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The Global War on Terror, in the Original German

By davidswanson - Posted on 26 April 2012

In 1939, Sebastian Haffner sat down and wrote a pre-history of Nazism.

Nazism had not been inevitable. It had not progressed steadily without setbacks. But it had been growing for many years, even before the name for it existed. It had been coming since the end of the Great War.

By the late 1920s, according to Haffner, "Berlin became quite an international city. Admittedly, the sinister Nazi types already lurked in the wings, as 'we' could not fail to notice with deep disgust. They spoke of 'Eastern vermin' with murder in their eyes and sneeringly of 'Americanization.' Whereas 'we,' a segment of the younger generation difficult to define but instantly and mutually recognizable, were not only friendly toward foreigners, but enthusiastic about them."

The Stresemann Era, 1924-1929, saw Gustav Stresemann serve as Foreign Minister. He made peace with France, joined the League of Nations, won a Nobel Peace Prize, wandered the streets of Berlin unarmed and unguarded, and his signature is first at the bottom of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Who studies him today? His spirit is far more powerful in Germany now than Hitler's, so powerful as to go unnoticed.

But Hitler was coming. When Stresemann died in 1929, "we were seized with icy terror. . . . The era of peace was at an end. So long as Stresemann had been there, we had not quite believed it. Now we knew."

In 1930, Heinrich Bruning became chancellor, ushering in what we would today call "bipartisan austerity" or "fiscal responsibility," something the United States and its allies helped to impose on Germany, just as the United States and Germany now help to impose it on Greece or Spain. Bruning cut salaries, pensions, social benefits, wages, interest rates, freedom to travel, freedom of the press, and the powers of the parliament. "Yet, paradoxically, his actions were rooted in the conviction that he was defending the republic. Understandably, the republicans began to ask themselves whether there was anything left to defend."

Haffner makes an interesting observation at this point in his reminiscences: "To my knowledge, the Bruning regime was the first essay and model of a form of government that has since been copied in many European countries: the semi-dictatorship in the name, and in defense, of democracy against fully fledged dictatorship."

As a U.S. citizen in 2012, of course, there is nothing whatsoever familiar to me in Haffner's description of Bruning:

"Anyone who takes the trouble to study Bruning's rule in depth will find all those factors that make this sort of government the inevitable forerunner of the very thing it is supposed to prevent: its discouragement of its own supporters; the way it undermines its own position; its acceptance of a loss of freedom; its lack of ideological weapons against enemy propaganda; the way it surrenders the initiative; and its collapse at the final moment when the issue is reduced to a simple question of power."

I will admit that Haffner does pull out a phrase I have heard used in our own day: "Bruning had no real following. He was 'tolerated.' He was the lesser evil, the strict schoolmaster who accompanied the chastisement of his pupils with the words 'This will hurt me more than you,' rather than a sadistic torturer."

And this logic does strike me as oddly clear, almost like something I might have seen somewhere before without paying sufficient attention: "One supported Bruning because he seemed to be the only bulwark against Hitler. Knowing that he owed his own political life to the threat posed by Hitler, Bruning had to fight against him, but at all costs refrain from destroying him."

But Hitler was coming. Haffner saw him coming in the face of a policeman newly militarized: "This face seemed to consist entirely of teeth. The man had literally snarled at me, baring both rows of teeth, an unusual grimace for a human being. . . . I shuddered. I had seen the face of the SS." Two days later the Reichstag burned. The next day everything changed. Civil liberties, the rule of law, the Constitution, civilization: it all oozed away. Soon such changes would be instituted without even bothering with Reichstag-fire-like excuses.

People went along out of fear, or belief in the system, or a desire to change the Nazi Party from within, or from the value they placed in doing their work well, whatever that work might happen to be. People went along as the mythical frogs on whom we impose human behavior in the story of the boiling water. They did not understand. They did not want to understand. They did not want to consider that young people who understood might be right. They slowly began speaking the language of brutal stupidity: Einsatz (strike force), Garant (pledge), fanatisch (fanatical), Volksgenosse (racial comrade), Scholle (soil), artfremd (racially alien), Untermensch (subhuman), Heimat (Homeland).

Now, history does not actually repeat itself. It's far too complex and unpredictable. But a few facts leap out at us today:

We are at war with the world without end for the sake of war itself.

We have given power over from the Congress to the President.

We have allowed the Supreme Court to give power over the President to financial and weapons interests.

We have developed a central corporatist and militarist communications system.

Our government operates in great secrecy, censoring and prosecuting whistleblowers.

Our military conducts criminal trials that people strain themselves not to laugh at or condemn, thereby training themselves in a new kind of behavior.

Our president claims the power to imprison, torture, or murder.

Our society has labeled a class of people "illegals" and subjected them to a secondary and abusive status.

Our police have been militarized, nationalized, and empowered to strip-search us or assault us with tasers.

A soldier was just dismissed for speaking unacceptably of the President.

Our government and large corporate partners spy on everything we say on a telephone or near a cell phone, and everything we do or type on the internet.

Our government kills people all over the world with drones and is now putting drones in our own skies.

And we've advanced from lying about wars to joking about the lies about the wars to not even bothering with the lies or any legal pretense whatsoever.

Have we killed as many people as Hitler did? No, not in the same manner. But by sins of both commission (Iraqis bombed and shot, for example) and omission (children starving and suffering from preventable illness, for example) of course we have. And we have the potential to quite easily kill many more.

I can still write this.

I can still post this on marginal websites unseen by the masses.

I can still say these things openly on the street.

But reporters are being preemptively detained. Peace activists' homes are being raided. And the number two excuse I get from people for their inaction (after futility, which is always number one) is fear (which is not always high on the list -- it had to be put there).

Do you use these phrases? Illegal Alien. Underclass. Stakeholders. Defense Department. Humanitarian Intervention. Homeland. Targeted Strike. Collateral Damage. Evildoers. Islamofascists. Terrorists. Muslim Extremists. Status of Forces Agreement. Iranian Threat.

If you use those phrases, are they your own?

If you hear those phrases, do you object to them? Do you protest them?

Do you ever think that when they destroyed ACORN it didn't affect you because you weren't a poor person and you weren't a community organizer? Is preventing union organization all right as long as you're not in a union? Is it OK if they lock up Muslims for free speech but legalize political bribery in the name of free speech for corporations, as long as you're not a Muslim and your food comes from a corporation? Is it OK to profile Latinos because your ancestors got here earlier? Are we safe packing the prisons with blacks because you're white? Can whistleblowers be put away for life as long as the President says they were secretly helping evil foreigners who want us dead?

Or does that worry you a little?

If one wants to understand  the totalitarian principle, Orwellian principle describing both Stalinism and Fascism, one needs to see that it is closely linked to two fundamental elements,namely class tyranny and class enslavement, and linked to deteriorating, historical class deforming cycles, which reproduces slavery, war and totalitarianism in many class forms.    It did not begin with Reaganism, such narrow ideological parameters serve only to keep the focus on narrow class parties, betraying class parties, whether liberalism or conservatism.   It did not begin with either Stalinism or Fascism, however, these parallel totalitarian forms were both linked to class deformed outcomes, related to Late Capitalism and its crisis, proving that the fascist austerity promoted in Pre Nazi Germany, is linked to the crisis of Capitalism, its monopoly, totalitarian grip on the economy, and its link to militarism, class Empire.

Fascist austerity is linked to Fascist Capitalism now linked to a global class/fascist MATRIX, where NATO/U.S./Israeli war criminals make up the second round and degeneration, second axis of Fascism, of class deformed civil societies, that is linked historically, to all of class history, namely its INVERTED CLASS/TOTALITARIAN principle which deforms social principles, subordinates social forces, through inversion, corruption, substitution into deformed class outcomes.    In fact Totalitarianism is linked to the whole of class history, where humanity became property relations, class relations, beginning with the downfall of women, once equal with the Fratriarchy, brotherhood kinship, which existed in the social Matriarchy.  Once the transition, DEFORMATION of the social, historical mechanism was complete through class hierarchies, the Patriarchal class historical mechanism enslaved Humanity in toto, where social forces, social reforms were always paralyzed, inverted, corrupted, NEVER FREE from class hierarchies which DEFORMED HUMAN NATURE, into class shills, class whores, empire thugs, totalitarians, today's global Fascists.

Social reforms can exist within this CLASS DEFORMED, PATRIARCHAL MECHANISM, but always are corrupted , inverted, substituted through class compromises, shifting class centers into totalitarian class outcomes, therefore only temporary at best, often dismantled, as FDR social reforms were 60 years later, under the class dogmas, class myths, class ideologies, of FREE MARKETS, which never existed, except as the social theory of Adam Smith, who assumed social wealth, social middle classes would be free from class monopoly, mercantilism, state-corporate tyranny, which was the social agenda of both the Enlightenment revolutionary social liberals, and later its international socialists.   As Marx turned Hegel right side up, class ideologists, turned Adam Smith's ideas UPSIDE DOWN, reflecting the existence of class deforming hierarchies, never dismantled, to end the Patriarchal class deforming, historical mechanism.    Such ideological inversion, class deformed political classes would re constitute class history in new clothes, not MERCANTILIST FEUDALISM, BUT FASCIST, LATE CAPITALISM.

Social forces cannot be independent, indivisible, universal, as principles, so long as class history, class hierarchies, and Patriarchy's class mechanism still functions, throughout the milleniums of religious class dogmas, now secular class dogmas, class myths that hide the totalitarian function, enslaving function, war making function of class history.    We are repeating FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST CAPITALISM, IN INTERNATIONAL CLOTHES, WHICH FORBODES GLOBAL FASCISM, unless we reclaim all social theorists, from Plato to Smith, to Marx, to Trotsky, who detailed the rise of Fascism in Germany, while in exile in Turkey.    Read his analysis, and it describes Amerika today, except the evil is now international class despotism , class tyranny, class totalitarian in Global Form.   Only ending Patriarchy, class history, class hierarchies will free social forces, social principles from the INVERTED, ORWELLIAN PARASITIC, FASCIST MATRIX.

The failure of the West to look Fascism in the face and link it to Capitalism, would mean that the Post (class deformed) World War II PERIOD, would degenerate into Fascism, from Late Capitalism.   All one has to see is that Israel's exclusive focus on the HOLOCAUST, detached from the ideology of class nationalism, fascism, would produce not only its own failed class state, but reproduce FASCIST ZIONISM, linked to other failed Western class states, who also degenerated into WESTERN FASCISM, especially the degeneration of liberals, conservatives into two fascist class parties, fascist class politicians, fascist war criminals themselves....including the new Black Face of Obama, WHO OVERSEES THE FASCIST U.S. EMPIRE.

"Do you use these phrases? Illegal Alien. Underclass. Stakeholders. Defense Department. Humanitarian Intervention. Homeland. Targeted Strike. Collateral Damage. Evildoers. Islamofascists. Terrorists. Muslim Extremists. Status of Forces Agreement. Iranian Threat."

A very important point, David.  Words matter,so don't use charged ones, such as the above, without thinking.  Incidentally, I never, never refer to the military as "the service."  I never say "he served in Iraq."  I say "the military" or "he was in the military."  Nobody's "serving" when they've enlisted in an organization dedicated to killing--and it's sure as hell, nobody's being served. 

My mother was in her early teens when Hitler and Fascism came to power.   She lived in Berlin, and coming from an upper middle class background, was victim to the same ignorance, arrogance, that you see in Amerika, Western Nato powers.    After World War II, Amerika replaced the German fascist, class empire with its own.    My second American father was part of the military intelligence, CIC, which kept track of Fascist Nazis , after World War II.   My first Father was also American, in the U.S. army, and was killed in Korea, when I was two.

All three actors, two American fathers, one German mother were completely clueless about Fascism, and its connection to LATE, DETERIORATING, Capitalism.    Yes, my two fathers defeated Fascism in Germany, but only militarily, because in fact they never addressed the ideology of Fascism, class tyranny linked to Capitalism.    My second father never knew about OPERATION PAPERCLIP, where former German Nazis were allowed to come into Amerika TO SERVE AMERIKAN FASCISM.    Here was my second father, and my German mother supporting the reconstruction of POST (CLASS DEFORMED) Capitalism, mislabeled the "free world".   

What happened was that the German Fascist class Empire changed its NAZI clothes for Amerikan Fascist military attire.   Amerika reconstructed Fascist Capitalism, fascist military regimes to prop up Western Fascist Capitalism, until it degenerated world wide into GLOBAL FASCISM. It destroyed  the partially developed middle class, into the same colonial position, enslaved relations,  slave markets, that marks fascist Capitalism, fascist austerity which put the whole world into the same place that JEWS, WORKERS, found themselves in German concentration camps.   Today it ENSLAVED through the same CLASS HISTORY, via FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST CAPITALISM, and a FASCIST MILITARY ALLIANCE that links NATO TO U.S. TORTURE, RENDITION, WAR CRIMES, WAR CRIMINAL PRESIDENTS, just as the Weimar Republic which degenerated into Hitlerism. Today liberals, conservatives, both class parties have degenerated into FASCIST CAPITALISM, FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST WESTERN EMPIRE.

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