When it becomes necessary for us to strengthen the
strict measures of secret defense (the most fatal poison for the
prestige of authority) we shall arrange a simulation of disorders
or some manifestation of discontents finding expression through
the co-operation of good speakers. Round these speakers will
assemble all who are sympathetic to his utterances. This will
give us the pretext for domiciliary prerequisitions and
surveillance on the part of our servants from among the number of
the Goyim police ... (Australia's One Nation Party? A.D.L./B'nai
B'rith activities against the peace?)
As the majority of conspirators act out of love for the
game, for the sake of talking, so, until they commit some overt
act we shall not lay a finger on them but only introduce into
their midst observation elements .... It must be remembered that
the prestige of authority is lessened if it frequently discovers
conspiracies against itself: this implies a presumption of
consciousness of weakness, or, what is still worse, of injustice.
You are aware that we have broken the prestige of the GOY kings
by frequent attempts upon their lives through our agents, blind
sheep of our flock, who are easily moved by a few liberal phrases
to crimes provided only they be painted in political colors. We
have compelled the rulers to acknowledge their weakness in
advertising overt measures of secret defense and thereby we
shall bring the promise of authority to destruction.
Our ruler will be secretly protected only by the most
insignificant guard, because we shall not admit so much as a thought
that there could exist against him any sedition with which he is not
strong enough to contend and is compelled to hide from it.
If we should admit this thought, as the Goyim have
done and are doing, we should Ipso Facto be signing a death
sentence, if not for our ruler, at any rate for his dynasty, at
no distant date.
Government By Fear
According to strictly enforced outward appearances
our ruler will employ his power only for the advantage of the
nation and in no wise for his own or dynastic profits. Therefore,
with the observance of this decorum, his authority will be
respected and guarded by the subjects themselves, it will receive
an apotheosis in the admission that with it is bound up the
well-being of every citizen of the State, for upon it will depend
all order in the common life of the pack ....
Overt defense of the kind argues weakness in the organization of his strength.
Our ruler will always be among the people and be surrounded
by a mob of apparently curious men and women, who will occupy the
front ranks about him, to all appearance by chance, and will
restrain the ranks of the rest out of respect as it will appear
for good order. This will sow an example of restraint also in
others. If a petitioner appears among the people trying to hand
a petition and forcing his way through the ranks, the first ranks
must receive the petition and before the eyes of the petitioner
pass it to the ruler, so that all may know that what is handed in
reaches its destination, that consequently, there exists a control
of the ruler himself. The aureole of power requires for his
existence that the people may be able to say: If the king
knew of this," or: "the king will hear it.
With the establishment of official defense, the mystical
prestige of authority disappears: given a certain audacity, and
everyone counts himself master of it, the sedition-monger is
conscious of his strength, and when occasion serves watches for
the moment to make an attempt upon authority .... For the Goyim we
have been preaching something else, but by that very fact we are
enabled to see what measures of overt defense have brought them
Criminals with us will be arrested at the first, more or less,
well-grounded Suspicion: it cannot be allowed that out of fear of a
possible mistake an opportunity should be given of escape to persons
suspected of a political lapse of crime, for in these matters we
shall be literally merciless. If it is still possible, by stretching
a point, to admit a reconsideration of the motive causes in simple
crimes, there is no possibility of excuse for persons occupying
themselves with questions in which nobody except the government can
understand anything .... And it is not all governments that
understand true policy.
First published in 1903, Henry Ford then funded the printing of 500,000 copies that were distributed throughout the US in the 1920s. Adolf Hitler received a German translation, which he used to justify his views. Today, The Protocols are still widely available in numerous languages - both in print and on the Internet.