The Fourteen Words is a phrase used predominantly by white nationalists. It most commonly refers to a 14-word slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children."1 It can also refer to another 14-word slogan: "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."2
Both slogans were coined by David Lane, convicted terrorist and member of the white separatist organization The Order. The first slogan was inspired by a statement, 88 words in length, from Volume 1, Chapter 8 of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf:
What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe. Every thought and every idea, every doctrine and all knowledge, must serve this purpose. And everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility.
Neo-nazis often combine the number 14 with 88, as in "14/88" or "1488". The 8s stand for the eighth letter of the alphabet (H), with 'HH' standing for "Heil Hitler".3 '88' can also refer to the book 88 Precepts by David Lane,4 and for the 88-word statement in Mein Kampf mentioned above.citation needed
- "Hate on Display: 14 words". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
- Gardell, Mattias. Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. p. 69.
- Biddiscombe, Perry (1998). Werwolf!: The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944-1946. note 58. ISBN 978-0-8020-0862-6.
- Lane, David. SolarGeneral. "88 Precepts". February 29, 2007.