Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Ghost of Henry Ford

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Working for a supplier in the automotive industry for many years, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of the Big 3's assembly plants and various sub-suppliers for them.

What I saw was a mixed bag. Inefficiency and bureaucratic bungling riding right alongside innovation and some of the brightest people in manufacturing.

From 'blame the supplier' no matter what to 'help us figure this out partner', it was always an interesting experience. I've been fussed at, cussed at and dressed down in front of over 100 people. I didn't take it personally. As some would say, "We're all on the same side here."

I've also been in several of the Japanese transplant factories. Yes, they were much more efficient, you could see it immediately as people moved at a faster pace on the line. The flip side was wearing out bodies through carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries.

One thing American and Japanese automotive manufacturers had in common was squeezing the suppliers. Cut costs or get lost. Mainly that meant getting parts from Taiwan or China.

The greatest manufacturing base in the world is now a shadow of what it was. Unions in the beginning may have been a blessing for the workers but became a curse. Executives made too much money and didn't fix the problems.

What now? The current Big 3 are too bloated to function and do we still need them? Bust the unions, downsize and bow to government and banker whims?

Bankers get the money but manufacturers and workers don't.
We've all noticed this disparity and it's not so great a secret why.

The ghost of Henry Ford may be influencing the money masters as they still remember his exposure of the banking elite and are afraid the remnants of his expressions may raise its head once again.

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In 1903, Henry Ford and others organized the Ford Motor Company. Ford himself became the majority shareholder four years later and eventually sole owner of the company. Ford concentrated on perfecting a standard product, the Model T, and then upon developing production techniques that would allow him to produce a large number of automobiles at a steadily decreasing per-unit cost. That, in turn, allowed the Ford Motor Company to offer its product at a price that many Americans would afford. Sales of Ford products soared, creating a demand for even more production and the greater cost efficiencies that Ford’s automobile assembly lines could provide.

If that were not enough, Henry Ford also set his eyes upon growing the consumer market. In 1914, the Ford Motor Company began paying its employees a minimum $5-per-day wage, capping daily work hours at eight. Ford did this not in response to union or competitive pressures but, he said, because he wanted workers to be able to afford the products they made. He also unilaterally reduced daily and weekly work hours because he wanted workers to have enough time to make full use of the products that they made. This was a revolutionary vision which, more than any other, was responsible for creating the U.S. consumer mass market.

Why is it, then, that Americans seem to have forgotten the positive side of Henry Ford and instead tend to think of him as a thuggish character? One reason is that in the early 1920s the Ford Motor Company published a newspaper called the “Dearborn Independence” which discussed Jewish control of international banking and related subjects. This newspaper also reprinted the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” A Jewish friend complained to Henry Ford that this newspaper was harming Jews in Europe and, upon receiving proof, Ford suspended publication. But the fact that Ford had lent his support to such views has been enough to brand him as a hard-core anti-Semite.
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The International Jew
— The World’s Foremost Problem

Henry Ford

By Henry Ford

Henry Ford is often seen to be something of an enigma among the Wall Street elite. For many years in the 20s and 30s Ford was popularly known as an enemy of the financial establishment. Ford accused Morgan and others of using war and revolution as a road to profit and their influence in social systems as a means of personal advancement. By 1938 Henry Ford, in his public statements, had divided financiers into two classes: those who profited from war and used their influence to bring about war for profit, and the "constructive" financiers. Among the latter group he now included the House of Morgan. During a 1938 New York Times interview1 Ford averred that:

Somebody once said that sixty families have directed the destinies of the nation. It might well be said that if somebody would focus the spotlight on twenty-five persons who handle the nation's finances, the world's real warmakers would be brought into bold relief.

The Times reporter asked Ford how he equated this assessment with his long-standing criticism of the House of Morgan, to which Ford replied:

There is a constructive and a destructive Wall Street. The House of Morgan represents the constructive. I have known Mr. Morgan for many years. He backed and supported Thomas Edison, who was also my good friend ....

After expounding on the evils of limited agricultural production — allegedly brought about by Wall Street — Ford continued,

... if these financiers had their way we'd be in a war now. They want war because they make money out of such conflict — out of the human misery that wars bring.

On the other hand, when we probe behind these public statements we find that Henry Ford and son Edsel Ford have been in the forefront of American businessmen who try to walk both sides of every ideological fence in search of profit.


Introduction by Gerald L. K. Smith [originally included with the abridged edition]
Elizabeth Dilling [extract from a text re. the provenance of the "Protocols"]
The Wisdom of Henry Ford [link to National Alliance overview]


v. 1 — THE INTERNATIONAL JEW [ Preface ]

1

The Jew in Character and Business

2

Germany’s Reaction Against the Jew

3

Jewish History in the United States

4

The Jewish Question—Fact or Fancy?

5

Anti-Semitism—Will It Appear in the U.S.?

6

Jewish Question Breaks Into the Magazines

7

Arthur Brisbane Leaps to the Help of Jewry

8

Does a Definite Jewish World Program Exist?

9

The Historic Basis of Jewish Imperialism

10

An Introduction to the “Jewish Protocols”

11

“Jewish” Estimate of Gentile Human Nature

12

“Jewish Protocols” Claim Partial Fulfillment

13

“Jewish” Plan to Split Society by “Ideas”

14

Did the Jews Foresee the World War?

15

Is the Jewish “Kahal” the Modern “Soviet”?

16

How the “Jewish Question” Touches the Farm

17

Does Jewish Power Control the World Press?

18

Does This Explain Jewish Political Power?

19

The All-Jewish Mark on “Red Russia”

20

Jewish Testimony in Favor of Bolshevism


v. 2 — JEWISH ACTIVITIES IN THE UNITED STATES [ Preface ]

21

How Jews in the U.S. Conceal Their Strength

22

Jewish Testimony on “Are Jews a Nation?”

23

Jew Versus Non-Jew in New York Finance

24

The High and Low of Jewish Money Power

25

“Disraeli of America”—A Jew of Super-Power

26

The Scope of Jewish Dictatorship in the U.S.

27

Jewish Copper Kings Reap Rich War-Profits

28

Jewish Control of the American Theater

29

The Rise of the First Jewish Theatrical Trust

30

How Jews Capitalized a Protest Against Jews

31

The Jewish Aspect of the “Movie” Problem

32

Jewish Supremacy in Motion Picture World

33

Rule of the Jewish Kehillah Grips New York

34

The Jewish Demand for “Rights” in America

35

“Jewish Rights” Clash With American Rights

36

“Jewish Rights” to Put Studies Out of Schools

37

Disraeli—British Premier, Portrays the Jews

38

Taft Once Tried to Resist Jews—and Failed

39

When Editors Were Independent of the Jews

40

Why the Jews Dislike the Morgenthau Report

41

Jews Use the Peace Conference to Bind Poland

42

The Present Status of the Jewish Question


v. 3 — JEWISH INFLUENCES IN AMERICAN LIFE [ Preface ]

43

The Jews and the “Religious Persecution” Cry

44

Are the Jews Victims or Persecutors?

45

Jewish Gamblers Corrupt American Baseball

46

Jewish Degradation of American Baseball

47

Jewish Jazz Becomes Our National Music

48

How the Jewish Song Trust Makes You Sing

49

Jewish Hot-Beds of Bolshevism in the U.S.

50

Jew Trades Link With World Revolutionaries

51

Will Jewish Zionism Bring Armageddon?

52

How the Jews Use Power—By an Eyewitness

53

How Jews Ruled and Ruined Tammany Hall

54

Jew Wires Direct Tammany’s Gentile Puppets

55

B’nai B’rith Leader Discusses the Jews

56

Dr. Levy, a Jew, Admits His People’s Error

57

Jewish Idea in American Monetary Affairs

58

Jewish Idea Molded Federal Reserve Plan

59

Jewish Idea of Central Bank for America

60

How Jewish International Finance Functions

61

Jewish Power and America’s Money Famine


v. 4 — ASPECTS OF JEWISH POWER IN THE UNITED STATES [ Preface ]

62

How Jews Gained American Liquor Control

63

Gigantic Jewish Liquor Trust and Its Career

64

The Jewish Element in Bootlegging Evil

65

Angles of Jewish Influence in American Life

66

The Jews’ Complaint Against “Americanism”

67

The Jewish Associates of Benedict Arnold

68

Benedict Arnold and Jewish Aid in Shady Deal

69

Arnold and His Jewish Aids at West Point

70

The Gentle Art of Changing Jewish Names

71

Jewish “Kol Nidre” and “Eli, Eli” Explained

72

Jews as New York Magistrates See Them

73

Jews Are Silent, the National Voice Is Heard

74

What Jews Attempted Where They Had Power

75

The Jewish Question in Current Testimony

76

America’s Jewish Enigma—Louis Marshall

77

The Economic Plans of International Jews

78

A Jew Sees His People As Others See Them

79

Candid Address to Jews on the Jewish Problem

80

An Address to “Gentiles” on the Jewish Problem


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2 comments:

  1. kenny, ford offered the $5/day only to workers that had been on the assembly line for at least a year - this was an effort to combat the higher costs of up to 300% annual worker turnover.

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  2. Ford also did business with Hitler and received an award from him in 1938.

    He was all about making a profit, a hard core capitalist and everything he did for workers was to eventually make him more money.

    He did expose the banking system and that was something the Big 3 CEO's would not dare to do today.

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