Official history has garbled the real story of Nazis and their connection to the financial elite
January 26, 2014
Venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ ridiculous comments about wealth distribution liberals has elicited predictable reaction from the so-called progressive press.
“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,’” Perkins wrote in a letter posted on the Wall Street Journal website last week. “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”
First, let’s get this Kristallnacht business out of the way. Kristallnacht was a pogrom carried out by Nazi paramilitaries and racist German civilians who targeted Jewish stores and synagogues. Occupy Wall Street is not an armed paramilitary organization and its activists have not attacked the so-called one percent. The OWS movement is a shadow of its former self thanks to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, the latter acting as it has for a century as a political police force. The OWS poses absolutely no threat to the wealthy as Mr. Perkins would have us believe. The threat he imagines is more in line with the political posturing of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. where Perkins served on the board of directors.
Perkins’ comments provided a field day for the liberals. Matthew Yglesias, writing for Slate, characterized the venture capitalist as a “rich idiot” while Elias Isquith writes for Salon that American progressives merely want to redistribute more of Perkins’ money to their pet causes. The Salon story is posted with a big image of a cigar chomping Gordon Geko, the poster child for Wall Street greed. Kaili Joy Gray, a regular over at former CIA employee Markos Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga’s Daily Kos, points out the sins of Perkins’ lifestyle and deduces that he is a “schmuck” for going over the top with his politically incorrect and historically inaccurate comments about the OWS libs and the Nazis.
Criticizing the rich is akin to Nazi violence apparently. Tom Perkins is plain insane: http://t.co/tAy62QyxeK
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) January 25, 2014
Mega-capitalist Tom Perkins says the US 1% is being treated like Jews under Hitler. Seriously. http://t.co/e0KBhCF1HP
— Elias Isquith (@eliasisquith) January 25, 2014
Night of Broken Google Glass: http://t.co/ewSGJSWKXI
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) January 25, 2014
Let’s set the historical record straight. The Nazi movement was encouraged and funded by German industrialists and Wall Street financiers, including George W. Bush’s grand daddy. They were the real one percent: the banking and transnational corporate elite.
“Investment in Nazi Germany (along with similar investments in the Soviet Union) was a reflection of higher policies, with much more than immediate profit at stake, even though profits could not be repatriated,” writes Antony Sutton. “To trace these ‘higher policies’ one has to penetrate the financial control of multinational corporations, because those who control the flow of finance ultimately control the day-to-day policies.”
All modern political movements require a victim class. Hitler and the Nazis, who insisted Germany was victimized by the Jews, were not especially original. Antisemitism has a long history in Europe. From the Middle Ages onward monarchs relied in ethnic nationalism and victimization of minorities, especially Jews, as a tool to secure and perpetuate the state. The antisemitism of Frederick II of Prussia and that of the archduchess of Austria Maria Theresa predated Hitler and set the stage for his modernized version of organized hatred and scapegoatism.
German transnationalist corporatists and the financial elite on Wall Street were not interested in Hitler’s social and political dogma and his racist diatribes. They were merely looking for the next best control mechanism. National socialism and Stalinist Sovietism were the most effective social and political control mechanisms of the day. Auschwitz and the Soviet gulags were, for the global elite, a minor consideration.
“People are sometimes too eager to take umbrage at Nazi analogies – sometimes you just want to mention a historical event that people recognize,” writes Yglesias in his criticism of Tom Perkins and his absurd comments.
Unfortunately, for the supposed one percent like Tom Perkins and the OWS redistributionists, historical events are largely misunderstood because the elite write the history books most of us reference.