It’s sobering to understand that in no uncertain terms with the notable exception of a few degrees that there are two economies each in their own bubble- the elites and their minions- and the rest of us. It’s propaganda designed to separate the 99% into warring factions. It becomes clearer when you look closely at regressives and how they have bought into what the elites are selling. Regressives to a man and woman actually think that because the division between say between socialists and capitalists is one of ideology that the 99% should roll over and play dead…that we are all unworthy of eating, clothing and shelter.
Allen (eventually head of the CIA) and John Foster Dulles (later Secretary of State under Ike) were brothers who got their start on Wall Street. Sullivan and Cromwell, the Dulles brothers’ Wall Street law firm, was at the center of an intricate international network of banks, investment firms, and industrial conglomerates that rebuilt Germany after World War I. Foster, the law firm’s top executive, grew skilled at structuring the complex merry-go-round of transactions that funneled massive U.S. investments into German industrial giants like the IG Farben chemical conglomerate and Krupp Steel. The profits generated by these investments then flowed to France and Britain in the form of war reparations, and then back to the United States to pay off war loans.” Many historians put forth the idea that this system fueled the rise of Nazism and contributed to WWII.
During WWII Allen Dulles was the resident OSS head in Switzerland and had many contacts with Nazi leaders. “Dulles was more in step with many Nazi leaders than he was with President Roosevelt.”
Far from being neutral, “Banks in Zurich and Basel allowed the Nazis to stash the treasure they were looting from Europe in secret accounts, which Germany then used to buy the essential products from neutral countries that fueled the Third Reich— tungsten from Spain, oil from Romania, steel from Sweden, beef from Argentina.”
“The White House wanted Dulles in clear contact with his Nazi clients so they could be easily identified.” Roosevelt felt by doing so, his Justice Department could prosecute Nazi war crimes more easily, although Justice Department lawyer (later appointed to the Supreme Court) William O. Douglas said “I could perhaps endure [men like Foster Dulles] for an evening. But to sit on a cloud with [them] through eternity would be to exact too great a price.”
Roosevelt’s “Administration officials feared that, by hiding their ill-gotten wealth, members of the German elite planned to bide their time after the war and would then try to regain power.” It didn’t help any that “Shredding of captured Nazi records was the favorite tactic of Dulles and his [associates] who stayed behind to help run the occupation of postwar Germany.” Nazi hunter John Loftus.
Many corporations survived WWII intact- “The chemical giant Farben was at the forefront of integrating concentration camp labor into its industrial production process, with other major German corporations like Volkswagen, Siemens, and Krupp following closely behind.”
The impact of the Dulles brothers even affects modern day United States in ways which are hard to understand unless a total review of their ideology becomes important enough to see the ground work done and in my opinion were traitors of the United States…
“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbot
Everybody, everything can be criticized. That said, it’s where you go from there. Do you go back to complacency because whatever point you made is valid about any action? Why of course no one likes violence. No one likes disruption. When your own government in your name is killing and destroying countries around the world in the name of corporate profit should it be ignored because someone destroyed a Limousine or called the president a name? This is where the rubber hits the road folks. This is why the pressure should never be stopped.
I have been on the Internet for some 20+ years. In that time, it has morphed, not evolved since I see that as a positive, into a platform that has mixed messages, much of which is obvious, or what should be obvious, propaganda for the corporate state, that peculiar form of fascism in which corporations rule the petty kingdom of hate, misogyny and racism to name a few.
Yet I see people perpetuate personal oriented memes or events that have little to do with creating a world that is better for all. These are tedious distractions designed to fill one’s head with thoughts that has no relevance to day to day existence. This crap is touted as being some sort “new” way for the modern person to control their world. Of course none of this “debate” is oriented to real solutions, real ideas to actually do something besides bomb, pollute, destroy clean energy or increasing military spending instead of promoting peace and harmony throughout the world as so many religions blast loudly each and every day.
Just the other day we had folks breathlessly announcing that the Trump Administration is setting aside a whole month devoted to publicizing human trafficking and sexual slavery. What a good thing! However, how can we expect the United States who is devoted to terrorizing whole countries and their peoples to actually do something besides actually fostering the very same thing they are giving such blatant lip service?
Let’s get real! The world’s problems are not solved by some publicity-oriented propaganda to show hypocritical good intentions. What goes a long way to actually doing something to stop human exploitation is to feed, clothe and house people. No one out there is expecting to not pay for these human rights by their labor, by their blood, by their dignity no matter what regressive bullshit perpetuates. And this folks is what the wide gap between bullshit and actually working to get the corporate state moving to do much better than just declarations…
People don’t understand Wall Street. Somehow they think they can single out a business or two or three that is publicly traded when the same oligarchs control and manipulate stocks of every major business with as little as eight percent ownership. The rest are small potatoes that have little or no impact on the bottom line…
Over the years, we have heard from politicians, academics and media pundits telling us all about the differences between economic systems. While certainly it’s somewhat different paths to follow but what always matters is how economics affects and its effects on common folk.
History tells us that royals morphed the ability to exchange products to money by setting prices and the ability to trade within the state from closed to even state sanctioned monopolies. The merchant class rose by cornering the markets and becoming the middle men between producers and consumers by means of distribution as populations increased. Merchants eventually became powerful enough by paying “taxes” to the royal state and in some cases financing small armies to further their agendas. As long as royals benefitted from this system without having to “dirty” their proverbial hands this system went on for centuries.
In turn, money became the mediating factor between consumers and producers. Its value was determined in large part by being portable enough to represent a bushel of grain for example in exchange for a coin. Labor was devalued since individual worth depended on the ability to produce profits. Eventually, the monetary system morphed into paper backed by some metal or some value such as land or even people, better known as the corporation.
Modern times has seen a further development where money became merely paper or contracts backed solely by “trust.” Fiat currency expanded the money supply so that inflation was built into the system and thus labor became less “worthy” than the ability to hold paper representing the profit of those who held the contract.
Each laborer became a cog in the machine of the corporate state which was guaranteed profits from that labor. In turn labor was expected to consume products which enhanced those holding the paper power.
The politicians, academics and media pundits sold this latest morphed fiat system as capitalism. Eventually a system known as communism was touted as the antithesis to capitalism in which labor was supposedly guaranteed an “equal” or adequate share.
All this was essentially a big lie. Labor and common folk were then required to line up behind one system or another, like religion, depending on where one was born and where one died. These two systems were designed to create animosity between states so that the elites could carry on their long tradition of devaluing labor that produced all the “profits.” And that is where we are today.
I recommend reading any number of books by Strobe Talbot who was a sycophant of Bill Clinton to get an understanding of the behind the scenes of the end of Soviet Russia. I’m not saying Talbot was entirely honest but if you are able to read in between the lines, you’ll get a better picture of Russia today and how the extreme right took over their government. Also read as much as you can about Averill Harriman and how he arranged loans to the Soviets- my take on all this is that the USA i.e. Capitalists needed a boogey man to contrast the “freedom” of the west financial markets. Of course all this was eventually replaced by the “Islamic threat.” These dichotomies are needed to contrast the “good guys” and the “bad guys” for any number of reasons. Also there is an obscure book- “The Rise of the Extreme Right in Russia- Black Hundred” by Walter Laqueur- published in 1993- that tells and predicts the Russia of today and gives an insight in why the right wing loves Russia so much today…
Also understand that the neoliberal demonization of Russia is a dog and pony show of the worse sort- that Clintonistas love the extreme right wing of Russia as much as the GOP does. To think any different shows an ignorance of the background of Putin and his oligarchs.
The narrative of most archeological dogma today is that human civilization is some five or six thousand years old. However, evidence is building from independent or not dependent on major institutions and other researchers that human civilization may have arose thousands if not hundreds of thousands years earlier. Why putting a limited time frame is so important seems foolish except to show the gradualism of the march of civilization was one steady triumph after another.
Brien Foerster notes that “Although the colonial Spanish tried brutally to extinguish any vestiges of their [Mesoamerica] culture and works, and wrote incorrect histories about them, we know through oral traditions that they did not claim responsibility for the great megalithic works attributed to them by most writers.”
Even something as universal as “The flood myth motif is widespread among many cultures, as seen in Mesopotamian flood stories, the Puranas (ancient Hindu texts), in the Greek Deucalion mythology, the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples of Central America, as well as the Muisca people of present day Colombia in South America. In fact, there are oral tradition stories pertaining to this concept from antiquity, from cultures of Sumeria, Babylonia, Germany, Ireland, Finland, the Maasai of Africa, Egypt, India, Turkestan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Lao, Australia, Polynesia, and Native people of North America, Mesoamerica and South America to name just a handful. ‘Catastrophism’ is the theory that the Earth was affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope. The dominant paradigm of modern geology is called ‘uniformitarianism’ (sometimes described as ‘gradualism’), in which slow incremental changes, such as erosion, create the Earth’s appearance.”
One could speculate that the Powers That Be think there would be widespread panic and chaos if it was widely believed that catastrophes could always be waiting on the proverbial doorstep. I have often thought that the recent race to accumulate enormous wealth is an indication that they know something that will be well hidden from most folks until it happens.
Foerster continues: “Geology also gives irrefutable evidence that at two times in the recent past, around 7640 BC and 3100 BC, there have been complete reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field caused by an outside influence, most probably a comet.”
Most scientists agree that the Ice Ages ended about 10.000 B.C. and that the survivors began to form societies for the common good.
“Then something happened that caused temperatures to suddenly reverse course, bringing about a century’s worth of near-glacial climate that marked the start of the geologically brief Younger Dryas. There are only about 20 generally accepted archaeological sites in the world that date to this time period, and only 12 in the United States, including Sheriden Cave.”
Continuing on with this narrative, Foerster builds the case piece by piece that the human history of civilization has been truncated by mainstream scientists who serve the interests of the elites, not the interest of truth.
“Aftershock: The Ancient Cataclysm That Erased Human History” by Brien Foerster
Had some thoughts on close minded people- this phenomena is not a particularly political one. Rather it’s a part and parcel of those who adhere to a dogma fostered by rigid institutions such as mainstream media or religion or any number of institutions like corporations or government.
Closed minded folks can only think in terms that they foresee in the world.
Most folks can’t see they are taken for a ride. Common folks identify with Democrats but that’s mostly on some domestic policy unknown. The Democratic “brand” did many good things for the American people in the past but since LBJ it’s been the war party, the corporate interests have taken the “good” out of the party.