For the liberation of a people more is needed than an economic policy, more than industry: if a people is to become free, it needs pride and willpower, defiance, hate, hate and once again hate.”
A new creation in particular, the new Reich for instance, has more need of enemies than friends: only in opposition does it feel itself necessary, only on opposition does it become necessary …. One has renounced grand life when one renounces war ….” (Twilight of the Idols, p54)
I, however, want to be able to hate . . .. Oh, how wonderful it is to hate.
The specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that between friend and enemy.
This “image of the enemy” is everywhere one of every group’s most treasured possessions.
Ironically, those groups from which we most passionately distinguish ourselves are those with which we are most inseparably bound.
Nothing unites a community with all the good fellowship and cooperation one can imagine, like the threat of a common enemy. But the threat is originally internal; it is the violent threat of all against all.