Krugman just wrote an editorial “The Plot Against France”. The plutocrats and their servants hate the democracy France represents. They would rather dismantle the welfare state, the way it’s done in the USA. Instead, contrarily to what many articles in the New York Times have asserted, instead of “hacking away” at the French welfare state, French taxes on the rich are increased stiffly. Such is Krugman’s latest message, the same one I had for decades.
I agreed, and went a tiny little bit further: the New York Times immediately censored me, in spite of my very explicit protests. These days the New York Times go carefully through my comments and censor at least 90% of them.
The same family of plutocrats has owned the New York Times since the nineteenth century, they don’t like me at all (they even published insults against me personally). Is my subscription financing predatory vice?
I show below that American plutocrats have played a fundamental role in the Plot Against France from the beginning, a century ago. The New York Times hates me as an anti-plutocrat. I welcome their hatred (to quote FDR).
(Paradoxically I never had one single comment censored by The Economist or the Wall Street Journal. The NYT has censored more than 1,000 of my comments; it now censors me at a level comparable to when it made propaganda for invading Iraq.)
The owners of the Times are fully onto the plot I denounce below, although they are careful to not know the details, to give themselves good conscience.
The centennial of the plot against France is now.
December 1912. Berlin imperial palace. Lord Chancellor Richard Haldane had told German ambassador Prince Karl Max von Lichnowsky that Britain would not remain passive if Austro–Hungary attacked Serbia, nor would Britain tolerate an aggression of Germany against France upon such an occasion.
A furious Kaiser Wilhelm II read Linchowsky’s report early Sunday, December 8. Wilhelm grandly declared that in the ‘Germanic struggle for existence‘ the British, blinded by envy and their feelings of inferiority, had joined the Slavs (Russia) and their Romanic accessories (France). (Notice the similarity with Hitler’s language and obsessions.) The Kaiser summoned the ‘war council‘ for 11 am. Same day.
Here is the report from Admiral Georg Alexander von Müller (the chief of naval operations):
“His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II said: .if we attack France, England will come to France’s aid, for England cannot tolerate a disturbance in the European balance of power. His Majesty welcomed this message as providing the desired clarification for all those who have been lulled into a false sense of security by the recently friendly English press.
His Majesty painted the following picture:
‘Austria must deal firmly with the Slavs living outside its borders (the Serbs) if it does not want to lose control over the Slavs under the Austrian monarchy. If Russia were to support the Serbs, which she is apparently already doing.war would be inevitable for us. But there is hope that Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania-and perhaps even Turkey-will take our side. Bulgaria has already offered Turkey an alliance. We really went to great lengths to persuade the Turks.’
Recently, His Majesty also tried to convince the crown prince of Romania, who stopped here on his way to Brussels, to come to an agreement with Bulgaria. If these powers ally themselves with Austria, it will free us up to throw our full weight behind a war against France. According to His Majesty, the fleet will naturally have to prepare for war against England. After Haldane’s statement, the possibility of a war against Russia alone-as discussed by the chief of the Admiralty in his last talk-will not be considered. So, immediate submarine warfare against English troop transports on the Schelde River or near Dunkirk, mine warfare up to the Thames.
To Tirpitz: rapid construction of additional submarines, etc. A conference is recommended for all interested naval offices.
General von Moltke: “I consider a war inevitable-the sooner, the better. But we should do a better job of gaining popular support for a war against Russia, in line with the Kaiser’s remarks.” His Majesty confirmed this and asked the secretary of state to use the press to work toward this end. T. called attention to the fact that the navy would gladly see a major war delayed by one and a half years. Moltke said that even then the navy would not be ready, and the army’s situation would continue to worsen, since due to our limited financial resources our opponents are able to arm themselves more rapidly.
The chief of the general staff says: the sooner war comes, the better; however, he hasn’t concluded from this that we should give Russia or France, or even both, an ultimatum that would trigger a war for which they would carry the blame.
I wrote to the chancellor in the afternoon about influencing the press.”
Enter American plutocrats.
“Colonel” House, was the closest adviser of USA president Wilson. He was the son of a gun runner who made a fortune in the Civil War, and an investor in banks (among other things). On June 1, 1914, House met with the Kaiser, grandson of Queen Victoria, and dictator of Germany. House, on behalf of Wilson, proposed to the Kaiser an alliance between the USA, Great Britain and the Kaiserreich (fascist Germany, Wilhelm’s toy).
House recorded in his diary, that he and the Kaiser discussed “the European situation as it affected the Anglo-Saxon race.” The Kaiser thought that Britain, Germany and the U.S.- the best representatives of Christian civilization-were natural allies against the “semi-barbarous Latin and Slavic nations” (including France and Russia), but that all should defend civilization “against the Oriental races.”
The alliance was to exclude what was defined as the “racially inferior French“. In exchange, the Kaiser would limit the growth of his fleet.
In later years, House would try his best to shed his evil persona (that made him unpopular with fellow plutocrats). By 1917, House enticed Wilson against “autarcy” (Germany, Austria) and for democracy (France, Britain).
However, the fact remains that, in June 1914, House egged on the Kaiser, who could only feel encouraged that the USA would extend what would be, de facto, a vital military alliance of the USA with the Kaiserreich. And it’s exactly what happened. The Kaiserreich’ explosive, food and energy production would have collapsed, but for the USA’s vital trade.
In August 1914, by complete surprise, the Kaiserreich unleashed an invasion of France, after declaring war to Russia. Great Britain, considering the atrocities committed the Kaiserreich had already committed, quickly declared war in turn. The Kaiserreich was defeated at the battle of the Marne, 5 weeks later, and took defensive positions in trenches. A blockade ought to have finished Wilhem’s mass murdering dictatorship quickly.
However the USA made a fortune by bringing to the Reich all it needed to pursue the war, including coal and crucial material for explosives. The more the war went on, the richer the USA got.
Thus the USA became very rich. American plutocrats repeated the same exact performance with a small caporal they had found, Adolf Hitler.
Henri Ford, the most famous American, was Hitler’s main financing source, when Hitler was still totally unknown, before 1923. The association with top American plutocrats did not just provide Hitler with money, power and a network, but also with a great prestige.
The entanglement of USA plutocrats and Nazism led to striking contradictions: American GIs found themselves fighting Germans equipped by. American companies.
On September 3, 1939, the Republic declared war to the racist, murderous mad dictatorship next door. The offensive did not penetrate Germany very far; however, in 1944, with total air supremacy, the Allies, after three months of hard fighting, had not penetrated Germany more than 22 miles.
USA plutocrats, especially the Ethyl Corporation of America, made it possible for the Nazi Air Force, the Luftwaffe, to keep on flying, and made the war much more difficult for France. Ten months later, a desperate Nazi armored thrust got incredibly lucky, and encircled the main French armies and the British force.
Yet, the French Republic did not break, and now Germany has become a sister republic to France.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité, is the national motto of France. Notice the word “equality”. The plutocrats hate equality. Thus, logically enough, they hate France. The mood in the USA is that, if you make a lot of money, it’s not just a right, but a recognition of genius. The truth, of course, is that it’s generally the result of sordid plots (Goldman Sachs for example created Facebook, with the aid of the NSA; The censoring New York Times is entering a third century under the democratic control of the same family, and Ford is still controlled by Fords (I even drive a Ford, showing how far the plot extends).
France is introducing a 75% tax on salaries above a million euros, and has been clamoring for a crackdown against tax havens. Part of the propaganda of the plutocrats in the USA is to call the French ‘frogs’ whose culture reduces to “wine and cheese”. An important aspect is to deny that France is of any importance. It extends all the way to attributing to Newton two laws that French thinkers had discovered (the law of inertia, Buridan, circa 1320; and the law of gravitation, which Newton himself recognized was suggested and demonstrated by Bullialdus, who had become a member of the Royal Society in 1667).
Yet, the facts say otherwise: the French Republic just obtained a treaty that break Switzerland as a tax haven, as far as France is concerned. Not just that, but the Swiss who live in France will not escape heavy French taxes on health or inheritance. Make no mistake; other powers, such as Germany, the USA, Italy, even Britain will argue in future years, along French lines to the Swiss, and, hopefully, to other tax heavens.
The Anglo-Saxons talk about Keynes all the time, another way to steal the attribution of very old ideas that came from, you guessed it, France. Just as in Rome, or even before that, Athens, in France the government is known to be the core of the economy. One can call that “governmentalism“.
In France Keynes-like activities are known as “Colbertism”. Although the measures of the economy and finance minister Colbert went much further than anything Keynes advocated. Colbert promoted the importation of skilled workers and the creation of the highest tech companies (some are still around, and worldwide dominant). Colbert himself was following an older doctrine, implemented earlier by Henri IV and Marshall Sully, 420 years ago.
Henri IV put it this way: ”.je ferai qu’il n’y aura point de laboureur en mon Royaume qui n’ait moyen d’avoir une poule dans son pot“. (“I will make it so that there will be no worker in my kingdom who will not have the means to put a chicken in his pot”.) That striking idea was related to the future Louis XIV, his grandson, the one who hired Colbert later (Colbert also had a military background, although obviously less glorious than the one of Sully).
One could go further back. Equalitarianism was a characteristic of the ancient Germans, thus the Franks. When the French army led by Guillaume (= William = Wilhelm) conquered England in 1066, the slaves, 20% of the population were immediately freed, and the new king set a sort of direct democracy from the local assemblies.
So how did the rise of USA style plutocracy occur? It started with the “West Country Men“, under Elizabeth I. After training their ferocity in Ireland, they are the ones, who, under terrible conditions, and with huge human losses, founded the English colony in America, during the “Barbarous Years“ (a book I own and recommend).
Now a conscious frontal collision between the philosophy of equality, and the barbarous philosophy of exploitation is in order. The preceding century, 1912-2013, was just a warm-up.
France, weighted by 15 centuries of an anti-plutocratic tradition, is a clear and present danger for plutocrats, they act accordingly. Same story in 1912-1914 all the way to 2013.
Note: The Berlin imperial palace, siege of the initial plot against the Republic in 1912, burned out completely under Allied aerial bombing in 1945. Rebuilding was started in 2013.