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FTR #254 Vouch For This!

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MP3 One Seg­ment [1]
RealAu­dio [2]

1. One of the prin­ci­pal issues in the 2000 cam­paign has been “edu­ca­tion.” In Cal­i­for­nia, a bal­lot ini­tia­tive was placed before vot­ers that offered to pay fam­i­lies to send chil­dren to pri­vate school. This vouch­er ini­tia­tive, “Propo­si­tion 38,” was the brain­child of Tim Drap­er, a Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can. (The San Jose Mer­cury News; 10/19/2000; p.1A.) Although Mr. Emory does not impugn Drap­er’s char­ac­ter, it is impor­tant to note that (appear­ances to the con­trary notwith­stand­ing) Drap­er is the heir to a lega­cy that is the oppo­site of the image pro­ject­ed in the arti­cle about Propo­si­tion 38.

2. The arti­cle stress­es Drap­er’s alleged enthu­si­asm for mul­ti-cul­tur­al­ism, the fabled “melt­ing pot” and a “lev­el play­ing field” for all. (Ibid.; p. 22A.)

3. Excerpt­ing FTR-102, the broad­cast points out that the Drap­er fam­i­ly has a deep his­tor­i­cal involve­ment with fas­cism and doc­tri­naire racism. Drap­er’s grand­fa­ther, William H. Drap­er Jr., was heav­i­ly involved with pro­mot­ing invest­ment in Ger­many between the World Wars. (The Splen­did Blonde Beast: Mon­ey, Law and Geno­cide in the 20th Cen­tu­ry; Christo­pher Simp­son; soft­cov­er edi­tion Com­mon Courage Press; copy­right 1995.)

4. W.H. Drap­er Jr.‘s work on behalf of Ger­many was done while work­ing for a sub­sidiary of the invest­ment firm of Dil­lon, Read & Com­pa­ny. (Idem.)

5. After the war, Drap­er (as a brigadier gen­er­al) was one of the prin­ci­pal fig­ures in charge of the eco­nom­ic recon­struc­tion of Ger­many. (Idem.)

6. In that capac­i­ty, he saw to it that the same indus­tri­al­ists and financiers who had backed Hitler were retained in posi­tions of eco­nom­ic respon­si­bil­i­ty in the “new” Ger­many. (Idem.)

7. Next, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es the Pio­neer Fund, a pro-eugen­ics orga­ni­za­tion that was a major influ­ence on the eugen­ics think­ing and leg­is­la­tion of that peri­od. (The Nazi Con­nec­tion: Eugen­ics, Amer­i­can Racism and Ger­man Nation­al Social­ism; Ste­fan Kuhl; hard­cov­er copy­right 1994; Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press.)

8. Wyck­liffe Drap­er (the cousin of William H. Drap­er Jr.) was the prin­ci­pal finan­cial backer of the Pio­neer Fund. (Idem.) As not­ed in oth­er pro­grams, Amer­i­can eugeni­cists wield­ed a pro­found influ­ence on their Ger­man col­leagues and, in turn, the devel­op­ment of the Third Reich’s racial leg­is­la­tion.

9. The Pio­neer Fund was a major influ­ence on the racist best­seller The Bell Curve.
(“The Fund­ing of the Sci­ence,” by Bar­ry Mehler; The Search­light; 7/1998.)

10. The broad­cast con­cludes with a look at the col­lab­o­ra­tion of William H. Drap­er Jr. and George H.W. Bush in for­mu­lat­ing a pol­i­cy of “pop­u­la­tion con­trol” in the Third World. (Emerg­ing Viruses–AIDS & Ebo­la: Nature, Acci­dent or Inten­tion­al?; Dr. Leonard Horowitz; hard­cov­er copy­right 1996; Tetra­he­dron.)