Hitler’s thoughts on imperialism as the driving force for a nation

In a July 1927 speech on the “Essence and Goal of National Socialism,” Hitler asserted that struggle produces everything good, because it selects the best. He then stated: IMPERIALISM IS THE STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE OF THE NATION, . . . making it possible to feed itself and reproduce.” He quickly added that National Socialism upheld a “WORLD VIEW OF THE NATURAL POWERS OF EVOLUTION.” Hitler thus presented biological struggle in the evolutionary process as a central tenet of National Socialism. (Source: Hitler Reden, Schriften, Anordnungen, Februar 1925 Bis Januar 1933 (12 Bände))

In another speech the following month on “What is National Socialism?” he again stressed the importance of struggle in the NS worldview. He opened the speech by explaining—as he did earlier in Mein Kampf and the Second Book—that the two main forces ruling human life are hunger and love. “Both of these,” he asserted, “are grounded in the instinct for self-preservation and the instinct for reproduction.”

In order to fulfill these instincts, all organisms, including humans, must struggle, because there is insufficient space available for everyone to keep reproducing. “WE CONFESS THAT IMPERIALISM IS THE MOST NATURAL THING THAT THERE CAN BE,” Hitler maintained, “because every father, who begets a child, and every mother, who bears a child, and desires that this child lives, is thereby imperialistic, if they want the wider community of their people (Volk) to receive bread.” (Source: Hitler Reden, Schriften, Anordnungen, Februar 1925 Bis Januar 1933 (12 Bände))

Thus Hitler was very much so inspired with the Malthusian population principle that Darwin had integrated into his theory, and he used it to justify expansionism.

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