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The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century
A piercing study of the tenacious roots of American fascism in our plutocracy, from robber baron days to Reichstag fire to the WTC atrocity and "Homeland Security." This sweeping, 700-page documentary of the American oligarchy's century-long project for world dictatorship is bound to be a landmark in the writing of American history. Includes a blow-by-blow account of the successful fascist assault and takeover of America's media.

Read the history of Prescott Bush's work with the Sullivan and Cromwell law firm, along side John Foster Dulles and Alan Dulles, funneling investments and technology to Hitler's government in the '30s. Henry Ford, Pierre DuPont, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Watson and others strongly supported Hitler and eagerly participated in the creation of his war machine. Ford's industrial engineer designed Auschwitz for Hitler. Etc.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:23:48 PM EST
Nazi Hydra In America ... the title doesn't resonate with me. Nazi crimes cannot be conflated with rightwing conservative ideology and US corporations in support of German fascist state during the Depression Years.

Nazi crimes are quite specific. Not all Nazi war criminals faced punishment as the sciences were usable in the new confrontation of the West with Communism. We have returned to the mode of propaganda warfare of the Cold War 2.0.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 08:18:22 PM EST
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Read some of the book. It was available on Google in facsimile for free. The heads of corporate America were entheusiastic supporters of Hitler. They admired how he dealt with unions and socialists. Read Kalecki as to why. First published in 1943, when full employment was not a problem, the analysis holds strong today. The psychology of businessmen in the majority of US corporations has hardly changed since then. If you are allergic to socialism then Kalecki might not make sense. See Upton Sinclair quote.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 06:16:44 AM EST
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And then there was the attempted coup when Wall Street guys tried to recruit General Smedley Butler:  - Wikipedia:
The Business Plot

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 06:23:42 AM EST
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Glen Yeadon (2008?) and John Hawkins (2003?), The Nazi Hydra In America, How America's Right Wing Politicians Are Plunging The Country Into A Fascist Police State (HTML), pdf, 545 pp.
The author if forced to define fascism in a single sentence or phrase would label fascism as a totalitarian government with extreme nationalism tendencies in which the government is controlled and operated for the benefit of a few elite. [p 13]
where any joint-stock company, except the first 13 US colonies and Federalist Papers, represents "a few elite". intellectually problematic propaganda ensues, proliferates with Smedley and Altman over next decade net. cf. LIVING ON NEOLOGISM

Kalecki: "The fascist system starts from the overcoming of unemployment [?!], develops into an armament economy of scarcity, and ends inevitably in war." I read that some years ago, before I gave up monitoring Monthly Review. Editorial is strong on *-marxist theory, very weak on practice--empirical research, or fed reporting period on finance or GNP in any year, any "race or ethnicity," any sex--which is understandable but not instructive. "Full employment" measurement is NAIRU.

to Oui's point: US national security interests ("fascist" enterprise) eclipse US American "rightwing conservative ideology" (organizational hygiene). Wernher von Braun in Operation Paperclip is a notorious beneficiary of unscrupulous fed gov "Diversity in Employment" policies.

by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 06:20:30 PM EST
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s/b Altmeyer, Rbt. --psychemeister of AUTHORITARIAN adolescent minds
by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 06:22:24 PM EST
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Hitler overcame unemployment by government programs, by controlling wages strictly, which business loved, and by coercion to have a job, ending in slavery for the out groups and critics. Most corporations could only dream of having it so good.

Kalecki is not, properly, a Marxist. Call him a neo-Marxist. He took what he liked from Marx. He was not doctrinaire. If you are allergic to Marxism and/or the Monthly Review there are other sources, including facsimile of the original journal article from 1944. It is just that the MR source is the easiest to read. Sorry.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 08:12:17 AM EST
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like a "Keyensian," eh?
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 07:17:47 PM EST
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If you read some of the book you will see meticulous schlorship with footnotes for almost every statement. It is very well documented. It is hardly surprising that it has not been widely hailed. it implicates a large part of corporate America and a large number of prominent US politicians, including the Bush family, John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 08:17:53 AM EST
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You are "corporate America." So what distinguishes Bush, and what criticism obscured Hawkins and Yeardon's celebrity? Perhaps POLLING OPINION?

I don't doubt OPIUM-partical sources of Roosevelt family wealth. Nor NAZI-particular sources of Bush family wealth and monumental perfidy. However, a 550 pp struggle to re-animate a tale your parents should have shared with you is not unlike mold growth. Others crawled out of the woodwork with this and other "scandal" during campaign 2000. Their family like so many other of Europe's and America's filthy politicians obtained and control money--be that legal tender or "morality"--by unscrupulous and certainly ethical means: NOT news to me. Their forebears seized those means by choice just as other of their peers traded chattel slaves, seized real estate by war with natives, and speculated with such currency and credit with impunity.

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, unabridged

What, friend, is this disease? Is it contagious?

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1789-2012, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Washington DC, United States (Sep 2012) 33 pp, single-spaced

et cetera.

I skimmed the first fifty (intro, Ch.1, plus a few KEY WORD searches) seeking a thesis statement, an unusual observation--a "hook" as the children now say--to propel me into the story of CORPORATE THEFT. (I'm always ready to learn something I don't know.) The citations (chapter endnotes, bibliographic) are not meticulous, and they all, at a glance, are secondary sources--none providing geopolitical context for personal detail. I call this the Cokie Roberts Method of Hagiography, because, well, the singular style of her "authoritative" prose most impressed me. Always read the footnotes, if one can find them, I should add. Concealment has been a trivial exercise for generations of US historians; In my experience, a startling number of these amateur and expert author-"creators" have amassed ideal biographies sui generis, in isolation from "foreign" events, "foreign" cultures, "foreign" political strife.

Is this not our wheelhouse in the age of NAZI Reincarnations by Republican Party Hacks?

Fair enough: lots of people can't afford time to locate and "analyze" primary sources, digitized, memorialized philosophies and seminal constitutional code of The Founders, by the LOC
as well as case law and, gosh darn it, the trash buried by the US Congress. Bush BFFs, Obama BFFs, Eisenhower BFFs. But you can afford it. So make it make sense of self-servin' politics which you might have been led to believe is not idolatry.

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 05:25:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 06:49:30 PM EST
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The line should be drawn somewhere before 9/11.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 07:32:03 PM EST
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"ever since the 9/11 attacks"
Then when do you say it is better to do these things? Tell me where you draw the line.
~ westworld secular bibble, Plat. Gorg. 470b
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 07:57:17 PM EST
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Job security and churn rates at AMZN are the worst--ok, probably safer than poultry "processing". This story is wonderfully poignant and courageous for a handful of US Americans.
Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout
Big picture: 1 hr delivery is convenient, right? Replicating "delivery center" nodes in air and ground logistics worldwide portends AMZ systematic dilution of employer liability by subcontracting, externalizing costs.

German Amazon workers take pre-Christmas strike action
retail or logistics wages

by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 02:34:46 AM EST
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As Oui noted specifics are important. 'The Nazi Hydra' is practically one long list of specifics, few of which are taught in standard US high school or college courses and rarely mentioned in the public media. If we continually assume an air of disdainful superiority we are unlikely to learn anything new.

The USA did not become a fully fascist state in the '30s more by accident than any other factor. Fascist ideology had wide support among our corporate elites and, as The Business Plot shows, some were prepared to act.

WW II did have the effect of normalizing a military Keynesian state and economy which reached its apogee during the Cold War. Wars and revolutions have dynamics of their own. Craine Brinton analyzed the dynamics of revolutions in 'The Anatomy of Revolution'. He surveyed three major revolutions: the English, French and Russian. Others have since applied his analysis to the Iranian and other revolutions. Much of it applies.

The USA has been an oligarchy since before its founding, flirting with fascism since the '70s, but has not quite fully embraced a fascist dictatorship - yet. Our governance, such as it is, is more like unto a cabal of competing factions, one faction gaining control for a while and using the state for its benefit, only to be replaced by an opposing faction for a while. In my youth most still saw this dynamic as a sign of 'PROGRESS'. Progress towards what? Within a year we will know whether Trump has tipped the country over into a full fledged fascism or if we remain on the knife's edge.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 07:49:49 PM EST
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flirting with 'fascism' since the '70s

since the morning Europeans stepped into the North American wilderness, dragging their peculiar 'institutional knowledge'.

Colonial Charters, Grants and Related Documents

With which part of  "Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad" do you disagree? The part before 2012? Or the part after 2012? Or the proposition, fascismo is alien, foreign, to US American "fascist principles" (fascio, fascismo) opposed by christ Jackson?


archived amirite
The Dictator and the Decider
The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World by G. E. M. de Ste. Croix

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 09:20:35 PM EST
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Yeah, I read what I post in its entirety.
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 09:21:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 10:07:27 PM EST
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"NATOME" growth

Army May Send Missile-Defense Systems to Middle East to Counter Future Iran Strikes, 15 Jan

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Wednesday that the Pentagon is considering deploying additional enabling capabilities to the region to counter any future strikes from Iranian forces.
"They are a very capable enemy; they have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region," he told defense reporters Wednesday at a Defense Writers Group breakfast. "It could be a variety of enablers like missile defense, so we are looking at that." ... Army Special Operations Command also deployed a company-sized element of the 75th Ranger Regiment with other special operations forces [2 Jan].
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:33:06 AM EST
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by das monde on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 04:12:28 PM EST
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Anonymous IP "share". Untitled topical "meme". 12 Jan 2020

"National security interests" is a ubiquitous phrase and rests more comfortably than any foreign slogan for sovereignty, belligerence, or human capital. It categorically can express any and all inspection and preservation of political boundaries between nations, some nations. Venturers to the united states are no strangers to propositions of war. Yet cultural  functions and prerogatives which constituents produce for this attendant bureaucracy, cultivating prosperity, generally, remain obscure. Until domestic dissatisfaction with industrial policy erupts from their empty pockets with suspicions of fascist principles and faintly communist lint. How might one read, or interpret, the image repertoire of this anonymous constituent? A trivial display of prestige, a digital grafitti, tuned by intimacy with patriotic enterprise at home and abroad.

by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 11:22:29 PM EST
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We conclude that the President possesses constitutional authority for ordering the use of force against Iraq to protect our national interests. This independent authority is supplemented by congressional authorization in the form of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, Pub. L. No. 102-1, 105 Stat. 3 (1991), which supports the use of force to secure Iraq's compliance with its international obligations following the liberation of Kuwait, and the Authorization for Use of Military Force, Pub. L. No. 107-40, 115 Stat. 224 (2001), which supports military action against Iraq if the President determines Iraq provided assistance to the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition, using force against Iraq would be consistent with international law, because it would be authorized by the United Nations ("U.N.") Security Council, or would be justified as anticipatory self-defense.
~ Jay S. Bybee, U.S. Assistant Atty. General

"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.

by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 03:18:50 AM EST
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