Sunday, August 20, 2017

How The U.S. Really Reacted to Nazism

1933: Washington
Hitler A Moderate, Say U.S. Leaders
Outgoing President Herbert Hoover sees Hitler’s government as a mixed blessing, on the one hand “monarchical and reactionary,” on the other “bitterly hostile to the Communists,” although “curiously enough committed to a very radical...program.” Secretary of State Stimson sees the Nazis as more “a protest” than a party.
The incoming Roosevelt State Department divides the members of the new German government into moderates and extremists; Hitler is among the more sensible Nazis. Norman Davis, Roosevelt’s ambassador-at-large, reports from Germany that everything “depends upon Hitler’s ability to withstand the radical leaders of his own party.” George Gordon, the American charge d’affaires in Berlin, adds that “there is no doubt that a very definite struggle is going on between the violent radical wing of the Nazi Party...and what may be termed the more moderate section of the party, headed by Hitler himself...which appeal[s] to all civilized and reasonable people.” He concludes that, “At the present moment in my judgment the more reasonable element has the upper hand.”
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin sends assurances that Hitler’s “inflammatory statements regarding foreign policy and Germany’s mission to expand in the East” are mainly propaganda. “The Nazi war talk...and posing is simply designed to impress their followers and should be discounted.”
Pleased with the promise of strong anti-Communism, stability, and civilized order keeping Stalin’s Red Hordes at bay, American ambassador to Berlin Frederic Sackett weighs in with the judgment that, “From the standpoint of stable political conditions, it is perhaps well that Hitler is now in a position to wield unprecedented power.”28

Schmitz, David F., (USAFI) The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922-1940, (University of North Carolina, 1988) p. 133
—(TGTOOS) Thank God They’re On Our Side—The United States & Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965, (University of North Carolina, 1999) pps. 90-1
1934: Berlin

The Business of America Is...Supporting Nazism

Ambassador William Dodd tours Bitterfeld, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Erfurt, and other German cities, taking in the results of  U.S. investment in the Reich: “Every smokestack showed great activity...[and] great preparation for war.”

According to the U.S. Consulate, factories are running round the clock to produce “poison gas and explosives.” Reports from Dresden show production of a thousand new planes.
In the U.S. protests break out against supplying the Axis with copper, steel, arms, oil, and munitions.
Washington declines to act. No serious boycott of essential resources is planned or contemplated.42

Sources: 42 BlancheWiesen-Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 2, p. 331, Noam Chomsky on Posner-Donahue, April 20, 1993, archived by Alternative Radio
1934: Berlin
American Eugenics Popular in Germany
American eugenic researchers swell with pride at the news that Hitler has crafted legislation modeled on U.S. eugenic laws and is conferring with them on the science of racial hygiene.
American eugenics was popularized in Germany three decades ago by Geza von Hoffman, an Austro-Hungarian vice consul whose book, Racial Hygiene in the United States, treated U.S. laws on sterilization and marriage restriction at length. For many years German biology students had this book recommended to them as an indispensable reference.
Some years after Hoffman’s book appeared, German nationalists were thrilled when U.S. eugenicist Madison Grant declared in the pages of his Passing of the Great Race that Nordics were destined to rule the earth. Adolf Hitler has since written the best-selling author to praise the book as “his Bible.”
Now California immigration activist C. M. Goethe returns from a eugenic fact-finding mission to Germany and congratulates E. S. Gosney of the San Diego-based Human Betterment Foundation for his contributions to Hitler’s success. “You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought, and particularly by the work of the Human Betterment Foundation. I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people.”
The Nazis order hundreds of thousands of sterilizations and remove non-Aryans from society.45
Source: Edwin Black, The War Against the Weak - Eugenics and America's Campaign To Create A Master Race, (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003)pps. 264-6, 277 
1936: Berlin
Nazi vs. Jim Crow
Outraged at Nazi exclusion of non-Aryans from the Berlin Olympics, U.S. athletic groups join American Olympic officials in demanding a boycott of the Games. The First American Artists’ Congress unanimously endorses a resolution refusing cooperation with “a government which sponsors the destruction of all freedom in art...which sponsors racial discrimination, the censorship of free speech and free expression, and the glorification of war, hatred and sadism.”
Spain and the USSR refuse to participate in the Games. In the Crisis W. E. B. DuBois urges the U.S. join the boycott, but concedes its position is weak: “Upon the grounds of poor sportsmanship and discrimination, America, of course, cannot raise a very sincere howl.” Four years ago the United States discriminated against its own black athletes at the Los Angeles Games.
Hitler’s assertion that, “The Nordic race is entitled to dominate the world” echoes the longstanding position of American eugenicists. For three years U.S. officials have taken no action against his anti-Semitic outrages while major U.S. newspapers regularly carry advertisements announcing, “No Jews or Catholics need apply!”
President Roosevelt ignores the issue. With American lynchings proceeding unpunished as usual, Hitler gloats that Germany treats Jews better than the U.S. does blacks.62
1936: Berlin
Adolf Hitler
Host of this year’s Olympic Games, he diverts attention from his racial policies while winning much acclaim for his economic miracle.
Three years ago he was appointed Chancellor with the German jobless rate at 40%. Ignoring the protests of bankers and deficit hawks, he stimulated recovery with vast public works and construction subsidies to housing. Thanks to the full employment that ensued, family income increased while interest rates and military spending stayed low. Today, with the West still writhing in Depression agony, German unemployment stands at one percent.
All this, he hopes, is but a prelude to fulfilling dreams of a vast German empire over the Eurasian Heartland, ruled by men of superior blood. It is the world historical destiny of Aryans, he insists, to vanquish the Jewish-Bolshevik heresy of the masses, now threatening to destroy civilization.
Given this immense threat to Aryan blood, he feels he had no choice but to exclude Jews from public office, the civil service, journalism, radio, farming, teaching, the theater, and films. In 1934 he kicked them out of the stock exchanges and last year forbade Aryans to have sex with them. By now half of German Jews have no means of making a living and “Jews Not Admitted” signs block them from stores all over the country.
Well does Hitler know how indebted he is to Americans who have already blazed the trail of combining massive industrial power with racial hygiene laws. He frankly admires their Nordic supremacist achievements, praising Indian concentration camps in the West and U.S. efficiency in eliminating its indigenous population by starvation and massacre.63

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New and Improved Bill of Rights Adopted by Corporate Diversity Unlimited

1. Congress Shall Make No Law Abridging Freedom of Speech, Unless Said Speech is Offensive.

2. Freedom of Assembly is Guaranteed To All, Unless You Are Carrying A Tiki Torch, In Which Case You Shall Be Freely Assaulted By Justice Loving Mobs

3. All Citizens Shall Have the Right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances, Unless They're The Wrong Grievances . . .

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

America’s Liberal & Conservative Nazis

When the National Socialists of Germany took power under the leadership of Hitler they had been inspired by American teachings of master race-ism and the suppression of a political opposition; Communists and Jews in Germany, later only communists in the USA. What was called America’s Great Depression was much worse in Germany where capital’s minority profiteers had reduced the working class to a status even lower than what was experienced here. That German triumph of a state capitalist form called fascism brought benefits to a majority who had suffered earlier, while inflicting enormous costs on some of those who had done well before, but inflicting little if any harm on the rich no matter what their politics or alleged racial differences.

While many rich Germans had to escape to safer havens because they were Jewish, great wealth in Germany did not suffer any loss of power and control since the economics on which they had been acquired did not change one bit. Only the administration over that market changed in a more fiercely controlled way in which munitions and war preparedness dominated as private profit creator of trickle-down-to-the-public survival wages.

Even then, there were many supporters of Hitler and fascism in the USA, among the wealthy, their hired professionals, and many suffering unemployment and poverty who were led to see a way out by supporting the strong control of a government allegedly representing them and not just the rich. This was only a joke to upper classes not subject to an uncontrolled marketplace reducing more humans to lower life with each passing day.

The New Deal in the USA that brought salvation to great numbers of people came about through a far more social democratic adjustment than was made in Germany, but the capitalist economics and rich minorities that ruled did not change in either country. Only the factions were different in practice of how best to exercise control of others, but the private profit motive as source of the beginning and end of all human endeavor remained supreme. Minor market controls initiated here brought living standards up for a great number of Americans but were not radically different from those exercised in more heavy-handed fashion which made life better for a near majority there. So-called minorities paid a heavy price, as always, under profit and loss rules which always come at great cost to many so that some few might benefit.

Germany practiced what America had not only preached, but done in its treatment of the original inhabitants of its “new” world, its imported slaves from Africa, and its generations of poor immigrants from Europe and Asia. The only thing unique about the Nazis in Germany was that they performed national brutality on other Europeans in ways previously not practiced, especially in denigrating them as members of other races and deserving of ethnic cleansing, expulsions and if necessary, death. During the war, America re-introduced its own form of such practice from its past by throwing Americans of Japanese descent into concentration camps, exactly as the Germans did with Jews. We can only imagine what might have happened to those Americans had the country been bombed or invaded, by Japan or Germany.

A struggle between liberal and conservative factions of capital’s subjects continues as the system’s very nature creates conditions that call for almost radical readjustments in political maneuvering so as to save the priorities of an ever more wealthy and smaller ruling group over an increasingly struggling population of the ruled. America is at a serious crossroads, perhaps the most serious yet, in dealing with the contradictions of capital that call for transforming it into a humane and democratic system, or in its continuity face total breakdown of the political, economic, social and environmental foundation of life. The event in Charlottesville, while played as something unique by mind managers, is just another sign of this breakdown and how little real difference there is between supporters and opponents of the status quo, with both being played as puppets by the forces of division which only maintain control by manipulating people into separate identity groups which make a needed democratic majority that much more difficult to achieve.

Since Trump’s election, established power has been conducting a full-scale assault on the public very much like what Nazis did in Germany upon assuming power. In Germany it became nearly impossible for an opposing view to be seen or heard as state suppression, under the tortured language and thought of fascist mind control, became the public choice supported by ever growing numbers reduced by mental bombardments of propaganda under the guise of news reporting and analysis. While these are different times and information sources among people have grown enormously with the electronic internet, these same sources also invite distortion and propaganda to reach more people more quickly than was possible in 1930s and 40s Germany. In fact, German Nazis might have wet themselves to have had so many outlets of gossip, trivia, insignificance and outright lies at their disposal to convince Germans that their neighbors were evil, corrupt, debased villains who deserved none of the rights that came with being a good German. Or a good American?

Welcome to Charlottesville, U.S.A.

A demonstration of what could be called extremist conservative supporters of capitalism was countered by a demonstration of what could be called extremist liberal supporters of capitalism and a citizen was killed, allegedly  assaulted by one of the conservatives. But this only after more liberal extremist types made it clear that the conservative extremist “others” exhibiting alleged nazi-like behavior were not as American as the liberals exhibiting worse behavior; suppressing publicly expressed opposition. The conservatives, some openly nazi but in the majority hardly so, were expressing their supposed rights in a supposedly democratic society of supposed freedom of expression, while the liberals, espousing freedom to suppress other viewpoints seen as dangerous, and thus practicing Nazism under another name, saw their birthright as being to attack the dangerous unbelievers or whatever the various propaganda schools might use as worst of names by which to reduce other humans.

This pattern is as old as american history but most recently has had an establishment supported re-birth in the time of Trump’s administration, a new low in american experience of brutal capitalist behavior unmasked from its usual leadership’s phony rhetorical flourishes about peace, justice and democracy while conducting wars on humanity under a dictatorship of the rich. Trump, a rich, egotistical, arrogant asshole who is thus overqualified to be president, is also a threat to that system because he is so openly representative of what America is, in reality, as opposed to the various fictional depictions force fed to decent and well meaning people of the extreme, central or moderate liberal-conservative persuasion. In other words, the mainstream that can be mobilized to demand toilets for transsexuals while thousands of its people live in the street, call for more bloody attacks on more nations for their daring to disobey their master race betters, or demand justice for refugees and immigrants whose status comes about because america destroys their nations and economies. Both sides of this capitalist coin can easily see themselves as defenders of all that is good and decent, while they play equal roles in supporting quite the opposite.

In the immediate aftermath of the tragic loss of one life as a car rammed into a crowd, and until a court decides that this case was intentional and not a matter of accident based on panic or mental illness or drugs – the court of manipulated public opinion immediately joined in programmed uproars because Trump spoke of violence on both sides being a provocation. Despite overwhelming physical evidence to back this observation, Trump was accused, in the usual fashion, of being an exceptional liar, racist, xenophobe, misogynist, and other regularly used epithets to describe this example of all that is good and great in our democracy; incredible personal wealth, egomania, self centeredness, pampered, privileged behavior and other manifestations of belonging to earth’s foremost master race of self chosen people who support warfare, pet care, anti-racism, imperial bloodshed, equality and toilets for transsexuals, all with equal fervor.

The provocations that are bringing people closer to an open civil war, instead of the below the surface one that has been in process since the last one ended, are more dangerous than ever. The simplistic good vs. evil reductionism that identifies individuals or “identity” groups as the source of problems while we are treated as mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed a lot of shit so as to keep us from noticing the systemic root of most of those problems, can no longer be tolerated. As things get worse for a majority which can only save its “self” by unifying with others our rulers work more frantically to keep us divided. The situation of a vastly over-extended military empire in social debt for trillions of dollars, financed by tax payers whose personal debt is nearly as high, all based on fanatic fundamentalist faith in a market regulated by a deity called finance capital is nearing and may even be long past a disaster point.

Meanwhile, the fascist elements on both sides of the issue will be reduced to warring with each other, righteously convinced they represent the market deity, while the bankers issue more loans with imaginary funds and wonder where and how they can escape if and when people get wise. Religious people moved by faith in humanity need to join agnostics who feel the same way, before the righteous fanatics practicing Nazism under the guise of democracy destroy things for all of us while calling it political economic science. We need to stop the descent into fascism that is being helped by what passes for liberalism and conservatism, as long as those factions serve the cause of preserving the deadly global system of capitalism.

Alt Right, Alt-Left, Backward March!

In a touching display of concern for fair play for anarchists, liberals in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy are declaring their unanimous opinion that violent Antifa activists who clubbed participants in the Unite The Right rally there cannot be morally compared to neo-Nazis and KKK members.

To the extent that this is a response to President Trump's remarks at last night's press conference, one can only remark on the irrelevance of the claim. Trump in no way suggested such "moral equivalence." He reminded the rabid press corps that he had already explicitly condemned right-wing extremist violence, then went on to make the point that that did not excuse left-wing violence at Charlottesville, as it surely does not. Furthermore, Trump is also correct in saying that important factual matters are still being sorted out about that tragic night, so shrieking demands for categorical condemnation of only one side in the confrontation are premature and likely to perpetuate erroneous claims.

We've come to a pretty pass when a political baboon makes more sense than professional journalists paid to make rational judgments based on objective criteria. But - ho hum - this has been true for over two years now.

Here are some things rational people should want to know about Charlottesville with complete certainty: Who initiated the violence? What was the state of mind of the man who killed Heather Heyer? Was he on medications? What precipitated his lethal action? And why were the police unable or unwilling to keep the two violently opposed political groups physically separated? It's noteworthy that not one journalist asked President Trump even one of these questions last night. They were more interested in condemning "Nazism." How courageous.

At the moment, liberals want to hold "white supremacy" responsible for everything, as though that could possibly be a sufficient explanation of the horrifying tragedy.  But white supremacist groups have been around for a long time, and, as President Trump correctly pointed out, they include revered figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. And, he might have added, Teddy Roosevelt, whose white supremacist beliefs read like the worst of the Nazi archives. He's on Mt. Rushmore.

Trump did NOT equate the so-called alt-left and alt-right ideologically. He talked about how to apportion responsibility for the violence that erupted when the two opposed groups clashed. This is precisely what any president should be focused on in the wake of a tragedy that resulted in the death of a young woman.  And it should be the focus of the press corps, too, but unfortunately is not.

It is the job of the press to discover the relevant facts and rationally account for them, not engage in moral grandstanding about how "there is no room for extremism in American life," a dubious claim if there ever was one. Tell it to the remnants of dozens of Indian nations whose cultures and peoples were enthusiastically annihilated by white supremacy. When's the last article from the press on this ongoing genocidal tradition, enforced by every single U.S. president from Washington to Trump?

 The First Amendment does not say it's OK to club and mace demonstrators whose ideological convictions mirror the Founding Fathers,' but clash with the reigning establishment ideology of corporate multiculturalism. It says EVERYONE has the right to believe what they like and to lawfully petition the government for a redress of grievances. And nowhere in the Constitution does it say that people can be fired from their jobs and evicted from their apartments based on their political beliefs, as has already happened to participants in the Unite The Right demonstration in Charlottesville.

We do not need a ringing endorsement of phony multiculturalism from President Trump. We need a social revolution against a thoroughly corrupt establishment that has trashed the Constitution, eliminated any possibility of popular rule, and openly holds the American people in contempt. If we don't want that revolution led by neo-Nazis and Klansmen, let's stop promoting the toxic ideology of identity politics, which seeks to establish a "democratic" majority of victim groups ruling over a resentful white minority.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Day After Charlottesville: Listen Up Liberals!

Stop the identity politics parade, stop false charges of racism, stop the demeaning caricatures of blue collar workers, stop the meaningless blather about "hate," and START listening . . . We're not seeing a rebirth of the Confederacy; we're seeing frightened, insecure people who feel themselves pushed into a corner clinging to a reactionary self-image because in an era of corporate multiculturalism that by definition EXCLUDES THEM, there is no other identity available to them. After years of "diversity" propaganda giddily predicting the coming of a white minority governed by a victim majority, you now affect indignation at hearing loud chants of "You Will Not Replace Us!" by white nationalists.

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Blue Collar Heresies and the Election of Donald Trump

“ . . . I had a keen interest in how life feels to people on the right – that is, in the emotion that underlies politics. To understand their emotions, I had to imagine myself into their shoes. Trying this, I came upon their ‘deep story,’ a narrative as felt. (ix)
------Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers In Their Own Land – Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie Russell Hochschild is a Berkeley sociologist who traveled to Louisiana to befriend Donald Trump supporters and learn directly why they felt and thought the way they did. She discovered that "empathy walls" prevented her (and us) from understanding people whose politics and world view differ from ours. As soon as we sense fundamental contradiction, we become indifferent or hostile to the other, in order not to feel human sympathy for someone whose ideas we find repugnant. Caricature and dismissal quickly follow, and insure that we never have to think. Hochschild sought to move beyond this trap and understand Trump supporters, without changing her beliefs

She quickly found the Trumpistas likeable. She appreciated their warm acceptance of a stranger from Berkeley (a Berkeley liberal is practically a communist in their view), and discovered that cooperation could extend beyond the personal: reducing the prison population was a common concern, as was cleaning up environmental contamination, a menace to us all. Nevertheless, a big gap persisted between advocates of New Deal ameliorative measures (like Hochschild) and Trump supporters who bristled at the very notion of a government "safety net." Only the military seemed to have a legitimate claim on taxpayer support.

Many of those whom Hochschild met prided themselves on having overcome serious obstacles without ever having depended on government aid, and they yearned for a self-reliant culture in which no one else would either. This led them to oppose government measures to protect the environment, avert global warming, and end homelessness, not necessarily because the ends weren't important, but because government - distant, stifling, and bureaucratic -  is the wrong instrument. Socialists take note: the Trumpistas felt that community is the right instrument.

In the contest between government and corporations, the populist right takes the side of corporations because they provide jobs. Without jobs one cannot survive, so preaching environmental safety via government regulation, without mentioning how workers will support themselves in a "green" economy, forfeits the support of right-wing populists who depend on corporate jobs. Since liberals and conservatives both condemn "production for use" rather than profit, it's difficult to see how they can be faulted on this score (no socialist opinion is allowed to reach mass audiences).  Furthermore, companies make money on behalf of stockholders, not the general public, so Trump supporters find it understandable that they try to "cover their ass" to avoid losses, whereas government is obligated to protect ordinary people, which it often fails to do, so it is held in contempt. 

Hochschild also found that Trump supporters believe that working to get what one wants is morally superior to qualifying for government aid based on competitive victimhood.  They feel that tax money is being "given away" to non-working, undeserving people, so that the "takers" are winning out over the "makers." The loss of "honor" in not having to earn one's keep offends them even more than the "waste" of spending taxpayer money on people who don't work. Being compensated for making a productive contribution to society is indispensable to them, so income without a chance to earn it strikes them as insulting.

Their lack of support for environmental values turns out to be more apparent than real. The real objection is not environmentalism per se, but the fact that government punishes the little guy rather than the source of the problem (the profit system itself). If your motorboat leaks a little gas in the river, you get fined; but when big business turns the whole ocean into an industrial toilet, government doesn't care. Liberals rarely note the double standard, preferring to make smug put-downs of "uneducated" workers for their "pro-pollution" stance.  (This kind of snobbery is far more important to them than keeping someone like Donald Trump out of the White House.) In any event, the Trumpistas told Hochschild that environmentalism has fallen into the hands of left-leaning government expansionists and do-nothing local officials, which, apart from the "left-leaning" qualification, has the ring of truth.

According to Trump supporters, Barack Obama committed treason to tradition by helping “line cutters” waiting to realize the American Dream. Black people, women, and immigrants were given a free pass ahead of more deserving working class whites politely waiting in line. These people are offended and angry about it, and hate the endless parade of complainers encouraged by a 1960s culture of merit-free “diversity.” On TV, working class whites are routinely portrayed as morons, aggravating the perceived injustices.

Working class whites want recognition for their accomplishments, not rewards meted out for victimhood. Their dilemma is how to get their fair share via the identity politics parade without perpetuating a victim culture they find offensive and counterproductive.  Worthy identities are “survivors” of cancer, rape, childhood sexual abuse, addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex workers, and so on. But there is little or no sympathy for working class whites:  “fairness” never takes up their cause. If you describe yourself as proudly “white,” you risk being seen as a neo-Nazi or worse. If you believe in God and the Bible it only confirms your poor education. If you admire those who make it to the top, you're considered a moron, though it remains unexplained why competitive striving for personal gain isn't better than mass parasitism on the government dole.  And however one chooses to present oneself, blue collar jobs and the way of life that goes with it continue to go extinct - literally. For the first time in American history a generation is dying younger than its parents, particularly working class whites. And as they struggle and die prematurely they are condemned for not sympathizing with blacks or Syrian refugees or immigrants. But who sympathizes with them? Trump was happy to benefit from saying that only he did.

Not surprisingly, Hochschild found that many southerners feel unfairly judged as “racist” by the North. Their understanding of that term pertains to people who refer to blacks as “niggers,” or who “hate blacks.”  Southern working class whites do not usually fit that description. But liberals tend to define the term as one who believes in a racial hierarchy, at the bottom of which are black people. White people are judged as worthy to the extent that they are far from that bottom. In other words, blacks are defined as victims, and those whites who are positioned slightly above them on the wealth pyramid are judged as failures since their white skin should have allowed them to do better. Furthermore, for holding a less inclusive and "sophisticated" definition of racism, one that does not include racially oppressive social structures, blue collar whites are condemned for being "stupid."

But the stupid ones are those who find it inexplicable that Donald Trump got elected president.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Philosophers: Just How Smart Are They?

"One major argument against objectivism in ethics is that people disagree deeply about right and wrong, and this disagreement extends to philosophers who cannot be accused of being ignorant or confused."

Huh?  Philosophers are rather typically ignorant and confused.  With access to, and free time to examine, all the treasures of life and thought, they come forth with little more than the trivially true, the obviously false, and the totally incomprehensible, and dress the stinking pile of garbage up as profound wisdom emanating from great thinkers.