January 25, 2017

Timothy Snyder's Black Earth

William Kay

Climate Change isn’t an issue about which European politicians can simply agree to disagree about, and then move on. No, accepting the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis, and implementing its concomitant catastrophic energy policies, are prerequisites to maintaining friendly relations with the EU. Europe’s climate-industrial complex is too big to fail.

As Donald Trump marches the English-speaking world out of Europe’s climate crusade transatlantic relations will surely plummet. At the same time, and to the mortification of Europeans, US-Russia relations will thaw. After all, it wasn’t Moscow that led a 30-year economic warfare campaign against America’s energy infrastructure via the ruse of Global Warming; no, that was our old "Allies” in Berlin.

Insights into European deep-state machinations can be gleaned from Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning – published in 2015 by the German media conglomerate, Bertelsmann.

In addition to owning extensive television, magazine, music and e-business operations Bertelsmann is the world’s largest book publisher. They put out 15,000 titles a year under 250 seemingly independent labels.

Bertelsmann has been a family affair since 1835. Mohn family members and Mohn-controlled foundations own 100% of voting shares. Christoph Mohn is Chairman. His mother is Vice Chair. His sister is a director. Joining them on Bertelsmann’s board are officials from: Volkswagen, Nestle, E.ON, BMW, Henkel, and Daimler.

Bertelsmann was the main publisher of Nazi propaganda during the Third Reich. More recently the Mohns have been enmeshed in the uber-environmentalist Club of Rome. Over the past 40 years Bertelsmann has loosed an avalanche of hundreds of thousands of environmentalist magazine articles, news stories and books.

Black Earth was a collective endeavor. 14 archivists and librarians dug up the data. 30 academics and publishing execs reviewed drafts and submitted recommendations. The book was released simultaneously in every European language. It became a bestseller in four countries and won numerous awards.

Snyder is American-born but is better known in Europe than the USA. Much of his success derives from his involvement with the Vienna-based Institute for Human Sciences which employs 40 academics with funds from the Austrian and German governments. Their mission is to overcome obstacles to Central and Eastern Europe integration through re-writing history with "thematic daring.”

While not an outright work of Holocaust denial, Black Earth, forcefully deploys the controversial genres of: Holocaust Obfuscation, Double Genocide Theory, and Holocaust Inversion.

Black Earth is also a meticulously crafted enviro-propaganda text concluding with a long, preachy chapter on Global Warming. The book devotes more page-space to Climate Change than to Auschwitz. Snyder’s opinions about the dangers posed by Climate Change place him among the strident fringe of the Global Warming faithful.
He argues future Holocausts can be prevented with carbon taxes.

In 35 separate passages Black Earth affirms the Nazi-environmentalist connection. Professor Snyder claims Adolph Hitler’s core ideology consisted of:
a) A profound commitment to ecology;
b) A hostility to free market capitalism;
c) A belief in an overpopulation crisis;
d) A disdain for modern agricultural technology;
e) A deification of Nature; and
f) An overriding phobia that industrial activity was destroying Earth’s ecosystem.
In other words, Adolph Hitler was, by today’s standards, a typical environmentalist.

As an aside here, Snyder made an astonishing admission in an interview with The Atlantic magazine in 2015. He said that in 2010 he had a vague "intuition” that might be a connection between ecology and Hitler’s mindset. Re-reading Hitler’s writings convinced Snyder: "…in fact, that Hitler’s quite explicitly an ecological thinker, (and) that the planetary level is the most important level.”

Snyder obtained his PhD in History from Oxford in 1997. He then taught at Yale and Harvard. His field of expertise is Central European politics circa World War II. Yet somehow, in 2010 he possessed only an intuition of a connection between ecology and Nazism! By 2010 a dozen books describing in expansive and minute detail the ecological orientation of the Third Reich had rolled off the presses at Yale, Cambridge, etc. None of the works of the scholars who uncovered the eco-Nazi link appear in Black Earth’s 800-plus text bibliography. This suggest suppression of evidence on Snyder’s part and it also suggests Snyder is an intellectual poseur – a celebrity pundit who signs off on texts largely written by underlings.

Uniquely, Snyder’s team clumsily and unsuccessfully tries to use Hitler’s allegedly idiosyncratic ecologism to exonerate Europe’s other fascist dictators (whom he treats favourably) from any guilt for Hitlerite crimes.

The book traffics in anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism; both staples of Euro-fascism. The book overflows with a militant statism seldom heard in the English-speaking world. (To fascists, of course, the state-building project is a manifestation of the divine.)

Black Earth is a battle cry for Pan-German oligarchs and their ultranationalist Polish, Ukrainian, and Baltic clients. Snyder wrote this book while writing reams of articles for the mainstream media defending the 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s lawfully elected government. In those articles, and in Black Earth, the Russians, particularly Vladimir Putin, are demonized. Most critically, Russian (and North American) fossil fuel reserves are deemed an existential threat to Earth’s ecosystem.

Tim Snyder is a Benedict Arnold. He’s an Ezra Pound. He’s a Tokyo Rose. His portrait shall forever hang in that shameful gallery of treasonous Americans whose ideology, vanity, and greed drove them into the arms of foreign reactionaries determined to scuttle the American project.

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