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Old 08-14-2017, 06:13 PM
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Default Book Review: AJP Taylor's WWII Dis-Info masterpiece, "The Origins of the Second World War"

Classic Dis-Info, Artist And Work: AJP Taylor's "Origins Of The Second World War"
(Apollonian, 14 Aug 17)

I just now finished re-reading AJP Taylor's old "classic" (it was, but not any longer, these days, in age of I-net) dis-info, "Origins of the Second World War," this one I've just read being the 2005 edition, originally published in 1961, Simon and Shuster Inc., NY, etc., 296 pp, xxviii, 278 text, bibliography, index, including a couple of maps.

Taylor's work was notable for having opined he thought Britain and Poland were more responsible for outbreak of WWII than Germany--as after all, it was Poles who deliberately started it all (see http://www.nnnforum.com/forums/showt...light=docherty), demanding to take the German city of Danzig, amongst other aggressions, but Hitler making clear Danzig would return to Germany, and Brits who actually declared the war their Polish allies started and provoked. Had Brits not declared war, then there would have been no war, obviously.

Interesting and telling is Taylor expounding upon economics, no less, as the 1930s depression was circumstance for Hitler and Nazi party being so popular in Germany, the actual occasion for bringing them to definitive political power. Thus Taylor says, on p. 61, chapt. 4, "International stability was first shaken by the collapse of economic stability in the great Depression which began in October 1929. The Depression had little to do with the preceding war, though men did not think so at the time. It had nothing to do with the surviving provisions of the peace-treaty. The Depression was started by the collapse of a speculative boom in the United States; and the unemployment which followed was swelled by the failure of purchasing power to keep pace with the increased resources of production. Everyone understands this now; just as they know that the way out of a depression is to increase government spending. In 1929 hardly anyone knew it; and the few who did had no influence on policy. It was generally believed that deflation was the only cure. There must be sound money, balanced budgets, cuts in government expenditure, and reductions in wages. Then presumably, prices would somehow become low enough for people to start buying again."

Did u catch that?--"unemployment . . . was swelled by the failure of purchasing power to keep pace w. the increased resources of production"?--this hardly makes any sense, but then Taylor says, "[e]veryone understands this now...," ho o ho ho ho. And "the way out of a depression is to increase gov. spending"--isn't this just brilliant? So much for Taylor the economist or economic historian. But there's more.

Later in chapt. 6, p. 118, Taylor goes on about German economic production and re-armament under Hitler: "The British government feared to offend economic principle even more than to offend Hitler. The secret of Pandora's box which Schacht had opened in Germany and which the American New Deal had also revealed, was still unknown to them. Wedded to stable prices and a stable pound, they regarded increased public spending as a great evil, excusable only in the event of actual war, and even then lamentable. They had no inkling that public spending on anything, even on armaments, brought with it increased prosperity. Like nearly all contemporary economists except of course J. M. Keynes, they still treated public finance as though it were the finance of a private individual. When an individual spends money on wasteful objects, he has less to spend elsewhere, and there is less "demand." When the state spends money, this creates an increased "demand," and therefore increased prosperity, throughout the community. This is obvious to us now. Few knew it then. Before we condemn Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain too contemptuously, we should reflect that even in 1959 an economist was elevated to the House of Lords for preaching the very doctrine of public miserliness which stultified British policy before 1939. Perhaps we are not more enlightened; merely more fearful of the popular explosion which would be caused if the economists got their way, and there was a return to mass unemployment. Before 1939 this unemployment was regarded as a law of nature; and the government could claim, in all sincerity, that there were no unused resources in the country when nearly two million men remained unemployed.

"Here again, Hitler had a great advantage over the democratic countries. His principal achievement was the conquest of unemployment; and most Germans did not mind what heretical methods he used, so long as he did it. Moreover, even if German bankers objected, they had no effective means of saying so. When Schacht himself grew anxious, he could only resign; and few Germans cared. A dictatorship like Hitler's could escape the usual consequences of inflation. Since there were no trade unions, exchange control--backed by the weapons of terror and the secret police--prevented any depreciation of the mark. The British government still lived in the psychological atmosphere of 1931: more terrified of a flight from the pound than of defeat in war. Its measures of rearmament were therefore determined less by strategic need, even if that had been known, than by what the taxpayer would stand; and he, constantly assured that the government had already made Great Britain strong, would not stand much. Limitation of income-tax, and the confidence of the City of London, came first; armaments came second. Under such circumstances, it is not necessary to invoke the opposition of the Labour party in order to understand why British preparations for war before 1939 lagged behind those of Germany. The wonder is rather that, when war came, Great Britain was as well prepared as she was--a triumph of scientific and technical ingenuity over the economists."

Again, note (fm above) Taylor's smug and utterly idiot presumption, "[w]hen the state spends money, this creates an increased "demand," and therefore increased prosperity, throughout the community." Golly, gee, but it's "obvious to us now," he assuringly says, ho ho ho ho.

Thus is Taylor's general exposition on WWII, smug, presumptuous, contemptuous, but also glib, fast-paced, and rather smoothly written for an economic 278 pages--it all went over quite well for the 1960s with only the little problem for not demonizing Hitler and Germans for "starting" the war w. the "cruel invasion" of Poland, etc.

So what Taylor's work does do for us is to reveal the purpose of his publishers and the deep-state behind them: (a) it covers the deep-state, Taylor patronizingly belittling and dismissing "Chatham House," the British equivalent of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) here in Jew S A; (b) it normalizes the Bolshevik USSR, taking and considering them as just another country among all the other nations who were appalled by Hitler and "Nazi" Germany.

(c) Taylor additionally covers the deep-state's extremely significant, newly instituted instrument of world dictatorship, the "League of Nations"--he tells us (p. 39): "...there was a deep, underlying divergence between England and France as to the nature of the League. The French wanted the League to develop into a system of security directed against Germany; the British regarded it as a system of conciliation which would include Germany."

(d) And there was not the slightest word fm Taylor in his entire work about the British imperial take-over of former territory of Ottomans, Palestine, due to become site of "Israel," world dictator and arbiter, soon-to-be ruler of Jew S A, proverbial "tail" wagging the "dog," which "dog," for the moment, however, was necessary for other purposes, as in the coming second world war being prepared and planned by satanic deep-state for whom Taylor is covering and apologizing, pretending Neville Chamberlain and his cohort, Lord Halifax, weren't intending war fm the beginning.

(e) And of course, Taylor has too little to say about how deep-state provoked and started the first world war, in the first place--it's not part of official deep-state narrative, tune for which Taylor is definitive maestro. (See http://www.nnnforum.com/forums/showt...light=docherty) For note deep-state is founded upon that top, ruling, and definitive criminal enterprise, the central-bank legalized counterfeiting, and we see how Taylor handles that problem in his economic discussion as we noted in some detail, above. As far as Taylor is concerned central-banking is just normal business practice, nothing further to see or note, ho hum.

Thus we see the truly interesting nature of AJP Taylor and his devilish work, "Origins...": the book is actually sublime dis-info and was surely extremely effective for the time, serving as diversion for the real designs of deep-state by means of the cause-of-war controversy, seeming to excuse arch-demon, Hitler--this was sure to attract maximum attn. Thus the work is genuine and quite notable land-mark of the dis-info art so well and effectively elaborated in a full-fledged book production which kept people and scholars occupied for decades. Taylor actually deserves credit as artist of dis-info most cleverly dispensed and sold, and scholars should take due note.
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