C. H. Douglas's letter to Adolf Hitler
From Dick Eastman
Addressed to the Fuehrer and despatched through a trustworthy channel.
As an introduction to the attached memorandum, I would request permission to bring to the notice of your eminent self the following observations:--
(a) While it is claimed, and is not doubt sincerely believed, that there is some conflict of ideologies between the 'democratic' group of Powers and the Totalitarian group, there is, in fact, no such conflict -- all of them proceed equally from the fundamental assumption which is no doubt believed to be indisputable, that full employment of their populations is the test of success. There differences are of method only.
(b) If this chain rests on a 'moral' basis, then it must be observed that it raises up practical problems which appear to be only soluble by recourse to a war of mutual destruction certain to result in anarchy and final subjugation to a Transatlantic survivor.
(c) If, however, it is claimed that full employment is a practical requirement of an advancing civilisation, it can easily be shown that the contrary is the case. While it is recognized that the present production of armaments in every country has been forced by the general assumption that unemployment is equivalent to economic destruction, it must yet be obvious that the full employment which armaments provide is both temporary and at the same time perhaps the ultimate example of waste and inefficiency.
(d) This employment policy which is here challenged is now recognized to be inseparable from the Jewish Financial System.
(e) A simple change in this system would make full employment unnecessary, eliminate the competition for markets and destroy the power of the international Financier -- a power which war only increases and which if not destroyed will destroy civilization in Europe.
May I earnestly requrest that the present crisis may, in the key postion of the history of the world, which you hold, be used to force an exposure of this false and destructive policy.
It is indisputable that, if this were to be made the major issue of any such conference as has been proposed, not only in Germany but the whole civilized world would be united in support of the action taken by you. Not President Roosevelt, but yourself would be recognised as the representative of all those values which are cherished equally in the so-called democracies and their artificially created antagonists.
C. H. Douglas
source: vol 2. no. 8 "The Social Creditor for Political and Economic Realism" Saturday May 6th, 1939