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Here & There…

Some of you may have noticed that AmericanTribune.org has not published since October 6th. Both my back and computer went out. The computer was upgraded easily enough, but my back is still recovering…

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After a week of intense pain (acute sciatica) I gave up procrastinating and went to the VA emergency room. Meds have given me some relief.

Today, going on 3 weeks later, I still have much the same symptoms and a few more. I’ll have to visit the hospital again. more…

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History & Social Consciousness…

Someone I am proud to call a friend, Hans Post, is fond of using the famous quote by George Santayana: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Hans should know.

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In World War II, he was in the German Wehrmacht SS of the famed Skorzeny Kommando. (They were an independent command and radically different from the other murderous legions of SS.) more…

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21st Century Neo-Fascism…

   The following “left-wing rant” is inspired by the in-credibly “successful” right-wing rants of Glenn Beck & CoSomebody must be listening to these whackos…

One of the many acquaintances I’ve developed over my past 20+ years in federal prison, one I wrote a book review for, Hans Post, One man in His Time (2002), is a former decorated Waffen SS soldier who served a number of years as a prisoner of the French, Americans, and Germans after WW-II.

Col. Otto Skorzeny

On first blush, Hans Post would hardly be the sort of historical figure I’d take a shine to.  Members of fascist organizations in my book would be right up there with the klan, slavers, settler-occupiers, nativists, Tea-Bagger Republicans, and other assorted flotsam of humanity.

But Hans provides a phenomenal example of where one can come from, go to, and give hope to the rest of us… more…

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Hans Post–One Man in His Time…

 

Back in 2007, in my 17th-yr of a 25-yr federal prison sentence for telling the gov’t my own version of, “More weight!” a la Giles Corey, I was introduced to the writings of Hans Post, a former Waffen SS soldier of the famed Colonel Otto Skorzeny Kommando.

A former associate, Peter Werbe of the Fifth Estate newspaper, had sent me Hans’s book, One Man In His Time (Otford Press, Sydney, 2002) asking me to write a review.

As a former journalist, military veteran (101st Airborne), and GI/antiwar organizer, I occasionally write commentary and reviews on a variety of political subjects, including my prison experiences.

My first thought was:  A Nazi?  An SS man?  Are you friggin’ nuts!  But, having the highest regard for Werbe and the Fifth Estate, I read the book.  I was surprised…

Hans is an excellent example of how a person even raised in a fascist culture can get from there to here. An antidote to those who stake a claim to their radicalism and fail to acknowledge that we all came from “somewhere else.” “Patriotic” conservatism is the natural default of all national cultures. Social consciousness and responsibility is learned…or not. more…

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