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Saturday, May 22, 2004

The strange Mao 

Let's face it, Mao was a weirdo. Not only did he commit acts of total lunacy and immense cruelty during his reign, leading to deaths of tens of millions of people, much of what was in the name of the industrialization of China (he really thought that China could catch up to the West in 5-10 years).

His personal life and his weird comments make him one a true role model for the wacko dictator. The private physician of Mao from 1955 to his death in 1973, Dr. Li Zhisui, described a man full of strange habits and immense self-deception. Mao refused to bathe and brush his teeth, and had to be sponge-cleaned by his assistants. He lay in bed all day, and although infested with venereal diseases, he slept with peasants girls, sent to him from the countryside. When he traveled through the countryside, local party officials would only show him homes plentiful of food, at the same time people were starving. They would even light fires in the night, telling him that they were steel-furnaces.

The words and writings of Mao are though the best testament of his sick mind. No other dictator in history has such an abundance of weird quotations as Chairman Mao:

"War, this monster of mutual slaughter among men, will be finally eliminated by the progress of human society, and in the not too distant future too. But there is only one way to eliminate it and that is to oppose war with war, to oppose counter-revolutionary war with revolutionary war, to oppose national counter-revolutionary war with national revolutionary war, and to oppose counter-revolutionary class war with revolutionary class war..."

"Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically."

"I voted for you during your last election.", said to Richard Nixon.

"Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive."

" have said that all the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? I also said that of the Tsar of Russia, the emperor of China and Japanese imperialism were all overthrown. U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atom bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger."

"Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy."

"Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly."

"Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.", said about intellectuals.

"Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible."

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

"The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is an objective law independent of man's will. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph."

"Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' Our principle is that the [Communist] Party commands the gun and the gun will never be allowed to command the Party."

"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed."

"The force at the core leading our cause forward is the Chinese Communist Party. The theoretical basis guiding our thinking is Marxism-Leninism."


Friday, May 21, 2004

The health of Fidel Castro 

It is not only the good health of the Cuban nation that is wildly exaggerated, the leader has to have his share as well:

Date: May 19 2004

Fidel Castro's doctor denied rumours that the president's health was ailing, saying today the 77-year-old leader is in excellent health and claiming he can live at least 140 years.

Dr Eugenio Selman Housein said Mr Castro continues to run and swim and pointed to the president's participation in a massive protest march on Friday.

Castro led the march past the US diplomatic mission in Havana to protest US policy against the island's communist government for about 800 metres, walking slowly and with some difficulty.

"He is formidably well," Mr Housein told reporters at a conference on "satisfactory longevity" in the capital city. The press "is always speculating about something, that he had a heart attack once, that he had cancer, some neurological problem."

But Mr Castro is healthy enough to live at least 140 years, said Mr Selman, who heads a "120-years Club" that promotes wholesome habits for the elderly.

"I am not exaggerating," said Mr Selman, who believes people are capable of living five times the number of years it takes for the human body to fully grow - which he said is around 25 years.

Cuba's life expectancy, which is 76.6 years, is one of Latin America's highest, and just below that of the United States, which is 77.4 years, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Mr Selman is never far from Mr Castro and marched near the leader on Friday. He is one of 250 medical experts from Latin American and the United States participating in the longevity conference, which runs to Friday.

AP

This story is just magnificent. Remember the story of the longlivety of the healthy people of the Caucasus mountains, that were rumored to live way past the age of 100. That fabrication was the result of Stalins facination (and probably wish of) with longlivety. And the healthy Chairman Mao, who was so fit that he swam across a river, much to the delight of his western followers.


Thursday, May 20, 2004

Common roots: No understanding of economics  

What all of the ideologies that help catapult dictators to power have in common is a gross misunderstanding of economic reality. The same themes are played again and again, but with some different styles as is expected. This is not only true of the usual suspects of the Twentieth century, Marxism and the Nazis. Most revolutionaries that have seized control of the various countries have adopted similar ideas and methods. One defining event in world history is Marxism, but it has been a source of inspiration for most revolutionaries since it is deceptively clever in letting the reader believe that the superficial impressions that most of us feel at one time or another, is the whole truth, and nothing else.

The labor theory of value

Although Marxism is not the main point in this discussion, it is worthwhile to dwell on of his main fallacy, the labor theory of value that he takes to the extreme. But there are many more.

The ideas of Marxism, and other socialistic ideologies do only focus on what is easy to see and understand. In the labor theory of value, the value of a good is a subject of the human labor that created it. Most people, including me, accept that this is indeed important. Gold owes much of its value due to the labor in discovering new mines, creating useful tools and machines to extract it as well as the labor needed to extract it from the ground and transporting it around the world. This is easy for everyone to understand. However, it takes a little more imagination to see the value of the businessman that unlocks value by facilitating deals between landowners, business and government. Same goes for the accountants and administrative staff, that are essential in all complex ventures. The engineers create value by making sure that everything works smoothly in the mines, and coming up with clever solutions every now and then.

People understand the value created by the man with the shovel and hammer quite easily, he burst boulders with his sledge or digs an important channel with his shovel, of course all sweaty under the burning sun. Surely he must be creating some value. Strangely (or not) people sometimes have trouble in understanding the value of the stockbroker or the actuary, to name a few. Even today many question the value of money when it creates more money, especially when someone actually risks his money to gain more, thus the moneyman is just a profiteer. Simple things as education is also easily looked past, and politicians today lament that doctors have high wages but forget that to become a doctor one needs to spend a decade or so with no or sporadic wages.

How to exploit the injustice that is so evident

Genially shallow people like Marx seem to really have looked past all of the value that merely takes a tint of imagination to visualize. This, despite having worked in accounting and having all the time in the world to do real research to discover the truth (real, meaning mingling and exploring the real world outside the British Museum). The people that have adopted the ideas of Marx, or similar quack ideas, may or may not see past them. Their neural pathways may run in parallel with the likes of Marx, thus making the slightest creative thought and open-mindedness all but impossible, and thus, they swallowed the theories whole. But some of them probably did see the faults of those ideas, and this is likely, since the total stupidity of these works literally can bring tears to the sensible reader (out of compassion for someone harboring this degree of spite and shallowness in his mind).

The reason for the popularity of these ideas is that they are easy to use to gain popularity. It is so much more easy to say something about the damn profiteers that exploit the working people, especially if they are foreigners, than talk about the value of free trade or like. The popularist has also created a problem that is not difficult to remedy. If some one has taken that is not his (the surplus value, stolen land, or whatever it is called), it is only natural to take it back. For them it is not only natural, but also just and justifiable to do so.

What is said here above does not only apply to the Socialists. This is true, the Socialists, all of their innumerable fractions (Communists, Marxists, Fidelists, Trotskyists, Socialsits...), used this combination of economic mis-understanding and popularism to gain support of the masses. This is also the case with the Nazis, not a great surprise for a party called the National Socialist German Workers Party. The ideological mingling of the Nazis and the Marxists is well documented:

The Nazis adopted Marx’s view of capitalism and they accepted the socialist belief that the Jews were the personification of capitalism. Add to their anti-Semitism and socialism the ingredient of nationalism and you have the essence of the Nazi movement. Hitler’s nationalism was a response to the burdensome and unfair mandates imposed on Germany by the Versailles Treaty. With Germany being intentionally humiliated by the Allies the German people were ready for a nationalist movement. But Hitler’s secret of success was that he built his nationalism on a foundation of Marxist economics and socialist anti-Semitism both of which were widely accepted by the German people. The Marxist Origins of Hitlerian Hate. Jim Peron.

This is something that the world history has brought us time and time again. Popularistic movement, with some questionable characters leading the way, adopts ideology that incorporates some kind of proof that there are evil-doers that are exploiting the common people. The enemy can be whoever, landlords, traders, Jews, capitalists, or as we see in the middle east, the evil west. The ideology can be whatever, Communism, Nazism, Fidelism (also called Castroism, until 'the man' adopted Marxism), these profound ideologies pop up at an astonishing speed it seems.

How long does it take to copy and paste some Marxist-like ideology, regionalize it, and then start a revolution?


Sunday, May 16, 2004

Youth Movement  

Every political group needs a youth movement, and the more dictatorial the movement is, the more ruthless they become in imprinting the youngsters with their political and lifestyle propaganda. Sure, many political youth movements today are benign phenomena, where people can voice their own opinions without the risk of harassment. But we have seen some extreme youth movements in the last century but the Hitler’s youth is the best known, although there are many that are as devious and grand in scale.

Hitler Jungend The Hitler's youth was aligned with a more general scheme of molding the nation to the Fuhrers will. His movement was to be an inspiration to other dictators for the decades to come. In it's peak, the movement had more than 4 million members.

"The weak must be chiseled away. I want young men and women who can suffer pain. A young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp's steel." - Adolf Hitler.

The movements had political motives but they also contained a tiny bit of the all consuming megalomania of the Fuhrer as well, as Erika Mann wrote in a book called School for Barbarians:

Every child says 'Heil Hitler!' from 50 to 150 times a day, immeasurably more often than the old neutral greetings. The formula is required by law; if you meet a friend on the way to school, you say it; study periods are opened and closed with 'Heil Hitler!', 'Heil Hitler!' says the postman, the street-car conductor, the girl who sells you notebooks at the stationery store; and if your parents’ first words when you come home to lunch are not 'Heil Hitler!' they have been guilty of a punishable offense, and can be denounced. 'Heil Hitler!' they shout, in the Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. 'Heil Hitler!' cry the girls in the League of German Girls. Your evening prayers must close with 'Heil Hitler!' if you take your devotions seriously.

It goes without saying that only a stern psychopath could induce this kind of worship of 'his people'. The youth movement was under the supervision of Baldur von Shirach and the movement had more than 4 million children enrolled at its peak. The boys spent much of their time in Wehrsport, military athletics, and trained in the various military-like activities, in addition of ingesting an unhealthy dose of propaganda. The girls joined the Jungmadelbund, the league of young girls, and trained for motherhood. The boys were drawn at an increasingly younger age into the army and in the battle for berlin, the army mainly consisted of the Hitler Youth.

Saddam Hussain, who was a dedicated fan of Adolf Hitler developed an extensive youth program, Saddam-style. The children were enrolled at the age of 5. The failure of parents to enroll the children to the program was of course dangerous. The most devious about this program was that the children were instructed to be little spies and told to report any comment that was not favorable to Saddam or his regime. The whole nation had to endure his intimate presence during most of his years in power.

Saddam also started an elite youth movement, Ashbal Saddam or Saddam's Lion Cubs. This movement mainly consisted of orphans and they were raised to become part of Fedayeen Saddam, the fiercely loyal guards of Saddam Hussain.

To avoid parents being a retrograde force in the home, we must arm the child with an inner light so that he can repel this influence. Some fathers have escaped our hold for various reasons, but a young boy is still in our hands... The family unit must comply with centralised customs, ruled by revolutionary positions and traditions. - Saddam Hussain.

The cultural revolution of Chairman Mao took the youth movement to new heights. Millions of youngsters were sent to the countryside, no questions asked and no one knew when or if they would return. This geriatric rampage of the weirdo dictator killed millions of his own people and sent the country back to the stone age, both in economically and ideologically. The cultural revolution lasted 10 years and ended only with the death of the Chairman himself. More on the cultural revolution in this site and this fantastic Dutch poster page: Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages .


Antisocial Personality Disorder - The Psychopathic Dictator 

It is relevant to the subject material on this site to review the medical diagnostic term for amoral individuals, commonly called psychopaths. It is estimated that 2-5% of all individuals are psychopaths, and most of the persons covered on this web-site are most definitely psychopaths. Why the worst get on top is an interesting question per se and is a worthy subject by itself.

DSM-IV: Antisocial Personality Disorder Definition

Sociopathic Personality or Antisocial Personality Disorder is a personality disorder whose essential feature is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood. The individual must be at least age 18 and must have a history of some symptoms of conduct disorder before age 15. It is diagnosed by the presence of three (or more) of the following:

  • failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  • deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  • impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
  • irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  • reckless disregard for safety of self or others
  • consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
  • lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another
The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode. Some of the associated features are: depressed mood, drug addiction and erratic behavior.

ICD-10: F60.2 Dissocial (Antisocial) Personality Disorder

Personality disorder, usually coming to attention because of a gross disparity between behavior and the prevailing social norms, and characterized by at least 3 of the following:

(a) callous unconcern for the feelings of others;
(b) gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules and obligations;
(c) incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them;
(d) very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence;
(e) incapacity to experience guilt and to profit from experience, particularly punishment;
(f) marked proneness to blame others, or to offer plausible rationalizations, for the behavior that has brought the patient into conflict with society.

There may also be persistent irritability as an associated feature. Conduct disorder during childhood and adolescence, though not invariably present, may further support the diagnosis.

Includes:
* amoral, antisocial, asocial, psychopathic, and sociopathic personality (disorder)

Excludes:
* conduct disorders
* emotionally unstable personality disorder

These are the diagnostic criteria that are most commonly used for a medical diagnosis of psychopaths. The criteria above are not irrefutable science, but with relevant experience they can be used for fairly accurate diagnosis.

The psychopath comes in every shape and form. No specific class or background does seem to generate more psychopaths than others. The psychopaths can be as good looking and clever as the next person and does only occasionally stand out in a crowd.

If one compares the diagnostic criteria seen above with the average dictator, chances are that most or all of the criteria apply. This is of course pretty easy to do, once they start to purge the nation of the Jews, counterrevolutionaries or whatever the propaganda machine deems to be the most likely for popularity to persecute. However, for those that the years before they came to power are well documented, it is usually quite easy to make the diagnosis.

Take the early years of one Adolph Hitler for example. In his childhood Hitler did show his famous temper tantrums, uncontrollable outburst of rage, when confronted or criticized. This is quite typical of psychopaths who almost invariably can't stand the slightest criticism. His personal life was also quite pathological. He had trouble bonding with people in a normal way and had few true friends growing up. His 'love' his niece Geli Raubal was more like an obsession that the poor girl got out of by committing suicide. Eva Braun also attempted suicide but survived, only commit suicide by her masters side a decade later. Hitler of course never blamed himself for his misfortunes as an young man, but he often barely survived in Vienna as an struggling artist. The same trait is evident and well documented, when things started to wrong in the war, he blamed everyone but himself.

The megalomania was also all-consuming. In the dying days of the war when he was in the famous Berlin bunker (with a horde of people, all but one were quite pathological characters) he said that if he should perish, the German people should as well. The United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) made a psychological profile of Hitler and there are many quotes that are quite revealing of his character: "Do you realize that you are in the presence of the greatest German of all time?; I cannot be mistaken. What I do and say is historical; For the last twenty-four hours I was the supreme court of the German people; I am one of the hardest men Germany has had for decades, perhaps for centuries, equipped with the greatest authority of any German leader... but above all, I believe in my success. I believe in it unconditionally." The verdict of the OSS is of no surprise.

His ideology was, besides being evil, a mixed bag of socialistic ideas blended with fierce nationalism and xenophobia. These ideas were neither original nor coherent. The discrepancies are obvious to all to see and this is what most people have speculated over one time or another. Why was this non-Aryan looking man creating a master race of blond, strong and beautiful people? What is the difference between the Poles, Dutch and Russians and Germans, with respect to blondishness. There is no difference between these nations in that particular mater. What about the nationalism and the internationalism of the Aryan people, but Hitler said that the Nordic people, plus few other nations, were a little Aryan as well. What about his personal life and his hatred of the Jews. One would think that his family had been killed by some crazy Jews. This aspect of Hitler’s life has been studied well by bewildered historians and no reasonable explanation was discovered.

The discrepancies between Hitler’s life and his ideology are easily explainable by his personality; He just does not care.

Many other examples can be found throughout history. Fidel Castro is a fine example of a psychopathic individual that has been able to mesmerize a great deal (the left) of the human population. The son of a rich plantation owner, Castro did show at an early age many of the character traits that would eventually make him famous. His brother Raul said of him: "But Fidel was different. He dominated situations... And, every day, he would fight. He had a very explosive character. He challenged the biggest and the strongest ones, and when he was beaten, he started it all over again the next day. He never quit."* The shallow Fidel took identity refuge in the legendary revolutionary Jose Marti, again and again he discovered eerie similarities to his life and the one of Marti and talked endlessly of this in his numerous speeches. This is just what psychopaths do. They no only steal physical things and lie to advance their cause. They also heavily 'borrow' the identity of people, nations or national heritage. This is what Adolph Hitler did with the Nordic heritage and Wagner. He managed to damage Wagner’s image to the degree that only recently one of his Opera was first played in Israel.

Castro was not merely an unruly teenager in his university years. He was actually quite active in one of the university gangs that was in constant war with other 'youth movements', and Castro was implicated in several murders. This is Fidel Castro in his teens and early twenties. He was not convicted, but then again, are gang members ever convicted of anything.

After rising to power after the revolution, the friendly cigar-smoking revolutionary, started to kill anyone of those in his government that opposed him or was the slightest threat to his power. The all to familiar, after-the-revolution purges. He persecuted the imperialists (foreign companies) and land owners in from the onset of the revolution. But he did not stop there. Throughout his reign, he has persecuted small business owners and private farms, that by no means fit either category. He deviated from his particular form of socialism to pronounce himself a Marx-Leninist, when it became convenient to suck up to the Soviets. Hardly a strong sense of ideology.

These two are only random examples of psychopathic dictators. The point being, if one takes a good look at the lives and actions of these dictators and their henchmen it becomes obvious that most, if not all, are easily diagnosed as psychopaths. This applies to the megalomaniac Napoleon, cruel Saddam Hussein and the inhumane Chairman Mao and many many more.

*Volker Sierka, Fidel Castro. A biography. p.14)


Saturday, May 15, 2004

Megalomania 

Colossal Stalin staue Mao staue Kim staue

megalomania \meg-uh-lo-MAY-nee-ah; -nyuh\, noun:
1. A mania for grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
2. A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.

And this is just mind-boggling: The Official Home Page of North-Korea*

* This is a not really the official site, but, as my friend said on occasions, it could be true and therefore it does not mater.

mao poster hitler poster stalin poster

Personality cult is the direct result of the megalomania that all these dictators suffer from. The same megalomania also dictates their adoption of political doctrine and the method of governance, all of them embrace some social variant as their political system and run the country in a top-down fashion.

'Laissez faire' does not exist in their lexicon.


The Psychological Profile of Saddam Hussain 

I think this origanally came from CIA. Wherever it came from, I concurr.

Saddam Hussein’s psychology can be described in terms of the syndrome of malignant narcissism. The core components of this syndrome are pathological narcissism, antisocial features, paranoid traits, and unconstrained aggression.

1. Pathological narcissism

Saddam exhibits extreme grandiosity, overconfidence, and self-absorption to a degree that renders him incapable of empathizing with the pain and suffering of others. He is devoid of empathy and unmoved by human suffering, which permits him to commit atrocities against his own people as readily as he is willing to brutalize his enemies.

2. Antisocial features

The tenuous social conscience of malignant narcissists is governed primarily by self-interest. Malignantly narcissistic leaders like Saddam Hussein are driven by power motives and self-aggrandizement; however, their amorality permits them to exploit the principled beliefs and deeply held convictions of others (e.g., religious values or nationalistic fervor) to consolidate their own power. They are undeterred by the threat of punishment, which makes them singularly resistant to economic inducement, sanctions, or any other pressures short of force.

3. A paranoid outlook

Behind a grandiose facade, malignant narcissists harbor a siege mentality. They are insular, project their own hostilities onto others, and fail to recognize their own role in creating foes. These real or imagined enemies, in turn, are used to justify their own aggression against others.

4. Unconstrained aggression

Malignant narcissists are cold, ruthless, sadistic, and cynically calculating, yet skilled at concealing their aggressive intent behind a public mask of civility or idealistic concern.

Political implications

Because self-aggrandizement is the guiding force that drives Saddam, the only plausible scenario under which he would voluntarily relinquish political power would be the conviction that it would give him a “second lease on life” and permit him to survive the current crisis, ultimately to return to power. His personality profile suggests that Saddam Hussein will use all means at his disposal to cling to power. If backed into a corner, there is an elevated risk that he will take his own life rather than surrender.


Benito Mussonlini and Fascism 

" Fascism was, in fact, a Marxist coinage. Marxists borrowed the name of Mussolini's Italian party, the Fascisti, and applied it to Hitler's Nazis, adroitly papering over the fact that the Nazis, like Marxism's standard-bearers, the Soviet Communists, were revolutionary socialists. In fact, "Nazi" was (most annoyingly) shorthand for the National Socialist German Workers' Party. European Marxists successfully put over the idea that Nazism was the brutal, decadent last gasp of "capitalism." " - Tom Wolfe

musso "If the bourgeoisie think they will find lightning conductors in us they are the more deceived; we must start work at once .... We want to accustom the working class to real and effectual leadership" - Benito Mussolini

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini

"Fascism has taken up an attitude of complete opposition to the doctrines of Liberalism, both in the political field and in the field of economics". - Benito Mussolini

"All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state." - Benito Mussolini

"Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail." - Benito Mussolini

"The socialists ask what is our program? Our program is to smash the skulls of the socialists." - Benito Mussolini

"Given that the nineteenth century was the century of Socialism, of Liberalism, and of Democracy, it does not necessarily follow that the twentieth century must also be a century of Socialism, Liberalism and Democracy: political doctrines pass, but humanity remains, and it may rather be expected that this will be a century of authority ... a century of Fascism. For if the nineteenth century was a century of individualism it may be expected that this will be the century of collectivism and hence the century of the State." - Benito Mussolini

"The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [which] denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual." - Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism (1932)

"The maxim that society exists only for the well-being and freedom of the individuals composing it does not seem to be in conformity with nature's plans. If classical liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government." - Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism (1932)


Total disregard for the free market 

"There is no economic theory or opinion which can claim to be considered as sacrosanct. The will to place the economic system at the service of the people, and capital at the service of economics, is the only thing that is of decisive importance here.

We know that National Socialism vigorously combats the opinion which holds that the economic structure exists for the benefit of capital and that the people are to be looked upon as subject to the economic system. We were therefore determined from the very beginning to exterminate the false notion that the economic system could exist and operate entirely freely and entirely outside of any control or supervision on the part of the State. Today there can no longer be such a thing as an independent economic system. That is to say, the economic system can no longer be left to itself exclusively. And this is so, not only because it is unallowable from the political point of view but also because, in the purely economic sphere itself, the consequences would be disastrous.

It is out of the question that millions of individuals should be allowed to work just as they like and merely to meet their own needs; but it is just as impossible to allow the entire system of economics to function according to the notions held exclusively in economic circles and thus made to serve egotistic interests. Then there is the further consideration that these economic circles are not in a position to bear the responsibility for their own failures. In its modern phase of the development, the economic system concentrates enormous masses of workers in certain special branches and in definite local areas. New inventions or a slump in the market may destroy whole branches of industry at one blow.

The industrialist may close his factory gates. He may even try to find a new field for his personal activities. In most cases he will not be ruined so easily. Moreover, the industrialists who have to suffer in such contingencies are only a small number if individuals. But on the other side there are hundreds of thousands of workers, with their wives and children. Who is to defend their interests and care for them? The whole community of the people? Indeed, it is its duty to do so. Therefore the whole community cannot be made to bear the burden of economic disasters without according it the right of influencing and controlling economic life and thus avoiding catastrophes." - Adolf Hitler, Speech in the Reichstag, 30. Janúar 1937


Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Karl Marx and the Jewish question 

marx "Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew -- not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. Let us not look for the secret of the Jew in his religion, but let us look for the secret of his religion in the real Jew. What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money." - Karl Marx, On the Jewish question.

"Indeed, in North America, the practical domination of Judaism over the Christian world has achieved as its unambiguous and normal expression that the preaching of the Gospel itself and the Christian ministry have become articles of trade, and the bankrupt trader deals in the Gospel just as the Gospel preacher who has become rich goes in for business deals." - Karl Marx, On the Jewish question.

"Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man -- and turns them into commodities. Money is the universal self-established value of all things. It has, therefore, robbed the whole world -- both the world of men and nature -- of its specific value. Money is the estranged essence of man's work and man's existence, and this alien essence dominates him, and he worships it." - Karl Marx, On the Jewish question.

"The god of the Jews has become secularized and has become the god of the world. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange." - Karl Marx, On the Jewish question.


Monday, May 03, 2004

The ramblings of Chariman Mao 

mao "I have said that all the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? I also said that of the Tsar of Russia, the emperor of China and Japanese imperialism were all overthrown. U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atom bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger." - Mao Zedong. (He just does not make any sense)

"The people of the countries in the socialist camp should unite, the people of the countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America should unite, all peace-loving countries should unite, and all countries subjected to U.S. aggression, control, intervention or bullying should unite, and so form the broadest united front to oppose the U.S. imperialist policies of aggression and war and to defend world peace." - Mao Zedong follows the social soup recipe to the extreme here and shows us both pacifism and utter aggression in one paragraph.

"The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is the objective law independent of man's will. However much the reactionaries try to hold bak the wheel of history, sooner or later revolutiion will take place and will inevitably triumph." - Mao Zedong


The words of Hitler and some of his henchmen 

In my all to humble opinion, I state that the best way to discover someones true agenda, is to study the writings and speeches of that person. Sure, a lot of promises and nice words also, and sometimes one can sometimes say, "this sounds like 'beutiful ideaology' really, everyone should be equal and happy". However, the beutiful idealology is not so pretty when one reads the detailed description on how equality is to be obtained.

"Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz" - Adolf Hitler.

"Capital is not the master of the State, but its servant" - Adolf Hitler, Speech in Munich, 24. Apríl 1923

"I can achieve just as much by rearmament as by the construction of houses and by settlement. I can also give the unemployed more money to meet their needs. Thus I create purchasing power and increase the circulation of money. - Adolf Hitler, interview with Hermann Rauschning (1934)

"Some people say, 'He has brought out another plan.' When he had completed the first, why couldn't he leave us in peace? Now he is tackling problems that cannot be solved.' - Adolf Hitler

I say that they can be solved; there is no problem that cannot be, but faith is necessary. Think of the faith I had to have eighteen years ago, a single man on a lonely path. Yet I have come to leadership of the German people...." - Adolf Hitler, Speech in Nurenberg, 12. September 1936

"ECONOMICS is a secondary matter. World history teaches us that no people became great through economics: it was economics that brought them to their ruin. A people died when its race was disintegrated. Germany, too, did not become great through economics.
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"The housing scarcity must be relieved through energetic action; houses must be granted to those who deserve them. Eisner said in 1918 that we had no right to demand the return of our prisoners - he was only saying openly what all Jews were thinking. People who so think must feel how life tastes in a concentration camp!
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Extremes must be fought by extremes. Against the infection of materialism, against the Jewish pestilence we must hold aloft a flaming ideal. And if others speak of the World and Humanity we say the Fatherland - and only the Fatherland!" - Adolf Hitler, Speech in Munich, 18. September 1922

" 'Christian capitalism' is already as good as destroyed, the international Jewish Stock Exchange capital gains in proportion as the other loses ground. It is only the international Stock Exchange and loan-capital, the so-called 'supra-state capital,' which has profited from the collapse of our economic life, the capital which receives its character from the single supra-state nation which is itself national to the core, which fancies itself to be above all other nations, which places itself above other nations and which already rules over them.
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The international Stock Exchange capital would be unthinkable, it would never have come, without its founders the supra-national, because intensely national, Jews....
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'NATIONAL' AND 'SOCIAL' ARE TWO IDENTICAL CONCEPTIONS. It was only the Jew who succeeded, through falsifying the social idea and turning it into Marxism, not only in divorcing the social idea from the national, but in actually representing them as utterly contradictory. That aim he has in fact achieved. At the founding of this Movement we formed the decision that we would give expression to this idea of ours of the identity of the two conceptions: despite all warnings, on the basis of what we had come to believe, on the basis of the sincerity of our will, we christened it ''National Socialist.' We said to ourselves that to be 'national' means above everything to act with a boundless and all-embracing love for the people and, if necessary, even to die for it. And similarly to be 'social' means so to build up the state and the community of the people that every individual acts in the interest of the community of the people and must be to such an extent convinced of the goodness, of the honorable straightforwardness of this community of the people as to be ready to die for it." - Adolf Hitler, Ræða í Munchen, 12. Apríl 1922

"The author of the article stated that the two symbols which are to-day opposed to one another, namely that of Bolshevism and National Socialism, stand for regimes which "in essential structure are similar and in many of their laws-their buttresses-are identical. The similarity is moreover increasing"." - Joseph Goebbels , 13. September 1935

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions." Adolf Hitler, 1 May 1927.

"Herein lies the difference between the National Socialist Revolution and other revolutions, with the exception of the Fascist Revolution in Italy. The National Socialist Revolution was almost entirely a bloodless proceeding. When the party took over power in Germany, after overthrowing the very formidable obstacles that had stood in its way, it did so without causing any damage whatsoever to property. I can say with a certain amount of pride that this was the first revolution in which not even a window-pane was broken. - Adolf Hitler, Speech, in the Reichstag, 30. Janúar 1937

"The hatred of these 'Americans' was not directed solely against commercial Germany or against military Germany. It was directed specially against social Germany, because this Germany had up to that time kept itself outside of the principles which governed the world trusts. The old Reich had at least made an honorable attempt to be socially-minded. We had to show for ourselves such an initiative in social institutions as no other country in the wide world could boast. . . . This explains why, even in Germany itself, the 'comrades' under Jewish leadership fought against their own vital interests. This explains the agitation carried on throughout the world under the same watchword. - Adolf Hitler, Speech in Munich, 13. Apríl 1923

"This production, and not a bank or gold reserve, is the first cover for a currency. And if I increase production I increase the real income of my fellow-citizens. And if I reduce production I reduce that income, no matter what wages are paid out." - Adolf Hitler, Speech in the Reichstag, 30. Janúar 1937

"There is no economic theory or opinion which can claim to be considered as sacrosanct. The will to place the economic system at the service of the people, and capital at the service of economics, is the only thing that is of decisive importance here.

We know that National Socialism vigorously combats the opinion which holds that the economic structure exists for the benefit of capital and that the people are to be looked upon as subject to the economic system. We were therefore determined from the very beginning to exterminate the false notion that the economic system could exist and operate entirely freely and entirely outside of any control or supervision on the part of the State. Today there can no longer be such a thing as an independent economic system. That is to say, the economic system can no longer be left to itself exclusively. And this is so, not only because it is unallowable from the political point of view but also because, in the purely economic sphere itself, the consequences would be disastrous.

It is out of the question that millions of individuals should be allowed to work just as they like and merely to meet their own needs; but it is just as impossible to allow the entire system of economics to function according to the notions held exclusively in economic circles and thus made to serve egotistic interests. Then there is the further consideration that these economic circles are not in a position to bear the responsibility for their own failures. In its modern phase of the development, the economic system concentrates enormous masses of workers in certain special branches and in definite local areas. New inventions or a slump in the market may destroy whole branches of industry at one blow.

The industrialist may close his factory gates. He may even try to find a new field for his personal activities. In most cases he will not be ruined so easily. Moreover, the industrialists who have to suffer in such contingencies are only a small number if individuals. But on the other side there are hundreds of thousands of workers, with their wives and children. Who is to defend their interests and care for them? The whole community of the people? Indeed, it is its duty to do so. Therefore the whole community cannot be made to bear the burden of economic disasters without according it the right of influencing and controlling economic life and thus avoiding catastrophes." - Adolf Hitler, Speech in the Reichstag, 30. Janúar 1937

"Socialism must present a conscious and determined opposition to individualism." - Paul Lensch, Three Years of World Revolution

"If coffee is in short supply for a while, it is hardly a necessity of life. It would be something different if potatoes or bread were lacking, things that are necessary for daily life. Coffee is a pure luxury item that one enjoys when one has it, but can easily give up when necessity or economic pressures require.

If coffee is in short supply, every German must know that it is not because of the government's ill will that is unwilling to let the people enjoy a cup of coffee, rather because of a national need, an economic requirement given Germany's situation, one that people have to accept.

The duty of every loyal person in such a situation is to reduce or entirely give up the luxury item in question, and to resume it only when sufficient supplies are again at hand, when the problem is overcome." - Joseph Goebbels, article 11, March 1939.

"That is why State enterprise nearly always lags behind private enterprise." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

"Why could I not have been born a hundred years ago? I used to ask myself. Somewhere about the time of the Wars of Liberation, when a man was still of some value even though he had no 'business'." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

"When we conduct such a holiday or ceremony, we want — as in everything else — to mobilize the spiritual or emotional strengths of the community for National Socialism. For example, Christmas is an inherited holiday about a theoretical peace for all of humanity. There is no national or social necessity to believe in this. However, we can present it as a holiday of actual internal national peace, which is in fact without question a critical demand of the National Socialist people's community to each individual German. If we make visible the blessings of this actual peace, along with its foundations and requirements, then "Christmas" doubtless can be a high point in the course of the political year. Both according to popular custom and popular view, the Christmas holiday can justifiably be seen as a festival of the homeland." - Hannes Kremer, New Meanings for "Inherited" Customs?

"My friends, it is all a matter of education, of education toward community. Socialism is not given to us. Socialism is not a matter of dead points in a program, rather socialism is justice. One may demand it because it is right, and it is right because it is good for the nation. That is right. What is good for Germany is right, and everything that harms Germany is wrong. In the last analysis socialism is not a consolation or refuge for the individual, rather socialism asks this question: "What is good for Germany? What benefits this nation?" " - Robert Ley, Wir alle helfen dem Führer (1937)


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