“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hitler's Economic Revolution

For some reason I never archived this here. This was originally posted on another list c.2009, and subsequently archived on the IRONLIGHT blog.

Hitler’s Economic Revolution
by James D. Sass

In response to a bulletin in circulation I am posting this small fragment of a much longer article on the 20th century that I wrote in 1992 that I am in the process of rewriting, expanding and updating for a collection of essays on social/political topics. (Another earlier part of this longer essay was adapted for the afterword to the Underworld Amusements reprint of Nietzsche’s The Antichrist.) JDS

{SNIP}….Therefore the media-created picture of the Nazis as abject monsters and the German people either as barbarians or gullible fools and sadists, must be transcended in order to examine the years in which the monetarists emerged as a force in world affairs. Since reason and our knowledge of human nature and history forces us to reject the notion of one set of human beings as the epitome of evil while another set are the epitome of heroic liberators imbued with all the ideal qualities of human justice, there is no escaping the fact that the history of the twentieth century must be reexamined. ...Until the record of the last century, including specifically the distortion of historical events and personages in post-Weimar Germany, is corrected, we will be unable to make sense of our times.

....Once the fictitious layers of histrionic personality attacks have been peeled off to reveal the essential reality, then one must peel off the distortions of motives and events. The whole trajectory is suspect when viewed from a detached perspective. Hitler is a psychopath; Stalin is a sympathetic heavy-drinking avuncular figure, (yet somehow boding ill for the future); Churchill is the heroic archetypal Englishman fighting for freedom with his back to the wall; Roosevelt is the American aristocrat prepared to sacrifice his life for freedom, etc. The current view of Weimar Germany as a glorious Mecca of free artistic expression and culture is a gross distortion of the degradation and anarchic conditions that called out for renovation and renewal, which was just what the National Socialists brought to that cesspool of economic and social chaos, rapidly transforming Germany into the leading industrial nation in Europe with restored self-respect. The current mythology of Hitler as a demonic lunatic bent on world domination is perhaps the most pernicious distortion of facts in the whole spectrum of this time period. The irony of it being that England was in reality the country that had been and continued to be the country of global domination. As Hitler pointed out, “A minority of 45 million Englishmen rule 600 million inhabitants of the British Empire.” Yet according to status quo history Hitler’s alleged desire for “world domination” was a lunatic project that had to be stopped. What in fact did Hitler want? What was his world-view? What was his critique? How far was he right? What went wrong? All these questions must be answered within a framework allowing us to see the crucial matter of how and by what structural and dynamic methods did trans-national financial power come to dominate and control political entities.

It is worth noting that among the famous 20 Points of Hitler’s National Socialist Party was the commitment to “break the bondage of interest.” It is this that lies at the heart of the convulsive tremors that went through middle Europe in the twenties and thirties. It was also the failure of that era to realize what forces were in play, unleashed by the first significant attempt to allow a nationalist state power to control its own wealth system. In his monumental Military History of the Western World, J.F.C. Fuller, (the British Fascist, Major-General in the British Army, and respected military historian), writes, “Among these artists of power were two men possessed of a new philosophy – Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. They challenged the myth of Economic Man, the fundamental factor in Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism, and exalted in its stead the myth of the Heroic Man…. In Hitler’s eyes the aims of international Capitalism and Marxism were one and the same. Both, he said, repudiated ‘the aristocratic principle of Nature’; both were destroyers of quality, not of things but of life…. Unless this struggle between these two myths – Economic Man and Heroic Man – is accepted and understood, the cataclysm which in 1939 submerged the world is almost incomprehensible and the age to which it gave birth little more than the plaything of chance.” Aside from a natural gift for leadership, continues Fuller, “The demons that exalted him were the Treaty of Versailles, which bore no resemblance to Wilson’s Fourteen Points… the invasion of the Ruhr by Poincare in 1923, which debauched the German currency and wiped out the German middle classes; the influx of £750m. in foreign loans between 1924 and 1930, which debauched the German people, and lastly the crash on the American stock exchange, which begat the world-wide monetary depression of 1929-31. In 1930, 17,500,000 Germans were supported by the state, and in 1931 the Communist electorate in Germany rose to over five million. In that year the American journalist H.R. Knickerbocker… estimated that at least 15 million Germans were partially starving; that two-thirds of the voters were hostile to Capitalism, and more than half were hostile to the existing political system called democracy. In the following year these calamities led to Hitler’s triumph… Save by those who witnessed it, the exultation of the masses on Hitler’s advent to power is unbelievable… Whether this extraordinary man was devil or madman, as his enemies proclaimed him to be, in no way belittles the fact that he stamped out Bolshevism in Germany and accomplished astonishing things.”

Fuller further describes Hitler’s financial reforms as of foremost importance among these astonishing accomplishments, “Hitler’s goal was Napoleonic: to establish a German Continental System under the aegis of Germany. Also his means were not far removed from those of the great emperor: to liberate Germany from the shackles of international loan-capitalism, to unite all Germanic peoples into the Third Reich, and to establish in eastern Europe what he called the German Lebensraum (living space) which he considered as essential to the economic security of Germany as Napoleon had considered the confederation of the Rhine essential to the strategic security of France. Hitler held that, as long as the international monetary system was based on gold, a nation which cornered gold could impose its will on those who lacked it. This could be done by drying up their sources of exchange, and thereby compelling them to accept loans on interest in order to distribute their wealth – their production. He said: ‘The community of the nation does not live by the fictitious value of money, but by real production which in its turn gives value to money. This production is the real cover of the currency, and not a bank or a safe full of gold.’”

Fuller continues by outlining Hitler’s reforms, “He decided: (1) To refuse foreign interest-bearing loans, and to base currency on production instead of gold. (2) To obtain imports by direct exchange of goods – barter – and subsidize exports when necessary. (3) to put a stop to what was called ‘freedom of the exchanges’ – that is, license to gamble in currencies and shift private fortunes from one currency to another according to the political situation. And (4) To create money when men and material were available for work instead of running into debt by borrowing it.” This had a tremendous impact on the trans-national financiers, “Because the life of international finance depended upon the issue of interest-bearing loans to nations in economic distress, Hitler’s economics spelt its ruination. If he were allowed to succeed, other nations would certainly follow his example, and should a time come when all non-gold-holding governments exchanged goods for goods, not only would borrowing cease and gold lose its power, but the money-lenders would have to close shop… This financial pistol was pointed more particularly at the United States, because they held the bulk of the world’s supply of gold, and because their mass-production system necessitated the export of about 10 percent of their products in order to avoid unemployment. Further, because the brutalities meted out to German Jews by Hitler understandably had antagonized American Jewish financiers, six months after Hitler became Chancellor, Samuel Untermyer, a wealthy New York attorney, threw down the challenge. He proclaimed ‘holy war’ against National Socialism and called for an economic boycott of German goods, shipping, and services.” Hitler’s reforms also had a tremendous impact on his domestic economy, further arousing international resentment. Fuller continues, “Between 1933 and 1936, Hitler had reduced German unemployment from six millions to one, and prosperity had so far returned that… in 1936 Winston Churchill is reported to have said… ‘Germany is getting too strong and we must smash her.’” Fuller astutely observes of the world situation at this juncture, “When we consider these economic causes of the Second World War it must be borne in mind… that the struggle between the two economic systems is not a question of right and wrong but of survival values.”

Other political events brought the impending conflict to a head; Germany withdrew from the League of Nations in 1933, negotiating with Poland to secure the eastern flank, repudiated the arms provision of the Versailles Treaty and reintroduced conscription in 1935; then after dishonorably failing to fulfill treaty agreements with Italy over Abyssinia, the League of Nations was not only discredited but instrumental in driving Mussolini into strategic alliance with Hitler.

These and other crisis, Fuller writes, “…generated a violent propaganda against Hitler. Foreign affairs lost all objectivity and became wrapped in an explosive animosity which so perturbed Dr. Goebbels… that he appealed to the American Ambassador in Berlin, who replied that the ‘most crucial thing that stood between any betterment of American Press relationships was the Jewish question.” The situation deteriorated when a young Polish Jew assassinated the third secretary at the German Embassy in Paris (1938), precipitating an immediate pogrom against the Jews in Berlin, which added fuel to the anti-German propaganda mills in the United states.

Fuller quotes at length the very revealing report to the Polish Foreign Office from Count Jerzy Potoki, the Polish Ambassador to Washington, dated January 12, 1939; “Public opinion in America nowadays… expresses itself in increasing hatred of everything… connected with National Socialism. Above all, propaganda here is entirely in Jewish hands… when bearing public ignorance in mind, their propaganda is so effective that people here have no real knowledge of the true state of affairs in Europe…. It is interesting to observe that in this carefully thought-out campaign – which is conducted primarily against National Socialism – no reference at all is made to Soviet Russia. If that country is mentioned, it is referred to in a friendly manner and people are given the impression that Soviet Russia is part of the democratic group of countries. Thanks to the astute propaganda, public sympathy in the USA is entirely on the side of Red Spain. Side by side with this propaganda an artificial war-panic is created…. No effort is spared to impress upon the American mind that in the event of a war the USA must take an active part in a struggle for freedom and democracy. President Roosevelt was first in the field to give expression to his hatred of Fascism. He had a two-fold purpose in mind: firstly, he wanted to divert American public opinion from difficult and complicated domestic problems… Secondly, by creating a war-panic… he wanted to induce Americans to endorse his huge program of armaments…. Furthermore, the brutal treatment meted out to the Jews in Germany as well as the problem of the refugees are both factors which intensify the existing hatred of everything connected with German National Socialism. In this campaign of hatred, individual Jewish intellectuals such as Bernard Baruch, Lehman, Governor of New York State, Felix Frankfurter, the newly appointed Supreme Court Judge, Morgenthau, the Financial Secretary, and other well known personal friends of Roosevelt have taken a prominent part. All of them want the President to become the protagonist of human liberty, religious freedom and the right of free speech…. This particular group of people, who are all in highly placed American official positions and who are desirous of being representatives of ‘true Americanism’, and as ‘Champions of Democracy’, are, in point of fact, linked with international Jewry by ties incapable of being torn asunder. For international Jewry – so intimately concerned with the interests of its own race – President Roosevelt’s ‘ideal’ role as a champion of human rights was indeed a godsend. In this way Jewry was able not only to establish a dangerous center in the New World for the dissemination of hatred and enmity, but it also succeeded in dividing the world into two warlike camps. The whole problem is being tackled in a most mysterious manner. Roosevelt has been given the power to enable him to enliven American foreign policy and at the same time to create huge reserves in armaments for a future war which the Jews are deliberately heading for.”……..{SNIP}
….(c)2009 JDS.

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