The Visionary Architects Of European Economic Recovery After The Second World War May Have Been At Apex Of The Nazi Schutzstaffel

Germany recovered from WW II to become a pan-European economic success. Was it all a Nazi plot? A recent article in Britain’s Daily Mail outlines an intelligence report that interprets events as unfolding according to the plans of the SS.

Germany and France were the drivers behind the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the precursor to the European Union. The ECSC was the first supranational organisation, established in April 1951 by six European states. It created a common market for coal and steel which it regulated. This set a vital precedent for the steady erosion of national sovereignty, a process that continues today.

All this was allegedly planned before the war came to an end. If this interpretation of events is true, German National Socialism evolved spectacularly, adapting to the loss of the war by shedding the super-nationalistic facade the Nazis had promoted vigorously.

That leads to a question that cannot be easily answered: if the Allies won the war, who won the peace?

And it implies that behind the Nazi party itself was a brilliant vision of what the future of Germany could be — in a Europe not politically controlled by overt fascism. In that interpretation of events, Hitler turns out to have been a shrewd showman and economic prophet. His roles as madman and mass murderer might even be seen as peripheral aberrations. His ultimate goal might not have been the eradication of the Jews, but the economic success of Europe (which made it necessary to get rid of the Jews, according to an insane aspect of Nazi economic theory). The plan of the SS elite may have mandated a reform of industry and society that would make the nations equal partners in a confederacy of industrial giants that ignored borders, languages, cultures and old feuds in the interests of widespread prosperity. According to this view, the emergence of Europe was substantially and fundamentally financed by the cleverly husbanded assets of the Nazi regime.

Now that’s true revisionist history!

Well, Drat

Who is Obama? What is he?

We still don’t know the full story — such as just how far he’s planning to push his domestic military security force, and who will be in its crosshairs — but some details are becoming clearer. And some of Obama’s supporters are rubbing their eyes in near disbelief, as this newsletter has mentioned in at least two past issues.

Then there’s this quote, from a post titled, “Obama shocks the elites”:

Slowly but surely it is dawning on many of these elites that Obama is exactly what he was in rare unguarded moments during his presidential campaign, during his brief U.S. Senate career as its most liberal member, during his time as an Illinois senator, and, to the extent we were able or allowed to learn it, during his life up to that point: a far-left, class-warfare, redistributionist demagogue.

Oh.

They Pressed Tiger To Speak; He Spoke; His Remarks Are Not Reported In The Lickspittle Press. That’s What He Got For Not Kissing The One’s Backside

The following is shamelessly stolen from a weblog.

In over the transom. No wonder the press didn’t show this:

TIGER WOODS’ SPEECH AT THE INAUGURATION:

Tiger Woods received a special invitation to speak at the inauguration. His inviters were stunned, when he did not deliver the message they expected. You will see why the media swept it under the rug with no further ado. And who and why a certain element is angry with Tiger. Below is the text of his speech, entitled: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as posted on his Web site – check news archives for Jan. 2009):

I grew up in a military family – and my roll (sic) models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank.

In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.

Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.

I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes.

I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.

In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: “I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.” Just as they have stood tall for our country – we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.

Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.

We have never been more proud of Tiger Woods than when I heard of his 2-minute tribute to the military at the Inaugural Celebration in Washington DC. You know he was greatly pressured to be there. Liberals have been mad at him for a decade for not joining their ranks. You know he didn’t want to be there. So instead of paying homage to Obama, he paid tribute to our soldiers. Not one time did Tiger mention Obama, the inauguration or the new administration. He knew beforehand that his love for America, and appreciation for our military men and women would anger them further. But Tiger is his own man; his father taught him to be his own man. (Emphasis added.)

Links

This is…well, it’s about happiness, and spaghetti sauce, and horizontal segmentation, and, er, that is — it’s about life and how we should manage it. — Hunh?? — Look, Pilgrim, just give this video a chance.

There are a few silly religions, and there are two dangerous religions. Only one religion is found in both categories: the worship of Gaia. It’s a huge stack of pagan superstition and trendy eco-babble with horrible consequences for humnankind, partly because Gaia-worship includes the anti-science cult that might be called Gore-Hansenism. Here’s a review of a recent book on Gaia-worship. Its author has solid credentials: he has already explained to us why complex life is sure to be very, very rare, even in a universe as big as it is. That self-conscious creatures exist on one planet in all of creation is itself astonishing. (Related thought: in an infinite universe, would there necessarily be griffins?)

Here are some tools for computing that are free and just may make your work a bit faster and easier. You are welcome.

Is forecasting prediction? Is using a computer somehow different from using pieces of bone, or a crystal ball, to glimpse tomorrow? Are we ever going to be able to determine what the future will bring us, if we just get enough of the details about the present right? Does any of this have anything to do with free will? — Cripes, this newsletter has no idea what the answers are! But the questions, and the claims, are fascinating. Madame Zelda now has competition from speeding electrons and big chunks of RAM….

This brief essay is simply brilliant. You must read it! It clarifies one of the great issues of our time: the differences between the value system that is fundamental to US culture and the cultural assumptions of the rest of the world. Perhaps the author’s contentions will be clearest to those who have lived for extended periods in a very different culture; they can still be understood, however, by anyone with a normal intelligence, no matter how culture-bound his viewpoint (some sincere effort is required). Here’s a related quote from Sam Harristhat may clarify matters for those of you who wisely choose to click on the link and read the essay: “People who believe that the earth is flat are not dissenting geographers; people who deny that the Holocaust ever occurred are not dissenting historians; people who think that God created the universe in 4004 BC are not dissenting cosmologists; and we will see that people who practice barbarisms like ‘Honor killing’ are not dissenting ethicists. The fact that good ideas are intuitively cashed does not make bad ideas any more respectable.”

He never said, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” as every true Sherlock Holmes enthusiast knows. No matter; we attribute plausible quotes to our idols, and that only makes them more famous. (Bogie does not say, “Play it again, Sam,” in the iconic film, either. And as for Churchills’“…blood, sweat, and tears,” it’s a misquote.) There’s a nice A. C. Doyle exhibit here.

The ultimate holiday: an exciting cruise off the Horn of Africa. Face it, Pilgrims, being charged by buffalo and roared at by lions is so been there, done that…. But now, the traditional safari has been outclassed! Be the first in your clique to face the modern challenges of the bounding main. Have an adventure torn from today’s headlines. Interact (at a comfortable distance) with colorful locals in an environment that sparkles with Darwinian intensity. Prove yourself before your proud family as you defend the freedom of the seas! Yes, it’s “Sink or swim, Somali scum!” and “Hold this for ransom!” as tracers bracket the bobbing target. Information here.

A trade war with Canada? Well, at least the USA is trying to beat up a nation that has backed away from Enlightenment values and declared freedom of the press to be “an American (meaning US, and therefore alien) idea.” So take that, you frozen fascists!!

Ayers. That is all.

Politics is not the art of the possible, it’s a bad soap opera with a cast of buffoons who don’t learn from their mistakes, other people’s mistakes, or much of anything. Proof here. A parallel example of the Standing on Own Oxygen Tube Syndrome, this time in journalism, is found here.

Nazis where you might not expect to see them.

From the PenPo’s Hysterically Funny Hysterias file come three knee-slappers, courtesy of the microcephalic anti-science nutcases in the Gore-Hansenist cult. You will be convulsed! We start with cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of madness; then come the nostalgia-inducing words of the evil witch, “They’re melting, they’re melting!” (Related item here.) Finally, everybody call in the dreaded, diseased piggies, “Soooo-ee!” (Don’t fret; Tamiflu works.)

Faster than light? According to string theory, maybe. But that’s not the way to bet. String theory has no evidence to back it up.

You just know that anything that starts out like this — “It’s a fundamental principle of our legal system that cases are to be decided based on the facts and the law, not one’s likes, dislikes, and sympathies” — has got to be totally crazy. Fasten your seatbelt and take a madcap tour ofthe philosophy of jurisprudence as promoted by those who still believe in Enlightenment values. It will open up your sinuses.

Could it be that Johnson was wrong, and that not patriotism, but advocacy of open borders, is the last refuge of a scoundrel?

Here’s a brief commentary titled, “Freedom vs. Happiness.” It has quite a few links and may get your brain running on all cylinders.

Ah, psychology — the Queen of the social/behavioral sciences. Here are five reasons why psychologists sometimes tell people they work at Wal-Mart.

The Federal Reserve System explains it all to you. It’s economics in a few easy, illustrated lessons.

The concepts and consequences of third-party medical insurance spelled out with examples. This may be of some genuine help to some PenPo subscribers.

“Tolerance!” they cried, and then hammered us for expressing our opinion. Typical.

Maybe good fences make good neighbors, but one thing is certain: the neighbor who is quiet and uninterested in your life has simply got to be an imminent threat to the community. Or so the story goes.

Personal Liberty and politics seem to be related, but not quite the way you might think. Cripes, who knew??

If you are interested in the role of the university in US culture, here’s a rather awkwardly-written essay that may nevertheless provide insight.

Boy, does this newsletter ever hate “hate crimes” legislation! Here’s part of the reason why, and here’s more on the subject.

Notice how they call it “climate change,” not “global warming”? What transparent phonies these journalists are…meanwhile, the real news is that as Obama rides his white horse into combat, some on the sidelines are making a bundle. “Hope and change”?? Heck, no. It’s the same old Same Old. Cripes.

Isn’t there some legal and moral way to shut this stupid bastard up? Yeah, it’s Barney Frank again, with yet another crazy scheme guaranteed to fix everydamnthing. Nauseating.

What are you supposed to call this — “consensus politics,” “compromise,” or…intimidation? And is it OK only if the Obama administration does it??

Let’s see, now. You don’t like the local papers because, thanks to The Penguin Post, you finally realized how they censor your news in order to manipulate you when you go to vote. So you refuse to pay for the propaganda. Gosh, that’s causing problems — the lap-dogs need grooming (fleas, ugh!), and who’s going to pay for that? Not you, evidently, or so you think, heh, heh. Well, Pilgrim, you can relax, because the folks in government have figured it all out. You will pay to support the ideologically twisted faux journalists who think you are a total moron, whether you want to pay to support them or not. Now, wasn’t that simple, painless, and oh, so politically correct?

This is the face of Western Islamofascism: George Galloway, British politician. The video at the link is a mild primer on this rascal.

Mark Steyn delivers a speech titled, “Live Free or Die.” Read it only if you care about such things.

“…the Utopian ends justify the tawdry means.” That’s an admirably apt turn of phrase; it’s from a point-by-point critique of The One by classicist Victor Davis Hanson (see Wikipedia for bio). Though the author says, “Most who read this will not agree, given the mesmerizing effect of the Obama charisma”, Hanson’s list of problems is aimed at rational folks, who will find the professor’s complaints comprehensive, convincing, and depressing.

George Will on corruption.

(Rich baritone voiceover) Sleep well, tonight, Pilgrim, for the (music up) FDA (music down) is protecting you…from the dread Cheerios!! — Cheerios? The cereal that the PenPo’s staff grew up on? …Oh, so the FDA is not protecting the consumer…the government is actually punishing the company that makes the cereal. Well, that’s all right, then.

HAH! Wikipedia 1, Journalists 0. Move on, nothing to see here, move on….

Taxes and money — three links guaranteed to make you lose your lunch: One, then Two, and finally (how are you holding up?), Three. Sorry….

You know from past issues of this newsletter that Europe is dying and Canada is floundering in a cesspool of political correctness that has virtually destroyed freedom of speech and press in that nation. So what is the USA doing about all this? Well, Friends, fear not, because Uncle Sam is, well, sort of…that is to say, he’s got this thing going that is, er, good for…oh, all right: the USA is doing something stupid. Again. (Heavy sigh.)

Information on antitrust legislation. Anything that gives Microsoft grief is fine with this newsletter, but….

Ever since Marx and the subsequent Webbs, there have been many versions of socialism. According to some folks, Obama has his variety of the hoary fraud, which will not be called “socialism.” (You know, just as anthropogenic global warming will from now on be called “climate change” and focus not on carbon dioxide, but on “pollution.” Yeah, it’s dishonest, but there it is.)

Warning: may cause projectile vomiting. Murtha. That is all.

Sheesh! Are these people several years late and a few million dollars short, or what? Pelosi has been a mess for a long, long time (morehere and then here). Well, at least “questions” are finally being raised by one lap-dog.

Arnold Schwarzenegger. That is all.

Michael Yon on Gurkhas in training. You might want to read the first two parts of this series, as well.

The PMA Group is bad news, and the Democrats don’t want to hear about it. Not good, because ethical conduct is essential, even for Congress. Read about it here.

We need this bad idea for federal control of the derivatives market as much as we need Barney Frank in control of the Federal Reserve, FBI and Social Security Administration.

“Two months after denouncing a troubled financial company for doling out hefty management bonuses, a bankrupt news media company is doing the same thing.” Why not? Journalists are not ordinary citizens, you know — they have more constitutional rights than do the peasants. They are exempt from McCain-Feingold, and they claim a (non-existent) right to deny information to a court the rest of us have to give up. So this is all in a day’s work for the USA’s elite core of propagandists. (Moonie alert: article is in a newspaper owned by the Unification Church, a scam run by an ex-con who claims to be Jesus Christ.)

The prison in Guantanamo, Obama, hypocrisy, and the importance of words (“change” and “hope”): a tale of deceit.

Hey, let’s give Biden a break, instead of piling on, OK? Wait until we get him dried out before we scold him for confabulating. That would not only be the humane thing to do, it’s the practical approach. You can’t get any substantial notions across to him yet.

Natural gas, oil, and Obama: a nasty mix.

From The Archive

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 11:50:55 +0700

Politics As An Occupation

Commentary from “medpundit,” an anonymous female physician who maintains a weblog here.

A man who was once a voice of moderation has gone raving. It’s understandable after so narrow and contentious a loss of a life-long dream that he would be disappointed and bitter. But disappointments, no matter how great, don’t have to ruin a life. They can also be springboards to a better self. That is, if they’re not allowed to become all-consuming.

It’s been nearly four years since Al Gore’s devastating experience. It’s time he pulled himself together.

Comment: a career in politics should be a highly temporary endeavor to improve the nation’s welfare, a task undertaken only with great reluctance by those who have no ego-involvement in the effort. Citizens should offer themselves as public servants only in response to perceived problems, rather than decide early on to spend their lives in politics.

Those who lust after lifelong careers as legislators and executives in our political institutions must necessarily seek out issues to flog. “I want to be a congressman. What is my angle? How do I push the voters’ buttons?” This is backwards. It not only leads to cynical, dishonest government, it can lead to personal tragedy, as we perhaps see in the case of Al Gore.

This Is A Big One

The New York Times’s ombudsman, a fellow named Okrent, takes his own paper to task in a thoughtful article published a few hours ago. The gist of it: Iraq had no Nasty Weapons (chemical and/or biological, as well as no nuclear weapons development program), and the NYT did not recognize that early on. The paper did not do a thorough, honest and effective job of taking Bush and Company to task for their lies about this.

Here’s the article, for which you have to register.

It is obvious that Okrent is taking pains to be professional and responsible and credible in his article. His words are as reasonable and honest as he can make them appear.

This seemingly forthright attempt at candor collapses on closer inspection. There is one overwhelming difficulty with this article: it is based on a lie.

Fact: Iraq did have Nasty Weapons, including a nuclear bomb development program. Iraq admitted it had these weapons.

The problem that led to Saddam’s downfall was the fact that Iraq refused to tell the world what it had done with its ugly toys. If it had produced credible documentation and proof of their destruction, things would have gone differently.

But a lot of those weapons are somewhere….waiting, waiting.

Meanwhile the NYT has the arrogance to produce what appears to be a self-critical commentary on its failings, but is actually just deceitful political propaganda.

It is stunning how the media establishment has accepted, endorsed and enshrined two utterly false articles of faith: first, that Iraq had no chemical-biological weapons (and no advanced program to develop nuclear bombs), and second, that there were no connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda.

This article by Okrent masquerades as a critical self-appraisal of the NYT, but it is at base another reaffirmation of the twin false articles of faith. The acceptance of those lies by the public would distort the upcoming presidential election, as I believe the NYT intends.

Seldom has a nation been so deceitfully and badly served by those who claim to hold to high principles.