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Published by AJ Weberman
When the economy faulters its time to blame it on the Jews or International Bankers.
When the economy faulters its time to blame it on the Jews or International Bankers.

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Published by: AJ Weberman on Feb 07, 2011
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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.
 Andrew Breitbart¶s website features Lumpkin, arguing that his film is mainstreamconservatism, trying to combat the leftist bias in Hollywood. Judge Napolitano of FOXNews gave Lumpkin a television platform to promote the film. It is also promoted on thewebsites of Ron Paul and of the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party of California isso excited about ³The American Dream´ that Lumpkin and his co-writer Harold Uhl willbe invited speakers at their annual convention in April: ³Tad Lumpkin and Harold Uhl,up-and-coming libertarian activists in the realm of digital entertainment, will present their fast-paced, laugh-filled, and deadly serious expose of the Federal Reserve, µThe American Dream¶.´The film is available on YouTube, where hundreds of comments demonstrate its broadacceptance as a revelation about how we got to where we are. At the core of ³The American Dream´ is a familiar message: Jews are the devil behindall financial evils. Unlike most antisemitic propaganda, ³The American Dream´ is notblatant in its targeting of Jews. The word ³Jew´ is never spoken in the film, and nothing Ihave seen by the filmmakers refers to Jews. But the second half of the ³The AmericanDream´ reveals the shadowy power behind the Fed and behind the gradual takeover of the whole world during the past 200 years: the Rothschild banking family.The narrative of ³The American Dream´ strings together a series of Rothschild³achievements´, all made up, but all firmly planted in antisemitic lore: they profited fromboth sides at Waterloo; they enslaved England and they planned to ³enslave all thenations on earth´; they controlled Alexander Hamilton, who first proposed a nationalbank; all the big American bankers trembled in fear before the ³Red Shield bankers´when the IRS took over our country in 1913.³Red Shield´ is the English translation for Rothschild. Unlike all the other characters inthe film, the Red Shield bankers are portrayed as tentacled monsters and called ³eviltyrants´. The many-armed octopus was a favorite symbol used by 19th-centuryantisemites to portray their claim that Jews control everything. If you google ³Rothschildred shield´, you come up with a host of survivalist, Christian fundamentalist, racistwebsites about the dangers of Jewish power and of the Fed.The narrative of the video is an updated version of ³The Protocols of the Elders of Zion´,a 19th-century fabrication which allegedly proved that Jews planned, and had alwaysplanned, to take over the world. ³Protocols´ explained the history of the world as aJewish conspiracy. In ³The American Dream´ that plan is carried out by the Rothschilds. According to the believers in this whole scheme, President Barack Obama is alreadypart of the conspiracy. Another film popular with the Fed-haters, who see Jews lurking
behind everything they hate, is ³Rothschild's Choice: Barack Obama and the HiddenCabal Behind the Plot to Murder America´.There are many prejudices in America, ideas about evil that have endured for generations, sometimes below the surface of public consciousness. The historicaldiscrimination against Jews, keeping Jews out of positions of respect and power, did notprevent Henry Ford from claiming that Jews were dangerously close to controlling theUS. In the 1920s Ford published ³The International Jew: The World¶s ForemostProblem,´ which was heavily based on the ³Protocols´. Among Ford¶s ideas was thatJews exercised control over the Federal Reserve. Hitler¶s American consul gave Fordthe Nazi Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938.Father Charles Coughlin, the phenomenally popular radio priest, used the airwaves inthe 1930s to propound his belief that an ³international conspiracy of Jewish bankers´had caused the Depression, as well as the Russian Revolution. He inspired thousandsof supporters to march in the streets of New York to protest the possibility that moreJewish refugees from the Nazis might be allowed into the US.In my lifetime, antisemitism in American has reached its lowest point. Any discriminationagainst Jews in any place at any time is illegal, and liable to be denounced by all whoknow of it. Social attitudes have fundamentally changed in that time, so that openlyantisemitic remarks are condemned, except in extreme circles.Because the video begins by laying out the case against the Fed as the evil forcebehind our economic crisis and because the antisemitism is not trumpeted, this video isgetting serious consideration across many websites which are solely focused oneconomics. As ³The American Dream´ makes its way around the virtual world, themessages about Jews, the evil behind the evil, become unremarkable and accepted.³The American Dream´ is a cartoon meant to evoke laughter, but at its core it tells astory steeped in an ancient hatred. It could be used as an educational tool and shouldbe viewed by many Americans. But it does not teach anything useful about economicsor history. It demonstrates how subtle messages of hate can lurk behind cartoonimages, how simplistic political formulas can be dangerous, and how persistent areirrational hatreds.The real American dream is different. It is not about buying bigger houses and itcertainly is not about finding Jewish scapegoats for national problems. The Americandream, the one pursued by the Jews who escaped antisemitism in Europe and whoseson, grandson, and great-grandson I am, was freedom from irrational hatred.Perhaps Lumpkin and Uhl are not antisemites. Maybe they incorporated the theme of the evil Rothschilds without realizing what they were doing. But their intentions or 

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