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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A HISTORY FEW AMERICANS APPRECIATE TODAY – WHY THE GREAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN, WILLIAM L SHIRER, ONCE SAID AMERICA COULD BE THE FIRST COUNTRY TO GO FASCIST VOLUNTARILY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY FRED REED IN THE UNZ REVIEW

 

“On Rogues and Rogue States”

 

Well said.

William L Shirer is a favorite of mine in what I would call the journalism of history.

I read his Berlin Diary as well as other books.

Shirer famously said – I think in the days when he covered the Nazis for the Chicago Tribune, approximately these words:

“America could well be the first nation to go fascist voluntarily.”

He was a keen observer and saw the tone and trends inside the United States.

And he worked for “Colonel” Robert McCormick, publisher of the Tribune, a notoriously right-wing newspaper.

America’s laws for sterilizing “the unfit” came well before Hitler’s, and thousands of people were abused under them.

Henry Ford’s photo hung over Hitler’s desk at his chancellery. Hitler admired Ford’s ideas on race and race improvement, which were quite revolting.

The Rockefeller Foundation actually helped Germany to create its eugenics program.

The Nazi Bund became a big organization in the US, and it had a youth wing resembling Nazi boy and girl scouts.

Of course, there were the KKK and other equivalent organizations.

Lynching was still an ordinary event in Franklin Roosevelt’s early years. In parts of the South, families actually gathered for picnics at the site of a public lynching as though free public entertainment were being offered.

Once Eleanor pleaded with Franklin to speak out against lynching, but he felt he could not say a word without alienating the Southern wing of the Democratic Party and losing power.

Jews had strict quotas on admission to the traditional big Eastern universities. Many private clubs and organizations banned Jews from membership.

There were many Hitler admirers in the ranks of American corporate leaders and public celebrities, including one of America’s most famous and celebrated heroes, Charles Lindbergh.

There were many other aspects giving American society the character to which Shirer referred. Some of them – historical – are covered here:

 
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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CONSPIRACIES ARE REAL ENOUGH ESPECIALLY IN AMERICA WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH – BUT THE LABEL “CONSPIRACY THEORY” IS JUST A DIRTY LITTLE GAME TO HELP COVER THEM UP   6 comments

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS IN ZEROHEDGE

We know that where there are very high stakes for the United States government – as in covert international affairs or in matters with gigantic amounts of money at risk – there will be deception and dirty dealing of every imaginable kind.

That is just a given.

You do not have to subscribe to theories of any kind to know that a government such as America’s lies to its people regularly. It has been caught doing so many times.

The labelling of people who know they are being lied to is a kind of dirty little game. The label is intended to be an unanswerable charge, negating all credibility.

Most people do recognize and respond well to honest explanations of events, but we have a great many instances where they are not given the chance.

The term, conspiracy theory, has long been rumored to have been coined by some of CIA agit-prop guy working out of a backroom at Langley and hoping for a big promotion by inventing a good way to ridicule critics of the Kennedy Assassination story.

I think that is a reasonable assumption.

By the way, the CIA has kept the sense of contempt and ridicule alive in the term by itself seeing that some outrageous books and articles are published on subjects like the Kennedy assassination, complete with obviously-wrong facts and sometimes even poor spelling.

After all, it has the best publishing-contact list in existence, and its deep pockets can make even the stupidest publishing venture profitable.

The CIA, at one and the same time, is responsible for some “serious” books supporting the official version and for some of the most laughable attacks.

That is just the way the game is played.

It is no different to what the CIA has done in many countries where it was trying to destroy a government. That is something they have done so many times you have to wonder why anyone would doubt their bad intentions on any subject they touch.

They are inherently dishonest people because the main purpose of their organization is dishonest in nature. You don’t hire boy scouts for dirty work.

Of course, we have that old political fallback line about it being illegal for the CIA to operate in America, but if ever a statement deserved a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” that one does.