A New Reich?

The story could be apocryphal, its retelling here incomplete, and parallels in thoroughly bad taste, but when the Fuehrer finally proposed to Eva Braun to acknowledge her as his spouse, the Third Reich was a heap of ruins around Berlin, with the British, the Americans and the Soviets racing in to carve up a once-proud capital. Not much is known about the brief ceremony in the fuehrerbunker, but not much has been left to the imagination either – a toast, a final embrace, a couple of gunshots, and a loyalist at hand with a can of gasoline and a lighted match. The triumvirate is rumoured to have swept off a mound of charred flesh from the forecourt the next morning.

One can’t say what deep stirrings moved the Fuehrer to make his nuptial gesture in the hour of his fall, but thousands of miles away and nearly three quarters of a century later, another civilizational leader with immortal longings of lebensraum and weltanschauung has declared being bound in holy matrimony, in the hour of his yet-to-be glory. This, after studiously proclaiming brahmacharya over the span of three successive demographic triumphs and an economic miracle that is suddenly the envy of everybody from Whitehall to the Capitol Hill.  This rehabilitation of “family values” has more than a faint ring of the sentiments trotted out religiously across the Atlantic when the Oval Office is to be given a new occupant attuned better to the needs transnational financial empires.

Whatever one may say of his theories of racial superiority, the Fuehrer would have got nowhere without Finance, and capital is known to have only one ideology – profit – even if it is to be cashed in picking up the pieces of a devastated continent. Forward trading, as they call it today, must have come of age alongside the Final Solution which, to the dismay of many, has proved neither permanent nor durable.  But since indigenous wisdom has a record of infallibility in this part of the world, in its early 21st Century avatar, the solution is bound to be a vastly upgraded version with a number of stunning, new features.

The Fuehrer’s challenges were no less formidable: the Germany of Bismarck defeated and humbled, with the Treaty of Versailles adding insult to injury, a tottering economy (did anyone speak of inflation), and a discredited leadership. The military aristocracy chafing at the reins, and awaiting a saviour who eventually appeared with due democratic process. And boy, did he turn Germany around.