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Chomsky Hitler History Lesson

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Published on Apr 4, 2012

A 1937 Report of the State Department's European Division described the rise of Fascism as the natural reaction of "the rich and middle classes, in self-defense" when the "dissatisfied masses, with the example of the Russian revolution before them, swing to the Left." 

Fascism therefore "must succeed or the masses, this time reinforced by the disillusioned middle classes, will again turn to the Left." 

The Report also noted that "if Fascism cannot succeed by persuasion [in Germany], it must succeed by force." 

It concluded that "economic appeasement should prove the surest route to world peace," a conclusion based on the belief that Fascism as a system was compatible with U.S. interests. From endnote 19 of Chapter 5] See endnote 19 of Understanding Power. The U.S. government and business community supported Hitler and Mussolini before World War II.

Thank God They're on Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965 http://representativepress.blogspot.c...
Deterring Democracy http://representativepress.blogspot.c... In the major academic study of the topic, David Schmitz points out that the model developed for Italy, with "moderate" Fascists holding the middle ground between the dreaded left and right-wing extremists, was applied to Nazism as well. Here, Hitler was chosen as the representative of the moderates who promised "social order, anti-Bolshevik laws, and protection for foreign capital," Schmitz observes. The American chargé d'affaires in Berlin wrote Washington in 1933 that the hope for Germany lay in "the more moderate section of the [Nazi] party, headed by Hitler himself...which appeal[s] to all civilized and reasonable people," and seems to have "the upper hand" over the violent fringe. In 1937, the State Department saw Fascism as compatible with U.S. economic interests. A report of the European Division explained its rise as the natural reaction of "the rich and middle classes, in self-defense" when the "dissatisfied masses, with the example of the Russian revolution before them, swing to the Left." Fascism therefore "must succeed or the masses, this time reinforced by the disillusioned middle classes, will again turn to the left." Not until European Fascism attacked U.S. interests directly did it become an avowed enemy. The reaction to Japanese Fascism was much the same.
... It was taken as the model for support of Hitler as the moderate leader of the Nazis, and "was to become a familiar and almost automatic pattern of behavior by American foreign policymakers in the name of anticommunism in the twentieth century." http://books.zcommunications.org/chom...

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See endnote 19 of Understanding Power. The U.S. government and business community supported Hitler and Mussolini before World War II.
From endnote 19 of Chapter 5

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