America First Caucus Policy Platform
America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions. History has shown that societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country. (News)
Speech of April 12, 1921
We said to ourselves that race differs from race and, further, that each race in accordance with its fundamental demands shows externally certain specific tendencies, and these tendencies can perhaps be most clearly traced in their relation to the conception of work. The Aryan regards work as the foundation for the maintenance of the community of the people amongst its members. The Jew regards work as the means to the exploitation of other peoples. The Jew never works as a productive creator without the great aim of becoming the master. He works unproductively, using and enjoying other people’s work. And thus we understand the iron sentence which Mommsen once uttered: ‘The Jews is the ferment of decomposition in peoples,’ that means that the Jew destroys and must destroy because he completely lacks the conception of an activity which builds up the life of the community. And therefore it is beside the point whether the individual Jew is ‘decent’ or not. In himself he carries those characteristics which Nature has given him, and he cannot ever rid himself of those characteristics. And to us he is harmful. Whether he harms us consciously or unconsciously, that is not our affair. We have consciously to concern ourselves for the welfare of our own people. (Hitler)
‘Anglo-Saxon’ is the rally cry of Republican fascists otherwise known as White Supremacists. After January 6th no one can deny that Trump and the Republicans have awakened a sleeping giant. In historic terms this giant has only taken a nap. If we as a country cannot step up and decisively put down this insurrection, vote out and impeach these nativists voices, we will be left in history as the fate of the Weimar Republic. From my recent post, Clashing Histories – Right Fright in the Light:
At the conclusion of World War 1, Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the throne and Germany was immediately transformed from a constitutional monarchy to a republic in signing the Treaty of Versailles. The republic was called the Weimar Republic. It lasted from 1918 to 1933. The treaty imposed harsh economic penalties on the Germans. There were multiple political groups in the republic on both the left and the right. However, the right increasingly became more powerful as hardships got worse for the German people. Here is a quote concerning the ideological makeup of these groups and how they differed:
The parties on the left were strong supporters of progressive taxation, government social welfare programs, labor unions, equality, and economic opportunity for women. They were less nationalistic, militaristic and antisemitic than the parties on the right. They favored greater government involvement in—and control of—business and industry and were to varying degrees anti-religious. Still, there were strong differences and major conflicts between the two major leftist parties. The Social Democrats were strong supporters of the Republic and democracy while the Communists were opposed to both, favoring a Russian style communist dictatorship. The parties on the right were strongly nationalistic and supported large military. They were opposed to social welfare programs, labor unions and progressive taxation. They favored an economy directed by industrialists and landowners with large estates. They were antisemitic and favored traditional roles for women. The Nationalists were a more traditional Conservative Party, while the National Socialists were a radical party wanting revolutionary change. Both parties publicly supported the Churches and the role of religion in society but some elements in the Nazi Party harbored hostility to traditional religion. (Bookbinder)
Now, the United States stands on a precipice which can in nowise be tolerated. Republicans have been paving the way to this inevitable outcome since Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society in the 60s. The new Republicans and Trump are actively dismantling any dissenting voices in the GOP. These old guard Republicans cannot compete with the money and sensationalism that the New Reich provides. Thanks to Fox News Republicanism has become a drug stimulate to all forms of Pandora’s Box. Without a decisive stand by democracy and voters to turn back this rising tide, many of us will find ourselves in the same shoes as the French Resistance in World War II. The sides have clearly been demarcated as democracy versus authoritarianism.
Anglo-Saxon history is the legacy of the colonialist supremacy of the English Empire. Their origins go back to the 5th century. They were comprised of Germanic tribes and native England occupants. Their history is one of cultural identity resulting in feudalism and aristocracy. They were violently Christian. In the 8th century, the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ began to be used as a term denoting their Germanic roots as distinguished from the continental Saxons and Anglia. This purely English version counted themselves as chosen by God. ‘Aryan’ is a word developed in the 19th century to denote a Proto-Indo-Iranian language group native to the region in modern-day India and Iran. The word Aryan has a cognate in the Sanskrit word arya meaning honorable, respectable, noble. The speakers of this language were considered members of the Caucasian race. The Nazis distorted this concept to be descendants of a pure, blond hair, blue eyes Caucasian Race.
Thus, from Hitler’s speech above we see the imputed superiority of the Aryan work ethic and the laziness of other ethnic groups he deems as Jews in this quote. There are members of Congress and the Republican Party who are taking up this banner extoling the imagined virtues of the pure, Anglo-Saxon race while making any other imagined peoples inferior and objects for eugenics. The British Empiricists, Locke, Berkeley and Hume, homogenized this purely racial dogma into a doctrine of sensation and empiricism. I will delve into this account in a further post but later schools of thought derived from British Empiricism as positivism and Austrian Economics have become dogma for capitalism in microeconomics. All these roots rely on a metaphysic of absolute individualism. In these movements sensation became more important than historic philosophical debates on rationalism. Sensation is a posteriori based on experience and immanent acts of a metaphysical, individual conscience. Mises, an architect of Austrian Economics, went so far as to press Kant’s a prior, or prior to action, into the service of the purely a posteriori. In their estimation action has no other precedent but the ‘thing in itself’ as simple action, an act. This was a direct assault in his day to the aspect of historic Rationalism which focused on the self-evident and innate ideas perhaps wrongly derived from Plato on. Effectively, action justified itself in its alienated purity. Empiricism was subjugated to mere power as the result of the strongest action in this philosophical undertaking. In this then we see the birth of market Darwinism.
These roots dismiss rational critique in favor of effectivity. Effectivity is defined by those who make and enforce the Golden Rule (those who have the gold make the rules). There is nothing other than result and the quality of result, thought in terms of power, imputed on the survivor of the ‘fittest’. This historic detour is what has contributed to the Republican Party discounting logical contradiction in favor of those who hold power. It fundamentally distinguishes modern day Republicans from the Party of Lincoln. There should be no question about the primacy of sensation in the viewers of Fox News. They come from a long history which has both embraced the power of senses now taken hold of as sensation and simultaneously sensation’s ability as a Piped Piper to assert raw power reminiscent of monarchies of old. This has led the Republican Party off a cliff. Trump is only the latest version of rhetoric in the service of brute control and power. Roger Stone is his Jester. If democracy cannot overcome this tragic history, history will only, once again repeat itself to humanity’s demise.
Bookbinder, Professor Paul. Weimar Party Politics.
Hitler, Adolf. Speech of April 12, 1921.
News, PunchBowl. America First Caucas Policy Platform.