CHAPTER 5: The Chief End of Manhood Material Success
"All emotional rhetoric about ‘love one another,’ ‘learn to labor and to wait,’ etc., has a tendency to paralyze effort— to make victims rather than victors of assentients. Every man’s hand is against every other man: except where living individuals have formed temporary co-partnerships. When one partner breaks the
mutual agreement, then the Combine is necessarily dissolved, and all become enemies as before. Fraternity between carnivores is as transient as the smoke of the morning. It is a pro-tern expedient."
"Two hungry lions may engage to hunt together, but should one attempt to seize more than his fair proportion of the prey, then it is — woe to the vanquished."
"Self preservation first, foremost, above all things, and at whatever cost, is the law of the jungle. So must it be among human carnivores."
"Failure is not only disgrace, but practical proof of organic incompetence."
"In all practical operations, non-principled persons possess a distinctive advantage over ‘principled’ ones. Honesty never succeeds for when it succeeds, it is not honesty. There is not fair play in Love or War; and all life is made up of Love and War. Genuinely honest men, die as a rule like dogs — in a ditch; and in their business affairs they are ‘nowhere.’ In their dotage or ‘in God’s good time’ — they (nearly always) go over the hill to State Infirmaries, unknown, friendless."
"What chance has a conscientious man, when pitted in statesmanship, literature, or commerce, against the Organized Knavery of sanctimonious and powerful cut-throats? To them he is a pigeon to be plucked — a buck to be hunted — a criminal to be chained — a madman to be made sport of - a lamb to be skinned — a heretic to be — burnt alive."
"Whatever weapon your Enemy possesses, must be duplicated, or improved upon by you. If it suits him to challenge battle in open front, be sure and ambush him in the flank; or straightway make a hidden detour and charge him in the rear. It is your chief business to delude him, deceive him, decoy him, out-general him, if you can. If moral scruples and fear of ‘what the world will say,’ prevent you from doing this, then you were born to subordination; and you had better surrender; for you can never hope to vanquish. You must be born again."
"The fact is that Civilization’s moralisms are wholly ultra-rational, fundamentally un-natural and utterly inoperative. Christian principles and Natural principles mutually antagonize one another. Nature is Anti-Christ. Darwinism is the mortal foe of Hebraism."
"Nature’s command is, “Be egoistic, possess the earth and fight it out.” Jesus insists, “Be altruistic, abandon the world, and love your enemies.” Darwin proclaims, “All ye are rival carnivores! Be strong therefore, and bold, and fear— Nothing.”"
"The organic brain is far too small and too contemptible, to completely comprehend what nature is driving at. What appears to be wrong to us, may be right in nature, and vice versa."
"When Brennus, commander of the ancient Gauls, attacked the Clusians, a Roman ambassador protested, asking ‘what offense have the Clusians, given you?’ Brennus laughed at the question, and replied:— ‘Their offense is the refusal they make to divide the country with me. It is the same offense that the people of Alba, the Fidenians and Ardeans gave you; and lately the Vienians, the Falisci, and the Volsci. To avenge yourselves, you took up arms and washed your injury in their blood; you subdued the people, pillaged their houses, and laid waste their cities and their countries; and in this you did no wrong or injustice; you obeyed the most ancient laws, which gave to the Strong the possessions of the Weak; the sovereign law of nature, that begins with the gods and ends with the animals. Suppress therefore O Romans, your pity for the Clusians. Compassion is yet unknown to the Gauls; do not inspire them with the sentiments, lest they should have compassion upon those you oppress.’ "
"No man has (or ever had) any inherent right to the use of the earth; nor to personal independence; nor to property, nor to wives, nor to liberty of speech; nor to freedom of thought; nor to anything except he can (by himself or in conjuction with his allies) assert his ‘rights’ by Power. What are (in popular parlance) called ‘rights,’ are really ‘spoil’ — the prerogatives of formerly exerted Might; but a ‘right’ lapses immediately, when those who are enjoying it, become incapable of further maintaining it. Consequently all ‘rights’ are as transient as morning rainbows, international treaties, or clauses in a temporary armistice. They may be abrogated at any moment, by any one of the contracting parties, holding the necessary Power."
"Broadly speaking therefore, Might is incarnated Right, and rights are metamorphosed mights. Power and Justice are synonyms; for Might is mighty and does prevail. They who possess the undisputable Might (be they one, ten, or ten million) may and do proclaim the Right. Government is founded on property, property is founded on conquest, and conquest is founded on Power— and Power is founded on brain and brawn — on Organic Animality. Just as parents dictate right to their children, so masterful animals dictate right to millions and millions of sodden-livered, baby-minded men. Monarchic rulers are the gaudy jumping-jacks, and representative institutions the tax gathering mechanism of the Mighty-Ones. Banks and safe-deposits are their treasure-stores, and armies and navies their sentinels, executioners, watchmen."
"All arbitrary rules of Right and Wrong are insolent invasions of personal liberty. He who would maintain his manhood, must ignore them and abandon them, wherever and whenever possible; except he has investigated them paralleled them with Nature, and without coercion agrees to abide thereby as a modus-vivendi. If he accepts them (on other conditions) as his life-long load, that is — his funeral. If he is eager to handicap himself or commit suicide, why shouldn’t he? That is his own business."
"A man’s first duty in this world is to himself, and the word 'himself includes those near and dear ones, who have twined their tendrils around his heart. A man’s kindred are part of himself. He should not forget that when fighting for his own hand, he is fighting for them. His strength is their rampart. Their strength is his glory. The family and the individual are a unit."
"Physical power is the basis of mental power. The nutriment of the brain cells is derived from the blood-corpuscles perpetually being pumped into it by the heart’s action. If the pump valves are weak or out of gear- if the food stream is impure — if the stomach is disordered — if the liver is congested or the lungs decaying and corrupt; then the brain is starved, drugged, poisoned, while all the thoughts that germinate therein are feeble, unnatural, impure."
"Hence the rolling stream of literary filth that the Zolas and the bible-boomers, the poetlings, and the ‘eminent savants,’ keep pouring out upon generations of men, soaked for ages in similar intellectual sewerage."
"Authority is not an evil in itself. It is as natural for men of Power to rule Feeble multitudes, as it is for the lion to eat the lamb. When any nation, or class of men possess no real might, it is just and proper that they should be subordinated; and again, if they develop the requisite strength it is equally justifiable for them to reconquer their former position; and subordinate their subordinators. Evolution works through Authority but there is to it no limitation."
"Society (in some shape) must exist, as long as there are two human beings left alive; for companionship is as natural to the homo, as swarming is to the bee. When however the word ‘Society’ develops into a synonym for socialistic restraint, then it becomes a menace to the Evolution of the Type and ought to be broken up accordingly — without over much ceremony. Friendship is necessary and ennobling, but impersonal despotism is destructive of all dignity and manly virtue."
"Government and Society are two distinct entities, and care must be taken not to confound them. Society is the growth of mutual tolerance, friendship, and obligation; but ‘government’ arises from physical force applied by the Strong to the control and exploitation of vanquished foes. The sanction of government, is the same that holds good throughout the whole zoological and heliocentric scale — the sanction of material might. That ‘sanction’ should always be under test; because the most abject weakling may brandish a sword; but we do not know he is a weakling until another sword in the grip of a Man is pointed at his throat."
This chapter is probably Ragnar at his most savage. With lines such as “Nature is Anti-Christ,” he leaves little to the imagination about what he really thinks. He begins by talking more about Man's predatory instinct, describing how people who hold themselves to a false standard will be exploited by those who don’t.
We see examples of Ragnar's Egoism and Darwinism, both mentioned explicitly. He explains his position on the Individual, while also expressing the importance of kindred and society. Ragnar stresses the importance and supremacy of physical Might and physical action/gain. He says that ideas of “Right and Wrong” must be tested against Nature. He believes in justified Authority. Ragnar talks a little about Women & War (which is what the next chapter is about), normies, and degenerates both rich and poor.
“Might is Right” says to question all things, which would include itself. I myself have pointed out a few times that my main issue with the book is how competition vs. cooperation factors into Ragnar's thinking. Here is another comment from the article in Part One:
"It can be said that Arthur Desmond and Peter Kropotkin represent equal and opposite errors concerning the role of conflict and cooperation in the life of Homo sapiens and other animals. Their views were strongly conditioned by their political views and personal temperaments. In his admirable book, Evolution, Marxian Biology, and the Social Scene, Conway Zirkle wrote:
'Kropotkin attacked the cruel competitive aspects of natural selection and sought to substitute the idea that real progress was the result of co-operation. Actually, it had been known for a long time that the most successful animals are those who co-operate with others of their own kind, and it had long been clear that gregariousness had evolved through the fact that it had survival value.
To judge Kropotkin fairly, we will have to put our minds back into the time in which he lived and view his evolution problems in the simple all-or-none fashion of the nineteenth century layman. If some looked upon evolution as a bloody struggle with ‘nature red in tooth and claw,’ it was only natural that others should look upon the process as being basically all love and kisses. The concept that individuals within species could both compete and co-operate with each other, and do it at the same time, was just a little too complex for many to grasp, as was the idea that the ability to co-operate had itself arisen through a process of competition, i.e. those who could gang up being able to defeat those who could not.'
The British anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith was closer to the mark than Desmond and Kropotkin with his ideas on group selection and the “dual code” of amity towards insiders and enmity towards outsiders."
Neither was Ragnar completely wrong with his views on the Individual. Ragnar had no National Socialism to look to as an example or to compare his philosophy with. His racial instinct is solid. This book is perfect for National Socialists; we are immersed in a worldview that can comprehend “Might is Right” and compare it to a real life example. Those who seek to be leaders in our cause should take Ragnar's advice and make themselves as powerful as possible. Put that power in service to your volk.