Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16: The family tree of Naziism

This is a topic easily misunderstood because we are taught to misunderstand it. So let's start gently...

I have spent much of my life learning how to hate. I was taught that Germans were, by nature, hateful and evil. Japanese were even worse. Comic books regularly featured evil-looking Germans and Japanese confronted by tall, handsome and undoubtedly church-going Canadians.  (Italians got off lightly in this, even though my elementary school had hundreds of Italian kids whose parents were fascist. I guess nobody took the Italians seriously.)

Then, suddenly, the evil ones weren't evil any more. It was now North Koreans who were evil. (They still are after all these  years.)

Then it was Guatemalans who were an evil threat to good Americans. (If the U.S. is so good, why does it have so many people in prisons?) Apparently, the Guatemalans were being supplied with weapons by the Soviet Union to attack the U.S. The weapons arrived in one submarine shipment.

One submarine load of rifles? To invade the U.S.? Gee, that was dumb. There were American gun clubs that had more than that.

And, said our press, the rifles were no good because they were all rusty. Haw. Haw. Stupid Soviets.


 Anyway, that problem was solved when a group of good Guatemalans suddenly appeared, equipped with good guns and money by the U.S.  They even had an air force, one Piper Cub, two-passenger recreational airplane which was able to bomb Guatemala from the air because Guatemala had no air force at all. Stupid communists.

So this force, armed and paid by democracy, overthrew the vicious Guatemala government, - and set up a dictatorship.  But it never became okay to like Guatemalans. We're still killing them. It's their own fault. They have minerals in the ground that Christian capitalists want - without paying for them.

Incidentally, the invasion of Guatemala was urged by John Foster Dulles whose family just happened to be major stockholders in Dole. And Dole had big holdings in Guatemala.

Then there was Vietnam where Christian capitalists had to kill 2 million - or 3 - maybe 4. It's hard to tell  when you're using carpet bombing, napalm, and other chemical weapons like Agent Orange. Anyway, we do know the important figure - 58,000 Americans died, heroes every one of them for stopping a Vietnamese assault on America. They died for God and country, (God and country are equal.) They could have killed even more; but George Bush couldn't go because he was defending the skies over Texas.

So let's skip all the crap and prejudices. Wars are rarely fought because one side is good and the other evil. There is no nation that is evil by nature, and none that is good by nature. Nor is it true that some religions are good or bad by nature. (Well, one might argue that Christians have been world leaders in evil as the worst murderers, looters and abusers of the last 500 years. Maybe this would some day be a good topic for the faith page. They could take a look at Canadian history from that point of view, starting with our holocaust of native peoples.)

All us people are pretty much alike. The major differences are that some of us, a small number, are good at fooling the rest of us with things like news media, and most of us are easily fooled. So here's where I really begin my point.

Naziism and fascism were natural developments of capitalism. And naziism and fascism were not destroyed. Both are alive and well, and thriving in our major 'democracies'. So let's go back to one of the starting points of the present crisis.

In 1871, Germany became a single, unified state. And that sent shock waves through Britain and France. First, a unified and industrialized Germany would easily beat Britain and France in world markets. Secondly, it would want an empire, just like those of Britain and France, for cheap labour and cheap resources. In fact, it would almost certainly want to take over the empires of Britain and France.

That's why Britain from 1871 on got all sentimental about its terrible misunderstanding with the U.S. in 1775. You can find it even in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Churchill grew up in that atmosphere. That's why his history of England was titled History of the English-speaking peoples, deliberately including the U.S. as having common interests with Britain. (It didn't.)

From 1871 on, Britain's interest in Canada rapidly declined. As a member of the Empire, Britain was obliged to defend Canada. But the only possible attacker of Canada was the U.S. And Britain didn't want to get stuck with a war over Canada.

However, Britain changed its mind when it attacked South Africa to steal its gold mines. It felt it had to warn Germany that a war with Britain would mean a war with the whole Empire. That's why Canada was urged to join the war - to warn Germany. (In the same way, the U.S. is now using Canada and others to support it in Ukraine and the middle east. It ties us to American policies which really have nothing to do with us.)

Right after the Boer War, Britain scampered back to its old pampering to the U.S. It was at this time that the U.S. threatened to invade Canada because of a dispute over the Alaska border. The British government intervened to make sure that the U.S. would get what it wanted - so Britain wouldn't get stuck defending Canada.

Then came World War One. It happened because European capitalists had insisted on forming alliances to prevent the economic dominance of Germany. The assassination of an archduke triggered the war, but really wasn't the cause of it. The cause was profits and who would get them. The cause was really the German unification of 1871.

The U.S. had no interest in the war - but it loaned huge sums (at interest) to Britain and France. By 1917, Britain and France were in serious danger of losing - and if they did lose, U.S. banks stood to lose huge sums. That's why the U.S. entered the war. Of course, it needed an excuse - and the Germans obliged by sinking the British liner, Lusitania.

(The Germans were wrong in sinking a passenger liner. The British and Americans were wrong in using the Lusitania  - a passenger vessel - to transport ammunition.) And there were 128 American civilians on the ship. That gave the American government something to beat the drums over though, it that, it still took them almost two years to enter the war.

If you read American history books, you will learn that the US has invaded other countries more than 200 times - and not even once was it the fault of the U.S. No. People just pick on it.

President Wilson assured Americans that this was a war to defend freedom. Maybe. But when it ended, not a single colony of Britain or France or the U.S. got any freedom.

Almost all wars have been economic, going back to ravaging bands of barbarians. The difference of modern wars is that most of the ravaging is done in the interests of large capitalists. Among barbarians, at least everybody get a share.

But world war one raised a new fear for capitalists. All over the world, including Canada and the U.S., life had been hard and brutal. Working conditions were vile and dangerous. Poverty was normal rather than exceptional. Social services scarcely existed. That had led to a spread of unions and of socialist and communist ideas in the 1920s - and even more so in the Great Depression of the 1930s.
And, in the midst of that, starting during World War One, was the Russian Revolution.

Russia had been one of the most brutal and backward dictatorships in the world. Its ruler was a Tsar closely related to the British royal family - and sharing its wobbly inheritance of low intelligence.

That didn't worry capitalists. In fact, they thought it was great. So, when the revolution broke out, Canada, the U.S. and Britain sent troops to help put it down. It would, after all, be a bad example for people at home. This was called the Siberian Expeditionary Force - but you'll have a hard time finding it in most history books.

In the end, Russia never got communism. It got Stalin instead who was never either socialist or communist. But the ideas of socialism and communism were still a threat to western capitalists. So they and their newspapers set them both up as 'dirty' words. These were evil people, yes, evil. That was when the RCMP first began investigating the CCF party, the ancestor of the NDP. (Interestingly, large numbers of CCF supporters and leaders were acting on their Christian beliefs. And large numbers of communists in Montreal were acting on their Judaic beliefs. I knew many of them - kind and gentle people, and more kind and gentle than any Christians I had ever met. They quit the party when they at last realized what Stalin was.)

That's why western capitalists were delighted at the rise of Hitler's naziism and Mussolini's fascism. (Hitler called himself a national socialist because the word socialist was then popular in Germany. In reality, he was fiercely anti-socialist.)

Hitler and Mussolini became the west's wall to hold back  communism. That's why major capitalists happily donated to finance Hitler, even after it was known what he was doing to the Jews and others.

And why didn't Britain and France declare war until 1939? Partly it was because it wasn't ready, and some politicians were wise enough to realize that. But note the reason they gave for declaring war. Germany invaded Poland from the west, and the Soviet Union from the east. What if those two formed an alliance? I suspect that's why Poland was the immediate cause of the war.

And why didn't the U.S. join? It was partly because big money in the U.S. (including big, Jewish money in the theatre industry) didn't care what happened in Europe. If the British and French lost, well, this was the chance for the U.S. to grab their empires, especially in Africa and the Middle East and Asia, and to add them to the sizable empire they already had.

(Late in the war, Roosevelt directly ordered the British not to liberate Hong Kong - and the French not to liberate French Indo-China. He intended to give both to American-appointed dictators. This was also America's golden chance to get control of China, something capitalists had lusted after for half a century and more. The French defied him, but lost a warship to American carrier planes in return. The British defied him, but got away with it because they had a substantial fleet in the Pacific. The French, though, lost to the people of French Indo-China - which is now Vietnam. The realization that the French had lost and that Vietnam was up for grabs for cheap labour and resources - and for its strategic position in relation to China - is why the U.S. invaded Vietnam. It was, all the way, capitalism in action,)

Churchill and Roosevelt told us we were fighting a war for democracy and equality for all people. In fact, they did not free a   single colony. ( Well, Britain let India go. But that was because it was too big to hold onto.) Britain then killed hundreds of thousands of its colonials who wanted to get rid of British capitalists. It didn't give them freedom. They had to take it.

In the same way, the U.S.continued with its empire ruled by stooge dictators, and its capitalists continued looting and brutalizing within the American empire.

More recently, the push has become stronger with threats to Russia and China, and with some of the most indiscriminate killing in the middle east that we have ever seen. The feature of these capitalist wars since 1900 is that they are not fought against enemy military forces, but against whole populations right down to babies. That's been true especially since 1939.

Now, we're approaching the final stretch as capitalists, especially in the U.S., are looking for the final takeover of the world. And, to keep us in line, they are propagandizing us constantly, and they are adopting the methods of naziism and fascism. We have effectively destroyed huge areas of civil rights in our own countries. We have created the biggest domestic spy systems in history. We are daily taught to hate and fear Muslims, Russians, Chinese. Apparently, these people are genetically evil just as Germans once were. Or their religions are evil, just as Judaism once was. But we are expected to trust in uncontrolled greed. Oh, and we practice torture on a scale Hitler could never match.

Christianity is in an advanced state of collapse as the only thriving religious groups are those who think that having special music or fighting abortion (while we have been killing millions all over the world) is the whole ball of wax.

Ultimately this can only be horribly destructive. And even if we destroy all Muslims, all Russians and all Chinese, we won't get anything out  of if. Capitalists do not support free trade and killing to do us any favours. They need to be controlled - or they destroy all of  us..

Meanwhile, there are serious problems that most capitalists refuse to recognize, and refuse to let us deal with them. . Climate change is one of them. Another is the massive cost of war and preparing for war. The U.S. is now trillions of dollars in debt. And, despite comforting reports in the press, most Americans are worse off and getting worse still. But war is great for business. Ask the owners of American factories who sell the bombs that are being dropped on starving people in Yemen.

The way we are going is impossible to continue for long. Rail all you like about how we are surrounded by evil people and evil religions and evil economics. In war, as in climate change, we have passed the point, long past, at which we can say "it creates jobs, duh..."  The reality is we have to deal with these problems. Now.

Instead, we are daily becoming more like Hitler's Germany. Indeed, we may even be worse.
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4 comments:

  1. U.S. global domination is an illusion, for the simply reason it is an island, isolated by water, like all others. And they know it, too, unlike their former British masters, who once thought they ruled the entire world. The violence of America, therefore, is merely to address this existential danger, by threatening everyone else --by design, not greed--. Could you imagine, however, what would happen to America if it were cut off from all international sea routes and ports, for just only a week. Well, they have, but for nothing gainful, because like I have said, they are a remote island, that no amount of technology gadgetry will ever overcome.

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  2. Yours is an intelligent speculation. But I could wish I shared your confidence that we are dealing with intelligent people.

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  3. Your observations, and extrapolations, carry the weight of sound reasoning due to the line of thought they follow. Money. Which begets power. Those that crave it and hoard it are a danger to this planet. No amount of paper typed against them will wrest it from their hands, though words may the best catalyst to incite a defense.

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