Mar 21, 2010

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This Difficult Individual Eustace Mullins—& the Remarkable Ezra Pound

Eustace Mullins

Eustace Mullins

Earlier this year my friend Eustace Mullins passed away. He had been ailing for some time — at least since I first met him in 2006. Hopefully he is in a better place now.

Mr. Mullins made a huge mark on the nationalist community here in the United States, but also has a following in Europe and Japan. For those who have not read his books, Mr. Mullins attempted to expose the criminal syndicates that manipulate governments and the international financial system.

But Mr. Mullins’ most sparkling claim to fame was his partnership with Ezra Pound in order to write Secrets of the Federal Reserve — probably the most well-known exposé of how our government really works.

But nobody’s life is all sunshine and light. While Mr. Mullins’ work is among the most famous in the nationalist community, it is also some of the worst researched. He often fails to reference where he uncovered the material in his books. While Mr. Mullins was very perceptive of historical trends, his insights were sometimes overshadowed by unbalanced statements.

Authors wishing to quote Eustace’s books in their own writing make themselves an easy target for reasonable critics or hate organizations like the ADL. In this way, Mr. Mullins has done more harm to the movement than good.

I learned this the long way. Having read Secrets, I drove down to Staunton, VA in the summer of 2006 and spent an afternoon talking with Mr. Mullins. My goal was to find the origin of several stories and statements which I could not reference from the text. Mr. Mullins was an elderly gentleman and he couldn’t remember where he had found any of the material I was interested in. He simply replied: “It’s all in the Library of Congress. Back then they would let me wander the stacks.”

So I moved to D.C., a few blocks from the library and spent the better part of two years trying to retrace Mr. Mullins’ footsteps. Prior to this I had had several years’ experience as a researcher and was used to trying to find the proverbial “needle in a haystack.” They wouldn’t let me wander around the book storage facility (the stacks), but I scoured the catalog for anything that might contain the source for Mr. Mullins’ statements. I couldn’t verify any of the information in question.

Sadly, I realized that it would never be good practice to quote Mr. Mullins. But I hadn’t wasted the time. I know more about the Federal Reserve now than most people who work there and I learned about the fantastic Mr. Pound.

Ezra Pound is among the most remarkable men of the last 120 years. He made his name as a poet and guided W. B. Yeats, T.S. Elliot and E. Hemingway on their way to the Noble Prize (back when it meant something). He is the most brilliant founder of Modernism — a movement which sought to create art in a more precise and succinct form. Modernism can be seen as a natural reaction to the florid, heavy Victorian sensibility — it is not the meaningless abstractions we are assaulted with today.

Born in Idaho, Pound left the United States for Europe in 1908. In London he found an audience of educated people who appreciated his poetry. He married Dorothy Shakespear, a descendant of the playwright. Pound also befriended some of the most brilliant artists of the time and watched them butchered in the First World War.

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, a sculptor and one of Ezra’s best friends, was one of these sacrifices. The Great War changed Pound’s outlook on life — no longer content with his artistic endeavors alone, he wanted to find out why that war happened.

Ezra_Pound_1945_May_26_mug_shotThe answer he got bought him 12 years as a political prisoner in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Anacostia, just across the river from the Capitol in Washington D.C. Pound was never put on trial but was branded a traitor by the post-war American media.

What answer did Pound find? Our wars begin and end at the instigation of the international financial houses. The bankers make money on fighting and rebuilding by controlling credit. They colonize nations and have no loyalty to their host countries’ youth or culture. No sacrifice is too great for their profit.

Much of Pound’s work chronicles the effect of this parasitic financial class on societies: from ancient China to modern-day Europe. Pound was a polyglot and scoured numerous (well-documented) sources for historical background. The education that Mullins’ work promises is delivered by the truckload in Pound’s writing. Pound often lists his sources at the end of his work — and they always check out.

Eustace Mullins got to know Pound during the poet’s time as a political prisoner. He was introduced to Pound by an art professor from Washington’s Institute of Contemporary Arts which, in Mullins’ words, “housed the sad remnants of the ‘avant-garde‘ in America.”

According to Mr. Mullins, Pound took to him and commissioned Eustace to carry on his work investigating the international financial system. Pound gave Eustace an American dollar bill and asked him to find out what “Federal Reserve” printed across its top meant. Secrets, many derivative books, and thousands of conspiracy websites have sprung from that federal reserve note.

And here is where the story goes sour. Pound was a feared political prisoner incarcerated because of what he said in Italy about America’s involvement with the international bankers and warmongering. Pound was watched twenty four hours a day and was under the supervision of Dr. Winfred Overholser, the superintendent of the hospital.

Overholser was employed by the Office of Strategic Services (the CIA’s forerunner) to test drugs for the personality-profiling program, what would be called MK-ULTRA. (See John Marks’ The Search for “the Manchurian Candidate”: The CIA and Mind-Control.) Personality profiling was St. Elizabeth’s bread and butter: The asylum was a natural ally to the agency.

Overholser was also a distinguished professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of George Washington University. This department provided students as test patients for the Frankfurt Schools’ personality profiling work, which the CIA was very interested in. Prophets of Deceit, first written by Leo Löwenthal and Norbert Guterman in 1948, reads like a clumsy smear against Pound.

It does seem odd that a nationalist student would be allowed to continue the work of the dangerously brilliant Pound right under Winny’s nose. The story gets even stranger, as Mr. Mullins describes his stay in Washington during this time. He was housed at the Library of Congress — apparently he lived in one of the disused rooms in the Jefferson building and became good friends with Elizabeth Bishop.

Bishop was the Library of Congress’ “Consultant in Poetry” — quite a plum position. She was also identified by Frances Stonor Saunders as working with Nicolas Nabokov in Rio de Janeiro. Nabokov was paid by the CIA to handle South American-focused anti-Stalinist writers. (See The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters.) If what Saunders says is true, then it puts Eustace in strange company at that time of his life.

According to the CIA’s in-house historians, the Library was also a central focus for intelligence gathering after the war, so it is doubly unlikely that just anybody would be allowed to poke around there after hours.

Whatever the motivation for letting Mullins in to see Pound was, the result has been that confusion, misinformation and unverifiable literature have clouded Pound’s message about the financial industry’s role in war. Fortunately Pound did plenty of his own writing.

According to Eustace, his relations with Pound’s relatives were strained after Pound’s release from prison. Pound moved back to Italy where he died in 1972. He was never the same after his stay with Overholser in St. E’s. The St. Elizabeth’s building is slated to become the new headquarters of the Department for Homeland Security.

Eustace went on to write many, many books about the abuses of government, big business and organized religion. They are very entertaining and are often insightful, but are arsenic from a researcher’s point of view. A book that contains interesting information without saying where the information came from is worse than no book at all.

While lackadaisical about references in his own writing, Mr. Mullins could be extremely perceptive and critical of the writing of others. I once told him how much respect I had for George Orwell’s daring to write 1984 — to which he sharply replied: “It’s a great piece of pro-government propaganda — they win in the end.” Mr. Mullins is of course right: Orwell’s Big Brother is always one step ahead, almost omniscient — and therefore invincible.

Eustace Mullins was much more than a writer. He became a political activist and befriended many prominent people in the American nationalist movement. But Mr. Mullins didn’t have much faith in American nationalism: It is a movement, he told me, that the government would never let go anywhere.

The Occidental Observer, March 20, 2010


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  1. Tom Jefferson said:

    “But Mr. Mullins didn’t have much faith in American nationalism: It is a movement, he told me, that the government would never let go anywhere.”

    The “white nationalist movement” in the USA has been operated by active police informers for at least 40 years. That is because most of it operates on a “national” or “nationwide” membership basis. It has 10, maybe 20, years left to continue in that direction.

    For the benefit of the younger folks reading this the way to circumvent the problem is to think and act locally, beginning with family and long-term friends. “Name the jew” but tone down the rhetoric, minimize the frequency, and ensure that you are able to provide documented evidence when needed. Do not give people the impression that you are obsessed. To politically and physically complacent materialists, obsession/paranoia = possession/mental illness. Bring other topics to the table – crime, prices, employment, recreational activities, education, training, etc. – along with potential solutions to be implemented among one’s circle of family, friends, and local acquaintances. Smile. Be kind. Ask. Listen to the members of your circle. Refrain from vehement disagreement. Be “other” oriented, not self-oriented. Teach. Emphasize teamwork, voluntarism, openness, and charity, then lead by example – that is, do what you preach and do it well. In time you’ll find yourself taken seriously by the circle and others will emulate your example. The implicit whiteness of your circle slowly becomes explicit. Every member is a leader, contributor, allowed to take initiative, and “owns” his successes. The circle, not you, sets the pace. You’re there to nudge. It may take 2, 5, or 10 years. You have the time. Of course there may be exceptions. You must accept the fact that there are people you just can’t reach and not let that fact affect your outward demeanor toward them as long as their behavior can be characterized as implicitly white. Something is better than nothing.

    These general guidelines are merely a start on how to think and act locally. Once again, it begins with family and long-term friends. That is your security system. The quality of your circle will be what it is. Improve quality where you can. The government has no inside control. And imagine hundreds of thousands, millions of these circles collaborating socially, economically, and politically in outwardly expanding rings with every point of intersection occurring at a local level.

    There is nothing intellectually novel or exceptional about this. It is common sense. Or should be.

  2. Joe Webb said:

    I have heard folks use the term, “Useless Mullins.” I have also tried to read a couple of his books and couldn’t because of the lack of anything scholarly or objective.

    As for World War I, to say that it was caused by Finance Capital or The Jews, is not at all consistent with the scholarship of dozens of revisionist scholars’ work on the war. I just finished reading some Harry Elmer Barnes in this regard. Barnes was one of the most important historians of his time. He later got in on the Holocaust Revisionism as a doubter/denier. Logically, if he was not soft on the Jews he would have charged them or other financial manipulators, with helping to start the war. He of course, did not.

    Barnes placed the various various nations involved in The War in rank order of responsibility for it. First was France and Russia, which had long standing grievances (Alsace and Lorraine for France, and warm water naval rights around the Straits/Turkey/Ottomans for Russia). Serbia is blamed for participation in the assassination of the Arch Duke of Austria-Hungary who was to succeed to the throne shortly. This was the trigger, but only the trigger. Then Britain for its dithering and fear of German Power, then Austria-Hungary, then Germany and the Ottomans.

    Getting straight on this history gets one positioned for understanding WW2. Versailles and the emergence of communism in Russia and communist victories in Germany led to AH and national socialism and war. The jewish role is all of this is mostly restricted to Jewish Bolshevism and hatred of Whites. However, Jews played a propaganda role in world war 2 and also probably had great influence with Churchill and others players. Churchill was a war-monger of the first rank. Then, of course, FDR was surrounded by jews and communists. Forget the banks.

    If there had been significant Jewish involvement in lobbying Wilson, I think Barnes would have discovered it. Wilson was another do-gooding White fool who did not need jews to be foolish. He came from the do-gooding Protestant Ruling Class that believed in universalism and human rationality which Whites are so bad/ good at attributing to others, like cannibals, jews, and racial- wretcheds generally. This psychological projection dynamic is alive and well today amongst Whites… only.

    To say that the financiers are responsible for war means that one is a communist, or, alternatively, one who has read too much of useless Mullins.

    Finally, Jews are heavily involved in finance and do participate indirectly in wars because of that. However, in the last fifty years or so their participation has been directly and indirectly political. Finance has nothing to do with it and Jewish Power everything to do with it.

    Joe Webb

  3. Indecision concerning the credibility of sources is a major handicap for Whites; it’s one of the most important obstacles that prevents the ground on which we stand to become as firm as it needs to be.

    In the time of the first world war, Zionism was already in full swing, here and abroad. I can’t vouch for the credibility of this website, either, except that I see credible sources listed there.

    Most of us are familiar with what’s written here, but it bears repeating that Jews are always at work on their own mission in whatever arena, wherever the action is, and so you find Wilson and WWI linked with the names Brandeis, Weitzman, Balfour, Untermeyer, and Rothschild. The perpetual push and pull of zionism and anti-German hatred are clearly visible.

  4. Pound called him “Useless Mullins” in jest. Others are quoting Pound, makes ’em feel that some of Pound’s magic rubs off.

    “Finance has nothing to do with it”

    Finance has nothing to do with nothing.

  5. Jews were a major cause of World War I, specifically the escalation of a European war to a world war:

    In 1917, the Allies were in distress and desperately needed American aid, but all their efforts to bring the United States into the war on their side had failed. It was then that the English commenced secret negotiations with the American Zionists. The latter proposed a deal: “If you will promise to hand over Palestine to us if you are victorious, we will guarantee to bring America into the war on your side.” If America was brought into the war, it seemed almost certain that Germany would be unable to resist the strength of the resulting coalition.

    The deal was concluded, and the American Zionists fulfilled their part of the bargain, and brought the USA into the war, and by the celebrated Balfour Declaration, the British Government made Palestine into a national home for the Jews.

  6. Joe Webb,

    Jews started WWI also quite directly (along with their usual behind-the-scenes machinations and cultural manipulations). A Jewish gang hung out together waiting and planning, and a Jew was the trigger man in the assassination that started WWI. I read that Hitler thought Jews were behind most corruption and skulduggery in Vienna at the time he was there as a young artist. Later I obtained records from that time and Jews were descending on the Austrian capitol in record immigration numbers — 75,000 in one 10 year period alone to that one city. Kevin Macdonald talks about Freud, but there were many that hated western civilization just as much but were less famous… Jews have had a large influence since way before they lobbied anyone or had actual political power. Their presence influences, their attitudes, their writings. You see them doing the exact same sorts of things every time they enter a civilization in their wanderings. Don’t underestimate that.

  7. Nobody here is defending Eustace Mullins’ writings. That suggests to me that the commenters haven’t READ his books.

    My gosh, his books are full of quotes — with sources. His books are full of lists of the bankers, boards of directors, and their publicly documented business connections.

    Two years ago, before I was aware of Mullins’ value, I did my own research on tracing the money and power up the chain. The Rockefellers, Morgans, and Rothschilds became obvious. It took me a while to find the strong links across the Atlantic, after which it all became clear that the Rothschilds were the supreme jews who made the takeover of the USA and other countries possible by their supreme monetary might — and Talmudic dishonesty and ruthlessness against everything nonjewish. And then I thoroughly read some Mullins books and articles and found that I had followed him, independently.

    For readers who still doubt, consider this: Beatrice Mott wrote above that her “goal was to find the origin of several stories and statements which I could not reference from the text.” But Mott doesn’t tell us ANY of those storylines and statements.

    I’ll leave it there.

    Anybody who’s interested in a practical SOLUTION to our fully infiltrated and corrupted country is invited to click my name above. By the way, it’s my real name. I’m not cowering, and I take responsibility for what I say, which is always the truth as best I know it.

  8. Interesting.

    A hint to an explanation for the question that has annoyed me for years:

    How could Mullins and Griffin support Gold as currency?

    After all, it was ‘Usura’ that was Pound’s main enemy and Gold is Usura’s currency of choice.

  9. Gold cannot support the extent of current monetary transactions. But it was the weapon of choice during the 20th century. And wars? How many sailors died shipping gold from Russia? Maybe a local currency is your best answer? .. and this doesn’t seem enough either? Education?

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