The Rise against globalism and capitalism in Hamburg

Protesters in Hamburg, Germany, 2017.

…by Jonas E. Alexis


History often repeats itself, largely because people fail to learn from the past. Remember the Hep-Hep riot in 1819 in Germany? Once the mob and the middle class realized that they were economically being reduced to rubble and abject poverty through cheating and other sophisticated mean, and once they stumbled upon the real perpetrators, chaos loomed. E. Michael Jones writes,

“Police officers were beaten and thrown to the ground and a military unit which the police called for help was met with a hail of rocks. Ten of the rioters were arrested, and six of them held in jail. The mob then attacked the house of Theresie Huegelin, where the Jew Abraham Loeb Brueckner ran a junk shop.

“After breaking down the door of Brueckner’s shop, the mob smashed the store windows, as well as the windows on the second floor of the building. During the rioting, one of the protesters insulted the royal city commissioner by shouting ‘Hep-Hep’ in his face, and then laughing shouted tauntingly ‘arrest me’…

“The tumult grew so large on August 4 that the president of the council was forced to call in reinforcements. Signs of Jewish businesses were ripped down and trampled on. Finally, the rioters invaded the house of Moises Forchheimer. Forchheimer was not at home at the time, but his wife, who was, was forced to pay the rioters 60 pennies to get rid of them…

“Of the 16 men arrested for rioting in Frankfurt, 15 had either already declared bankruptcy or they were unemployed former soldiers, day laborers or street urchins, a group of people, in other words, who in the best of times were at the periphery of the economy and were being pushed into penury by the influx the lower class Jews who undercut their tenuous connection to the local economy.”[1]

One of the main reasons for the Hep-Hep riot again was that the Jewish oligarchs began to cheat the system and sucked the blood out of the middle class. This was never an isolated case. Centuries earlier, we find the same phenomenon in Poland, most particularly during the 1600s. As we saw in the previous article, Jewish historiographer Heinrich Graetz declared that once the Jews began to immerse themselves in the study of the Talmud, wickedness became the rule and not the exception. They immediately began to cheat the system.

We are seeing almost the same thing in Hamburg, Germany. “Rallying against global capitalism, protesters played a game of cat and mouse with riot police as they tried to shut down major streets and disrupt the first day of the Group of 20 summit… In some parts of Hamburg, smoke billowed from cars set ablaze. Armoured police vehicles fanned out across the city and helicopters patrolled overhead. At least 175 officers — and many protesters — were reported injured since clashes began late Thursday, and about 100 protesters had been arrested, police said Friday evening.”[2]

The Guardian itself reported that the protesters ranged from “anti-capitalist activists to middle-class families keen to voice dissent.”[3] Jana Schneider, a 26-year-old criminology student, declared: “The G20 says it stands for 80 per cent of the world, or the world economy. Well, not me.”[4]

There were at least 100,000 protesters during the G20 meeting, and they were all against capitalism, the rapacious system that keeps sucking the economic blood out of the majority of the people on this planet. Protesters in Hamburg seem to realize that Communism was bad, but Capitalism was not much different.

As E. Michael Jones points out, it is not capitalism vs. communism; it’s labor vs. usury. The rich and powerful have always tried to come up with sophisticated ways to cheat labor out of the masses, and that always creates mass protests, as in the case of the Occupy Wall Street.

If Donald Trump is serious about preserving Western Civilization, then he has to attack the capitalist system and replace it with the system that had kept Europe alive long before there was Capitalism or Communism. William Cobbett has a long discussion on this in his book A History of the Protestant Reformation In England and Ireland.[5]

Finally, if Trump is serious about preserving the West, then he has to stop perpetual wars around the world. He just can’t continue to listen to the Israeli regime and bully countries that they do not like. There is no need for the United States to be in Syria. There is no need for the United States to ratchet trumped-up charges against Iran, and there is no need for the United States to fan the flame of war against North Korea. Until Trump comes to grip with the fundamental issues, then flowery words such as “preserving the West” are just window dressing.

[1] E. Michael Jones, Barren Metal: A History of Capitalism as the Conflict Between Labor and Usury (South Bend: Fidelity Press, 2014), 870, 871, 872.

[2] Isaac Stanley-Becker, “Security forces in Hamburg call in reinforcements as G20 protests erupt,” Washington Post, July 7, 2017.

[3] Philip Oltermann, “Hamburg braces for G20 violence as tensions rise over police tactics,” Guardian, July 5, 2017.

[4] Stanley-Becker, “Security forces in Hamburg call in reinforcements as G20 protests erupt,” Washington Post, July 7, 2017.

[5] For a full discussion on this, see Jones, Barren Metal.


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