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email@example.com | 20Feb2016 | Will Zuzak
The following is the text I tried to send (probably unsuccessfully) to
Alexander Green, Chief Investment Strategist, The Oxford Club:
How a Vote for Sanders Is
Like a Vote for Hitler
Dear Alexander Green:
You are presumably of Jewish ethnic origin, such that Hitler
and the Holocaust have been burned into your soul. However, Jews were
not the only ethnic group that suffered terribly during World War II.
I happen to be of Ukrainian ethnic origin, such that Stalin and the
Holodomor, as well as Hitler and his genocidal imperialistic
policies, are burned into my soul. Hitler came to power in January
1933, exactly at the time that Stalin was implementing the 1932-1933
famine-genocide that took the lives of some 7 to 10 million Ukrainians.
I invite you to view the recent documentary of Yurij Luhovy
Revealed", his older film "Harvest
of Despair", or the "Ukraine
Famine Genocide Holodomor" by Taras Hukalo.
A visual depiction of Hitler's genocide in Ukraine during WWII
is available on the "XoXoL"
website of Dr. Lubomyr Prytulak or specifically "Nazi crimes
against Soviet POWs". And you should certainly read Nazi
Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine by
Lower (2005), who categorically states that Hitler's intent in
attacking the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 was to expand German lebensraum by
colonizing Ukraine at the expense of the indigenous Ukrainian
I agree with you that Bernie Sanders is a dangerous demagogue, who
utilizes hate mongering to attract votes -- in the style of Hitler and
Stalin. His intellectual predecessors were those "International
Socialists" (as opposed to Hitler's "National Socialists"), who
supported Lenin's Bolshevik Revolution and later Stalin's genocidal
policies against Ukrainians and other ethnic nations comprising the
Soviet Union. Unfortunately, many of the intellectual predecessors of
your "millionaire and billionaire friends" were just as guilty of
condoning and/or supporting the genocidal policies of both Hitler and
in your article you fail to mention the murderous malicious psychopath,
Vladimir Putin, and the support he has garnered among your "millionaire
and billionaire friends", such as Donald Trump. Mr. Putin has created a
kleptocratic Mafia state that has a annexed Crimea, invaded the Donbas
region in eastern Ukraine and is bombing U.S. allies in Syria. These
are real "hot" wars and not the so-called "cold" war that so many
American and European politicians and businessmen are
about. He has declared the United States an enemy, threatens the Baltic
and Eastern European states and openly supports the dissolution of the
European Union. He scoffs at democratic values, rule of law and human
rights. Is it not time that Americans developed a backbone?
Ukrainians commemorate the memory of the "Heavenly
Euromaidan activists, who died under sniper fire on 20 February 2014 in
a successful attempt to overthrow a kleptocratic president supported by
Mr. Putin, but unfortunately all attempts to eradicate corruption from
governmental and state institutions appear to have failed. The
corrupt billionaire Oligarchs in both Russia and Ukraine are still in
power. Are there corrupt billionaire Oligarchs in the United States? Is
not corruption in business, financial institutions, politics,
governments and educational institutions a burgeoning problem
throughout the whole world?
Mr. Sanders is correct when he claims that billionaire Oligarchs have
"corrupted politics". Just look at the way Congress, Senate and
Whitehouse operate. Look at the funding and operation of the
Presidential elections. My perception is that democratic values, rule
of law and human rights are being eradicated in the United States, just
like in the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
Will Zuzak; 2016.02.20
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
How a Vote for Sanders Is
Like a Vote for Hitler
Lately, the economy has been weak and the stock market has acted hinky.
There are good reasons to believe this rough patch -- like every
correction and bear market of the past -- is temporary and things will
eventually get better.
But only if Americans don't lose their collective minds and elect the
"Democratic Socialist" from Vermont to the highest office in the land.
Some praise Sanders' economic policies. (They were a big hit in Greece
and Venezuela at first, too.)
But aside from economic prescriptions that even the left-leaning
Washington Post calls "An Assault on Reality," Sanders shares an
unflattering trait with the former leader of the Third Reich.
Outrageous? Perhaps. But hear me out...
There is no event in modern history to compare with the Holocaust.
Germans murdered 6 million innocent Jews. And would have murdered
millions more had the Allies not stopped them.
Some folks want to believe this whole tragic affair was due to a few
bad apples in the Nazi party.
The Jews were systematically excluded from German economic life, kicked
out of their homes, herded into ghettos, and loaded onto freight trains
in the open, in broad daylight, under approving eyes and with the full
knowledge of politicians, policemen, lawyers, judges, doctors,
teachers, church leaders and everyday citizens.
Millions knew of the slaughter too. How could this happen?
Hitler convinced his people that Germany's troubles were caused by just
1% of the population: the Jews.
In reality, of course, German Jews were a tremendous asset. They were
hardworking and successful, particularly in business and finance. They
were more highly educated, more affluent and more law-abiding than
most, committing few crimes in relation to their numbers.
Yet Hitler projected every fear, anxiety and frustration onto them. He
scapegoated them so successfully, in fact, that ordinary Germans began
to detest them, even those who had never met a Jew.
(If any of this surprises you, read Hitler's Willing Executioners:
Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah
Goldhagen. And keep a stiff drink handy.)
Hitler was a monster. But his fundamental flaw was that he was a
deluded and unrepentant bigot.
So is Bernie Sanders.
Sanders does not scapegoat an ethnic or religious minority, however. He
scapegoats a financial one. He dislikes rich people.
Listen to a Sanders stump speech, and you'll discover that folks with
money are the bane of our existence. They have "fixed" the economy,
corrupted politics, denied healthcare to millions, cheated the working
class, shirked taxes, created shocking inequality and hoarded the
wealth for themselves.
I must live in an alternate universe.
Most of the rich people I know stayed in school, studied hard, worked
diligently, lived beneath their means, took big risks and often failed
many times before they succeeded. They hire most of the workers and pay
most of the taxes. The vast majority have never hired a lobbyist or
bought a politician.
Moreover, every transaction I've ever had with a rich person was
My family and friends were happy to trade our money for billionaire
Bill Gates' operating system, billionaire Steve Jobs' iPhone,
billionaire Jeff Bezos' one-click ordering, billionaire Oprah Winfrey's
books and TV shows, billionaire Larry Page's search engine, billionaire
Mark Zuckerberg's social media, and billionaire Warren Buffett's money
management, to name just a few.
Yet Sanders insists that economically successful people -- that
detestable 1% -- are leading the country to rack and ruin.
And he likes to make it personal. On the campaign trail, he regularly
brags, "I do not have millionaire and billionaire friends."
Most of us don't have billionaire friends. After all, according to
Forbes there are only 536 of them in a nation of 319 million people.
According to market research and consulting firm Spectrem Group, there
are 10.1 million households in the U.S. with $1 million in net assets,
excluding the value of their homes. (Include real estate equity and the
number jumps by several million.)
Yet Sanders spits out "millionaires and billionaires" the way most of
us throw around "robbers and thieves."
If this seems alright to you, take a moment and consider a few similar
I do not have black or brown friends.
• I do not have gay or lesbian friends.
• I do not have fat or ugly friends.
• I do not have Muslim or Hindu friends.
• I do not have Baptist or Catholic
• I do not have conservative or
• I do not have liberal or progressive
• I do not have Jewish or gypsy friends.
So, okay, Sanders is no Hitler. I know that. But he is a demagogue, one
who is so intent on demonizing the rich and preaching class hatred that
he does not even recognize the flagrant bigotry of his own words.
Nor, apparently, do the cheering crowds at his rallies. (Nor, we can
assume, did the cheering crowds at Nuremberg.)
Nazi Germany never appreciated the tremendous value of an economically
successful 1%. And Sanders doesn't recognize the value of America's
most successful 1%.
Some voters will counter that they are not rich -- and they are for
Fine. But if they regularly save, invest and compound their money, they
will wake up one day to find that Sanders is no longer for them.
Alex Green, Chief Investment Strategist, The Oxford Club