That the peoples may become accustomed to obedience
it is necessary to inculcate lessons of humility and therefore to
reduce the production of articles of luxury. By this we shall
improve morals which have been debased by emulation in the sphere
of luxury. We shall re-establish small master production which
will mean laying a mine under the private capital of manufactures.
This is indispensable also for the reason that manufacturers on the
grand scale often move, though not always consciously, the thoughts
of the masses in directions against the government. A people of
small masters knows nothing of unemployment and this binds him
closely with existing order, and consequently with the firmness of
authority. For us its part will have been played out the moment
authority is transferred into our hands. Drunkenness also will be
prohibited by law and punishable as a crime against the humanness of
man who is turned into a brute under the influence of alcohol.
Subjects, I repeat once more, give blind obedience only to
the strong hand which is absolutely independent of them, for in it
they feel the sword of defense and support against social scourges
.... What do they want with an angelic spirit in a king? What they
have to see in him is the personification of force and power.
The supreme lord who will replace all now existing rulers,
dragging in their existence among societies demoralized by us,
societies that have denied even the authority of God, from whose
midst breeds out on all sides the fire of anarchy, must first of
all proceed to quench this all-devouring flame. Therefore he will
be obliged to kill off those existing societies, though he should
drench them with his own blood, that he may resurrect them again in
the form of regularly organized troops fighting consciously with
every kind of infection that may cover the body of the State with
This Chosen One of God is chosen from above to demolish the
senseless forces moved by instinct and not reason, by brutishness
and not humanness. These forces now triumph in manifestations of
robbery and every kind of violence under the mask of principles of
freedom and rights. They have overthrown all forms of social order
to erect on the ruins the throne of the King of the Jews; but their
part will be played out the moment he enters into his kingdom. Then
it will be necessary to sweep them away from his path, on which must
be left no knot, no splinter.
Then will it be possible for us to say to the peoples of the
world: Give thanks to God and bow the knee before him who bears on
his front the seal of the predestination of man, to which God
himself has led his star that none other but Him might free us from
all the before-mentioned forces and evils.
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.