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History as a Morality Play


Exhibit One: History Moves Fast

From Politico right before “Super Tuesday”:

‘The Worst Possible Scenario’: Never Trumpers Wonder What to Do About Bernie

“The worst possible scenario” were McMullin’s words. Wilson—a famously foul-mouthed GOP strategist—described a potential Sanders-Trump race as “the fucking apocalypse.”

On the mainstage and in the corridors, in their coffee klatches and huddles by the coat racks, these conservatives agonized over the democratic socialist from Vermont—how his policies endangered the country, how his politics imperiled the Democratic House majority, and how, unthinkably, patriotism might require them to vote for him.

“There’s a reasonable case to be made that one term of Bernie is less dangerous than a second term of Trump,” Kristol told me. “I’d want to make that decision on Oct. 30, not now. I won’t vote for Trump, I think—I know. I won’t vote for Trump.”

But not voting for the president is the easy part. Are you still a Principled Conservative if you vote for a socialist?

Unless something amazing happens they no longer have to worry about this, but it was fun to think about.

Exhibit Two: Facilitators

   Hanther has many times commented about Quisling, and how collaboration with Corruption can never lead to Purity. 

From Merriam-Webster:

Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian army officer who in 1933 founded Norway's fascist party. In December 1939, he met with Adolf Hitler and urged him to occupy Norway. Following the German invasion of April 1940, Quisling served as a figurehead in the puppet government set up by the German occupation forces, and his linguistic fate was sealed. Before the end of 1940, "quisling" was being used generically in English to refer to any traitor. Winston Churchill, George Orwell, and H. G. Wells used it in their wartime writings. Quisling lived to see his name thus immortalized, but not much longer. He was executed for treason soon after the liberation of Norway in 1945.

But what about those who facilitate the Corruption always thinking they can control it and/or use it to attain their own ends. Isn’t facilitating Corruption much the same as collaborating with it?

Alfred Hugenberg was a German industrialist and political leader, the head of a huge newspaper and film empire, the Rupert Murdock of between war Germany. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the huge Krupp industrial concern in the early 1900s. From 1916 on he built up enterprises that became a significant share of Germany’s newspapers, along with a wire service, and the UFA film company.

As Germany’s most powerful figure in the propaganda field, he launched campaigns against communism and social democracy, which both he and Hitler thought were two sides of the same coin, as well as the universally hated (in Germany anyway) Treaty of Versailles. He campaigned alongside the Nazis during this period hoping to exploit Nazi successes at the polls for his own political ambitions.

As with all others non-inner circle members he proved unable to manipulate the Nazis, but the large contributions from German industrialists that flowed into Hitler’s party treasury aided the Nazi Party’s growth substantially. Entering Hitler’s cabinet on Jan. 30, 1933, as minister of economy and food, Hugenberg still hoped to exert some control over the Nazis, but alas this was just more wishful thinking.  He lasted only five months, resigning on June 26, 1933 and had no further political influence although he did remain a member of the Reichstag until 1945, and kept his head low enough not to suffer any reprisals. For the most part if you didn’t kiss up to Hitler you got “Sessionsed”. Which brings us to:

Fritz Thyssen whose father, August, was head of the Thyssen mining and steelmaking company, was a supporter of National Socialism believing that only limited government control of production and ownership of banking and transportation was the best means of preventing the spread of Communism. In the 1920s the Thyssen companies experienced constant expansion and in 1926 Thyssen took over upon his father's death. That same year he formed an iron working company that controlled more than 75 percent of Germany's iron ore reserves. He played a prominent role in German commercial life, as head of the German Iron and Steel Industry Association and the Reich Association of German Industry, and as a board member of the Reichsbank.

In 1923, Thyssen attended a speech given by Adolf Hitler. He was impressed by Hitler and his bitter opposition to the Treaty of Versailles and began to make large donations to the party.  Thyssen himself remained a member of the German National People's Party and did not join the Nazi Party until 1933.

In 1930 the artist John Heartfield depicted Thyssen as the puppet master manipulating Hitler on the cover of communist magazine, but as with Hugenberg this was not really the case. In November 1932, Thyssen and Hjalmar Schacht (a prominent banker) were the main organizers of a letter to President Paul von Hindenburg urging him to appoint Hitler as Chancellor. Thyssen also persuaded the Association of German Industrialists to donate 3 million Reichsmarks to the Nazi Party for the March 1933 Reichstag election after which Hitler took power. As a reward, he was elected a Nazi member of the Reichstag and appointed to the Council of State of Prussia, the largest German state, both purely honorary positions. However, by 1939 he was bitterly criticizing the regime's economic policies, which were subordinating everything to rearmament in preparation for war, but his deal with the Devil had been made.

As his final “reward”, as in most such deals as Hanther is fond to point out, he was arrested in 1940 while trying to emigrate to Argentina, and both he and his wife spent the rest of the war in various concentration camps until they were finally “liberated” in 1945.

The Museum wonders if even Aesop could have written such a fine moral story.

If the names look familiar the Thyssenkrupp company is still with us today, most know around here as the company that acquired Dover Elevator.

At the Exit:

Faced with a Pandemic with a Flu-like virus, but the Museum must point out it is not the Flu, a generation of Americans raised on Mad Max Movies responds in the only logical way – by buying toilet paper and guns.

And as you exit, the Museum leaves you with a Golden Oldie Blast from the Past: *

Ring around the rosy

A pocket full of posies

Ashes, ashes

We all fall down

*The museum realizes that linking this 1800ish children’s rhyme to the Black Death is an urban legend, modern folklore if you wish, but it does have that “history” now in our popular culture.



Uncle Willie loves to have feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from miss-guided souls who disagree.