Left Liberals Blinded by Hatred of Hillary; Impotent Academic Nominalists Quibble Over Semantics While Trump Infects U.S. Body Politic with Fascism; What’s in a Name? Outcome of U.S. Election May Hang on Ability of Big Media to Ostracize Billionaire as Fascist and Nazi; Enemy Must Be Named Before They Can Be Effectively Fought; Trump Supporters Are Pariahs
On Saturday, May 21 the Tax Wall Street Party presented two panels at the New York City Left Forum, which focused on the collapse of the US Republican Party and in particular on the fascism and probable psychosis of its candidate, Donald J. Trump. Fewer than 10 days later, on May 29, at the New York Times published a widely discussed analysis of Trump and fascism within the context of the growth of racist, reactionary, and dictatorial political parties in Europe and elsewhere around the world. This article showed the breadth and depth of the worldwide condemnation of Trump as a modern-day fascist, and also suggested how sensitive his backers are to this analysis, and its implications:
‘…the discussion comes as questions are surfacing around the globe about a revival of fascism, generally defined as a governmental system that asserts complete power and emphasizes aggressive nationalism and often racism….President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico criticized Mr. Trump’s plans to build a wall on the border and to bar Muslims from entering the United States. “That’s the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived,” he said. The actor George Clooney called Mr. Trump “a xenophobic fascist.” Louis C. K., the comic, said, “The guy is Hitler.” Eva Schloss, the 87-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank, said Trump “is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.” It got to the point that his wife, Melania Trump, was prompted to say, “He’s not Hitler.” Mr. Trump’s allies dismiss the criticism as politically motivated and historically suspect. The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has said he would consider being Mr. Trump’s running mate, said in an interview that he was “deeply offended” by what he called “utterly ignorant” comparisons. “Trump does not have a political structure in the sense that the fascists did,” said Mr. Gingrich, a onetime college professor who earned his doctorate in modern European history. “He doesn’t have the sort of ideology that they did. He has nobody who resembles the brownshirts. This is all just garbage.”’ 1
Newt Gingrich is of course an inveterate obfuscator of political and historical truth. Notice how frightened he is of the charge of fascism. Once Trump is widely recognized as the fascist he is, the task of winning the November election will be infinitely harder. Racist is not enough; he must be branded as a fascist. In the Tax Wall Street Party seminar at the Left Forum, a list was put forward of essential features of Italian fascism and German Nazism, which are also shared by Trump. It turns out that trumps ideology is strikingly similar to that of his central European counterparts during the interwar period, provided that these movements are compared at approximately the same stage of their development.
The question of whether to call Trump a fascist and a Nazi is far from being the usual pedantic debate about semantics or terminology. Unless the Trump phenomenon is correctly classified, Trump will be able to avoid paying the political price that would come due if voters realize where he is inevitably and inexorably headed – towards a totalitarian police state. Trump’s followers today revel in the misguided media attention they enjoy. Instead, these misguided persons need to face the prospect of being shamed, shunned, ostracized, isolated and otherwise relegated to pariah status. It is only the confidence they derive from being part of a sociopathic, but seemingly ascendant mass movement that gives these crazed petty bourgeois and renegade workers the impudence they need to spout their racist and fascist opinions in public. Deprive them of their crutch, and they will revert to disgruntled passivity.
At least one ignorant libertarian has challenged the Tax Wall Street Party “Trump=Nazi” poster asking how many countries Trump has invaded and how many Jews has he killed. The answer is of course that Mussolini and Hitler were able to embark on genocide and war only after they had seized power, and not before. Trump is still in the phase in which he is attempting to seize power, so it is totally bizarre and unrealistic to compare fledgling Trump fascism in statu nascenti – less than a year old – with the actions of fascist regimes after they had been building concentration camps and armies for a number of years.
Inevitably, academic discussions of fascism and Nazism in their formative years and even in their early time in power forget that these movements appear as extremely radical challenges to the economic, political, military, and religious powerbrokers and establishments of their day. They tend to divert hatred from bankers and financiers (who often help finance these fascist movements) , and instead use every trick in their disposal to focus mass rage on traditional bourgeois politicians, from Giovanni Giolitti in Italy to Heinrich Bruening in Germany and Hillary Clinton today.
Thus, the modern academic tends to neglect the notion of fascism striving to seize power as a radical mass movement directed against the well-known and widely hated figures of the old order. Before becoming a fascist, Mussolini had been a widely regarded socialist revolutionary who had earned the praise of V.I. Lenin. The fascist seizure of power depends on the help of armed gangs of street fighters, criminals, and hooligans who can combine to form the Italian squadristi, the Nazi Stormtroopers, and the mixture of Ku Klux Klansmen, event security, Stormfront, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, survivalists, Bikers for Trump, and Lion’s Guard arrayed around Trump today. These violent and often armed gangs can be used for strike breaking and to attack protesters coming out to protest the fascist billionaire.
On June 1, the Diane Rehm Show on NPR hosted a discussion on “The Rise Of Far Right Political Movements In The West,” which had evidently been inspired by the New York Times article. Among the participants was Professor Robert Paxton, the Mellon Professor Emeritus of social science in the department of history, Columbia University and the author of The Anatomy of Fascism.2
At several points in the debate, Paxton seemed more concerned about the possible overuse of the term “fascism” then he was about stopping the growing fascist mass movement under Trump. After decades of arguing that many of those attacked as fascists were not in fact deserving of this classification, it seemed to escape Paxton that today there really is a fascist mass movement which must urgently be attacked precisely in these terms. He also seemed unaware that many of his own comments provided powerful evidence that Trump is indeed a fascist. These remarks may be used as a clinical example of why academics cannot be relied on to provide political advice and political leadership in useful time:
‘Well, I wrote my book, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” partly to avoid or prevent the facile use of the term, because practically everybody has been called a fascist sooner or later, ranging from the parents who take away your toys to the dean of your college to a politician you don’t like. And I think the term needs to be used with great precision. And we take Mussolini and Hitler as the models. These are mass nationalist movements that build upon a sense of decline or defeat in a country that’s been humiliated. I think you have to have a defeat or humiliation to discredit the existing leaders.
They feel that there’s an illness inside the country, an internal enemy who needs to be rooted out and who’s linked to an external enemy, and so the populations are mobilized in astonishingly effective ways to march off in ranks behind the leader. And finally there’s the recourse to war, which is the ultimate aim of these people. They want to overturn an international system, and so it was unfavorable to them. These were all very dramatic, and there’s hardly been anything equally dramatic since 1945. And so some people would say we shouldn’t use fascism at all for movements in our somewhat less extreme times.
Nevertheless, I think we must admit that Mr. Trump, whether knowingly or whether simply by some kind of instinct, is using language and even facial gestures that recall those of Hitler and Mussolini. He plays on the theme of decline. He’s virtually invented a scenario in which this country, even though we’re – has the most military in the world and have the strongest economy in the world, are somehow seen as declining because indeed there are intractable problems like ISIS that nobody can deal with. And he has the same appeal to racism. He defines an internal enemy that has to be rooted out, whether it’s immigrants or Mexicans or whatever.
And his techniques, the arrival by plane, it was Hitler who pioneered that. No one had ever seen a politician arrive by plane. It’s enormously exciting.3
Trump’s repeated scapegoating and vilification of Latinos, Moslems, Chinese, and others for the economic and financial crimes of his pals on Wall Street, especially at Citibank, has been evident to any thinking person, and is solidly anchored in the Nazi-fascist tradition. The Tax Wall Street Party has repeatedly called attention to the fact that Trump’s grimacing and making faces seem to draw directly on all newsreels of Il Duce. The parallel between Trump’s and Hitler’s private planes is very apt, and for this we are indebted to Professor Paxton. But why not call the Trump phenomenon by its true name?
Paxton also points out important parallels between fascist scapegoating and trumps demagogy of today:
‘Yes. One of the essential elements that propelled fascism, and I’ll use the term for a moment with all the reservations I’ve already expressed, but one of the things that propelled it was the sense that there’s an internal enemy digging away at the very nature of our country. Some of our fellow panelists have already evoked the losers in the economic recovery that was real but incomplete in the United States since 2008. These are people who aren’t really sufficiently educated to participate in the digital economy that we now have or in the service economy. And they need to find a scapegoat. It’s easy to blame a person. It’s hard to blame an abstract cause.’4
Paxton has produced a conceptual scheme for studying the lifecycle of fascist mass movements. In Paxton’s terms, we are now located in the second phase, with the fascist mass movement established and contending for state power:
Intellectual exploration, where disillusionment with popular democracy manifests itself in discussions of lost national vigor
Rooting, where a fascist movement, aided by political deadlock and polarization, becomes a player on the national stage
Arrival to power, where conservatives seeking to control rising leftist opposition invite the movement to share power
Exercise of power, where the movement and its charismatic leader control the state in balance with state institutions such as the police and traditional elites such as the clergy and business magnates.
Radicalization or entropy, where the state either becomes increasingly radical, as did Nazi Germany, or slips into traditional authoritarian rule, as did Fascist Italy.5
We may also be observing certain aspects of Paxton’s third phase, as for example with today’s craven and despicable statement from the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing that he will “vote” for Trump.
If the Trump fascist movement is now in the second phase and contending for power, this suggests that meaningful comparisons among Mussolini, Hitler, and Trump should focus on Italian fascism between 1919 and the summer of 1922, and German Nazism between 1925 and January 1933 (when Hitler became Chancellor).
Stanley Payne is another important student of fascism, whose views should not be neglected. For example, the fact that Trump attempts to portray himself as less bellicose and warmongering than certain of his competitors has to be chalked up to public-relations, rather than to any principled rejection of military solutions. As Payne has written, “most fascist parties in stable, prosperous western European countries with mature colonial empires preached a kind of ‘peace fascism,’ unlike their counterparts in central and eastern Europe.”6
Payne also discusses the ritual, symbolic, “liturgical” and other stylized aspects of the fascist mass meeting. The Trump mass rally has now acquired many of these features, with the ritual invocation of enemies who are showered with negative epithets, the incitement of violence against protesters by the fascist leader, the ritual reading of the latest public opinion polls, accompanied by wild cheering and euphoria, the invocation of the wall along the southern border, which will be paid for by Mexico (an example of purely magical thinking), and the commitment to deport 12 million Hispanics, itself a high crime against humanity under the Nuremberg Code. There is also the question of misogyny, which has been raised again and again during Trump’s campaign. Payne writes:
‘All fascist movements were set apart from other political formations by the tremendous stress they placed on the liturgical, symbolic, and aesthetic elements of politics. As Payne writes, “The novel atmosphere of fascist meetings struck many observers during the 1920s and 1930s. All mass movements employ symbols and various emotive effects, and it might be difficult to establish that the symbolic structure of fascist meetings was entirely different from that of other revolutionary groups. What seemed clearly distinct, however, was the great emphasis on meetings, marches, visual symbols, and ceremonial or liturgical rituals, given a centrality and function in fascist activity which went beyond that found in the left revolutionary movements. The goal was to envelop the participant in a mystique and community of ritual that appealed to the aesthetic and the spiritual sense as well as the political. This has aptly been called a theatrical politics, but it went beyond mere spectacle towards the creation of a normative aesthetics… More than any other new force of the early 20th century, fascism responded to the contemporary era as above all a ‘visual age’ to be dominated by a visual culture.” (Payne 12-13) Lukacs noted that a hallmark of fascism was the aesthetization of politics, which he proposed to counter with a politicization of aesthetics. As Payne writes, “Another fundamental characteristic was extreme insistence on what is now termed male chauvinism and the tendency to exaggerate the masculine principle in almost every aspect of activity.” This aspect of fascism has been termed “radical misogyny or flight from the feminine, manifesting itself in a pathological fear of being engulfed by anything in external reality associated with softness, with dissolution, or the uncontrollable.” In Payne’s view, “No other kind of movement expressed such complete horror at the slightest suggestion of androgyny.”’7
This discussion must be urgently continued as part of the mass political education needed to make sure that the coming defeat of Trump will also mark the extinction of his poisonous and anti-American ideology.
The Jarablus Corridor Must Be Closed to Terrorist Traffic, While Fallujah, Mosul, and Raqqa Are Liberated, Burying Trump Under an Avalanche of Real Victories; U.S. Intelligence Community Must Be Sifted for Pro-Trump Moles Who Might Be Part of Terrorist October Surprise
The latest map of the military situation of ISIS in Syria and Iraq as of May 31, 2016. ISIS forces in black and grey, Syrian Government forces (Assad) in light pink, Kurds in yellow, non-ISIS terrorists (al Qaeda, al Nusra) in green, Iraqi Army in dark pink on territory of that country. The vital ISIS logistics corridor goes from Jarablus on the Euphrates westward to Azaz. Cut it and ISIS will quickly perish. It has been kept open because of the treachery and threats of Turkish President Erdogan, who needs to be removed from office. Trump and Erdogan have a symbiotic relationship which must be terminated.
Many factors play a role in deciding the outcome of presidential elections, but a very important factor which tends to be underreported and thus underestimated is the battle of intelligence agencies and intelligence factions to determine the key events punctuating a presidential campaign, which can sometimes determine the winner and the loser. We are now in a time when these critical outside events are likely to play a vital role, even as they are ignored by the controlled corporate media.
The fascist demagogue Trump has unwisely revealed his strategy of attempting to exploit terrorist events as ammunition for his attacks on Obama and Hillary Clinton, whom he regards as the most likely Democratic candidate. On the occasion of the recent EgyptAir disappearance, Trump immediately announced that terrorism was involved and that Obama and Hillary Clinton were primarily responsible. The responsibility of France or Egypt, the departure and landing points for the EgyptAir flight in question, was not of interest to him. Even now, almost 2 weeks after the EgyptAir crash, there is no definitive conclusion as to what caused this disaster. But there is no doubt that Trump intends to seize on every possible terrorist activity between now and November 8 in order to have more ways of denigrating and disqualifying his own political opponents. The situation is made to order for the fascist billionaire, who can pontificate about the shortcomings of others while accepting zero responsibility himself.
It has been essential for Trump to exploit widespread and exaggerated fear of ISIS. A Pew Research poll of May 5, 2016 showed that terrorism of the ISIS type was the greatest single worry of 80% of Americans. Another 16% considered ISIS as a minor threat. (According to an NBC poll of February 26, 2016, 51% of Americans were afraid of Trump, expressing fear that he would get the Republican nomination.)
Obama is correct to argue that these levels of fear are out of all proportion to the real military or terrorist capabilities of ISIS. If ISIS is estimated to have eight or nine thousand fighters in the field in the Middle East, we should note that this adds up to about one division. Hitler at the height of his power had over 200 such divisions. ISIS is an existential threat to the US only thanks to Trump, who can use the fear of ISIS to impose a fascist regime.
Given that the pattern of Trump’s response to any future terrorist attacks has been well established, it will be of overriding importance to develop reality-based ways to neutralize this aspect of his demagogy. The best recipe for doing that is to win real strategic victories in the field. The most important strategic vulnerability of ISIS is their absolute dependence on logistics passing through the Jarablus corridor between the Euphrates River in the east and the area of Aziz-Efren in the West. If this is done, it will infinitely exacerbate the ISIS supply situation, and greatly facilitate the liberation of cities as Fallujah, Mosul, and Raqqa.
The United States could have closed the Jarablus corridor last year, but did not. Russia could have interdicted the corridor, but also has not done so. Britain, France, Germany and others could have cut the ISIS supply line, but have not done so. At this point, we are hoping that the threat of Trump will force Obama to take decisive actions to destroy ISIS in an October Surprise of his own.
In the superheated atmosphere of the fall election campaign, it will be indispensable to be able to point to the fact that ISIS is in the process of being crushed. This requires an approach to the physical annihilation of the territorial entity known as the Islamic State or Caliphate. It also requires effective measures to prevent the kind of October surprise high profile terrorist event which may now be under development by pro-Trump factions of US and NATO intelligence.
Concerning the territorial destruction of the Islamic State, the most important single consideration is to put an end to the reign of appeasement, pessimism, and defeatism which is associated with the political faction grouped around the disgruntled political generals David Petraeus and John Allen. Former Marine Corps General John Allen, we recall, was until last autumn the Obama administration’s ISIS Czar, charged with servicing the multinational coalition, which the United States had at least nominally assembled for actions against the Islamic State. But instead of pressuring treacherous regimes like Saudi Arabia and Turkey to stop supporting ISIS terrorism and start combating it, Allen always tried to convince Obama that the Turkish and Saudi demands were correct, and that the US should grant their demands for a safe zone for anti-Assad terrorists and the no-fly zone plus bombing of all of Syria that would be necessary to make that safe zone a reality.
Kurdish YPG Fighter
Allen’s support for Turkish President Erdogan, in reality a top controller and policy maker for ISIS, meant that the United States could not provide the full measure of support for the Kurds, who have long since been recognized as the most effective of all anti-ISIS fighters. But Erdogan regards the Kurds as arch enemies and terrorists, since they represent the most effective threat to his lunatic dreams of a new Ottoman Empire under a dynasty founded by himself. This structural defect of US policy, caused by the Petraeus-Allen clique, must now be ruthlessly corrected. The Kurds must be given all possible support – military, logistical, political, diplomatic, and economic.
Currently, the most promising development on the ISIS front is the Iraqi Army’s attack on Fallujah. This should be speeded up so the positions around Raqqa can be re-enforced, and the attack on the ISIS capital begun. Then it will be the turn of Mosul. Let Trump argue with that.
According to a well-informed source cited by a Turkish reporter;
“Americans want a victory at Raqqa and Mosul before their elections. Kurds want to open a corridor from Kobani to Afrin [cutting the main ISIS terrorist supply route between Jarablus and Azaz/Efren]. Of course all this may change with new actors after the elections. That is why the Kurds want to make progress on their own plans before the elections.”—Middle East source close to US-Kurdish negotiations quoted by Al-Monitor.1
The other vital consideration is the pro-Trump October Surprise of terrorism, which can probably be mounted by ISIS, al Qaeda, or Moslem Brotherhood forces already sent into the west (EU and North America) as per Erdogan’s marching orders to his terror battalions of late 2015 and earlier this year.
Terrorism depends on the coordinated efforts of patsies (the perpetrators), moles (government officials loyal to a private network seeking to produce the terror event), and technicians (the trained professional experts who produce the required fireworks from behind the scenes, and then seek to disappear).
All three components – patsies, moles, and technicians – must be attacked simultaneously. Put a mole detector at CIA, NSA, NRO, Pentagon, State, and FBI. Round up as many patsies as possible to disrupt their prep work. Lean on pro-Erdogan governments like Belgium, France and the UK that have proven soft on terrorism and tolerant of ISIS patsies and safe houses. Keep track of persons – especially disgruntled veterans with special skills who are supporting Trump and might want to help his candidacy with a little wetwork.
If Halloween sees the Islamic State defunct and occupied by the Syrian and Iraqi Armies, Trump’s whining voice will be drowned out, and his obscenities will amount to nothing. Once the war ends, the refugee flows will go into reverse to a considerable extent relieving the pressure on Europe, especially Germany. If October Surprise terrorist attacks can be prevented, Trump will be spinning his wheels with his fearmongering, hatred, and bigotry. Hitler could never have gotten traction without his Stab in the Back legend (Dolchstoßlegende), the main grievance he cited in his march towards power.
Actions May Foreshadow Pro-American “October Surprise in Reverse” by Obama to Counter Trump’s Obvious Reliance on ISIS Successes to Fuel His Demagogy; YPG Kurds Get US Green Light to Attack Main Terrorist Supply Line at Jarablus, Irrespective of Turkish Threats; Reports Circulating Of Coalition’s Pre-November 8 Liberation Plans for Fallujah and Mosul; West Point Report on “The Caliphate’s Global Workforce” Confirms Vital Role of Jarablus Corridor in ISIS Recruiting 1
World Crisis Radio
May 28, 2016
“Americans want a victory at Raqqa and Mosul before their elections. Kurds want to open a corridor from Kobani to Afrin [cutting the main ISIS terrorist supply route between Jarablus and Azaz]. Of course all this may change with new actors after the elections. That is why the Kurds want to make progress on their own plans before the elections.” —Middle East source close to US-Kurdish negotiations quoted by Al-Monitor.2
Fascist Billionaire’s Operation Fleeced Taxpayers for Tens of Millions of Dollars; Scam Disguised Equity Investment as Loan, Exploiting Tax Loophole; Trump’s Negotiator Was Mob Figure and Convicted Felon Felix Sater; Trump Likely Committed Perjury by Claiming Under Oath He Could Not Recall His “Senior Adviser” Sater
“I’m the king of debt. I love debt.” —Trump, 2016 1
It’s not a loan – it’s really equity. I don’t think they would survive a challenge [by the IRS] —Howard Abrams, Professor of Tax Law, University of San Diego
Photo shows Trump business associate Felix Sater. As …“man in the room” [For Bayrock Group, a smaller Trump satellite] on various Trump real estate dealings, the mogul chose “Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who spent a period in prison in the Nineties for stabbing a man with a broken margarita glass. He was then convicted of helping lead one of the biggest stock fraud heists of Wall Street of the era, involving New York mafia families.” Sater had an office in Trump Tower and business cards listing him as a “senior advisor to Donald Trump,” whom he represented in the 2007 Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium project. 2
During this final phase of the 2016 presidential primary elections, all candidates have made public some part of their tax information – all, that is, except the fascist billionaire Donald Trump, who claims his usual special privilege while whining that the system treats him unfairly. Trump’s underworld handler Paul Manafort has now bluntly stated that Trump has no intention of making his tax returns public, allegedly because they are so complicated that the public would not understand them.3 Perhaps Trump’s fear is that the public WOULD understand his tax returns all too well. Many rich men have run for the presidency, and just about all of them in recent years have bowed to the imperative of financial transparency. All that Trump will tell the public is that he has paid some form of federal tax in some recent years. This is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
The US television networks should now be clamoring in chorus for Trump to release these returns. His feeble excuse that he is being audited convinces no one at this point. But these US media corporations have focused instead on supporting Trump with free media coverage, which now must be approaching $3 billion in value.
Fortunately, there are other media in the world. Ruth Sherlock, Edward Malnick, and Claire Newell of the London Daily Telegraph have just published a very revealing profile of the shenanigans that went on in 2007 around the Trump Soho Hotel and Condominium project.
From their excellent research, we can already conclude that Trump’s business operation aimed at dodging tens of millions of dollars in federal taxes – lost taxes that would have to be made up by increasing the burden on the middle class, who often pay withholding taxes and cannot afford the offshore tax havens, expensive lawyers and accountants used by predatory plutocrats like Trump.
At the heart of this scam was a slick trick to transform the purchase of a $50 million ownership stake in Trump Soho into a loan. This maneuver, which is seen by many tax experts as simply illegal, shows us what Trump means when he says that he loves debt. The US tax code notoriously rewards debt and punishes equity, and Trump has fully embraced crushing debt, relieved by periodic write-downs at the expense of others, as his way of life.
In addition, Trump’s agent in this entire matter turns out to be one Felix Sater of Bayrock Group, a shadowy mob figure who represented him in the dodgy and convoluted negotiations. Trump is currently so anxious to put distance between himself and Sater that he may have lied under oath by vehemently insisting that he could not recall who Sater is.
Thus, the Daily Telegraph revelations show Trump to be a tax cheater and possible perjurer. This may not be enough to wake up his crazed petty bourgeois followers, but allegations of this type cannot be helping Trump among tens of millions of normal, middle-class American voters who are also honest taxpayers.
The Daily Telegraph report is based on three months of research and interviews and has benefited from the advice of experts on US and New York State tax law. The findings are summed up as follows:
In 2007, “US presidential hopeful Donald Trump signed off on a controversial business deal that was designed to deprive the American government of tens of millions of dollars in tax, the Telegraph can disclose. The billionaire approved a $50 million investment in a company – only for the deal to be rewritten several weeks later as a ‘loan’. Experts say that the effect of this move was to skirt vast tax liabilities, and court papers seen by the Telegraph allege that the deal amounted to fraud. Independent tax accountants and lawyers said that the documents Mr. Trump signed – copies of which were obtained by this newspaper as part of a three-month investigation – contained “red flags” indicating the deal was irregular.” 4
The Trump Soho operation reached all the way to Iceland, which was in 2007 one of the focal points of the world derivatives-assisted real estate bubble. Anti-fascist investigative journalists in Reykjavík will no doubt be interested in tracking down some of these details:
“The allegations centre on Mr. Trump’s business alliance with Bayrock Group, the property company that was building Trump SoHo, the mogul’s prized New York building – as well as two other projects to which he had licensed his name. In 2007 Bayrock struck a deal with FL Group, an Icelandic company that had agreed to invest $50 million in four of Bayrock’s subsidiary partnerships. However, the deal was later relabelled as a loan. In New York, the sale of a stake in a partnership would make the existing partners liable to pay more than 40 per cent in tax on their ‘gain’, based on the highest tax rate. However, if the investment is classified as a loan no tax would be payable. Former employees of Bayrock have alleged in a case against the company that the deal was intended to fraudulently evade some $20 million in tax through a disguised sale of partnership interests. They also claim the participants mislabelled the sale as a loan in order to avoid paying a further estimated $80 million taxes on the projected profits from the real estate.”5
Disguising the purchase of equity and ownership in the company by masking the transaction as a loan is a well-known tax dodge, and tax officials should have no difficulty in recognizing this state of affairs. The allegations made by the British researchers are corroborated by ‘Howard Abrams, professor of law and director of tax at the University of San Diego, [who] said: “Converting the original equity into debt improved their tax position dramatically. However they have changed the labels, but they didn’t really change the economics at all. “It’s not a loan – it’s really equity. I don’t think they would survive a challenge [by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)].’”
Trump’s execrable judgment in associating with a known criminal like Felix Sater underlines once again that he is totally unfit for the US presidency. Richard Nixon, from whose circles so much of the Trump team is drawn, showed the same kind of terrible judgment through his close association with the sleazy banker Charles “Bebe” Rebozo, who became known as “Nixon’s bagman.” The press may soon be referring to Sater as “Trump’s bagman.” According to the Daily Telegraph:
‘At the same time, however, intense final negotiations were ongoing between Bayrock and FL. Their representatives had met in London, where Bayrock’s “man in the room” was “Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who spent a period in prison in the Nineties for stabbing a man with a broken margarita glass. He was then convicted of helping lead one of the biggest stock fraud heists of Wall Street of the era, involving New York mafia families.” Sater had an office in Trump Tower and business cards listing him as a “senior advisor to Donald Trump,” whom he represented in the 2007 Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium project.’
Trump claims to have the “world’s greatest memory,” although knowledgeable observers are beginning to wonder whether he has been overtaken by Alzheimer’s disease.5 Whether Trump’s memory is good or bad, it is in any case highly selective and seems to block out memories which might be detrimental to him. As ABC News recently reported:
‘Though he touts his outstanding memory, when Donald Trump was asked under oath about his dealings with a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections, the real estate mogul was at a loss – Even though the man, Felix Sater, had played a role in a number of high-profile Trump-branded projects across the country. “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump testified in a video deposition for a civil lawsuit two years ago.’6
Alzheimer’s or perjury? In either case, Trump is disqualified from being president of the United States. Self-respecting Americans should join in demanding that a person who is seeking to get control of the thermonuclear launch codes turn over his complete tax returns of the last 10 years, as some of the candidates have already done. We would also need to examine the legality of whether Trump could continue to speculate from inside the Oval Office, and whether privileged government intelligence reports used for speculative purposes by him would constitute illegal insider trading. America needs to stop Trump long before any of this can become reality.
After EgyptAir Incident, Fascist Billionaire Is Positioned as Beneficiary of Terror Attacks from Now Through Nov. 8; Trump and Turkey’s Erdogan Share Common Ground; CNN Joins Discussion of Looming “October Surprise” Attack on Americans; Thomas Friedman Brands Trump as the ISIS Candidate; The Parallel to the Reichstag Fire of 1933; August Olympics and Sept. 9 Attica Anniversary Are Possible Flashpoints
Donald Trump is now well-positioned to be the beneficiary of any significant terrorist attacks taking place in this country or, to a large extent, in other countries between now and the November 8 US presidential election. The EgyptAir airplane disappearance has shown the pattern the fascist billionaire will follow in attempting to blame terrorism on Obama and Hillary, while conveniently glossing over his own role as a provocateur. From now on in, if terrorism occurs, we must be prepared to immediately answer the classic questions of “CUI BONO?” and “CUI PRODEST” (who benefits?) by pointing to Trump. We must be ready to attribute the operational guilt to intelligence factions favorable to the fascist billionaire.
A significant number of prominent pundits and news commentators have already commented on the obvious potential for a terror attack in August, September or October to give Trump’s demagogy a seeming confirmation, thus stampeding gullible voters into supporting their own worst enemy. But so far, Trump has not been confronted on this score, and his various sleazy surrogates like Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have also escaped serious interrogation. It is time for the various investigative journalists to prove their mettle, thus building up a drumbeat in American public opinion. The US population must be inoculated about the obvious danger of a false flag terror attack that would play the same role for Trump which Hitler’s Reichstag fire of 1933 did back then, making the pressure for dictatorship far more formidable.
The danger of an October Surprise is now something of an open secret: last week, CNN’s commentary on the EgyptAir incident suggested that the public exchanges between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed how such a provocation could play out. CNN noted that ‘their back-and-forth could foreshadow the political and temperamental reflexes of each candidate in the event of any “October Surprise” style attack against Americans.’1
As soon as the EgyptAir plane was reported missing, the demagogue Trump started blaming Hillary and Obama. Trump did everything possible to interpret the loss of the airplane as a complete confirmation for his own foreign policy line of xenophobia and Islamophobia. Hillary Clinton showed that she is woefully unprepared for the cynical rage and vilification which are Trump’s stock in trade. Trump’s offensive included the following tirades:
‘”Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!” Trump wrote on Twitter, automatically turning the crash into a political issue.’ ‘”Look at the carnage all over the world including the World Trade Center, San Bernardino, Paris, the USS Cole, Brussels and an unlimited number of other places. She and our totally ignorant President won’t even use the term Radical Islamic Terrorism,” Trump said. “And by the way, ask Hillary who blew up the plane last night – another terrible, but preventable tragedy. She has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as President at this delicate and difficult time in our country’s history.”’2
Hillary Clinton’s bright idea of trying to stop Trump with charges that he is a “loose cannon” is simply pathetic and a loser.
Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times has been playing a useful role by publicly speculating about a pro-Trump October surprise. Specifically, Friedman has been comparing the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and how this horrific event opened the door to the creation of a right-wing warmonger government under Netanyahu. The tragic irony here is that Rabin’s assassin was actually quite close to the circles supporting Netanyahu. Friedman told the morning radio talk show host Don Imus:
‘The bad guys know just what they’re doing,” Friedman said. “They wanted [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] because that would radicalize the situation even more. And I fear that ISIS will believe that Trump would radicalize the situation even more.”
“I’m not blaming Trump for that,” he said. “I’m simply saying that’s how they’d see the dynamics of it.”’3
Imus had been asking about the kinds of surprises that might take place between now and the election, and this was Friedman’s way of answering. Friedman pointed out that the ISIS leadership, reeling from bombings and territorial losses, would be delighted to see an incendiary figure like Trump in the White House, and also expect that the fascist billionaire might be trigger-happy in sending more US troops back into the Middle East, whatever his ever-shifting positions on this matter may have been so far.
The notion is also spreading that Trump and the Turkish dictator Erdogan represent parallel lives, since both have an existential need for terrorism between now and early November.
From the viewpoint of the forces above and behind Trump who tend to control his candidacy, his very high unfavorability ratings among key groups and in the US population in general suggest that he will need an artificially orchestrated outside event to help him into the White House. Trump’s self-serving promises that he will reconcile with the various factions of the Republican Party have been exposed as a farce through his raving attacks on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a leading Hispanic Republican, and his apparent refusal to offer concessions of the type requested by GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. A survey conducted by the New York Times indicates that at least a considerable number of Republican billionaires have decided to funnel their cash support to candidates for the Senate, the House of Representatives, and for governorships.
Erdogan’s situation has become unsettled, as is perhaps suggested by the ouster of his longtime sidekick, Prime Minister Davutoglu. Erdogan would need to see a safe zone for terrorists, covered by a no-fly zone enforced by the US and NATO, before the end of the year. As is well known, Trump’s policy positions flip back and forth almost every day, but it does appear that the fascist billionaire is momentarily in favor of a free zone for terrorists under the cover of a no-fly policy, and has held this position since early March.4 Knowledgeable observers of the Middle East regard Erdogan, a high official of the Moslem brotherhood, as the operational commander of ISIS and thus as the premier terrorist controller in today’s world.
Loyal and patriotic United States intelligence officials should therefore concentrate their attention on the emerging Trump-Erdogan axis of terror. The references to a possible October Surprise terrorist scenario made by CNN and by Friedman are part of a substantial pattern of straws in the wind in the mainstream media over the past two months — a pattern which has so far not received the intensive and systematic scrutiny which it undoubtedly deserves.
As comedian Bill Maher said in his Episode 380 on March 11:
‘MAHER: if there’s a terrorist attack within two months of the election. Then it’s definitely going to be President Donald Trump.’5
Thomas Friedman had previously stated on Meet the Press, May 1, 2016:
You know, I think one of the things that Obama has done right and a favor to Hillary Clinton on is saying in response to these acts of terrorism, we have to suck it up. It’s got to be like Israel, you know? “You blew up that bus. In three hours, the sidewalk is cleaned up, no one knows it happened.”
Because if we set this up the way we’re setting it up, if there is an act of terrorism in late October, early November, it’s going to rebound [sic] to Donald Trump’s favor in ways that are highly unpredictable. I saw that play in Israel. It elected Bibi Netanyahu over Shimon Peres after the Rabin assassination.
So you think we’re a terrorist attack away from President Trump?
Could be, Chuck.6
GOP pollster Frank Luntz was quoted talking about a possible October Surprise in the March 30 Washington Post:
‘Frank Luntz, an unaligned GOP pollster, said Trump could erase at least some of his deficit if he capitalizes on the fall debates and other events, noting that history is littered with examples of candidates doing just that. “The big moments cause people to change,” Luntz said. “And let’s face it, we may have a moment outside of conventions and debates that’s even bigger. If you have a Paris or a Brussels on American soil, that can completely change the dynamic.”’7
Charlie Rose mentioned a “huge unforeseen event” in a discussion with Maggie Haberman of the New York Times on May 7:
ROSE: “Is it impossible for [Trump] to win this presidential race, barring some kind of black swan, some kind of indictment, some kind of huge unforeseen event maybe coming from international?”
HABERMAN: “I do think it will take some kind of black swan event, as you just described, in order for him to beat Hillary Clinton…”8
On May 5, WNYC radio personality Brian Lehrer asked former NYC Public Advocate about an “October Surprise” terrorist attack that could get Trump into the White House.9 Although he himself had probably been prevented from becoming New York mayor in 2001 by the September 11 attacks which occurred on primary day, Green was somewhat less than alert to the danger this time around.
The Tax Wall Street is currently monitoring other events which may feed into a chaos and confusion strategy leading up to the November 8 election – a chaos and confusion strategy which has to all intents and purposes already started with the large-scale bombings in Baghdad 10 days ago, and with persistent reports that ISIS intends to mount continuous terror actions in the Iraqi capital as a means of relieving pressure on Mosul, Raqqa, and other Daesh strongholds. This scenario of permanent terrorism in Baghdad is suggested by this report:
“As the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, it is waging a counteroffensive far from the battlefield, taking its fight to the bustling markets and streets of the Iraqi capital in an attempt to distract security forces and create chaos. The group has unleashed carnage in Baghdad over the past week, carrying out a wave of attacks ferocious even for a city so used to violence. Bodies of the dead lay scattered among blazing shops and vegetable stalls after militants launched four separate bombings in open-air markets. Checkpoints were also attacked. U.S. and Iraqi military officials say the attacks are part of an effort by the Islamic State to stall any offensive to retake its strongholds in Iraq — Fallujah and Mosul — by refocusing security forces on the capital. While Iraqi commanders characterize the bombings as a sign of desperation, analysts say they are a calculated campaign to worsen instability in the capital amid a political crisis in Baghdad. With its origins in al-Qaeda, the Islamic State has carried out mass-casualty bombings on civilian targets throughout its existence. But the severity of the latest bombings in Baghdad is “somewhat unprecedented” since the group declared its caliphate two years ago, according to Otso Iho, an analyst at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center. Over the past week, more than 150 people have died in violence linked to the group in Baghdad alone, a reminder that the Islamic State will be able to continue to wreak havoc even if it is eventually routed on the ground. The Islamic State-linked news agency Amaq claimed that the group had killed 522 people in the capital in less than a month.’10
A significant possibility of large-scale international terrorism obviously arises in connection with the Olympic Summer Games, which are scheduled to be held in Brazil between August 5 and August 21. Ill-fated Olympic Games like those in Munich in 1972, or in Mexico City in 1968, to look no further, remind us of the immense potential for terrorism. In the case of the recent February 2014 Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia, terrorism took place at other locations, especially in southern Russia. Western intelligence agencies timed their coup d’état against the existing government of Ukraine to coincide with the Sochi games. We must consider the possibility that NATO intelligence will attempt to install Trump-style dictators in countries in any part of the world if the situation seems ripe.
There will also be a nationwide prisoners’ strike on September 9, which is the 45th anniversary of the uprising which occurred in the New York state prison at Attica, in the course of which 45 people lost their lives. The demands of this action focus on exploitation of inmates by the prison industrial complex. Whatever the motives of the organizers of this action, it ought to be evident that there will be ample possibilities for terrorist provocateurs to hijack the strike and turn it in ways which will be beneficial for the pro-Trump backlash. It would be hard to imagine, in the weeks and months before the November 8 election, a background more conducive to the coming of a law and order dictator on horseback than a series of violent prison riots, in which the controlled media could do everything possible to focus public fear and rage on Hispanic or Moslem strike leaders.11
Donald Trump led a rally in Lawrenceville, New Jersey at the National Guard Armory building last Thursday night. His dupes paid $200 a head to hear him speak.
The money for this entrance fee was funneled to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to help him pay back his presidential campaign debts. This fleecing of Trump’s supporters, who normally attend his rallies for free, appears to have been part of a deal between the former and current presidential candidates; a deal which was likely made to secure Christie’s endorsement.
Meanwhile, across the street from the armory, a crowd of over three hundred protesters were waiting for Trump, carrying a variety of placards. Protesters included the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Sierra Club, the Tax Wall Street Party, Working Families Party and a number of other non-affiliated people with their own improvised signs. At one point, a plane flew overhead, flying a large banner that could be clearly seen from the ground that read: “Make New Jersey Great Again #DumpChristieTrump”. This crowd soon migrated directly outside the fence of the military base as they continued to express their disgust at the prospect of a fascist Trump takeover.
The Tax Wall Street Party was there to offer a critique of Donald Trump’s fascist policies. They engaged with anti-Trump protestors and Trump supporters alike.
TWSP members explained to the assembled crowd that Trump is not anti-establishment, and in reality is an agent of fascism deployed by Wall Street to strip the American people of the last remaining vestiges of the New Deal. Trump’s supporters argued for unity around lower wages, police-state mass deportations and jingoism abroad, while the Tax Wall Street Party called for taxation on Wall Street speculation, the nationalization of the Federal Reserve and other policies that would begin the process of economic recovery for the people of the United States.
Later this same evening, Trump attended a $25,000 a plate fundraiser at an undisclosed location. This second event was held to help the New Jersey Republican Party pay back the legal fees from Christie’s Bridgegate scandal. Bridgegate was the Christie administration’s illegal and psychotic closure of several traffic lanes across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan in September 2013 in an apparent attempt to blackmail Northern New Jersey Mayors into endorsing Christie’s bid for reelection as Governor.
“If Another Couple of Planes Go Down”; October Surprise to Benefit Fascist Billionaire Will Be Preceded by Crescendo of Attacks; Chinese Recklessness, 9/11 Anniversary, Fraud of 28 Pages, Al Qaeda Revival All Helping Trump Propaganda; EgyptAir Crash Triggers Conniption Fit Amidst Hard Right Turn by Mogul; Ten Possible Diagnoses for Trump’s Mental Illness; Reminder to Attend Tax Wall Street Party Panels at New York City Left Forum Saturday and Sunday
World Crisis Radio
May 21, 2016
During the dispute during the Middle Ages as to whether the Roman Pope of the Holy Roman Emperor in Germany had the right to appoint bishops, the disobedient emperor Henry IV, whom the Pope had excommunicated, was forced at a certain point to give his claims and surrender to the superior power of Pope Gregory VII, also known as Hildebrand. The hapless emperor had attempted to assert his authority over the choice of bishops, but he was soon threatened by a rebellion of his vassals. His only hope was to make a pilgrimage to the Pope’s castle at Canossa in northern Italy and there beg for forgiveness in the form of an official absolution. The Pope forced the emperor to remain kneeling bareheaded in his courtyard for 72 hours in the snow before he would hear his confession. Since this memorable event a millennium ago, to go to Canossa has become proverbial in a number of languages for a humiliating capitulation.
How happy then is the braying Donald Trump, who knows nothing of any of this and who seemingly has utterly no shame. The fascist billionaire visited Kissinger on Wednesday to deliver his declaration of fealty. Trump naturally strutted about, no doubt posturing as the new Metternich (Kissinger’s dissertation was about how the original Metternich, the Austrian leader, had re-installed and restored the reactionary feudal aristocracy of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna in 1815).
Trump is desperate for legitimacy. He has evidently been in contact with Kissinger for some time. Kissinger, long an enabler of bloody dictators, has some legitimacy to give, at least in the eyes of vain fools. What Kissinger has always wanted in return are patronage jobs for his clients and proteges. The price of his advice will be a good number of posts that will allow him to influence policy.
So it was more of the usual sleazy horse trading among the hacks of the regime. But wait! Wasn’t Donald Trump supposed to be the fiercest of all the anti-Establishment candidates? Wasn’t he supposed to be the great hope of senile, vindictive, white male voters to go to Washington and shake things up? Bernie Sanders says he would never put a tyrant like Kissinger into his cabinet. Does that mean Trump has been housebroken by the Establishment, while Bernie is still fighting?
If these questions are embarrassing for the fascist billionaire, they are more so for his wretched flacks. Michael Savage, an eager member of the Trump media cartel, now thunders that if Trump names the scoundrel Newt Gingrich as vice president (as seems more than likely), then he will sit out the November elections and urge his benighted followers to do the same. Trump has nothing to worry about, though, since Savage made these same kinds of empty threats when the fascist billionaire declined to join the rejection front against the North Carolina bathroom law.
The biggest laughs were to be had observing the antics of the feckless libertarians as they carried out evasive maneuvers to re-assure their duped audiences that Trump had not sold out. Roger Stone was happy to sit in with assurances that Trump was merely trying to get close to Kissinger to learn the secret plans of the infamous Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberger Group. The hosts themselves were eager to embrace this doctrine.
One commenter complained that he had been duped and fleeced by Ron Paul. Then he had been duped and fleeced by Rand Paul. Now he was being told to give his loyalty, his effort, and his money to Trump, and he was thoroughly disgusted.
When Hitler in mid-1934 chopped off his plebeian activist wing, the ones who had taken his promises seriously, he had already created a police state dictatorship, and was thus able to keep control of the Nazi or NSDAP party. But Trump has not yet taken state power.
Trump’s current hard right reactionary turn is therefore not without the danger that some of his fanatical myrmidons may see that he is a faker, and head for the hills. They will be doing themselves a favor. Anything is better than remaining lashed to the carcass of Trump.
The Tax Wall Street Party has long argued that the most effective way to reform the US political system is to bring about the collapse and extinction of the Republican Party as a national political force, quickly followed by the split of the Democratic Party into two factions, one representing the interests of Wall Street, as interpreted by such figures as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the like, with the other emerging democratic faction oriented towards a revival of an anti-Wall Street, new deal, and pro-labor party. The events of recent months have abundantly confirmed that this perspective is completely realistic, and is indeed occurring all around us day by day. But this process needs to be guided by leaders who are conscious of what is going on. This is the idea of a party realignment of the type the United States has witnessed in such critical watershed elections as 1824, 1860, 1896, 1932, and 1968. The current realignment began in 2008, and is now in urgent need of successful completion, lest Trump or some similar political adventurer abort the process and engineer realignment into fascism.
The entire Trump phenomenon and the reaction to it on the part of traditional GOP reactionaries, shows that this party is ripe for a schism. On the Democratic side, the bifurcation of the party between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaign also points in the same direction. In the past several days, new evidence has emerged to show how much animosity has been generated by the goon tactics deployed by the pro-Wall Street hacks at the Democratic National Committee, and in the right wing Democratic bureaucracy in many states.
The DNC and its boss, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are supposed to be neutral in regard to the various candidates competing in the Democratic primaries, but it has long been an open secret that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clinton machine. One signal of this was the DNC’s absurd 2015-2016 debate schedule, which featured an unusually limited number of debates, many of them scheduled for odd hours on weekends, and some of them timed to be in direct conflict with popular sporting events, thus assuring a miniscule audience. This was almost universally interpreted as an attempt by Wasserman Schultz to protect Ms. Clinton from an expected effort by her adversaries to gang tackle her on the early debate stages.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz also made herself into a laughingstock by demanding that the DNC defray tens of thousands of dollars of expenses of a costly fashion wardrobe which she claimed was indispensable for her to carry out the functions of her chairmanship.
This is the bankrupt apparatus which is now howling with feigned shock and consternation about a little shoving and a few nasty phone calls associated with the Nevada Democratic Convention. Suddenly the rotten, corrupt, corporate media who must by now have contributed almost $3 billion of free publicity to the fascist Trump have discovered that Bernie Sanders is also a presidential candidate, although their only commentary is to demand that he drop out and stop interfering with the Hillary coronation.
The Tax Wall Street Party hopes his that Bernie Sanders will muster more courage than he has generally shown so far, and will honor his pledge to fight all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. This is more important than ever in the light of today’s polling, which has indicated that Hillary Clinton has lost her nationwide lead. Bernie Sanders has almost always done better than Hillary against the fascist billionaire Trump. Bernie’s Pacific Coast strategy has already given him victory in Washington state and Oregon, and augurs well for his results in California. A big and important state like California certainly deserves a full-fledged presidential debate of its own, where key Western regional issues like water, land, and the like could be debated. Bernie should be publicly demanding that Hillary engage in a formal debate with him before the California primary. Finally, the predominantly black voters of the District of Columbia should not be disenfranchised and thus also deserve their say in the DC Democratic primary, which comes one week after California.
Depending on the results in these states, it may well be that large numbers of Democratic super-delegates will arrive in Philadelphia plagued by profound doubts about the viability of Ms. Clinton. Bernie has to hang on, come hell or high water, to be able to offer the alternative. We also should never forget the sort of Damocles which hangs over Ms. Clinton in the form of a possible indictment for her illegal email server, or for her influence peddling through the corrupt channels of the Clinton Foundation.
Bernie must assert his leadership of the Democratic Party by assuming direct personal responsibility for the defeat of Trump. If he leaves this task to Ms. Clinton, he will not be seen as a serious fighting leader. His speech in California last night offered some grounds for cautious optimism in this regard, but the Vermont senators still has a very long way to go before he will be able to reach across the aisle with the knockout punch he should have delivered on Hillary months ago. Hint: exposing Trump as a fascist and a Nazi would go very far in this direction, in our view.
The Tax Wall Street Party therefore calls upon Bernie Sanders to fight for the Democratic nomination, for the platform, and on other issues, all the way through the Democratic National Convention. Far from increasing the possibilities of a Trump victory, this is the best recipe to make sure that Trump’s opponent will be the most effective one.