And real world work has kept me from rolling out the next big thread.
I now have some time.
What would you like for the holidays?
When his father dropped dead in 1918, Longie was forced to provide for his family at the tender age of 14. He started in push cart groceries... /1
By the age of 16, Longie Zwillman controlled the numbers racket of the entire 3rd Ward, and had a crew of hired muscle.
He was perfect for bootlegging.
This would eventually lead to the same "fruits of labor" tabloid life..
BUT there was something critically different about how Longie used his empire.
It's hard to nail down the "why" of it.
Maybe it was where he was located - Newark. But there were movements in NY as well. And other key cities...
He had a will to fight that danger that no other boss had.
And he spent a decade using his money & "muscle" w/ Senators, Law Enforcement, Businessmen to execute his will.
Longie hunted American Nazis.
To understand this man and, more importantly, the men he empowered in the fight against Nazism, you have to transport yourself to that time.
And you have to know that the pre-WWII Nazi movement in America was very real. Very well organized...
American Nazi-ism was driven completely by propaganda. All of it.
Using the 1stA as their shield, American Nazis started as "The Friends of New Germany" in 1933 and evolved into "The German-American Bund" by '36.
I'm going to take time with this thread & roll out this history, as carefully as I can. Because, in this history are the very same building blocks of both the enemy's arsenal we're up against today...
We're going to learn the lessons of a mob boss. And it can save us.
Watch this please. And I'll return later to break down the imagery.
Let’s begin with the propaganda that the archival footage captured, then get to the film itself. Because there is something brewing, which deserves our clear attention.
The man at the podium is Fritz Kuhn, charismatic G-A Bund leader.
Yes, those are swastikas imbedded in the banners framing him.
Yes, the giant banner in the middle is of George Washington. And, without it, this rally could not happen.
Washington was a work-around...
Kuhn’s predecessor, Hans Spanknoebel (“American Fuhrer” when Bund was still “Friends”), had been charged as an unregistered foreign agent by our DOJ in late ‘33. Spank had already gone into hiding & eventually fled back to Germany.
By the time of Kuhn, there was intense scrutiny on the Bund’s members & messaging: their German citizenship, gross flag...
Local politicians asserted that as long as the event was not overtly anti-Semitic & embraced America over Germany, the Bund would receive police protection against any anti-Nazi demonstrators.
Now I’m leaving out A LOT of history (details & characters) to give a broad context. It’s Twitter. Please forgive. ...
The goal of enemy propaganda is to confuse. To muddy the dialogue. To distract from their corruption – from the money...
Which brings me back to the film. Some of you already caught one of the EPs.
I make no assumptions on why Poitras backed that short film...
So, let’s go back to Zwillman...
And make sure they have the expertise they claim to...
If the latter, reject it. Cancel subscriptions. Turn the channel. “Unfollow.” Because that delivers the more fatal blow: Money.
There is no victory without it.
And, at this point, anyone pushing a counter-narrative is suspect as hell (especially if they come from sports-betting & somehow know Paul Manafort's kids😏).
F*ck them too.
Go after paid shills, that use our 4th Estate. How can real journalism survive, if we’re too weak to see beyond the cries of 1stA made by unregistered foreign agents?
It’s time to hold those responsible for pushing propaganda. Here’s how: make them label it...
And if they’re promoting a paid shill that is unregistered..?
Tell the truth about it.
So that we know exactly what we’re consuming.