The David Brown Freedom Prize: If a wealthy arms dealer can create the Nobel Peace Prize, and BTW award it to war criminals like Henry Kissinger and Obama, we need something to counterbalance this odious prize. Though I don’t have the money Alfred Nobel generated from his implements of death, my prize will be much more honorable and prestigious; once the qualifications and the list of nominees are made known.
Here’s the list of nominees I have so far…
Julian Assange – Winner for 2016
Republic of Ecuador
Qualification: Those persons or establishments who unselfishly and at great personal risk achieve a significant impact on the establishment, preservation or advancement of individual freedoms.
Note: Please feel free to nominate anyone you feel worthy of this honor.
Prizes for 2016 will be awarded January, 2017.
Posthumously to Gary webb, Micheal Rupter, Quigley and Sutton.
“History is written by the victors.”― Walter Benjamin
If you haven’t read Mein Kampf, you really don’t know what you are missing. When you overlay Mein Kampf on top of a real historical accounting of Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, FDR, WWI & WWII (see Antony C. Sutton)… mind blown.
I love autobiographies. My favorite is Benjamin Franklin’s. Though it’s certain these authors only tell what they choose to disclose, these books provide a unique perspective and perhaps a deeper insight into what exactly makes the writer tick; up close and personal. Unfortunately many of today’s autobiographers use ghostwriters extensively, so to me this seems less insightful and therefore less valuable. I doubt if Benjamin had any help, but certainly Hitler did, yet Mein Kampf remains personal and approachable.
Now, I have no plans of becoming a Nazi or a Fascist anytime soon and I abhor any act of unprovoked murder, yet we cheat ourselves if we condemn a person of Hitler’s historical importance to obscurity and misunderstanding by refusing to read and understand just exactly what he had to say. Though many criticize his writing style, I find it brilliant. Many of us have a simplified version of history imprinted in our minds; taught by our compulsory state-run public school systems, viewed from the perspective of the victors; or perhaps we gained our history from the many references to Hitler in our current era via the entertainment industry. This, I assure you, does not paint a complete picture, but rather a useful myth promulgated by our current power structure. I would love to believe all these myths, but they are just not true.
From the Reece committee investigations of 1953, we know that our history has been re-written to please the powerful. From Antony C. Sutton’s ‘Wall Street and the rise of Hitler’, we know that FDR, Wall Street and many powerful businessmen concealed financial interests and activities that would shock the average American. We know that the Milner Group controlled –from behind– many of the public faces we are all familiar with during WWI and WWII: we learn this from Carroll Quigley’s penetrating writing on ‘The Anglo-American Establishment’. And we know from circumstantial evidence and memos presented by James Perloff that FDR had foreknowledge of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, yet let it occur anyway. And we know much, much more.
So with WWII, there is much hidden from the general public who have neither the time nor interest to dig deeper for the truth.
My point is not to drill down into the many controversies and hidden history surrounding WWII, but to provide a motivation for all those who haven’t read Hitler’s autobiography to consider giving Mein Kampf a try. I do not think you will be disappointed.
To this end, I have provided the following three (3) excerpts; additional reading and resources at the bottom of this post ….
Destruction of the Family:
And so this man, who was formerly so hard-working, grows lax in his whole view of life and gradually becomes the instrument of those who use him only for their own base advantage. He has so often been unemployed through no fault of his own that one time more or less ceases to matter, even when the aim is no longer to fight for economic rights, but to destroy political, social, or cultural values in general. He may not be exactly enthusiastic about strikes, but at any rate he has become indifferent.
With open eyes I was able to follow this process in a thousand examples. The more I witnessed it, the greater grew my revulsion for the big city which first avidly sucked men in and then so cruelly crushed them. When they arrived, they belonged to their people; after remaining for a few years, they were lost to it.
I, too, had been tossed around by life in the metropolis- in my own skin I could feel the effects of this fate and taste them with my soul. One more thing I saw: the rapid change from work to unemployment and vice versa, plus the resultant fluctuation of income, end by destroying in many all feeling for thrift, or any understanding for a prudent ordering of their lives. It would seem that the body gradually becomes accustomed to living on the fat of the land in good times and going hungry in bad times. Indeed, hunger destroys any resolution for reasonable budgeting in better times to come by holding up to the eyes of its tormented victim an eternal mirage of good living and raising this dream to such a pitch of longing that a pathological desire puts an end to all restraint as soon as wages and earnings make it at all possible. The consequence is that once the man obtains work he irresponsibly forgets all ideas of order and discipline, and begins to live luxuriously for the pleasures of the moment. This upsets even the small weekly budget, as even here any intelligent apportionment is lacking; in the beginning it suffices for five days instead of seven, later only for three, finally scarcely for one day, and in the end it is drunk up in the very first night.
Often he has a wife and children at home. Sometimes they, too, are infected by this life, especially when the man is good to them on the whole and actually loves them in his own way. Then the weekly wage is used up by the whole family in two or three days; they eat and drink as long as the money holds out and the last days they go hungry. Then the wife drags herself out into the neighborhood, borrows a little, runs up little debts at the food store, and in this way strives to get through the hard last days of the week. At noon they all sit together before their meager and sometimes empty bowls, waiting for the next payday, speaking of it, making plans, and, in their hunger, dreaming of the happiness to come.
And so the little children, in their earliest beginnings, are made familiar with this misery.
It ends badly if the man goes his own way from the very beginning and the woman, for the children’s sake, opposes him. Then there is fighting and quarreling, and, as the man grows estranged from his wife, he becomes more intimate with alcohol. He is drunk every Saturday, and, with her instinct of self-preservation for herself and her children, the woman has to fight to get even a few pennies out of him; and, to make matters worse, this usually occurs on his way from the factory to the barroom. When at length he comes home on Sunday or even Monday night, drunk and brutal, but always parted from his last cent, such scenes often occur that God have mercy!
I have seen this in hundreds of instances. At first I was repelled or even outraged, but later I understood the whole tragedy of this misery and its deeper causes.
Volume One – A Reckoning
Chapter II: Years of Study and Suffering in Vienna
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
18 July 1925
Propaganda, the machine for educating the masses:
By far the greatest bulk of the political ‘education,’ which in this case one may rightly define with the word ‘propaganda,’ is the work of the press. It is the press above all else that carries out this ‘work of enlightenment,’ thus forming a sort of school for adults. This instruction, however, does not rest in the hand of the State, but partly in the claws of very inferior forces. As a very young man in Vienna, I had the very best opportunity of becoming really acquainted with the owners and spiritual producers of this machine for educating the masses. At the beginning I was astonished how short a time it took this most evil of all the great powers in the State to create a certain opinion, even if this involved complete falsification of the wishes or opinions in the minds of the public. In the course of a few days a ridiculous trifle was turned into an affair of State, whereas, at the same time, problems of vital importance were dropped into general oblivion, or rather were stolen from the minds and the memory of the masses.
So they succeeded, in the course of a few weeks, in conjuring up some names out of nothing and attaching incredible hopes to them on the part of the great public, in even giving them a popularity which the really important man may never attain during his whole lifetime; names which in addition, nobody had even heard of only a month before, whereas at the same time old and trustworthy representatives of public or political life, though in the bloom of health, simply died in the minds of their contemporaries, or they were showered with such wretched abuses that soon their names were in danger of becoming the symbol of villainy and rascality. It is necessary to study this infamous Jewish method with which they simultaneously and from all directions, as at a given magic word, pour bucketfuls of the basest calumnies and defamation over the clean garb of honest people, in order to appreciate the entire danger of these rascals of the press.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN VIENNA 109
18 July 1925
How to read:
By ‘reading,’ to be sure, I mean perhaps something different than the average member of our so-called ‘intelligentsia.’
I know people who ‘read’ enormously, book for book, letter for letter, yet whom I would not describe as ‘well-read.’ True they possess a mass of ‘knowledge,’ but their brain is unable to organize and register the material they have taken in. They lack the art of sifting what is valuable for them in a book from that which is without value, of retaining the one forever, and, if possible, not even seeing the rest, but in any case not dragging it around with them as useless ballast. For reading is no end in itself, but a means to an end. It should primarily help to fill the framework constituted by every man’s talents and abilities; in addition, it should provide the tools and building materials which the individual needs for his life’s work, regardless whether this consists in a primitive struggle for sustenance or the satisfaction of a high calling; secondly, it should transmit a general world view. In both cases, however, it is essential that the content of what one reads at any time should not be transmitted to the memory in the sequence of the book or books, but like the stone of a mosaic should fit into the general world picture in its proper place, and thus help to form this picture in the mind of the reader. Otherwise there arises a confused muddle of memorized facts which not only are worthless, but also make their unto fortunate possessor conceited. For such a reader now believes himself in all seriousness to be ‘educated,’ to understand something of life, to have knowledge; while in reality, with every new acquisition of this kind of ‘education,’ he is growing more and more removed from the world until, not infrequently, he ends up in a sanitarium or in parliament.
Never will such a mind succeed in culling from the confusion of his ‘ knowledge ‘ anything that suits the demands of the hour, for his intellectual ballast is not organized along the lines of life, but in the sequence of the books as he read them and as their content has piled up in his brain If Fate, in the requirements of his daily life, desired to remind him to make a correct application of what he had read, it would have to indicate title and page number, since the poor fool would otherwise never in all his life find the correct place. But since Fate does not do this, these bright boys in any critical situation come into the most terrible embarrassment, cast about convulsively for analogous cases, and with mortal certainty naturally find the wrong formulas.
If this were not true, it would be impossible for us to understand the political behavior of our learned and highly placed government heroes, unless we decided to assume outright villainy instead of pathological propensities.
On the other hand, a man who possesses the art of correct reading will, in studying any book, magazine, or pamphlet, instinctively and immediately perceive everything which in his opinion is worth permanently remembering, either because it is suited to his purpose or generally worth knowing. Once the knowledge he has achieved in this fashion is correctly coordinated within the somehow existing picture of this or that subject created by the imaginations it will function either as a corrective or a complement, thus enhancing either the correctness or the clarity of the picture. Then, if life suddenly sets some question before us for examination or answer, the memory, if this method of reading is observed, will immediately take the existing picture as a norm, and from it will derive all the individual items regarding these questions, assembled in the course of decades, submit them to the mind for examination and reconsideration, until the question is clarified or answered.
Only this kind of reading has meaning and purpose.
An orator, for example, who does not thus provide his intelligence with the necessary foundation will never be in a position cogently to defend his view in the face of opposition, though it may be a thousand times true or real. In every discussion his memory will treacherously leave him in the lurch; he will find neither grounds for reinforcing his own contentions nor any for confuting those of his adversary. If, as in the case of a speaker, it is only a question of making a fool of himself personally, it may not be so bad, but not so when Fate predestines such a know-it-all incompetent to be the leader of a state.
Since my earliest youth I have endeavored to read in the correct way, and in this endeavor I have been most happily supported by my memory and intelligence. Viewed in this light, my Vienna period was especially fertile and valuable. The experiences of daily life provided stimulation for a constantly renewed study of the most varied problems. Thus at last I was in a position to bolster up reality by theory and test theory by reality, and was preserved from being stifled by theory or growing banal through reality.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Volume One – A Reckoning
Chapter II: Years of Study and Suffering in Vienna
18 July 1925
“In fifteen years that have followed this resolve, he has succeeded in restoring Germany to the most powerful position in Europe, and not only has he restored the position of his country, but he has even, to a very great extent, reversed the results of the Great War…. the vanquished are in the process of becoming the victors and the victors the vanquished…. whatever else might be thought about these exploits they are certainly among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world.” -Winston J.Churchill, 1935.
“Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived… he had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.” – John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America
Please be aware there are several translations of Mein Kampf:
Reynal & Hitchcock translation
Manheim translation (The name of Henry Ford was taken out of Manheim)
Where to find on line…
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler – organized by chapter easy reading
Full text of “Mein Kampf” searchable (Reynal & Hitchcock translation)
Side note: US intelligence involvement in Nazi Ratlines … (part of Operation Paperclip)
If at first US intelligence officers had been mere observers of the Draganović ratline, this changed in the summer of 1947. A now declassified US Army intelligence report from 1950 sets out in detail the history of the people smuggling operation in the three years to follow. According to the report, from this point on US forces themselves had begun to use Draganović’s established network to evacuate its own “visitors”. As the report put it, these were “visitors who had been in the custody of the 430th CIC and completely processed in accordance with current directives and requirements, and whose continued residence in Austria constituted a security threat as well as a source of possible embarrassment to the Commanding General of USFA, since the Soviet Command had become aware that their presence in US Zone of Austria and in some instances had requested the return of these persons to Soviet custody”.
These were suspected war criminals from areas occupied by the Red Army which the US was obliged to hand over for trial to the Soviets. The US reputedly was reluctant to do so, partly due to a belief that fair trial could hardly be expected in the USSR (see Operation Keelhaul), and at the same time, their desire to make use of Nazi scientists and other resources. The deal with Draganović involved getting the visitors to Rome: “Dragonovich [sic] handled all phases of the operation after the defectees arrived in Rome, such as the procurement of IRO Italian and South American documents, visas, stamps, arrangements for disposition, land or sea, and notification of resettlement committees in foreign lands”. United States intelligence used these methods in order to get important Nazi scientists and military strategists, to the extent they had not already been claimed by the Soviet Union, to their own centres of military science in the US. Many Nazi scientists were employed by the US, retrieved in Operation Paperclip.
Some of the Nazis and war criminals who escaped using ratlines include:
Adolf Eichmann, fled to Argentina in 1950, captured 1960, executed in Israel on 1 June 1962
Franz Stangl, fled to Brazil in 1951, arrested in 1967 and extradited to West Germany, died in 1971 of natural causes
Gustav Wagner, fled to Brazil in 1950, arrested 1978, committed suicide 1980
Erich Priebke, fled to Argentina in 1949, arrested 1994, eventually died in 2013
Klaus Barbie, fled to Bolivia with help from the United States, captured in 1983, died in prison in France on 23 September 1991
Eduard Roschmann, escaped to Argentina in 1948, fled to Paraguay to avoid extradition and died there in 1977
Aribert Heim, disappeared in 1962, most likely died in Egypt in 1992
Andrija Artuković, escaped to the United States, arrested in 1984 after decades of delay and extradited to Zagreb, Yugoslavia, where died in 1988
Ante Pavelić, escaped to Argentina in 1948, initially survived an assassination attempt in 1957, but died of his wounds in Spain in 1959
Walter Rauff, escaped to Chile, never captured, died in 1984
Alois Brunner, fled to Syria in 1954, died around 2010
Josef Mengele, fled to Argentina in 1949, then to other countries, dying in Brazil in 1979. Remains exhumed in 1985 and probably destroyed.