[Marxism] Henry Ford as Fascist Kingpin
tomcod3 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 10:38:18 MDT 2011
I'm currently reading "Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of
Hate" about Ford's anti-semitism. I had heard vague intimations of
this, but hadn't realized that he had politically organized around
these sentiments to the extent he had. Now, to those wags who would
split hairs saying he wasn't really "fascist" or a Nazi, Ford would
agree, being an individual who was sui generis and who would have (and
did in this period) sought to have himself and his ideas recognized as
top dog in this area as Fordism. Needless to say, there was
absolutely no place for unions in this schema.
Ford published a newspaper called "The Dearborn Independent" starting
in 1920 which became a national and international vehicle for the most
vicious anti-semitic venom. In fact, it was this publication that
first gave the first wide circulation to the notorious Protocols of
the Elders of Zion which were brought to Ford's attention circa 1919
by a White Russian emigre named Boris Brasol who convinced Ford that
this was also some kind of "Bolshevik" screed as well and it was from
this source supposedly that the Nazis-the ones in Germany-obtained it.
These articles were published in a pamphlet "The International Jew"
which Ford widely promoted and which the Nazis carried German
translations of on their lit tables. The book says that for many
years Hitler had a portrait of Ford in his Nazi Party office. This is
linked to the development of Ford's regime of corporate gangsterism
that he instituted along with cronies like Harry Bennett of the
"Service Department", not just within his plants, but more generally
in society in Dearborn and the Detroit area.
There is some irony in the fact that Brasol was Russian with Russia
having been an "Allied" power. Thus according to certain "Allied"
propaganda, it was the jews who were behind the Kaiser and in fact
there was probably at that time less anti-semitism in Germany than in
Russia or even France, land of the Dreyfus Affair. It was for that
reason that Jacob Schiff refused to back the Allied war loans before
April 1917. So much for "Wilsonian Ideals" of freedom and democracy
that "The Allies" supposedly stood for.
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