“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide 98% of the vote. I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.
“Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people, about 30 daily.
“The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.
“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.
“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.”
Interesting article. Regardless of whether you agree with all of it, you can see how this country is going down the same path. But that shouldn’t be surprising considering that hitler’s financial backers were based in london and new york and did quite well for themselves during the war. Prescott Bush, for example.
So is it really a conspiracy theory to think that the economic collapse is deliberate? Only if you’re totally ignorant both of history and current events. The media makes it quite easy to overlook certain crucial facts such as how the “federal” reserve created the credit bubble over the cries of real economists from across the political spectrum, making it the single most culpable institution in our current situation, and making a bundle of money for its owners. Or how the bush admin protected wholesale fraud in the housing bubble, leading inevitably to its collapse and the vast enrichment of the insiders. Or how fraudulent “insurance” called credit default swaps were sold by CIA cut-out AIG to the same insiders with the clear expectation that the US taxpayer would be saddled with the result. Or how the economic shock doctrine has been used repeatedly, from the weimar republic to chile to guatemala, to arrange for annointed dictators to assume power. Is it an accident that the path to our current economic situation was undertaken shortly after the cold war could no longer be used as a tool of social control? (think nafta)
Wishful thinking is no more rational than unfounded conspiracy theories. But in any case “unfounded” simply doesn’t apply here. The record is out in public. Use your head. They’re lying and the media says nothing. Are you still buying?