• History,  Politics

    How Germany Tried to End WWII

    We all know the official story of how the Deputy Führer of Germany, Rudolf Hess, in a fit of madness, flew to Scotland on May 10, 1941 in a personal attempt to end the war with Britain. He was taken prisoner, convicted of “crimes against peace,” and served a life sentence until his suicide in 1987. It was a tidy if slightly odd twist to world history. If you’ve read our article on how that war started, you’ll realize the official story, like much of WWII history, is pure propaganda. Hess was not on a personal mission, he had the full authority of the Führer and he had the draft…

  • British Soccer team at Auschwitz
    History,  Nationalism

    Good Times at Auschwitz

    You and most other people think of Auschwitz as a death camp with no purpose except murdering Jews. That’s the postwar view, promoted by survivors and holocaust museums around the world. It’s actual purpose was more mundane, to supply workers for a large synthetic rubber factory, the IG Farben BUNA Werke. This gigantic enterprise near Oświęcim Poland employed 80,000, people, mostly Jews, from three work camps nearby. To keep the workers fit and happy, the camps had recreation fields, a swimming pool, orchestras, theatres, movie nights, and a nursery for the children. This would be perfectly normal for a large factory with a male and female workforce, but it’s unbelievable for…

  • SpaceX launch
    Economics,  Nationalism

    The Economic Leader

    Every country needs a clutch of economic leaders, companies that dominate, or are internationally competitive in their respective fields. If, to paraphrase Carl Von Clausewitz, trade is war by other means, nations need bigger industries they way they used to need bigger battleships. America has been in the forefront of this movement for more than 130 years with companies like Bell, Westinghouse, Ford, General Electric, Boeing, and now Apple, Microsoft, Tesla and Space X. Other countries are no different: Mitsubishi, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki in Japan; Hyundai and Kia in Korea; SAAB and Volvo in Sweden; VW, Mercedes Benz and BMW in Germany; CZ in the Czech Republic, Rolls Royce…