Readings on Fascism and National Socialism eBook

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will of the people.  In his will the will of the people is realized.  He transforms the mere feelings of the people into a conscious will ...  Thus it is possible for him, in the name of the true will of the people which he serves, to go against the subjective opinions and convictions of single individuals within the people if these are not in accord with the objective destiny of the people ...  He shapes the collective will of the people within himself and he embodies the political unity and entirety of the people in opposition to individual interests ...
But the Fuehrer, even as the bearer of the people’s will, is not arbitrary and free of all responsibility.  His will is not the subjective, individual will of a single man, but the collective national will is embodied within him in all its objective, historical greatness ...  Such a collective will is not a fiction, as is the collective will of the democracies, but it is a political reality which finds its expression in the Fuehrer.  The people’s collective will has its foundation in the political idea which is given to a people.  It is present in the people, but the Fuehrer raises it to consciousness and discloses it ...
In the Fuehrer are manifested also the natural laws inherent in the people:  It is he who makes them into a code governing all national activity.  In disclosing these natural laws he sets up the great ends which are to be attained and draws up the plans for the utilization of all national powers in the achievement of the common goals.  Through his planning and directing he gives the national life its true purpose and value.  This directing and planning activity is especially manifested in the lawgiving power which lies in the Fuehrer’s hand.  The great change in significance which the law has undergone is characterized therein that it no longer sets up the limits of social life, as in liberalistic times, but that it drafts the plans and the aims of the nation’s actions ...
The Fuehrer principle rests upon unlimited authority but not upon mere outward force.  It has often been said, but it must constantly be repeated, that the Fuehrer principle has nothing in common with arbitrary bureaucracy and represents no system of brutal force, but that it can only be maintained by mutual loyalty which must find its expression in a free relation.  The Fuehrer-order depends upon the responsibility of the following, just as it counts on the responsibility and loyalty of the Fuehrer to his mission and to his following ...  There is no greater responsibility than that upon which the Fuehrer principle is grounded.[46]

The nature of the plebiscites which are held from time to time in a National Socialist state, Huber points out, cannot be understood from a democratic standpoint.  Their purpose is not to give the people an opportunity to decide some issue but rather to express their unity behind a decision which the Fuehrer, in his capacity as the bearer of the people’s will, has already made: 

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