Wall Street and the Hegelian Dialectic

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These days, describing the big banks as criminal syndicates extorting billions from the public is hardly sticking one’s head above the parapet: the foreclosures scandal, in which GMAC, Bank of America, CitiBank, JPMorganChase and others ignored banking laws in their fervour to throw people out of their homes as quickly as possible, was just one example of a long list of  the many crimes of the financial sector, who by now have become so completely deregulated that they are acting not just with impunity from any kind of prosecution but with the active assistance of the governments of the West.

The political establishment, in their subservience to the banking elites,  decided to deal with the financial mess (well, it’s a mess for the common man – the banks on the other hand are finding the situation incredibly lucrative) by implementing wide-ranging austerity measures, designed to hit the poorest hardest. British Chancellor George Osborne announced a cut of £7 billion from the benefits of the British poor – the same amount the bankers responsible for the crisis awarded themselves in bonuses. One wonders how much it’ll take before such brazen disregard for equitable financial policies will be met with violence on the streets in Britain and America – after all, the French, Belgians, Greeks and Spanish aren’t taking these cuts lying down (although the latter two know where this is heading, having lived under brutal dictatorships in living memory).

This isn’t simply a case of bad economic planning: the governments of the Western world – at the behest of the big banks – are carrying out an orchestrated looting of public money as part of a deliberate redistribution of wealth into fewer hands, something that has been happening for decades. Wall Street banks engaged in property tax collection, buying up thousands of tax liens and making huge profits by hitting homeowners with predatory interest, absurd penalties and extortionate legal fees targeting the poor and the elderly. It’s another attack on top of cuts to social spending, the theft of pensions and the refusal on the part of the banks to issue new loans to the little people, while at the same time ‘defense’ spending reaches new heights.

None of which should come as a surprise to anyone who understands the nature of central banking. What’s happening in the rich Western nations is no different to what the IMF and World Bank have done to third world nations for decades with their Structural Adjustment Programs, which instigated austerity measures, currency devaluation and privatization of state-owned enterprises leading to massive increases in poverty and often violent repression on the part of the state. It’s no coincidence that all the elements of a police state have been put into place in the US and Europe – the elite bankers and their political co-conspirators are well aware of the impending civil unrest stemming from their policies and are more than prepared to deal with it, be it with soft or hard power.

Nothing is more profitable to the big banks than war. One only has to look at the disparity between spending on social programs and the war machine to understand where priorities lie – cutting back on illegal wars and imperialistic expansion clearly isn’t an option for the elites. Given that the 20th century can be viewed as one long process of war profiteering and resource theft, this is hardly surprising. But few people realize quite how deeply this ideology of war and exploitation runs. The history of the major world wars of the last century has been carefully rewritten to cover up the role of the big Wall Street banks: it is hardly common knowledge quite how orchestrated and carefully planned these conflicts were, let alone the extent to which major financial institutions and industrialists were instrumental in both setting up and sustaining the opposing sides of the wars.

Historian Antony Sutton, who died in 2002, has outlined in great detail the extent to which wars are manipulated to maximize profits for bankers and industrialists. In the following interviews he discusses the role of Wall Street in the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, and how these events are intertwined with America’s “Secret Establishment”, centering around the Skull and Bones secret society, heavily influenced by philosopher Georg Hegel’s dialectical process.

Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution


Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler


America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones


It’s not hard to see how the elites are using the Hegelian Dialectic today – what the Trilateral Commission called “conflict management” is self-evident in the concept of “disaster capitalism,” while the dialectic process of thesis, antithesis and synthesis which characterised Hegel’s thinking is apparent in the manner in which enemies are carefully manufactured: the backbone of the “War on Terror” and the creation of conflict which can then be steered towards a resolution favourable to the elites. While the mainstream media repeatedly informs us how we’re fighting the “evil” Taliban, for instance, the US hires warlords, Taliban commanders and even Iranian spies to provide security at vulnerable US military outposts in Afghanistan.

It is not only Hegel’s dialectic process that informs the worldview of the elite planners, with the creation and resolution of crises – his influence on the political philosophy of the top planners extends also to his championing of the power of the State over the individual, and how the function of the latter is viewed entirely through the prism of the supremacy of the former. To Hegel, the State was the “Divine Idea”: “It must be understood that the State is the realization of Freedom, i.e. of the absolute final aim, and that it exists for its own sake. It must further be understood that all the worth which the human being possesses – all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State.”

It’s not hard to see how this principle has manifested itself in the rapid expansion of State power and the erosion of the individual’s rights across the globe. Nor is it hard to see how the State uses war to consolidate its power.

As Hegel said, “War has the deep meaning that by it the ethical health of nations is preserved and their finite aims uprooted. And as the winds which sweep over the ocean prevent decay that would result from its perpetual calm, so war protects the people from the corruption which an everlasting peace would bring upon it. History shows phases which illustrate how successful wars have checked internal unrest and have strengthened the entire stability of the State.”

Andrew Dilks is the author of Goliath.

15 Comments on "Wall Street and the Hegelian Dialectic"

  1. sveltesvengali | Aug 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  2. Andy Dilks | Aug 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm |

    apologies for the youtube links not working properly – can’t edit it myself now it’s published but you should be able to search for them regardless. They’re essential viewing!

  3. Andy Dilks | Aug 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    Playlists for the interviews cited and many more here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=anthony+sutton+playlist&oq=anthony+sutton+playlist&gs_l=youtube.3…35829.35891.0.36005.…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube.

  4. We’re soooooo fucked:(

  5. Anarchy Pony | Aug 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm |

    If ever we needed a real version of the Assassins, it is now.

  6. haroldheck | Aug 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm |

    simple application of hegelian theory = lackadaisical thesis. take a few years, study hegel, then try to apply his dialectical outline to your foolhardy argument.

    • Craig Bickford | Dec 27, 2013 at 5:23 am |

      I’m pretty sure the people using the core tenets of the theory put forward by Hegel aren’t worried about academic purist pursuits, I’m not sure why you are. The dialectical model that people are constantly putting forth as being misused by ‘the power elite’ or what ever you want to call them is just that, a misused version or derivative of Hegel’s work. The name being attached is mostly for reference, that doesn’t’ make the argument any less valid. Your constructing a fallacy here.

  7. sambrown299 | Aug 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm |

    Just remember.. they can’t take away our bliss.

  8. Rhoid Rager | Aug 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm |

    Engaging is the problem. The Hegelian dialectic can be avoided when you realize that you’re dependent on the core for all of your needs. To continue this material dependence boxes in your imagination on how to respond to the rotten antics of the core. Work to liberate yourself, and those around you, materially, and there’s no need to take notice of the Hegelian dialectic. Anarchists like Kropotkin and Bakunin came up with these ideas a century ago, but anarchism is dismissed by what seems to be the greatest psyop campaign in the history of the world–the campaign to convince everyone that their slavery is inevitable, because anarchy is either impossible (the utopian fallacy) or chaotic (the Realist fallacy). Anarchy already exists in the Here and Now. It exists in the choices we make between our ears. Anarchy has always been ours to make with it how we please. Slavery is our choice, but Anarchy is Us.

  9. “History shows phases which illustrate how successful wars have checked
    internal unrest and have strengthened the entire stability of the State.”
    Yes the operative word here is “successful”; then when you lose, you become like the Ancient Athenians, Spartans & Macedonians; enslaved to an even worse empire.

  10. Voluntas Mea | Aug 4, 2013 at 8:41 am |

    The Aristotle’s trivium / quadrivium defeat the dialectic every time.

  11. Charlie Primero | Aug 4, 2013 at 9:24 am |

    Sutton’s books are also available for free online in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, TXT at:



    The Tragedy & Hope series “History So It Doesn’t Repeat” gives an awesome, well-documented overview of this institutionalized predation by Elites…


    • Andy Dilks | Aug 4, 2013 at 10:14 am |

      cheers for sharing the links, Charlie – Sutton’s research is some of the most eye-opening I’ve come across over the years.

  12. haroldheck | Aug 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm |

    somebody (author) needs to take the time (a few years) to actually study hegel, instead of throwing about phrases that lack the essential philosophical context.

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