all. Everything was "have a ball." And the result was that they almost fell apart. Now, if you'll notice, they are almost puritanical in Russia. In order to make the thing work, they've had to go back to the very principles of tribalism which we're advocating. You can't work society with a Communist pipe dream. Civilization is based on self-sacrifice, on the willingness of men to go out and die for what they believe in. When you get rid of that self-sacrifice, you'll get anarchy.
Civilization is built because I am willing to give up something for my family, and the family is willing to give up something in order to have the town succeed. And the town is willing to give up something so the state can be a business, and state is willing to give up something so the nation can succeed. Self-sacrifice is the first principle of civilization. Communism has got the fanaticism to destroy you and its doing it, and unless you can build up the counter-fanaticism for something you believe in positively, you will be destroyed. You are being destroyed.
Recently there was a report out that among new babies that were born, this happened last year. Minorities were now the majority. Now whites were officially the minority - and they're boasting about it.
Krushchev just said that America is so liberal they'll never fight.
And I think there's a lot of truth in that. But we're going to change that. Won't be quite so liberal. After we've had a chance to make America understand what it is and make it conscious of itself and its greatness and its people, and the white race understand that they are worthy of protecting themselves, that they don't have to keep humbling and downgrading themselves while other races are standing up and saying, look at us how great we are.
We keep saying we're ashamed of ourselves for being white. That's the terrible thing. The thing for each race to do is be proud of itself. White people, the good people of this country, when they finally realize that they can do that without hurting or being obnoxious to anybody else, they will finally become fanatics to survive. To keep this great country going.