This BBC article states as fact that ex-Gestapo head, Heinrich Mueller, dies in 1945 (remember the date) and is buried in a Jewish cemetery.
We are getting a lot of WW2/Nazi confirmationist history these days, I recently wrote about it.
Why? There has been a good deal of revisionist history of late, one might call it a wave, challenging the conventional narratives, some of it very damaging. The official gobbledygook is that a madman arose in Germany, seeking revenge for Germany’s defeat in WW1, for which he blamed Jews, Gypsies, gays, and Leftists of all stripes, and plunged the world into genocidal darkness until the dictator was finally confronted by a coalition of democratic nations, who overcame their otherwise preclusive aversion to war, and defeated the evil genius and saved the world from fascism.
If only it were true! The reality is much darker.
The self-imposition of economic and development policies–typically at the behest of financial markets and the Washington/Geneva multilateral institutions–required an extraordinary insulation from genuine national determinations: in short, an “elite transition.”
This policy insulation from mass opinion could only be achieved through the leadership of Mandela. It was justified by invoking the mantra of “international competitiveness,” and it initially peaked with Mandela’s 1996 Growth, Employment and Redistribution policy. Obeisance to multinational corporations helped shape the terrain on the platinum belt that inexorably generated the Marikana Massacre in 2012, for example. In the South African case, it must be stressed, the decision to reduce the room for maneuver was made as much by the local principals as it was by the Bretton Woods Institutions, other financiers and investors.
South Africa’s democratization was profoundly compromised by an intra-elite economic deal that, for most people, worsened poverty, unemployment, inequality and ecological degradation, while also exacerbating many racial, gender and geographical differences. In the pages below, we can review most of the critical choices and outcomes from 1994-1999. These confirmed the late-apartheid turn to neoliberal economic management and amplified that turn in the context of world neoliberal hegemony until–and beyond–the 1998 East Asian crisis.
This piece is quite long, but worth the time. It’s the best assessment, in terms of accuracy and insight, that i have read.
But while these privatization debacles have been hard to stomach, Ventra–the new, privatized fare collection system for transit in Chicago–has been nothing short of a complete disaster.
Unlike the old magnetic strip fare card system, Ventra requires riders to purchase a prepaid debit/credit card that doubles as a transit pass. Whereas fare collection has been under public control for the entire lifespan of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), officials recently signed a $454 million deal to turn over fare collection to Cubic Corporation, a multinational firm that, in addition to causing transit fare headaches all over the world, is also a major player in military equipment manufacturing.
Now this is a revolution. Ten percent doesn’t sound like much, but it is, and allows for a great many small-scale applications even if industrial power scale generation never pans out.