TACTICAL PESSIMISM: TERMS for a POSSIBLE DISCUSSION

TACTICAL PESSIMISM

1 TACTICAL PESSIMISM

Being in essence a Radically- Leftist Post-Hippie in outlook (anti-war, anti-discrimination, anti-slavery, anti-corporate-psychology) I often had to deal with the fact that most of my friends admired (if not embraced) Communism as a noble ideal. But I always understood the “brotherhood and equality” claims of Communism to be a kind of campaign pledge (like “no more war!” or “I will end poverty!”), a golden carrot to seduce the naïve into voting for the bait-and-switch of  a life of ideological/ social conformity, surveillance and control. A touch of Socialism can’t hurt an Industrial national culture  (the country I live in is a Social Democracy and that meant, for the longest time, strong unions, extravagant paid vacations for workers, incredible and ultra-cheap health care and free university educations) but there’s every reason to believe that Karl Marx was working for the recently-ascendant Industrialists (a class to which he was related, along with the Banker class) when he published Das Kapital in 1867. Industrialists may have foreseen (and plotted toward) the fall of the traditional Aristocracy while also fearing, and wanting to divert from,  the example of the Enlightened Corsican Republic (1755-1769), an experiment in populism that captured quite a few egalitarian imaginations (and supposedly even inspired the American Revolution, though America’s “revolutionaries” were wealthy men who can’t have been terribly egalitarian at heart). Communism in actual execution (if not on paper ) enshrines,  as liberatory,  a de facto top-down, scientific control of the general populace,  while proclaiming itself a Utopia for the Proletariat, offering the faceless worker the  “equality” of being an interchangeable cog in the machinery of The State.

The fact that the World Economic  Forum (as low key a globally-influential organization as one could imagine) has recently gone on record proclaiming that, by 2030, “You will own nothing and be happy,” indicates that the USSR, East Germany, Cuba and Red China were beta-testers for what was always seen as the most scientific system for global, top-down rule of The Masses. A direct line can be drawn between the WEF’s chairman, Klaus Schwab, and Dr. Hermann Josef Abs, of the Deutsche Bank during The Third Reich, the most powerful Capitalist of his time and place. The post-Third Reich Social Democracy I live in could be described, historically, as a fattening-up, and a lulling into a false sense of security (and Free Humanity) before the springing of The Trap.  Three generations  of good food, easy sex, long vacations and (in the latter part)  techno raves have not prepared us for the barren Dystopia looming before us. We have forgotten how, or why, to fight. We have been trained to stare at screens, at home,  instead. The most recent generations are already willing and able to do so. Forever.

It’s too obvious that we’re heading toward the fulfillment of a long-range plan:  a Neo-Feudal Technocracy that is both easily avoided (if the average person were well-educated and truly aware) and inevitable. It will be “Capitalists” (interacting in a Serf-exploiting/ Serf-excluding economy) at the Top and “Communists” (we Serfs) forming the bottom 99.999% of the planetary Super-State. The ideal time to disrupt this scheme would have been the early 1960s, when the Serfs were the most educated they had ever been (or will ever be), and still rather fit; back when we had a whole generation before the invention of the microchip.

2 SUGGESTIVE NOTES

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“The members of the Committee (BIS) for Foreign Economic Affairs included Hermann Abs of Deutsche Bank, the most powerful commercial banker in the Third Reich. The dapper, elegant Abs was an old friend of the BIS. He had been sent there by Schacht (Hitler’s Banker) during the 1930s to try and stall demands for repayments of the loans that financed Germany after 1918″. Adam Lebor adds the following about Abs on page 154: “As the head of Deutsche Bank’s foreign department during the war, Abs was the lynchpin of the continent-wide plunder, directing the absorption of Aryanized banks and companies across the Third Reich. During the twelve years of the Third Reich, the bank’s wealth quadrupled. Abs sat on the board of dozens of companies, including, naturally, IG Farben.”*

One would have expected Dr Hermann Josef Abs would have been found guilty of war crimes and maybe imprisoned or even hanged at Nuremberg but even back then bankers seem to have been above the law. Here is what Tower of Basel says about Dr Abs’ escape from justice on pages 187 and 188: “Herman Abs, of Deutsche Bank, was the most powerful commercial banker in the Third Reich, and he was not on Dulles’s A list. Rather he was high on an Allied blacklist of important Nazi officials to be arrested. In the American zone Colonel Bernard Bernstein, the Head of the Finance division, had Abs, indeed all the Nazi financiers in his sights. Bernstein ordered that every banker and industrialist be detained as a suspected criminal.”

Adam Lebor continues: “Luckily for Abs, he was living in the British zone. There he met his old friend, Charles Guston of the Bank of England, whom he used to see in Basel during the 1930s at BIS meetings. Gunston had no interest in the Nazi atrocities. All he cared about was getting the banks working again. Gunston asked Abs to help rebuild the banking system in the British zone. Abs was more than happy to oblige. Bernstein was enraged and demanded that Abs be extradited to the American zone. Gunston refused, but in early January 1946, he returned to England. Abs was then finally arrested as a suspected war criminal, and he spent three months in prison before being released and was never charged. Instead, Abs went to work, fulfilling his promise to his old friend Charles Gunston.”

 

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-“The World Economic Forum which organises the Davos** Summit every winter in Davos, Switzerland started out as the European Management Forum (EMF) in 1972. What is interesting about the EMF is that its major patron was Mr Altiero Spinello who was a member of the Commission of the European Communities which was the forerunner of the European Commission. The Chairman of the EMF was a German banker by the name of Dr Hermann J. Abs.

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-“At the second Davos, the Forum focused on Europe, reflecting widespread enthusiasm for the enlargement of the European Communities (EC) from six to nine countries with the addition of Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Coincidentally, the new members of the EC signed a Treaty of Accession on 22 January 1972, the first day of the second Symposium. Notably, a Forum document defined the Foundation’s goal as follows: “The European Management Forum was established to provide international and particularly European business with a select forum for the study, discussion and determination of concepts and objectives for responsible and successful management.”

The Meeting Chairman, Hermann J. Abs, Chairman of Deutsche Bank and the most prominent European business leader at that time, had to cancel his participation at short notice. As a last resort, Klaus Schwab filled the vacancy***. This was the first and only Davos for which Schwab himself would serve as the meeting chair.”

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-” ‘Davos Man‘ is a neologism referring to the global elite of wealthy (predominantly) men, whose members view themselves as completely “international”. According to political scientist Samuel P. Huntington, who is credited with inventing the phrase “Davos Man“, they are people who “have little need for national loyalty, view national boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are vanishing, and see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the élite’s global operations”. In his 2004 article “Dead Souls: The Denationalization of the American Elite”, Huntington argues that this international perspective is a minority elitist position not shared by the nationalist majority of the people.”

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– “The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Cologny, Geneva Canton, Switzerland, is an international NGO, founded on 24 January 1971. The WEF’s mission is stated as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.

The WEF hosts an annual meeting at the end of January in DAVOS, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 3,000 business leaders, international political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists for up to five days to discuss global issues, across 500 sessions.”

– “The WEF was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva. First named the European Management Forum, it changed its name to the World Economic Forum in 1987 and sought to broaden its vision to include providing a platform for resolving international conflicts.”

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-“The Great Reset is the name of the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), held in June 2020. It brought together high-profile business and political leaders, convened by the Prince of Wales and the WEF, with the theme of rebuilding society and the economy in a more sustainable way following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Klaus Schwab, who founded in WEF in 1971 and is currently its CEO, described three core components of the Great Reset. The first involves creating conditions for a “stakeholder economy”; the second component includes building in a more “resilient, equitable, and sustainable” way—based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics which would incorporate more green public infrastructure projects. The third component of a Great Reset agenda is to “harness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” for public good. In her keynote speech opening the dialogues, International Monetary Fund director Kristalina Georgieva, listed three key aspects of the sustainable response—green growth, smarter growth, and fairer growth.”

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**To quote more extensively (and suggestively) from Adam Le Bor’s book (“Tower of Basel”):

“The members of the Committee for Foreign Economic Affairs included Hermann Abs of Deutsche Bank, the most powerful commercial banker in the Third Reich. The dapper, elegant Abs was an old friend of the BIS. He had been sent there by Schacht during the 1930s to try and stall demands for repayments of the loans that financed Germany after 1918. In Basel, Abs frequently met with a British banker called Charles Gunston, who was a protégé of Montagu Norman. Gunston managed the Bank of England’s German desk, which made him immensely important during the 1930s. Gunston was so keen on the new Germany that he spent his 1934 summer holidays at a work camp for  enthusiastic Nazi party members. He also admired Abs and later described him as “Very urbane. Always a velvet glove around an iron fist.” Abs did not join the Nazi party, but he was so essential for the functioning of the Third Reich’s economy that he did not need to. As the head of Deutsche Bank’s foreign department during the war, Abs was the lynchpin of the continent-wide plunder, directing the absorption of Aryanized banks and companies across the Third Reich. During the twelve years of the Third Reich, the bank’s wealth quadrupled. Abs sat on the board of dozens of companies, including, naturally, IG Farben.

In 1943 the Nazi industrialists asked Erhard to write a paper on how German industry could be converted back to peacetime production. Erhard argued for a free and competitive market with a gradual elimination of state controls. German industry would be redirected, as quickly as possible, to producing consumer goods. Erhard was taking a substantial risk by putting his name to such thoughts: any postwar planning that assumed that Germany might lose the war was enough to send the author to a concentration camp.”

But Erhard had protection at the highest levels of the Nazi state: Otto Ohlendorf, the chief of the SS internal security service. The SS was abusiness as well as a killing machine, the state engine of looting, plunder, and despoliation, from the gold extracted from the teeth of concentration camp victims to the banks, steelworks, factories, and chemical plants of Nazi-occupied countries. Ohlendorf had extensive firsthand experience of the SS’s methods. Between 1941 and 1942, Ohlendorf had commanded Einsatzgruppe D, the extermination squad operating in southern Ukraine, which had murdered ninety thousand men, women, and children. Ohlendorf, an intelligent and educated man, showed great concern for the psychological welfare of his squad’s gunmen. He ordered that they should all fire at the same time at their victims, so as to avoid any feelings of personal responsibility.”

Ohlendorf also held a senior position at the Ministry of Economics, supposedly focusing on Nazi Germany’s foreign trade. By 1943, after the Russian victory at Stalingrad, Ohlendorf also understood that the Third Reich would eventually lose the war. His real job was to plan how the SS would keep its financial empire so that Germany would reassert its economic dominance over Europe after the inevitable defeat. The postwar priority was rapid monetary stabilization, to preserve economic stability and avoid Weimar-style hyperinflation. Germany would need a new currency, which would have to be imposed by the occupying powers, as well as a mixed economy of state and private sectors. There was an obvious overlap with Erhard’s ideas. Ohlendorf came to hear of Erhard’s work, and Erhard was persuaded to send him a copy of his memo.”

As the Allies advanced on Germany, the Nazis stepped up their plans for the postwar era. On August 10, 1944, an elite group of industrialists gathered at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg, including representatives of Krupp, Messerschmitt, Volkswagen, and officials from several ministries. Also in attendance was a French spy, whose report
reached the headquarters of the Allied invasion force, from where it was forwarded to the State Department and the Treasury. The account of the meeting is known as the Red House Report.”

Germany had lost the war, the Nazi industrialists agreed, but the struggle would continue along new lines. The Fourth Reich would be a financial, rather than a military imperium. The industrialists were to plan for a “postwar commercial campaign.” They should make “contacts and alliances” with foreign firms but ensure this was done without “attracting any suspicion.” Large sums would have to be borrowed from foreign countries. Just as in the prewar era, the US connection and links to chemical firms, such as the American Chemical Foundation, were essential to expanding German interests. The Zeiss lens company, the Leica camera firm, and the Hamburg-American line had been “especially effective in protecting German interests abroad.” The firms’ New York addresses were passed around the meeting.”

A smaller group attended a second, select meeting. There the industrialists were instructed to “prepare themselves to finance the Nazi party, which would be forced to go underground.” The prohibition against exporting capital had been lifted, and the government would help the industrialists to send as much money to neutral countries as possible, through two Swiss banks. The Nazi party recognized that after the defeat, its best-known leaders would be “condemned as war criminals,” the intelligence report concluded. However, the party and the industrialists were cooperating in placing the most important figures in positions at German factories as research or technical experts.”

US Treasury officials were closely watching this massive export of German capital, much of which was going to South America. Funds were pouring out of Germany and other Nazi-controlled territories, Harry Dexter White told a meeting of Treasury officials in July 1944 during the Bretton Woods conference. Nazi leaders were preparing to flee the country or have their property confiscated. “They bought estates and industries and corporations, and there is evidence that the German corporations have been buying into South American corporations in the expectation of being able to re-establish themselves there after the war.” The cloaking operation was extremely complex, said White. “They are working through first, second and third fronts, so it is pretty hard to trace it without having all the data available.” The Treasury officials also discussed the BIS at the same meeting, noting that out of twenty-one board members and senior officials, sixteen were “representatives of countries that are either now our enemies, or are occupied,” including Walther Funk and Hermann Schmitz.”

**The Second Davos Hochschulkurs (Davos University Conferences, ’29) was where then-proto-Nazi Philosopher Heidegger notably debated the qualities (and qualifications) of the “Human”… and we all know how that discussion ended (or “ended”).

***From a German magazine (I’ll post a translation when I have time):

“Klaus Schwab, der 1938 in Ravensburg geboren wurde und zunächst Professor für Unternehmenspolitik an der Universität Genf war, hatte damals eine Idee: Er wollte eine Plattform schaffen, bei der sich alle begegnen. “Ich dachte mir, Europa aufzurütteln, und den Leuten die fortschrittlichsten Managementkonzepte vorzustellen, sei eine gute Sache”, erzählte Schwab mal. Damals kam auch der sogenannte Stakeholder-Ansatz in Mode. Ein Unternehmen ist danach nicht nur seinen Eigentümern, also oft den Aktionären, und der Gewinnmaximierung verpflichtet, sondern allen Beteiligten: Mitarbeitern, Politik, Öffentlichkeit und inzwischen auch der Umwelt. Was heute als selbstverständlich gilt, war damals neu.

So richtig glatt lief es aber nicht für Schwab. Die nächste Veranstaltung in Davos lief nicht wie erhofft, 1972 sah es bereits so aus, als ob er scheitern würde. Die Zahl der Teilnehmer ging zurück, Hermann Josef Abs von der Deutschen Bank sollte die Veranstaltung leiten, sagte aber kurzfristig ab. Doch Schwab gab nicht auf und versuchte es 1973 und 1974 erneut – mit Erfolg. Die weltweite Wirtschaftskrise und der Ölpreisschock sorgten damals für Diskussionsstoff und Schlagzeilen. Die Zahl der Teilnehmer stieg auf 800, es war der Durchbruch. Es kamen in den folgenden Jahren nicht nur Manager und Wissenschaftler, sondern zunehmend auch Politiker nach Davos und sorgten für Glanz. 1987 erst gab Schwab dem Treffen den heutigen Namen: Weltwirtschaftsforum. Das Treffen war nun etabliert.”

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3 IF YOU STILL BELIEVE WE’RE DEALING WITH A GLOBAL “HEALTH CRISIS” (that happens to be convenient for a “Great Reset”)

…all I can do is paraphrase Joseph de Maistre“Duh Masses get the Technofascist Dystopia they deserve.”

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ADDENDUM: for further reading/ viewing

https://wrenchinthegears.com/2017/11/26/gambling-with-our-futures-big-data-global-finance-and-digital-life/

https://www.youtube.com/c/BestEvidence/videos

https://utopiasascam.podbean.com/e/alison-mcdowell-magical-bags-of-water-and-mushroom-soup-vs-bio-engineering-and-the-virtualized-world?fbclid=IwAR27rd2RX48lZZ27hiU2pNxSqi8gHLjHgJwJt0MOzeUgVJFQzMU8ynGWLDs

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