How capitalists produced the President of all Nazis
After a century of radical right propaganda
Trump may have rapped the knuckles of his white supremacists but he’s at great pains to demonstrate he did it under duress.
Soon after the Charlottesville vehicle terrorist attack by America’s radical right that killed and injured Americans, America’s alt-righter-in-chief retweets a ‘Trump train’ jamming through the CNN logo. He then retracts the retweet, possibly on someone sane’s advice.
The CNN to his alt-right base is ‘fake news’ and CNN viewers are ‘traitors’, so it’s ok to try and ‘smash’ both. Trump is not the first to set himself up as head of government with attacks on the ‘Lügenpresse’. A certain Chancellor was ahead of the current curve.
He is, however, the first figurehead of the Republic to resort to dictator’s tactics. And that’s what’s left the masses stumped.
Why? Don’t they know the history of the class he hails from?
For a hundred years, America’s ruling elite has been actively promoting right-wing conspiracy theories to crush opposition within its reach.
The Creel Committee was created in 1917 to prepare the populace for the foray into World War I for the advancement of American Oil and Banking.
That was the year they sent their man, Sisson, to St Petersburg to monitor German and Bolshevik propaganda, for use back home. What Sisson delivered was ‘proof’ of a conspiracy that had managed to put ‘German agents’ Lenin and Trotsky at the helm of the Russian Revolution, a revolution ‘bankrolled’ by the German Imperial Bank.
Such disinformation took root instantaneously among right-wing extremists, like the KKK, who identified the Jews as the masters of the Communist puppets.
It was serendipity at work for the elite as a burgeoning labour movement, grown out of the assembly line, was coming through loud and clear.
While the masses learnt nothing from the Great War (and did Nazi the next one coming… sorry), the experience opened the eyes of American propagandists to the politics of Europe, and so much more.
They pulled out all the stops and did a number on the, initially, war-indisposed masses. In the dark decades that followed the death knell of the old European empires, the reach of the American capitalist class mushroomed.
The radical and communal message of the Russian Revolution had greatly alarmed America’s individualistic structure of power. The question its propagandists asked was how could an insurgent message be bent to the will of a system founded on diametrically opposed principles.
In their work, they make special mention of the effectiveness of partial adoption of enemy symbols and language.
It was in those interwar years that tried and trusted demonisation of Jews wormed its way into the American presses with reprints of the bogus Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The International Jewish Conspiracy was popularised back then, and remains just as mainstream a hundred years later. National-socialism was also invented at that time and proved to be the most brilliant buffer against International Communism. Still works today in America as it did in ’30s Germany.
Harnessing the dark arts of counterfeits and counterweights, the American political marketing went industrial. It set the left-right continuum on its twisted slide into the all-American inverted model of politics. Later, ‘libertarianism’ would come to stabilise and symbolise the perversion of meaning.
The masses, of all income and education backgrounds, but mostly the lower rungs, would succumb to the thought leadership of Christian fundamentalists, nativists, anti-communist conspiracists, racist-protofascists and assorted right-wing extremists.
For the establishment, it was a time for pseudoscientific racialist and classist research. Such as testing the IQ of African Americans and ‘finding’ there are more morons in their ranks than among the white population.
A time for eugenics and forced sterilisations. Names such as the Carnegie Institution for Science* and the Rockefeller Foundation funded eugenics programmes that persecuted Jews both on home soil and in Nazi Germany. Josef Mengele built the experience he applied in Auschwitz on one such programme.
Nativism and racism were nothing new in early twentieth-century America. American citizenship had been strictly withheld for white people from 1790 to 1870. The 1924 Immigration Act brought it all to a head by banning Japanese immigrants and imposing restrictive quotas on non-northern European ethnic groups.
The anti-immigration campaigns of the time made sure to paint non-white arrivals as ‘unassimilable alien blood dangerous to the white race’. They kept quiet on who’d been importing all these people and reaping huge rewards out of their cheap labour.
A decade after that, in 1934, retired Major General Smedley Butler testified that Wall Street players were plotting a White House coup to overthrow New Deal architect FDR.
The scheme has gone down in history as the Business Plot. Historians agree it was in the pipeline but doubts have been floating over its realistic prospects.
Perhaps it was only a pipe dream. In any case, the fact that discussions took place to sound out potential coup candidates is telling of the intentions of the capitalist class.
A clue as to the veracity of Butler’s testimony might be lying in their choice of business partners. The masters of America were tightly entangled in a multinational network of their own making with banks and companies who backed Hitler all the way to the top and profited from his warmongering.
Prescott Bush, patriarch of the political dynasty, was director of a company that would carry on its business as usual with the Nazi network of companies up to 1942 when its assets were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
Henry Ford became the first dignitary to receive the Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle, the highest honour for foreigners that Hitler had created for his hero in 1937.
It was his totalitarian vision of top down control and dehumanisation by mechanisation of the individual that inspired the chief Nazi.
Post World War II the American establishment sought to exert its influence over public policy in more subtle ways. They invented ‘libertarianism’ and founded a slew of radical right think tanks and political advocacy groups such as the John Birch Society.
Suspicion against the government has roots in the country’s revolutionary politics, naturally. But such anti-government hysteria as to lead to the significant numbers of private militia in the last few decades, was and is being cleverly whipped up by ‘libertarian’ provocateurs.
Reagan’s ‘the government is the problem’ declaration is the culmination of a sustained and concerted propaganda effort by the radical right.
The other pivotal moment in post-World War II politics was the Civil Rights Movement. It struck such fear in the heart of white America, the backlash gave rise to the ‘law and order’ counter-movement.
‘Getting tough on crime’ has been a dogwhistle for the mass incarceration of black communities left behind by the savage restructure of American capitalism towards automation and financial speculation.
The ‘60s also gave America the enduring conspiracy myth of the JFK assassination. The medium of television promoted conspiracy theories like never before.
The next mass conspiracy outbreak over 9/11 coincided with the rise of Internet culture, the advent of social media and the iPhone, at the dawn of the new millennium.
War propaganda had never been fought so easily. It is a war the American masters are waging. Not on terror. It is the next big war for the future of capitalism.
The manufactured conspiracy culture has been a vehicle for the delegitimisation of the federal government. The corporate elite has in the last century achieved complete supremacy over the principles and policies that rule American society. They are now aiming for the entire globe.
Post Reagan, the GOP has been finding and fielding gems such as Ron Paul, Sarah Palin and, finally after decades of his televised soliciting for a role on the political stage, Trump. The conservative space left empty has been filled by the Democrats.
Neither party had any real choice in the matter since the administration sided officially with the radical right in the ‘80s. They’ve got a product to sell to the masses, the masses have moved where the propaganda has led them.
Key definitions of citizen, society, freedom and state, to name a few, are perverted beyond all recognition and reason in the average American mind. Bereft of meaning they undergo a rebranding exercise at every election cycle.
Out of necessity, this is a very brief and truncated history of the sort of propaganda the American capitalist class has been pumping out for the last hundred years.
Still, it gives a fuller picture behind the choice of Trump as the antidote to the first black President.
It puts the Charlottesville terrorist attack in its proper political context. It shows Trump’s reaction is nothing personal, but typical of the system.
Radical right propaganda has sent generations of mentally idle Americans on a wild goose chase seeking the motives of politics outside of political structures.
The ‘fine people’ of the white supremacy rally and the ‘alt-left’ can go on tilting at windmills in ‘many places’. Never where it matters and could make a difference.
Media treatment of Trump as an unprecedented and personalised phenomenon contributes to the American overlords’ strategy of managing the ahistorical, apolitical and, until further notice, apathetic masses.
What they did to the moron Americans they are now trying to do to the world. With the globalisation of American capitalism having completed over a process of many decades, its conspiratorial radical right propaganda is now exported globally.
The American overlords have set their sights on tearing down European Social Democracy, as much a thorn on their side at the start of the twenty-first century as workers’ unions and rights at the start of the twentieth.
Project Europe was one they initially thought they could control via their Cold War information marketplace and left-behind right-wing death squads. It’s proving troublesome.
Europe’s population, rich in historical memory and savvy in political education, is resisting far better than the masses at the empire’s heartlands (Brexitland belongs here).
Earlier, we traced the moral and material support for the ‘30s Nazi doctrine and regime back to the American establishment. Likewise, we can trace the support for today’s anti-EU populists back to the ideology of America’s ruling class, however hard they try to scramble the signal through proxy propaganda machines like the Russian one.
They wheel out their straw-man in Poland to prop up the local anti-EU populists. They have him tweet his preference for Le Pen and then suck up to Macron just to paint the French President as ‘one of the boys’. Little need to mention in passing the way they’d hyped Brexit as the first piece of a domino effect to topple Europe.
Yes, Europe is the American ruling class’ target. That’s why they’ve unleashed their alt-right agitators to lure the fringe folk to their banner.
Where the alt-right gets traction is in ex-Soviet toy-states on the periphery. The masses there are already primed for totalitarianism and distorted mental models of the world.
They are also heavily targeting the underclass for obvious reasons. Good thing is, under social democracy the underclass is never allowed to grow as massive as in England and the US.