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FTR #187 Update on Germany

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As indi­cat­ed by the title, this broad­cast sup­ple­ments infor­ma­tion pre­vi­ous­ly pre­sent­ed about Ger­man cor­po­rate impe­ri­al­ism and sub-rosa fas­cism. Begin­ning with a sto­ry about Ger­many’s expul­sion of two CIA oper­a­tives sta­tioned in that coun­try, the pro­gram high­lights the grow­ing con­flicts between U.S. and Ger­man intel­li­gence, symp­to­matic of mount­ing fric­tion between the two coun­tries.

The dis­cus­sion then turns to grow­ing Amer­i­can anx­i­ety about the Euro­pean Union’s deci­sion to form its own mil­i­tary force, inde­pen­dent of NATO. When Ger­many first pro­posed the cre­ation of this force dur­ing the course of the Balka­ns war in 1999, Mr. Emory warned that this could spell trou­ble for the Unit­ed States in the future. (Although the pos­si­bil­i­ty of all-out war between the EU and the Unit­ed States seems rel­a­tive­ly remote at the present time, the EU mil­i­tary force may very well sig­nal an impor­tant dimin­ish­ing of Amer­i­can influ­ence in Europe. At some point in the dis­tant future, the U.S. might find its strate­gic inter­ests threat­ened by mil­i­tant “Euro-nation­al­ism,” in con­trol of the EU mil­i­tary force.) A polit­i­cal­ly unit­ed Europe has long been envi­sioned by many post World War II fas­cist the­o­reti­cians as a vehi­cle for defeat­ing both the for­mer Sovi­et Union and the Unit­ed States.

It is in that con­text that the broad­cast excerpts Kevin Coogan’s land­mark text Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post­war Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al (soft­cov­er, Autono­me­dia, copy­right 1999.) Yock­ey and British fas­cist leader Oswald Mose­ley envi­sioned a polit­i­cal­ly-unit­ed Europe as the tool to elim­i­nate Amer­i­can influ­ence in Europe. (It should be not­ed that Yock­ey, like many Euro­pean fas­cists, viewed Amer­i­ca as a greater threat to Europe than the for­mer Sovi­et Union.)

Next, the pro­gram under­scores Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Ger­hard Schroder’s com­ment (in a TV inter­view) that Europe should unite against the U.S. It is Schroder’s belief that the only way for Europe to counter-bal­ance Amer­i­can polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic pow­er is for the mem­ber nations of the EU to con­sol­i­date polit­i­cal­ly and oppose the Unit­ed States. (His state­ment is all the more inter­est­ing when com­pared to the views of Yock­ey, Mose­ley et al.) After Schroder’s com­ments, the pro­gram turns to the hos­tile takeover bid by Voda­phone (the Unit­ed King­dom’s largest mobile phone com­pa­ny) for the Ger­man Man­nes­mann firm. This takeover has been vocal­ly and bit­ter­ly opposed by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment, Schroder and finance min­is­ter Hans Eichel, in par­tic­u­lar. Their reac­tion con­trasts marked­ly with the ready accep­tance by both busi­ness and polit­i­cal lead­ers of the large and grow­ing num­ber of Ger­man cor­po­rate takeovers of for­eign cor­po­ra­tions, par­tic­u­lar­ly Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions. Orig­i­nal­ly con­cerned with steel and heavy indus­tri­al pro­duc­tion, the Man­nes­mann firm has been branch­ing off into the com­mu­ni­ca­tions field. Like all major Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions, the Man­nes­mann firm is linked to the dead­ly Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal orga­ni­za­tion.

The pro­gram doc­u­ments the Man­nes­mann fir­m’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal pro­gram in Swe­den and Argenti­na. After touch­ing on the Ger­man Allianz fir­m’s pur­chase of Amer­i­can insur­ance com­pa­nies, the broad­cast focus­es on BMW’s use of Euro exchange rates to squeeze British firms sell­ing spare parts for Rover, the UK’s largest vehi­cle mak­er (Rover is owned by BMW.) BMW is using the euro as a cov­er for forced price cut­ting. In past dis­cus­sion of the Euro­pean Mon­e­tary Union, Mr. Emory has con­cep­tu­al­ized the EMU as the real­iza­tion of Pan-Ger­man the­o­reti­cian Friedrich List’s pro­pos­al for an eco­nom­i­cal­ly unit­ed Europe under Ger­man dom­i­na­tion as a vehi­cle for effect­ing world dom­i­na­tion.

Per­haps the best known Ger­man cor­po­ra­tion of the 20th cen­tu­ry was the I.G. Far­ben chem­i­cal com­pa­ny. The pro­gram sets forth the par­tial recom­bin­ing of I.G. (bro­ken up by the Allies at the end of the war). Hoechst AG, Bay­er AG and BASF AG are merg­ing their tex­tile dye units, in a par­tial reca­pit­u­la­tion of the orig­i­nal I.G. Far­ben dye-stuffs firm. Oth­er Pro­gram High­lights Include: the can­di­da­cy of Caio Koch-Weser to become the future head of the Inter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund (hold­ing joint Ger­man and Brazil­ian cit­i­zen­ship, Koch-Weser is almost cer­tain­ly linked to the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion); Klaus Nau­man­n’s posi­tion as head of Euro­pean oper­a­tions for Teledes­ic, a U.S. inter­net firm (Nau­mann, as the top offi­cial in the Ger­man armed forces, advo­cat­ed the roll-back of the val­ues of the French Rev­o­lu­tion -“Lib­er­ty, Equal­i­ty and Fra­ter­ni­ty”.); Ger­man Gen­er­al Klaus Rein­hardt’s com­mand of NATO forces in Koso­vo; Rein­hardt’s father’s role as the most pow­er­ful man in the Third Reich’s finance min­istry; a review of the cen­tral role in the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion of the sons and sons-in-law of key Third Reich offi­cials and SS offi­cers; spec­u­la­tion that Klaus Rein­hardt may be linked the Bor­mann group. (Record­ed on 12/5/99.)


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