The Necessary Trilogy

The works of Antony Sutton are essential reading for those who want to know how the 20th century’s “managerial revolution” took place, and how it was spread throughout the developed world by global capitalism in a way that transcended national, cultural, ideological, and governmental-structural differences. Sutton tended to frame his arguments within a paleconnish/right-libertarian narrative (the “decline of constitutionalism” and Bircher-like anti-communism) that I don’t really agree with, and he also veered off into right-populist-like conspiracism at times (e.g. Skull and Bones, Illuminati, etc). But his basic arguments hold up, i.e. that Soviet technological development was made possible only with the assistance of Western capital (the same has since been true of China), that Roosevelt was not a “traitor to his class” (as even some of his Marxist admirers believe) but capitalism’s savior (as Roosevelt himself claimed), that the Third Reich’s economic policies were heavily profitable to substantial sectors of the capitalist class in both Germany and America, and that Germany’s military buildup in the 1930s was also made possible only with American capitalist assistance.

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  1. Its no wonder why I feel so ashamed to be American, Keith Preston, & I put the full blame on Corporate America for both the Holocaust & Holodomer.

  2. Yes, Antony Sutton’s work, along with James Burham’s “The Managerial Revolution,” is essential reading for those who want to understand the political and economic evolution of the 20th century.

    The Russian Revolution was not an “anti-capitalist” revolution per se, as there was very little capitalism in Russia at the time. It was mostly a feudal society that experienced a revolution by the politically frustrated middle-classes, the same thing that happened in America and France in the late 18th century, with the American Revolution being Lockean in character, the French Revolution being Rousseauan, and the Russian being Marxist (which reflects the evolution of European intellectual culture in the 18th and 19th century). Industrial development was made possible in Russia only through the influx of Western capital (a process that was repeated in post-Mao China).

    When classical bourgeois capitalism collapsed (as Marx predicted it eventually would) in the aftermath of World War I and the Great Depression, it was replaced by modern managerial states (Burnham) although in the form of elitist-reformist state-capitalism in the Anglosphere and Western Europe (New Deal, Fabianism, social democracy), revolutionary-extremist state-capitalism in Central Europe (fascism/Nazism) and bureaucratic-military state-socialism in Russia.

    It’s also interesting to note that the elitist-reformist model took root in the advanced industrial countries in the Anglosphere and Western/Northern Europe, the fascist-model in early industrializing countries in Central/Southern Europe and Latin America, and the state-socialist model in pre-industrial feudal societies (Russia, China, etc).

    Not only was classical capitalism replaced with managerial capitalism in the mid-20th century, but the old classical liberal-bourgeoisie model of colonialism also disappeared when the European colonial empires were destroyed in the two world wars, and replaced with American neo-colonialism/”dollar imperialism” in the postwar era. The end of the Cold War in the 1990s solidified American unipolar hegemony through “globalization.”

  3. Btw, I really think the two quotes posted at the beginning of the ATS statement of purpose, one from Sutton and one from Gene Roddenberry, founder of what amounts to the “Star Trek” religion, summarize the anarchist ideal pretty well:

    “Not until a majority finds the moral courage and the internal fortitude to reject the something-for-nothing con game and replace it by voluntary associations, voluntary communes, or local rule and decentralized societies, will the killing and the plunder cease.” -Antony C. Sutton

    “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations represents a…belief that beauty, growth, progress — all result from the union of the unlike. Concord, as much as discord, requires the presence of at least two different notes. The brotherhood of man is an ideal based on learning to delight in our essential differences, as well as learning to recognize our similarities. The circle and triangle combine to produce the gemstone in the center as the union of words and music creates song, or the union of marriage creates children.” -Gene Roddenberry

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