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The Second Reich

Hitler was just the climax of a movement that had been developing for quite some time. Aryanism and German superiority was part of an evolutionary belief that had a rather long history. To understand the Nazi era it is useful to investigate the era prior to the arrival of the Nazis often referred to as the Second Reich.

Evolution in theSecond Reich

Published: 14 September 2014 (GMT+10)

Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha

Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha’s beliefsof racial superiority led him to contemptuously state: ‘I wipe out rebellioustribes with streams of blood and streams of money. Only following thiscleansing can something new emerge’. And ‘… I find it appropriate that the[Herero] nation perishes instead of infecting our soldiers’.

This year is the centenary of the beginning ofwhat would become the bloodiest war in history up to that time. Thus at thetime, it was called ‘the Great War’. The astronomical cost in life was meant todeter such conflicts again, so it was optimistically called ‘the war to endwar’. Because of an even bloodier war starting two decades later, it is nowcalled World War 1.

The origins of the evenbloodier war are well known: largely, it was the evolution applied in the Nazi ‘Third Reich’ (1933–1945), as wehave documented on our site (see related articles and linked articles). Thisled to its policies of eugenics,euthanasia,and racialextermination, as well as its plan to eliminate Christianity.

The Nazi predecessor: the Second Reich

Ideas made infamous byNazi Germany were being taught in Wilhelmine German academia, such asLebensraum (‘living space’) and Rassenhygiene (racial hygiene), and the idea thathandicapped people were worth less than animals

However, much less wellknown is the evolutionary infestation of the Third Reich’s predecessor, theSecond Reich. This was Wilhelmine Germany, i.e. Germany under Kaisers Wilhelm Iand II, after Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898) unified the country in 1871 fromvarious independent German-speaking states. (The First Reich was the so-calledHoly Roman Empire, started either by Charlemagne in AD 800 or Otto 1 in 962, and lasted about 1,000years until Francis II abdicated in 1806.)

Many of the atrocities of the Third Reich werejust consistent and more extreme versions of well-established views taught inthe Second Reich. This is what the video clip below documents.


Wilhelm II (1888–1918)

Back in 2010, we hadalready pointed out the Darwinianconnection to World War One. This documented that ideas madeinfamous by Nazi Germany were being taught in Wilhelmine German academia. Theseincluded Lebensraum (‘living space’) and Rassenhygiene (racial hygiene), and the idea that handicappedpeople were worth less than animals (a belief recently affirmed by Richard Dawkins). War was just an aspect ofDarwinian survival of the fittest.

Also, we had pointed outthat such horrific ideas resulted in a genuine Holocaust that has been largely forgotten today: the genocide of the Herero people in German South-West Africa (now Namibia). The architect of thismass murder—65,000 of the 80,000 Hereros, Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha(1848–1920) was a virulent white supremacist who believed in ‘cleansing’ theallegedly less fit.

WW1 not the end of evolutionary horrors

Unfortunately, even Germany’s defeat in WW1 didnot end the problem, for several reasons:

First, Germany neversurrendered; instead it was granted a face-saving armistice. So demagogues—suchas a disgruntled wounded corporal named Adolf Hitler—could foster the nonsensethat they had not really lost, and they were ‘stabbed in the back’.1 By whom? The Jews ofcourse, and other such ‘racially inferior’ groups. This is a major reason thatthe Allies insisted on unconditional surrender in WW2, so the German peoplewould know they had lost, so would have no choice but to admit the crimes oftheir government, and submit to Allied denazification measures. Germany hasbeen a model democracy ever since.

Such horrific ideasresulted in a genuineHolocaust that has been largely forgotten today: the genocide of the Herero people inGerman South-West Africa (now Namibia).

Second, it was a PyrrhicVictory2 for the Allies who had also lost huge numbers oflives. They did not want to repeat such a catastrophe, so adopted disastrousappeasement policies towards Hitler, notably by UK Prime Minister NevilleChamberlain. So instead of stopping Hitler while he was still weak,they emboldened Hitler, resulting in an even bigger disaster than what theywere trying to avoid. Many historians regard WW2 as a continuation of WW1 aftera 20-year ceasefire.

Third, one of the lastacts of the dying Second Reich was to smuggle an exiled Russian Marxistagitator back to Russia, after this agitator had read many of the Germananti-Christian philosophers who had inspired Marx. This agitator was VladimirIlyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin (1870–1924). This began the seven-decade–long3 State4 that murdered 62 millionpeople in non-war deaths.

Unfortunately, the philosophy behind all thesehorrors is now the unchallenged religion in the government schools in theAllied countries today. So we link to this outside video as a reminder of whatthis philosophy can do when applied to national policy. “Explore the influenceof Social Darwinism on German militarism in the years leading up to World War Iin this fascinating 14-minute documentary featuring historian Richard Weikart.”


 Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha

Wilhelm II (1888 - 1918)

Jonathan Sarfati

New video by Discovery Institute

The Second Reich