CHAPTER 1: Introductory
"I request reasons for your Golden Rule and ask the why and wherefore of your ten Commands."
"I demand proof over all things, and accept (with reservations) even that which is true."
"How is it that 'men of light and leading' hardly ever call in question the manufactured 'moral codes,' under which our once vigorous Northern race is slowly and surely eating out its heart in peaceful inaction and laborious dry-rot?"
"Chinese civilization deliberately distorts its children's feet, by swathing them in bandages of silk and hoop-iron. Christian civilization crushes and cramps the minds of its youth by means of false philosophies, artificial moral codes and ironclad political creeds."
"He who would rule the coming age must be hard, cruel and deliberately intrepid, for softness assails not successfully the idols of the multitude."
"All ethics, politics and philosophies are pure assumptions, built upon assumptions. They rest on no sure basis. They are but shadowy castles-in-the-air erected by day-dreamers, or by rogues, upon nursery fables. It is time they were firmly planted upon an enduring foundation. This can never be accomplished until the racial mind has first been thoroughly cleansed and drastically disinfected of its depraved, alien, and demoralizing concepts of right and wrong."
"Mastership is right — Mastership is natural —Mastership is eternal. But only for those who cannot overthrow it, and trample it beneath their hoofs. Is it not a fact that in actual life, the ballot-box votes of ten million subjective personalities are as thistle down in the balance, when weighed against the far seeing thought, and material prowess of, say, ten strong silent men?"
In this Chapter, Ragnar encourages us to question all dogmas and creeds, and criticizes Christianity in particular. He encourages the rule of the Strong. He says Man must again live in accordance with natural principles to fix what he sees as a degenerate Society. He reiterates the point that Leaders must lead. Ragnar's anti-Christianity will remain a consistent theme throughout the Book.
Hermann von Keyserling, an ethnically German philosopher from Estonia, was the first to use the term Führerprinzip. He based his ideas on Social Darwinism, just as Ragnar Redbeard does. Adolf Hitler wrote his ideas about the Führerprinzip and leadership later on.
"It must never be forgotten that nothing that is really great in this world has ever been achieved by coalitions but that it has always been the success of a single victor. Coalition successes bear by the very nature of their origin the germ of future crumbling, in fact of the loss of what has already been achieved. Great, truly world-shaking revolutions of a spiritual nature are not even conceivable and realizable except as the titanic struggles of individual formations, never as enterprises of coalitions.
And thus the folkish state above all will never be created by the compromising will of a folkish working federation, but solely by the iron will of a single movement that has fought its way to the top against all."