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The tag 'Zen Buddhist-Fascist Connection' is associated with 5 posts.

FTR #843 Interview (#6) with Peter Levenda about “The Hitler Legacy”

This sixth in a projected series of nine interviews with Peter Levenda, continues analysis of what Mr. Emory views as one of the most important books ever written. Resuming a point of discussion from FTR #842, we further develop the nature of Tibetan Buddhism, certain similarities with Nazi philosophy and occult beliefs, and how this played into the development of the Dalai Lama’s operational links to some truly “interesting” elements. Advancing analysis of the “weaponization of religion” and elements of Buddhism, in particular, Peter highlights the little-known but profound fascist influence on, and support from, the Zen Buddhist community. Pursuant to the discussion of “weaponized religion,” Peter sets forth his thesis that Nazism was a form of cult or spiritual belief. As we have seen, Nazi philosophy resonated effectively with some aspects of “global jihadism,” Tibetan Buddhism and wartime practicioners of Zen Buddhism. Listeners should remember that elements of U.S. intelligence co-opted “weaponized religion” during the Cold war, including global jihadism and Tibetan Buddhism. Program highlights include: the “jihadist” nature of Tibetan Buddhism; the role of Zen luminaries D.T. Suzuki and Karlfried Graf Durckheim in developing the Zen-Bushido link; the roles of both men in popularizing Zen Buddhism in the post-World War II period.


FTR #838 Interview (#1) with Peter Levenda about “The Hitler Legacy”

The first of several interviews with Peter Levenda about his important new book “The Hitler Legacy,” this program highlights the evolution of elements which figure into the development of the post-war Nazi underground. At the end of the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and abortive Marxist uprisings in Germany and elsewhere in Europe infused the power elite in the U.S. with a paranoid ideological terror of a global “Jewish-Marxist” conspiracy. Combined with fear of Catholic and Jewish immigrants and their effect on American society, this ideological paranoia fused with a social Darwinism that found its expression in eugenics–a pseudo-intellectual doctrine that sought the promotion of “desirable” social and ethnic types and the suppression and/or elimination of “inferior” racial types. Seeing Germany as the point element in the struggle against world Marxism, individuals and political parties sought to ally with German fascists to bring fascism to the U.S. This fascist Fifth Column included political groups ranging from the Ku Klux Klan to the Silver Shirts of William Dudley Pelley, as well as the prototypical right-wing talk show host Father Charles Coughlin, “the Radio Priest.” Coughlin’s efforts were subsidized by Third Reich intelligence. Financed by financiers and industrialists who supported fascism, this Fifth Column attempted to kill and/or overthrow FDR on several occasions. In the Middle East, the concept of global jihad was developed by German archaelogist Max von Oppenheim during the First World War. Envisioning the world’s Muslims as proxy warriors against the Entente Powers of Britain, France and Russia, von Oppenheim created the template for contemporary Islamic fascism and jihadism. Following the division of the former Ottoman Empire by Britain and France after World War I, the “Arab Street” began manifesting belief in an international global conspiracy involving Jews and the European colonial powers that resonated with the American power elite’s idological anxieties.


FTR #813 Return of the Rising Sun, Part 3

Grandson of the Japanese war criminal who signed that country’s declaration of war against the U.S., Shinzo Abe is following in the footsteps of Nobosuke Kishi (his grandfather), as well as those of Kishi’s associates in Japan’s expansionist empire. Revising school textbooks about World War II, passing a new secrecy law, instituting greater state control of news media, dramatically increasing defense spending while moving to alter the constitution to permit a more militaristic agenda, Abe is turning back the Japanese historical and political clock. Japanese government officials are openly sanctioning anti-Korean racism and networking with organizations that promote that doctrine. Several members of Abe’s government network with Japanese neo-Nazis. Vice-Prime Minister Taro Aso is a longtime admirer of Nazi political strategy and advocates using the Nazi method for seizing power to sneak constitutional change past the Japanese public.


Zen at War

by Brian Victoria; Penetrating look at the close relationship that existed between Zen Buddhism and Japanese militarism prior to World War II.


Zen War Stories

by Brian Victoria; Explores the intimate and supportive relationship between Japanese institutional Buddhism and militarism during the Second World War.