An American Dream, A Jewish Nightmare
by Prof. Steve Hochstadt A new internet cartoon is capturing public interest by explaining the sources of our worldwide financial distress. Using a clever South Park format, ³The American Dream´reveals the hidden enemies of naive Americans, and others around the world, whoyearn for financial independence ± the US Federal Reserve and all national banks.But lurking in the shadows behind the bland faces of official bankers is the real villain,the one we knew all along was there, the Jew.³The American Dream´ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU) premiered atFreedomFest in July 2010 in Las Vegas, a libertarian-conservative convention.Beginning with a helpless average American who has bought a bigger house and isthen foreclosed, the film presents a conspiracy theory about the Fed as the source of allfinancial evil, aided by the IRS and the Mint. According to the film, the Fed is completely uncontrolled by any American people or institutions, and is under the power of foreign bankers. Our taxes do not go to our government, but to others, in ³the greatest theft in human history´. The Fedunconstitutionally prints money in order to further enslave Americans through debt.Patriots, who follow the teachings of our founding fathers, must do something rightaway, ³before America is destroyed forever.´Because antisemites can¶t avoid it, there is just a bit of sexism incorporated here.Women appear only as ornaments for the men who do all the business.In several interviews and comments which can be seen on the web, filmmaker TadLumpkin claims his video is a kind of easy substitute for Friedrich Hayek¶s ³The Road toSerfdom´, the famous philosophical attack on collectivism. But Hayek¶s book says littleabout banks. It appears that ³The American Dream´ recycles in much more palatableform the claims of the 1998 ³documentary´ ³The Money Masters- How InternationalBankers Gained Control of America´, which runs for over 3 hours.The video originated in and circulates among the network of survivalist, conspiracy-mongering, extremist websites, like rtr.org, which claims credit for the film. But since itsproduction, ³The American Dream´ has enjoyed considerable success beyond thefringe, breaking through into much more mainstream conservative discussions.