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
It’s a fallacy that boomers were ever in a position- other than make noise- to change the government The percentage of voters was about the same as now… Even when there was the chance that a liberal such as RFK would be elected he was killed as was MLK and numerous other leftists were discredited. Millions marched for antiwar.but it was more like “antidraft.” Most of us hardcore realized that the revolution was an internal one. Some were lucky enough to be become middle class, which has its own set of binding rules. Once the defining issue of Vietnam was gone and “hippies” were discredited by being associated with Charles Manson, the right wing reared its uneducated and politically naive head and it’s been a downward spiral ever since…blame the sycophantic right wing in this country for our collective downfall…
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.
“The first public statement of a defense was made by Nixon on June 22, 1972—that nobody in his White House was involved in this bizarre incident—and Nixon’s final firewall explanation of his defense was issued eleven months later, on May 22, 1973; the latter followed the firing of his top aides, including your author, who had become the centerpiece of his defense.”
“The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It” by John W. Dean
For those interested in researching and understanding more about Watergate from the original recordings-
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…
Like any complicated explanation of any idea, event or even people, one must read all of a book, see all of the movie and all of the television show. As Gustave Le Bon explains, “The great events which shape the destinies of peoples— revolutions, for example, and the outbreak of religious beliefs— are sometimes so difficult to explain that one must limit oneself to a mere statement.” While seemingly contradictory, this is a great insight to what humanity reduces complications to mere feelings or one could say encoded in our DNA.
Le Bon writing before the modern age notes “So long as psychology regards beliefs as voluntary and rational they will remain inexplicable. Having proved that they are usually irrational and always involuntary, I was able to propound the solution of this important problem; how it was that beliefs which no reason could justify were admitted without difficulty by the most enlightened spirits of all ages.”
Further explaining the seemingly unexplainable, Gustave Le Bon expounds his thesis, “I arrived at the conclusion that beside the rational logic which conditions thought, and was formerly regarded as our sole guide, there exist very different forms of logic: affective logic, collective logic, and mystic logic, which usually overrule the reason and engender the generative impulses of our conduct.”
Revolutions, usually meant the overthrow of a “ancient regime” by violence, can also be done with mere thoughts, even if eventually finished with violence. And so Le Bon concludes that “The historians who have judged the events of the French Revolution in the name of rational logic could not comprehend them, since this form of logic did not dictate them.”
“A revolution cannot be effected without the assistance or at least the neutrality of the army, but it often happens that the movement commences without it.”
Reading this book can help understand what shapes the changes needed for societies to advance, to become more responsive to what everyone knows must happen but are resisted by forces that are by nature irrational.
“The Psychology of Revolution” by Gustave Le Bon
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.
FWIW department- I was born in 1949 and raised in Virginia so I can tell you that racism is truly “inbred.” My parents were racists, although they were nicer than most towards blacks. It must have been late 50s and early 60s when I saw the Freedom Marchers on TV being gassed, bit by dogs and generally treated like dirt all because they wanted to vote, to exercise their rights as citizens and generally get decent jobs and so on. In my childhood naivety I couldn’t understand how people could treat other folks so badly because of the color of their skin. When I studied Martin Luther King and all he wanted, I could see that America was truly a crazy place. In my own childish way I sat on the back of the bus with the blacks or even gave up my seat so a black could sit. I would intentionally drink out of designated black water fountains and sit at the black only lunch counters. The waitress would say “you can’t sit here it’s for blacks only” and I would reply “But I’m white.” By the time I started demonstrating against Vietnam in 1969, my dad said to me “Why are you demonstrating with all those niggers?” I told him “We are all niggers, cannon fodder for rich peoples’ wars.”