Voices of Destruction: JR Nyquist
Last week I watched a group of anti-Wall Street protestors as they paraded down the street. One of their signs said, “Corporate America is Guilty.” A sweeping generalization if there ever was one. If capitalism is guilty, what can we say about anti-capitalism? In judging the free market, we often forget who the enemies of the free market have been. We forget one of the foremost voices of anti-capitalism, which sounded a clarion call. “I have the gift of reducing all problems to their simplest foundations,” said Adolf Hitler. “War is the origin of all things.”
Such were the words of history’s most famous anti-capitalist politician. “There is a broadened strategy, a war with intellectual weapons,” Hitler explained. “When I wage war, in the midst of peace, troops will suddenly appear…. No one will stop them.” Hitler’s plan was to overthrow all governments, to override the free market and install his own lackeys. “We shall find such men,” he explained, “[and] we shall find them in every country. We shall not need to bribe them. They will come of their own accord. Ambition and delusion, party squabbles and self-seeking arrogance will drive them. Peace will be negotiated before the war has begun.”
The capitalists want peace; so let them think it is “peace in our time.” Attack them when they least expect it; for the anti-capitalist program has always been predicated on war. “Our strategy,” said Hitler, “is to destroy the enemy from within, to conquer him through himself.” Instead of artillery barrages against entrenched enemy troops, the Nazi leader envisioned revolutionary propaganda used to psychologically break down entire countries. “The enemy people must be demoralized and ready to capitulate, driven into moral passivity, before military action can even be thought of,” Hitler declared.