I have spoken to large and small audiences across Europe from east to west, and throughout North America on the subject of right-wing Nazism and fascism, and the American corporations who lifted Hitler to power. Further, I played my interviews of politicians and other leaders from the Nazi time on my radio talk show. It is near impossible to reduce this subject to the space here, but here is my best, condensed attempt...
"We stand for the maintenance of private property...We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order." -Adolf Hitler
From the teacher's guide to "Nazi Fascism and the Modern Totalitarian State": "Fascism is a form of right-wing totalitarianism..." "Nazi fascism's ideology included a racial theory which denigrated 'non-Aryans,' extreme nationalism which called for the unification of all German-speaking peoples, the use of private paramilitary organizations to stifle dissent and terrorize opposition..." Anti-immigrant. Against minorities. Against liberals.
"Fascism, which was not afraid to call itself reactionary...does not hesitate to call itself illiberal and anti-liberal." -Benito Mussolini
"Right-wing totalitarian regimes (particularly the Nazis) have arisen in relatively advanced societies, relying on the support of traditional economic elites to attain power." "Nazism and Fascism which evolved from 'right-wing' extremism." -http://remember.org
From "Profits uber Alles! American Corporations and Hitler" by Jacques R. Paulwels: "When Americans landed in Normandy in June 1944 and captured their first German trucks, they discovered that these vehicles were powered by engines produced by American firms such as Ford and General Motors. Corporate America, it turned out, had also been serving as the arsenal for Nazism."
"Some high-profile leaders of corporate America, such as Henry Ford liked and admired the Fuhrer at an early stage. Other precocious Hitler admirers were press lord Randolph Hearst and Irenee Du Pont, head of the Du Pont trust, who according to Charles Higham, had already 'keenly followed the career of the future Fuhrer in the 1920s, and supported him financially. Eventually, most American captains of industry learned to love the Fuhrer."
"The Union Bank was intimately linked with the financial and industrial empire of German steel magnate Thyssen, whose financial support enabled Hitler to come to power. The bank was managed by Prescott Bush, grandfather of Geroge W. Bush. Prescott Bush was allegedly also an eager supporter of Hitler, funnelled money to him via Thyssen, and in return made considerable profits by doing business with Nazi Germany; with profits he launched his son, the later president, in the oil business."
"Most, if not all firms in Germany, including American branch plants, eagerly took advantage of this situation and cut labor costs drastically. The Ford-Werke, for example, reduced labour costs from fifteen per cent of business volume in 1933 to only eleven per cent in 1938. Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Essen increased its profitability considerably because, in Hitler's state, workers 'were little more than serfs forbidden not only to strike, but to change jobs,' driven 'to work harder [and] faster' while their wages 'were deliberately set quite low.' In Nazi Germany, real wages indeed declined rapidly, while profits increased..."
"In the 1930s, the anti-Semitism of corporate America likewise revealed itself to be the other side of the coin of anti-socialism, anti-Marxism, and red-baiting. Most American businessmen denounced Roosevelt's New Deal as a 'socialistic' meddling in the economy. The anti-Semites of corporate America considered Roosevelt to be a crypto-Communist and an agent of Jewish interests, if not a Jew himself."
The following is excerpted from a report by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 1974:
[Refering to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler] "The substantial contribution of these firms to the American war effort in terms of tanks, aircraft components, and other military equipment is widely acknowledged. Less well known are the simultaneous contributions of their foreign subsidiaries to the Axis powers. In sum, they maximized profits by supplying both sides with the materiel needed to conduct the war."
From http://rationalrevolution.net/war/american "Ford was also active in Nazi Germany's prewar preparations. In 1939, for instance, it opened a truck assembly plant in Berlin whose 'real purpose,' according to U.S. Army Intelligence, was producing 'troop transport-type' vehicles for the Wehrmact. That year Ford's chief executive received the Nazi German Eagle (first class)..." ...from Hitler!
I could go on and on about how right-wing industry in the U.S. loved Hitler and his right-wing programs against communism, socialism, labor unions, minorities, Jews, ad infinitum. In 1940, Graeme K. Howard, v.p. of General Motors published the book, "America and a New World Order" blaming FDR for starting World War II, and saying that fascists should be supported as the better alternative to the spread of Communism. IBM helped to set up the Nazi databases that could more efficiently get the Jews to the gas chambers.
When you hear U.S. corporate-sponsored hatred against Muslims, immigrants, etc., and telling you that we have to have war to protect America, please-please-please read the accurate history of American right-wingers and corporate giants who supported Hitler. These are an echo today of that horrible ideology that wants to make you a puppet to support unnecessary wars [Iraq], take away any regulation of U.S. industry, and keep the government out of our lives [except when it bails out corporations]. They will tell you that lawyers are filling up our courts, but never tell you how much court time is used by one corporations suing another. You are a dupe for greed and war corporations. They supported Hitler and they now support the Tea Party and any other hateful, bigoted organization that will get them what they want. The right-wing in America has been taken over by corporations and groups that closely resemble those that put Hitler in power and the workers who were his slaves.