Paul Winkler’s The Thousand-Year Conspiracy traces the origins of German chauvinism to the ascent of the Teutonic Knights within Germanic society, following the Papal Bull of Rimini and the Knights’ military defeat of the Hanseatic League. Winkler labels the enablers of the dark side of the German character “Prusso-Teutonics” and notes that, in their pursuit of Pan-German goals, the “Prusso-Teutonics” do not hesitate to deal in a cynical and ruthless manner with their own citizens. Of particular note for contemporary Americans is Winkler’s account of the deliberate, Machiavellian manipulation of the German economy by Hjalmar “Horace Greeley” Schacht, the American-born financier who eventually became the finance minister of the Third Reich. Take note of Winkler’s account of how Schacht re-structured the German economy with an eye to—among other things—driving the citizenry to such a point of hysteria that they would willingly follow the likes of Hitler. Compare Winkler’s analysis with what is taking place today in the United States. Will the American people respond to the eventual, inevitable “correction” of the perilous U.S. debt situation as the German people did to the runaway inflation of the 1920s? Will the American people lend their support to a “man on a white horse” as did the Germans of the 1920s and 1930s?
Writing in 1943, Winkler foresaw that the Prusso-Teutonics would realize their goals through the creation of a German-dominated central European economic union (bearing a striking resemblance to today’s European Monetary Union.) One of the principal influences on List’s thinking was the “continental” concept of Napoleon, who attempted to economically unite Europe under French influence.
“Charles Andler, a French author, summed up certain ideas of List in his work, The Origins of Pan-Germanism, (published in 1915.) ‘It is necessary to organize continental Europe against England. Napoleon I, a great strategist, also knew the methods of economic hegemony. His continental system, which met with opposition even from countries which might have profited from such an arrangement should be revived, but, this time, not as an instrument of Napoleonic domination. The idea of united Europe in a closed trade bloc is no longer shocking if Germany assumes domination over such a bloc—and not France. [Emphasis added.] Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, willingly or by force, will enter this ‘Customs Federation.’ Austria is assumed to be won over at the outset. Even France, if she gets rid of her notions of military conquest, will not be excluded. The first steps the Confederation would take to assure unity of thought and action would be to establish a joint representative body, as well as to organize a common fleet. But of course, both the headquarters of the Federation and its parliamentary seat would be in Germany. [Emphasis added.]”
(The Thousand-Year Conspiracy; by Paul Winkler; Charles Scribner’s Sons [HC]; 1943; pp. 15–16.)
The policies of List were put into practice by Hjalmar “Horace Greeley” Schacht, Hitler’s finance minister.
“Various firsthand reports have given us a fairly accurate picture of the manner in which Nazi Germany is applying the principle of ‘economic collaboration’ to the ‘occupied’ countries, and how, through her agents, she has seized control of all the great industries of France, Belgium and Holland. We have also seen how she has allowed the whole of her economic policy to be dictated by Schacht. All this indicates clearly that Hitler is merely applying the century– old theories of List in the economic sphere.”
(Ibid.; p. 16.)
This book, in addition to the Du Bois, Martin, Ambruster and Borkin-Welsh texts, provide essential historical background for comprehending Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile. The genesis of the Bormann capital network was not haphazard. Rather, it was the outgrowth of major historical, political and economic trends that dominate today’s globalized corporate economy.