A Ton of Bricks Lands on the History Rewriters

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In an unprecedented move, Germany has repatriated $31 billion in gold from banks in New York and Paris. It was, in total, 743 tons of gold transferred to a (hopefully) safe location in Frankfurt. For all of those who think that the Cold War was nothing but made-up fiction to keep American capitalists rich and the average citizen frightened, consider what CNN Money said: “But it's also a recognition that times have changed: Germans are no longer worried about preventing their gold reserves from falling under Soviet control -- a real fear during the Cold War.” Being invaded and the Soviets taking all the gold was a real fear for Germany. It would seem that if you were only trying to fool everyone into thinking that an imminent war by a country close to your borders was a distinct possibility, you wouldn’t transfer 743 tons on one of the most valuable metals in the world out of your country.

 

The transfer of funds is like so many unfortunate things happen that have been prompted and influenced by the history that the more “enlightened” continually deny. It’s these unpleasant facts that keep coming up that validate the historical references and facts that so many books were written about. The scary part is that all the evidence in the world does not convince the people who are determined to rewrite history. While the PC crowd is tearing down all the racist, sexist, chauvinistic memorials dedicated to the morally bankrupt pseudo–heroes of the past, they can proceed with rewriting history to fit their politically correct frame of mind, regardless of the truth. They can use the neat new phrases that some desperate fame-seeking academic cogitator invented, like agender, bigender, cisgender, and describe their relationships as demiromantic, demisexual, and other popular phrases whose explanations already exist but do not fit the revisionist bombast. If their mastery of the English language was more resplendent, they would be using existing terms, but alas, they’re so convinced of their faultlessness they have to invent new words that will probably not even outlive them. I love how the spellcheck lights up on their goofy verbiage, still not approved by the spellcheck people, who are so far behind the times they, too, just don’t get it.

 

There is nothing to “get.” The triviality of their analysis, will, in the end, likely be their undoing. Philosophers such as Nietzsche and Karl Marx reinterpreted history, and they’re little more than footnotes, interesting forays into “what ifs” that, while intellectually challenging, attracted followers who were only sidesteps in the path of humanity; while resulting in chaotic changes that were, after great hardship, thrown into the dustbin of history. There are a lot of things in the world, even in America, that need changing. We live in a world hamstrung by poverty, suffering, and untimely deaths. Tearing down the monuments and rewriting the history books is not the kind of solution that will alleviate those plagues upon us, no matter how smug it makes those who are wasting time and effort doing so. The CNNMoney link for the repatriation follows:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/23/investing/germany-gold-reserves-new-york-paris/index.html 

Comments

Phil Greenough Added Sep 2, 2017 - 7:30am
I didn’t follow the connection between the moving of gold back to Germany and the campaign to rid society of certain statues. 
 
On the gold, it was probably a business decision.  Gold is expensive to store and it makes no sense to do it maybe the two most expensive cities on the planet.  I also read that Germany might be preparing for the eventual collapse of the Euro and felt safer having the gold on their home soil.  I also read that it became an issue of national pride that they’re gold was stored outside Germany.  Maybe it’s a combination of many reasons.
 
On the statues, let’s say some city erected a statue of the first KKK Grand Wizard in the public square, would you advocate for that statue’s removal?  Assuming yes, the question over which of these statues should be removed becomes a lot grayer.  I think the Left is wrong on this issue, but can appreciate how someone else could perceive the whole brouhaha differently.  What I think stinks about this whole thing is the timing.  I think it’s mostly phony outrage to further the cause towards belittling Trump’s presidency.   
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 2, 2017 - 7:41am
Thank you for your comment Phil. The quote from CNNMoney lists the Cold War as the reason for sending the gold out of Germany. Many of the PC crowd rewriting history insist that the Cold War was a figment of our imagination, and that the Soviets were just a bunch of lovable comrades who were responding to our aggression. The PC crowd who are attempting to rewrite history are those gentle, sensitive folks trying to tear down statues. I agree, Phil, it is phony outrage directed at Trump.
Phil Greenough Added Sep 2, 2017 - 7:57am
Why the gold was sent back to Germany I find to be the more interesting question that I’d like to know the answer to.  If it’s a prelude to the Euro’s collapse, it really is big news, rather than a back page story.  As for rewriting history, I’m far more concerned about how dismissive the Left has been towards recent Russian aggression.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 2, 2017 - 12:58pm
Russian aggression ?? Lol. Forgetting the Maidan and NATO ? Whatever....good to see the gold back in Europe.
George N Romey Added Sep 2, 2017 - 1:47pm
Every history book should be set on
fire. 
Dino Manalis Added Sep 2, 2017 - 2:30pm
We should learn history, all of it, both good and bad events and individuals.  It's an important lesson to become better human beings.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 2, 2017 - 4:40pm
In agree that history needs to be truthful even to the point of listing immoral or unethical behavior. We don't have any perfect leaders. The PC crowd is choosing to rewrite the history books making anyone who disagrees with their ideology, regardless of what time in history or the context of the situation, as not worthy of any recognition other than that they were bad.
George N Romey Added Sep 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Jeff the good thing is that smart Americans are seeking out the truth and there are very good and very credible tellers of the truth. More and more Americans are rejecting the Deep State propaganda. 
Katharine Otto Added Sep 2, 2017 - 5:02pm
Jeff,
Thanks for the update.  Of course there are lots of reasons Germany might want its gold at home, one of which is that it trusts Russia now more than it trusts the US.  
 
I found it interesting that over 50 percent of Germany's gold remains in New York and London, so those two still have enormous leverage.
 
About the Cold War, I'm currently reading "The Secret History of the CIA," by Joseph J. Trento, for anyone who doubts the Cold War. The CIA was started under Harry Truman's presidency and initially composed of Nazi war criminals, and Nazi scientists, who were courted by both Stalin and the US.  This began the nuclear arms race, and the monster of CIA/KGB espionage and counter-espionage. The Cold War was real, but it was generated at the top levels of our own government, which was itself paranoid, and was used to terrify the average citizens while giving the US government license to build the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.  
Katharine Otto Added Sep 2, 2017 - 5:11pm
George,
Would you propose eliminating history entirely, instead of revising it?  If you read lots of different history books, you may get an idea of how they complement and contradict each other.  Of course, no history book can replicate the experience of living in the period covered. And, each person who lived in that time probably had a different perspective, as now.  Who can possibly describe current events in comprehensive terms, and we live here.
 
The idea that the Confederate statue is so loaded with emotional angst is intriguing, and shows that war is still raging, in lots of people's minds, and the issues that caused it are still unresolved.
George N Romey Added Sep 2, 2017 - 6:43pm
Katharine even those that lived through the times were fooled. For example the number of US companies that financed Hitler even after 1941.
 
The difference is now we have free of flow of information and a dissatisfied citizenry looking for answers.
Katharine Otto Added Sep 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
George,
Yes, the bankers were also happy to finance Hitler, and lots of money has been made by funding both sides of wars, selling arms, supplies, etc.  We know about it because of history books, to some extent.
 
We have a freer flow of information now, but we also have a free flow of misinformation, disinformation, and other propaganda, just like always.  I'm ever so glad that the citizenry is dissatisfied and rattling the mental prison the jailers have created.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 2, 2017 - 8:22pm
Katherine, there is considerable debate as to when the Cold War started. My theory is that when Igor Gouzenko walked into the Canadian embassy and said he was a Soviet spy, the war was on. Stalin knew more about the Manhattan Project than Harry Truman did!
John G Added Sep 2, 2017 - 10:46pm
When people say that the Cold War was fake or a hoax, they are talking about the justifications used to begin it and sustain it.
There never was an 'international communist conspiracy'.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 3, 2017 - 8:29am
No international conspiracy. No nuclear-weapon tipped missiles in Cuba. No fomenting communist revolutions in South America. No supporting revolutions and communist states in Africa. No international conspiracy. Got it.
Stephen Hunter Added Sep 3, 2017 - 1:12pm
Good article Jeff and tough to disagree with the fact that we seem to have a tough time prioritizing the important stuff, like reducing human suffering.  Tearing down statues that have been there forever, should not be a top one. 
Katharine Otto Added Sep 3, 2017 - 2:53pm
Jeff,
Having finished "The Secret History of the CIA," and otherwise not too familiar with that era of history, I have to contend the "Cold War" was real.  However, it became clear while reading the book that our own paranoia about Stalin, and communism generally, perpetuated it.  Even though the Russians beat us into space with Sputnik, it becomes clear that the USSR, under Khruschev, could not afford to keep up the arms race, except by stealing and buying US nuclear secrets.  
 
In fact, the whole CIA charade appears to have been a back-door way of getting nuclear secrets out to every government that was willing to pay for or steal them. Although Trento doesn't say this in his book, he recounts episode after episode of infighting, double- and triple-agents, and jealous insiders sabotaging each other's missions.  That the CIA was so incompetent on every front tells me that it was intentional by someone, possibly the war contractors who had a vested interest in selling nuclear materials and weapons throughout the world.
George N Romey Added Sep 3, 2017 - 3:57pm
The Cold War in itself was real but the reasons behind it were pure fantasies.  No the Russians had no desire to destroy the US way of life. They were not going to land on our shores and make us call one another Comrade or drink cheap Russian vodka.  JFK was going to put an end to the ridiculous situation and had his head handed to him, literally. 
John G Added Sep 3, 2017 - 7:25pm
Jackson. Supporting populist movements. Not 'communist revolutions'. The missiles in Cuba were in response to what?
Just being an exceptionalist doesn't strengthen your argument. There is no evidence that the USSR sought hegemony. There is a lot to suggest the opposite.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 3, 2017 - 9:27pm
That must be why they spied on us, and Britain, and others. They had to have some reason to build all of the ICBMs and aim them at us.
John G Added Sep 3, 2017 - 10:00pm
Indeed they did. That was all those ICBMs that you had pointed at them. And the attempted invasions.
History doesn't start when it's convenient for the America first narrative.
Russia has been invaded several times by the capitalist west. Killing tens of millions of Russians.
These days it's fashionable amongst the brain dead to lump all those deaths on 'socialism'. But it simply is a pack of western lies.
Russians have a very different perspective and aren't anywhere as gullible.
 
John G Added Sep 3, 2017 - 10:03pm
When you find those WMDs in Iraq, those moderate rebels in Syria, those viagra fuelled rape squads and black mercenary armies in Libya we can talk.
Or Gadhaffis billions, or Milosevic's billions, or Putin's billions. Or the plan for Greater Serbska. Or dead incubator babies, or Serbian death camps or any of the thousands of debunked detritus of crass US war propaganda.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 3, 2017 - 10:30pm
Well, yes, let's see. It was capitalist France that invaded them, and then capitalist Germany, and let's not forget capitalist Japan, when it was America, (Teddy Roosevelt) that brokered the peace treaty between them. How could I not see that.
John G Added Sep 3, 2017 - 10:32pm
The post revolution invasion by 12 countries?
I see you've missed that.
The fact is that you have been blinded by propaganda.
There's a lot of money in war.
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 3, 2017 - 11:00pm
Supporting the white Russians, or, as you would call it, "populist movements."
John G Added Sep 4, 2017 - 1:20am
Oh I see you are unable to be serious.
John G Added Sep 4, 2017 - 2:06am
Hardly any of the movements that the USA claimed were communists were communists. Even if that gave the USA any moral or legal right to attack them.
Not Mossadegh, not Lumumba, not Arbenz, not Allende, not Ho Chi Min, not the Sandinistas, not Hugo Chavez, not Maduro, not Lula nor Dilma Rouseff.
The Khmer Rouge were serious communists and the USA supported them.
And the USA supports pretty much every fascist authoritarian state on the planet.
The USA is an empire. It doesn't do anything for democracy or human rights. It cares only about enriching its ruling class and crushing all opposition to its looting. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:49am
Jeff..good article. One would wonder though, what IS the REAL reason for the move?
Just a thought.  Hey George..lol.
John G Added Sep 5, 2017 - 3:04am
The USA has been abusing its privilege over the Germans with its provocations toward Russia. The sanctions have cost Germany more than any country, including Russia.
Also Germany is not a sovereign currency issuer so its gold is a material asset of the state. Unlike the USA where gold is irrelevant.
It must be said though that German economists are amongst the worst in the world and the reasons could be entirely insane.
 
Saint George Added Sep 8, 2017 - 4:49am
Skidmark-john-g (named after "Toilet G" on the Ground Floor of the brothel his mother squeezed him out into [father unknown]) trolls this site because he shills for Russia and Palestinian terror groups that commit, or enable others to commit, atrocities against innocent people.
 
Who is your ideological compliance officer, skid-mark-g? Do tell.
 
Curious minds want to know.