Diagnosis / Pauwels' Prism for WW1-2-3

All Wars are about Money

The Peloponnesian war was, to a greater extent than Thucydides seems to have realized, a struggle between the business interests of Athens and Corinth for commercial supremacy in the West: all wars, Plato remarked, are made for the sake of getting money.
The Republic of Plato, FM Cornford p. x

Pauwels' Prism for WW1-2-3

Pauwels' Corporate Re-Interpretations of WW1 & WW2 

Historians such as Eric Hobsbawn never broke with the UK/US Empire's world view. Jacques Pauwels makes the (appropriate scientific) 'epistemological break' with it - and turns the world around into a chilling objective description, where Western corporpate powers are laid bare as the cause for the destructions of the two world wars. As it is explained in this (2016) review:

"Unlike the massive work of popular history produced by Eric Hobsbawm, The Great Class War and The Myth of the Good War provide a concise challenge to the Anglo-American narrative, which Hobsbawm, despite his Marxist orientation, never quite abandons. This may be because such books cannot be published by people who are employed at the pinnacle of elite academic institutions—without at least jeopardising one’s career." 'U.S. Empire-Building “Interventions', DH Wilkinson, BAR
 
'Why America Needs War - Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen… Why has the US been at war for more than half a century…? And why do Americans support the US military agenda?' Link Article, 2003/2017

Pauwels Homepage / Pauwels' Writings at Global Research 
 

Big Business and Hitler, Nov, 2017, Lorimor

"Business was bad in the 1930s, and for multinational corporations Germany was a bright spot in a world suffering from the Great Depression. As Jacques R. Pauwels explains in this book, corporations were delighted with the profits that came from re-arming Germany, and then supplying both sides of the Second World War.

Recent historical research in Germany has laid bare the links between Hitler's regime and big German firms. Scholars have now also documented the role of American firms — General Motors, IBM, Standard Oil, Ford, and many others — whose German subsidiaries eagerly sold equipment, weapons, and fuel needed for the German war machine. A key roadblock to America's late entry into the Second World War was behind-the-scenes pressure from US corporations seeking to protect their profitable business selling to both sides."
 
'Is History “Bunk”? “Big Business and Hitler”.', Epilogue of Jacques R. Pauwels, ‘Big Business and Hitler”, forthcoming, Lorimer, Toronto, fall 2017
 
 

The Myth of the Good War: Am. in the Second WW, 2. 2015, Lorimor

"In the spirit of historians Howard Zinn, Gwynne Dyer, and Noam Chomsky, Jacques Pauwels focuses on the big picture. Like them, he seeks to find the real reasons for the actions of great powers and great leaders. Familiar Second World War figures from Adolf Hitler to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin are portrayed in a new light in this book. The decisions of Hitler and his Nazi government to go to war were not those of madmen. Britain and the US were not allies fighting shoulder to shoulder with no motive except ridding the world of the evils of Nazism."

"A revealing analysis of the covert goals pursued by Western leaders before, during and immediately after World War II. Well-researched and lucidly-argued, this fine book will be of great value to experts and ordinary readers alike." Michael Parenti author of Against Empire and The Terrorism Trap
 

The Great Class War 1914-1918, 2016, Lorimor 

"In all countries socialists renounced the class struggle and proceeded instead to go to war for their fatherland and their people." Jacques R. Pauwels, The Great Class War 1914-1918, p. 69
 
 
"Readers of this masterful book will recognize the extent to which so much of the literature on World War One, with its focus on secret treaties, bumbling diplomacy, inept military leaders, and particular battles simply obscures the fundamental character of the war and its differential impacts on various groups of people." 
 
"The Great Class War provides an eloquent synthesis of evidence that World War One’s causes, events, impacts on different individuals and groups, ending, and aftermath are all best understood in terms of a focus on different social classes in the various countries caught up in the sweep of this momentous war. Pauwels goes beyond interpretations that reduce the war to conflicts among competing imperial and national groupings, in which the wealthiest industrialist and jobless, homeless workers are confounded to show that the class dynamics of particular countries determined who wanted war, who benefited from it, and who bore the brunt of suffering from it."
 
Review by Alvin Finkel, Professor Emeritus at Athabasca University and author of Our Lives: Canada After 1945 and Social Policy and Practice in Canada: A History
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comparing WWll & Today

 
Winston Churchill: "Germany’s unforgivable crime before the second world war was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world’s trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit." Churchill to Lord Boothby in this Must Read: Foreword, Propaganda in the Next War (2/e), Sidney Rogerson
 
"There is the official view of World War II—the one we have all been taught—then, there is the one presented here: very different, and very disturbing. This alternative view argues that the aims of the national leaders were not democracy and self-determination, but were, as wars generally are, opportunities to suppress class rebellion.
Furthermore, Spritzler maintains, the myths of World War II are the same myths that are being used today in the "war against terrorism" by government and corporate leaders to control people and pursue ends that have nothing to do with protecting us from terrorism." The People As Enemy: The Leaders' Hidden Agenda in World War II

“What happened here [Germany then] was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.”--from Chapter 13, “But Then It Was Too Late” They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, 2., M. Mayer [Book Excerpt, link]