As it happens, I’ve been spending more time than I’d like to with the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion lately (don’t ask). One of the things that’s struck me is how clearly it betrays its aristocratic origins, for instance in this choice passage:
In all corners of the earth the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” brought to our ranks, thanks to our blind agents, whole legions who bore our banners with enthusiasm. And all the time these words were canker-worms at work boring into the wellbeing of the goyim, putting an end everywhere to peace, quiet,
solidarity and destroying all the foundations of the goya States. As you will see later, this helped us to our triumph; it gave us the possibility, among other things, of getting into our hands the master card — the destruction of the privileges, or in other words of the very existence of the aristocracy of the goyim, that
class which was the only defense peoples and countries had against us. On the ruins of the natural and genealogical aristocracy of the goyim we have set up the aristocracy of our educated class headed by the aristocracy of money. The qualifications for this aristocracy we have established in wealth, which is dependent upon us, and in knowledge, for which our learned elders provide the motive force.
Why didn’t Henry Ford–a self-made “real American” who surely took pride in his hard-earned wealth–recoil at the Protocol’s valorization of the “natural and genealogical aristocracy of the goyim” and resent its implicit disparagement of the nouveau riche? I’ve often wondered. But Ford and the Protocols suggests a link to Beck that’s worth exploring.
According to Alexander Zaitchik’s Salon piece “Meet the Man Who Changed Glenn Beck’s Life” (click here), Cleon Skousen drew on the “research” of Arsene de Goulevitch in his writings, who in turn drew on Boris Brasol, who translated the Protocols and brought them to America.
In “The Naked Communist,” Skousen had argued that the communists wanted power for their own reasons. In “The Naked Capitalist,” Skousen argued that those reasons were really the reasons of the dynastic rich, who used front groups to do their dirty work and hide their tracks. The purpose of liberal internationalist groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations, argued Skousen, was to push “U.S. foreign policy toward the establishment of a world-wide collectivist society.” Skousen claimed the Anglo-American banking establishment had a long history of such activity going back to the Bolshevik Revolution. He substantiated this claim by citing the work of a former Czarist army officer named Arsene de Goulevitch. Among Goulevitch’s own sources is Boris Brasol, a pro-Nazi Russian émigré who provided Henry Ford with the first English translation of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
If I was on TV, I’d act this out with a chalkboard and a pile of dusty tomes. Trust me, if Beck could connect Obama to Lenin’s State and Revolution or for that matter to Bill Ayer’s Teaching Toward Freedom as neatly as I just connected him to the Protocols, he wouldn’t mince any words about it. So how about it? Glenn Beck distrusts Democracy because it destroyed the privileges of the hereditary Aristocracy that America never had.