The Perspective of World War Two
World War Two was good business for the world's cartels. It gives the term "internationalism" a new, true dimension.
For example, did you know that American convoys to England were reinsured in Nazi Germany? The German insurance company had the details of cargoes and departure times; and these were passed on to Nazi Intelligence.
James Martin relates this anecdote in his book "All Honourable Men" (1950) which is out-of-print and not in used bookstores. (I got my copy through an interlibrary loan.) Martin was head of the economic warfare branch with the US Dept. of Justice and later with the Economics Division of the US Military Government in Germany.
In the Munich Reinsurance Company files, Martin also found "bundles of photographs, blueprints and detailed descriptions of whole industrial developments in the U.S., many of them obtained through insurance channels. Together they made up the vital statistics of our war economy." (23)
Martin tells how in the 1920's New York bankers such as Dillon Read & Company and Brown Brothers Harriman (where Prescott Bush was President) helped consolidate German industry into giant cartels such as the United Steel Works and I.G. Farben. Less than 100 men linked with the Deutsche and the Dresdner Banks controlled 2/3 of Nazi industry.
These cartels financed the Nazi Party. In particular, they funded the SS Waffin, the elite corps directly responsible to Hitler. The SS ran the concentration camps. The cartels benefited economically from the "extermination through work" program. (85)
"Prewar movies had pictured the goose stepping Nazis as the absolute masters of Germany," Martin writes." Our...questioning of Alfred Krupp and his works managers erased that impression. Adolf Hitler and his Party had never been allowed quite to forget that they had depended on the industrialists to put them in office, and that in future they could go further with the industrialists' help than without it." (83)
The Nazi cartels were all linked to American corporations such as Du Pont, Standard Oil, General Motors, ITT and General Electric. In 1944, Martin found 3600 agreements between German and American companies that denied critical raw materials and patents to the United States in favor of the Nazi war effort. (13)
Martin realized that the enemy was not a political but an economic power. "We began to summarize our picture of an enemy that could survive a military defeat because it did not need or use military weapons." (13)
That enemy survived the war and prospered because its American associates protected it. Martin describes how Dillon Read banker General William H. Draper was put in charge of the Economics Division and thwarted Martin's investigation of American-Nazi links. Draper's first priority was to rehabilitate German industry and industrialists. Confirming Rodney Atkinson, Martin concludes:
"Except for its military outcome, the Nazi experiment appears to have been a success in the eyes of its original sponsors. The unity of German business and finance in backing the Nazis was matched only by the precision with which the Nazi government moved in to support the aims and interests of the dominant financiers and industrialists. They, in turn, have been waging a hard postwar fight to keep the economic lines of the Nazi system intact." (291)
The war was also a success for the Nazi's US partners. During the five war years, the 60 largest corporations in the US more than doubled their total assets. (296)
In conclusion, we have to avoid the tendency to seek good guys and bad guys. We can assume all governments are projections of elite economic power; all are instruments of a bizarre program to dehumanize and enslave us. There is no reason to cheer one side or another.
We can cheer because the Iraq war was relatively short, and our long anxious winter is over.
Henry Makow, Ph.D. is the inventor of the board game Scruples and author of "A Long Way to go for a Date." His articles on feminism and the new world order are found at his web site www.savethemales.ca He enjoys receiving comments at firstname.lastname@example.org