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So It Begins, Part 2: Bertelsmann Occupies Town in Yorkshire (Sit Down Before You Read This)


Com­ing soon, to a the­ater near you!

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s pro­pa­gan­da chief, once said [3]: ‘In 50 years’ time nobody will think of nation states.’

COMMENT: In a pre­vi­ous post [4], we have cov­ered a huge issue, being eclipsed by Egypt­ian tur­moil and the con­tin­u­ing “dis­clo­sures” (note the quotes) fol­low­ing “Snow­den’s Ride.”

That issue is a pro­posed free trade agree­ment between the U.S. and the EU. We could do no bet­ter than to quote from our pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sion:

“Oba­ma and British Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron are lin­ing up behind an enor­mous EU/US trade deal, which would bring the U.S. and the EU into a sin­gle market–the largest in the world.

As a gen­er­al con­sid­er­a­tion, we don’t approve of these kinds of agree­ments. NAFTA and its lit­ter-mates gen­er­al­ly ben­e­fit cor­po­rate inter­ests at the expense of the cit­i­zens whose pros­per­i­ty they are sup­posed to ele­vate.

We are very, very leery of this whop­per. 

No doubt we will be del­uged by rhetoric assur­ing us that the agree­ment will bring jobs, jobs, jobs and lots of good vibes all around.

Indeed it may do just that–for Ger­many, in all like­li­hood. . . . ”

If our fears con­cern­ing this issue seem overblown, pon­der the devel­op­ment dis­cussed [5] in the text excerpt below.

Under the pro­vi­sions of the EU, the Ber­tels­mann cor­po­ra­tion has assumed the civic gov­ern­ment of a town in York­shire of the Unit­ed King­dom! The remark­able nature of this could not be exaggerated–a pri­vate com­pa­ny has tak­en charge of the gov­ern­men­tal admin­is­tra­tion of a munic­i­pal dis­trict belong­ing to a for­eign coun­try!

Note, in this con­text, that the Unit­ed King­dom is NOT part of the EMU. It IS,however, part of the EU and its inclu­sion in that orga­ni­za­tion has led to a grad­ual but tan­gi­ble loss of nation­al sov­er­eign­ty. That grim­ly grad­ual process is chron­i­cled at this web­site [6].

Ber­tels­mann [7] is the for­mer sup­pli­er of books for the SS. Ber­tels­mann will dom­i­nate the new Ran­dom House/Penguin merged unit, which will con­trol 25% of the world’s pub­lish­ing busi­ness. It is now the largest pub­lish­er in the world and dom­i­nates Eng­lish lan­guage pub­lish­ing.

For­mer­ly head­ed by “for­mer” SS man Hein­rich Mohn, Ber­tels­mann shows every indi­ca­tion of main­tain­ing its Nazi char­ac­ter and obscur­ing them at the same time. Its offi­cial house his­to­ri­an [8] pub­lished books blam­ing World War II on Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt, U.S. impe­ri­al­ism anJew­ish con­trol of the U.S. news media. (Ber­tels­mann is con­tin­u­ing its efforts in the music busi­ness [9], as well.)

Should the U.S. go for­ward with this deal and become legal­ly and insti­tu­tion­al­ly entan­gled [10] with the Ger­man-dom­i­nat­ed EU, the “East Rid­ing prece­dent” could be real­ized in this coun­try.

“Eco­nom­ic con­trol auto­mat­i­cal­ly yields polit­i­cal con­trol.” [11]

Think about it!

“Britons Under Ger­man Admin­is­tra­tion: Noto­ri­ous Pub­lish­er of Nazi Pro­pa­gan­da Takes over Admin­is­tra­tion of 350,000 Britons in York­shire” [german-foreign-policy.com], trans­lat­ed by Edward Spal­ton [Intro­duc­tion by Rod­ney Atkin­son]; freenations.freeuk.com; 4/14/2005. [5]

EXCERPT: Europe’s largest media com­pa­ny, the Ger­man firm Ber­tels­mann AG, is tak­ing over offi­cial tasks nor­mal­ly per­formed by pub­lic author­i­ty in Great Britain. From July 2005 a Ber­tels­mann sub­sidiary will under­take the major­i­ty of pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion in a British local author­i­ty. The plan is regard­ed by the Ger­man firm as a “pilot project of strate­gic impor­tance” for its expan­sion into a mul­ti bil­lion mar­ket. Across Europe, Ber­tels­mann aims to expand with­in the frame­work of the so-called “Public/Private Part­ner­ship” into areas which are present­ly under the con­trol of nation states and to car­ry out activ­i­ties which are nor­mal­ly reserved to pub­licly respon­si­ble local author­i­ties. Great Britain is also a tar­get of Ber­tels­man­n’s expan­sion in print media. By a joint ven­ture enter­prise with two oth­er Ger­man media firms in the con­struc­tion of new large-scale print­ing facil­i­ties abroad, Ber­tels­mann is aim­ing to gain mar­ket lead­er­ship in Euro­pean news­pa­per print­ing.

From July the Ger­man firm Arva­to AG, a total­ly owned sub­sidiary of Ber­tels­mann AG, will take over the major­i­ty of the admin­is­tra­tion of the British local author­i­ty, the East Rid­ing of York­shire, which has around 350,000 inhab­i­tants. About five hun­dred local author­i­ty employ­ees will switch to Ber­tels­mann. So a Ger­man firm will be entrust­ed with car­ry­ing out duties which were pre­vi­ous­ly under the author­i­ty of the British state. These include pub­lic and statu­to­ry duties (such as are car­ried out by a state, local author­i­ty or pub­lic cor­po­ra­tion) to ful­fill require­ments under pub­lic law. The exer­cise of these pow­ers of gov­ern­ment is nor­mal­ly the pre­serve of respon­si­ble local gov­ern­ment offi­cials who have a spe­cial duty to the local author­i­ty and bear alle­giance to the state. In a few months Arva­to will become respon­si­ble for pay­ing wages and social ben­e­fits as well as col­lect­ing coun­cil tax, fees and charges. It will pro­vide a cit­i­zens’ bureau and the Coun­cil’s total infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy require­ment . (*1)


The Ger­man con­glom­er­ate sees the takeover of admin­is­tra­tion in the East Rid­ing as “a pilot project of strate­gic impor­tance” for expan­sion into a mul­ti-bil­lion pound mar­ket. . . .