In 1922, American author F. Scott Fitzgerald published a scathing indictment of the brutal and overlooked history of the United States in the form of a short story called, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. He was so exacting in his pointing out the underlying hypocrisy of his home country that he alluded to real historical events and he used some very telling names for the characters and places within the story; names that directly refer to American history, the hidden forces behind imperialism in the World, and the parts of each that many people would like to forget or have been prevented from learning about them by establishment whitewashing and official court history.
The story is notable for having an element of timelessness to it, as it doesn’t feel all that dated in many of its descriptions. It can very easily be imagined in our current world despite that much has changed since its initial publication.
The Town – Hades
The story opens in the fictional Mississippi River town whose ironic name seems to satirize the American Dream and the tradition of small town life that’s implied to be there. John T. Unger, the principal protagonist, comes from a successful and well known family in the town and he is ready to head out to a top tier private school to further his education. The privilege of this is underscored by his bringing many linen suits and electric fans, the latter of which were quite new at the time of the story’s publication. However, a more interesting detail is an “asbestos pocket-book stuffed with money” given to John by his father. Like the town, which is described as being too small to hold the talented John, the pocket-book seems to be too small to hold all that money.
The themes presented here of social and technological privilege, and protecting wealth from fire by self-destructive methods (asbestos is fireproof but toxic) to keep up the facade of a quiet and comfortable life are amplified to a monumental level in the story’s main section.
The School – St. Midas
The school that John goes to attend is also has a telling name, one that implies what people wish to get out of their education: fast wealth. As with his home town’s name, the school that John attends also draws its name from an Ancient Greek myth, one in which a king wished to be able to turn things into gold by simply touching them. He soon became overwhelmingly wealthy, but the downside was that he lost the ability to closely interact with anyone, as even a handshake or hug would turn a person into gold. It’s an apt symbol for the relentless pursuit of monetary wealth that “the roaring Twenties” were all about and this is the decade from which the story hails.
John’s classmates in the school are said to come from “money kings,” which is both a reference to the Midas myth and to their status in society. Today, the latter element is something akin to a trust fund baby – someone born into wealth and given everything they need, which allows for a comfortable life, yet is strikingly unjust within the greater context of society as their money, which is not even earned, allows for a disproportionate use of power on those who do not possess such amounts within the same society.
One of these money king kids that John meets is Percy Washington, who invites John to spend a summer at his family’s estate. John has no idea what he is in for, and it will rock him to his very core.
The Estate – El Dorado
John and Percy take a long train ride West to get to the Washington estate. The sentence as they finally near its borders is telling of what’s to come: “The Montana sunset lay between two mountains like a gigantic bruise from which dark arteries spread themselves over a poisoned sky.” This is an inversion of historical sun symbolism that typically presents the sun as a life giver, but here it’s toxic. Also, the land around the estate seems ready to swallow it up to prevent the sun from shining. But this is not yet the estate, it’s only a transit station in a village called, Fish, where twelve men, who are described as “a race apart,” work to keep it going. They seem totally ignorant of the world beyond their small home, much like a fish in a tank. And like those fish, the people here are seen as a lower form of life. They also speak what “seemed to be an extreme form of the Southern negro’s dialect” which foreshadows what the coming estate is all about.
Percy takes John to a buggy, which they take to a car that specifically kept out of sight from men at Fish. The car is insanely luxurious with jewels and silk tapestries on the inside, but Percy says, “it’s just an old junk.” And John, as the reader, is becoming increasingly aware, on some level, just what this estate may hold.
After a long ride along a road where not even the moon shines – moonlight, after all, is reflected sunlight – they arrive at the massive estate that’s “the only five square miles of land in the country that’s never been surveyed.” According to Percy’s father, Braddock Washington, his estate is not even in the United States, it’s his own domain. He used his immense wealth and carefully worked out political connections to corrupt the department of the State that was to survey the area, he worked to produce fake maps, and even set up an artificial magnetic field to lure compasses away from the estate grounds. Even more, Washington has had a river deflected, a fake village (other than Fish) put up, and even set up anti-aircraft guns to shoot down aircraft passing overhead. And some have been shot down with survivors taken prisoner, locked up in cages, and, for appeasement some of their families have also kidnapped and brought to them.
The name of the estate isn’t given away so quickly in the text, though it’s a fitting name as the legendary El Dorado is a mirror of the Washington family estate. It’s a place of immense wealth that was sought out by any means necessary, is now protected by any means necessary, but ultimately proves to be little more than an effective illusion. Looking at it another way, it’s The Matrix version 0.02.
The Events – Build Up
The Washington estate quickly draws John into a paralyzing awe. He is barely able to recall his first dinner there, remembering only waking up in a lavish bed. This is no ordinary bed, however, as it tilts sliding John into a posh bathroom where water shoots from decorated shower heads and an ever-present servant is there to dry him. These surreal scenes have the protagonist in what seems to be a drugged state of mind. He is unable to remember anything and he doesn’t move by his own will. The button to activate the mechanism that slides the bed occupant into the tub is pressed by a servant. The shower bath is prepared in advance by a servant. In fact, everything on this estate except eating and leisure activities are done by servants or, more accurately termed, slaves.
This is a strong and dark ironic theme, with the masters not having any real control over the activities on their own estate, as they only have control over the proxies who actually carry out the essential tasks. Put another way: the master controls only the slaves, thereby doesn’t really control his or her own state of affairs. Should the slaves revolt or the chain of authority break down, the entire structure is susceptible to crumble.
The Washington estate has been managed to keep the slaves living there and in its satellite territories, such as the town of Fish, ignorant of the changes in the US since the end of the Civil War. Braddock Washington even got his own slaves to vote on their fate and they voted to stay in his domain with his absolute rule. Here we have another dark irony and a brutal jab at American democracy. Washington is clever, though, he doesn’t whip his slaves and call them subhuman or goyim, but he did build them a nice marble dormitory building, which is probably a fairly comfortable place. However, this benefit was given as part of the upkeep for the whole illusion. Washington gives perks and generous gifts to his slaves, and for all practical purposes they have everything they need and could ever want, yet unbeknownst to these slaves, this is all to keep their will docile. This story predates Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World by a decade, yet is very efficiently describes in a few pages the same kind of manufactured complacency by a secretive power clique.
Braddock Washington is described as a Virginian who’s directly descended from George Washington, the First President of the United States, who was also a Freemason and land speculator. Braddock fits his ancestor’s secret society and land speculation tendencies. George Washington relied on slave labor to build and maintain his estate as did Braddock Washington for his own in the story. The latter is not explicitly mentioned to belong to the Freemasons or any other formal secret society, however his numerous shadowy financial and political maneuvers to inflate his wealth and profit from wars and, above all, the secret of the massive diamond that he finds, certainly point to secrecy on a large and organized scale with many people involved with Braddock Washington calling all the shots. He is effectively the head, not just a member, of his own secret society.
Washington’s most manipulative move is what he does with his slaves – they are deliberately kept ignorant of the changes that happened in the US after the conclusion of the Civil War and not only did they vote to stay in their bondage, but they now are blinded by the dogmatic delusion that Braddock Washington ought to be worshipped, which mirrors Washington’s own dogmatic delusion toward material wealth that he effectively worships. Braddock Washington had even killed his older brother, with whom he initially wanted to co-run the secretive finance empire, when the latter’s habit of drinking too often led to an “indiscreet stupor.” The prisoners being kept in the cages are in a pit that is near the estate’s massive golf course, and this pit is likened to a golf course hazard, the only hazard on the course as the rest of it is fairway, or the easiest part of any golf course. Braddock Washington’s life is unrealistically easy, there are no obstacles for him and therefore there is no struggle and no true fruits of labor. He has figured out how to cheat the system and now lives off that.
His excuse for keeping slaves, prisoners, and all of his shady deals that have resulted in wars are explained in one line by him, “cruelty doesn’t exist where self-preservation is involved.”
In a strange way, this is also manifested in how Braddock Washington acts towards his own children: he has given them an apparently infinite supply of liberties. Even when his own daughter pushed him down the stairs, he just limped away. Now, contrast these limitless liberties to the micromanaged liberties that he grants others whom are his prisoners and slaves. It is only a small connection to make that Braddock views his clan as “the Chosen” who deserves all material gain and no struggle, whereas others deserve, by their outside birth, all the struggle and only stingily allotted meager fruits from it.
That said, Washington had made it clear when killing his brother earlier that his granting of liberties may be great, but there is a condition: do not betray the family secret and wealth. This, in turn, goes back to his idea about self-preservation, which is material wealth preservation, since Braddock Washington views himself and his family as being one with that furtive wealth with all other peoples being subordinated into keeping that secret arrangement.
His need for more skilled labor in the massive and demanding undertaking that is the maintenance of the El Dorado estate included the kidnapping of a designer, an architect and a gardener. However, these men went mad as the absurdity of the estate was not to bear for too long having been regular citizens before their seizure. And so we can see that ignorance is a key trait of any slave that is to last in their bondage, for they cannot be allowed to see the full picture of it. Previous guests, like John T. Unger now, were murdered so that they do not spill the secret of the estate. It seems Braddock Washington felt that a quick whisking away is better than offering these guests prisoner status as anyone whom he views as being socially near or perhaps even parallel to him, hence being invited as guest, cannot be imagined as a prisoner by Braddock Washington. Such an association would make him most uncomfortable.
The Events – El Dorado Apocalypse
Braddock Washington’s carefully draped veil, over his family’s and their subjects eyes and his own as well, is violently lifted when the steady build up of deception boils over.
One night, John, whose suspicions about the El Dorado estate have grown greatly, notices a figure in his bedroom. Having been just told the story of previous guests being murdered, he acts quickly by pulling the lever and sliding down into the bathtub as before. However, now this action performed by his own will and this means that John has gone from thinking to doing, which is a key moment in any revolution, be it national or personal. This moment proves symbolic as soon airplanes appear over the estate and start drop bombs while the anti-air cannons fire back in an increasingly destructive warzone. Previously, one prisoner had not only escaped, but also successfully evaded the assassins that Washington had sent after him. The attack is most likely this former prisoner’s operation.
In his escape, John meets up with Washington’s daughters, Jasmine and Kismine. This grouping of youth fits with the symbolic conclusion of the story. The girls had been aware, on some level, of the absurdities of their father’s estate, yet were too complacent and ignorant to act, which mirrors the status of the slaves. This is most likely from the fact that the were born into the situation, while John is the outsider. Recall that previous outsiders, who were not killed, had gone mad when staying too long at the estate. John was set to be killed, though he evaded fate with his wits, and now proves to be quite charismatic in his small position of leadership as he starts to pull the girls out of their trance of submission. For example, Jasmine is shocked to see the slaves’ marble dormitory erupt in a massive explosion and her main concern is the loss of fifty thousand dollars worth of slaves, yet at the same time she’s ready to leave the estate, thus start a new life; she is steadily swaying in the right direction.
The attack ends with the estate in ruins and several planes downed, with others still circling and looking for any targets. Soon “the dark and glittering reign of the Washingtons would be over” referring to the union of cheated wealth and clan power that made up the Washington family’s absolute power and identity.
Here, Braddock Washington does his most telling action: he offers a bribe to God. He begins by offering a part of his wealth, but with no answer he ends up upping and upping his offer until he basically offers to start his own religion that would praise this god, offer any idol to him, and slay for him any victim. Braddock Washington offers to do anything, make anything, kill any living thing in praise of this god for as long as this god pleases, so as long as he can have his wealth back. In an odd way, Braddock Washington finally thinks of a plan to direct his wealth and resources towards a higher purpose, because this particular higher purpose allows him to stay close to his only true love: the diamond as big as the Ritz. When no answer comes after all that ranting and bargaining and futile deal making that included cathedrals, pyramids, and the painfully spoken wish to just return things to the way they were before the attack, Braddock Washington with his son, wife, and two remaining slaves, enter the mountain that contains the massive diamond. Deep underground a massive explosion causes the mountain – the Tabernacle of the Washington clan and their god – to combust from within taking the Washingtons with it. Fittingly they go in the direction of Hell.
John, Jasmine, and Kismine stand alone in what remains of the estate. Kismine has some rhinestones with her, the small band’s only source of wealth now and it’s appropriately different than diamonds, as the girls are breaking away from their old life. John suggests that they start a new life in Hades, which is John’s old hometown and the reference to the Ancient Greek Underworld is the suggestion for the start of a truly new life.
The unspoken back story here is that the expansion of Western Civilization on the American Continent came at the price of millions of lives. Lives destroyed by expansionist war and lives destroyed by being thrust into slavery. The United States, as it exists today, a country founded by Freemasons, essentially carried the torch of British Imperialism for most of its history. First, on its own territory and now, after the waning of Western European Power, it does so on the world stage. This is not the will of the American people, but rather the will of its leadership and a powerful statement about the need for a different form of leadership selection where different people rise to the top.
“The British Empire has caused more human misery than Hitler will cause if he lives a hundred years. It is idiotic to talk about a people who brought the slave trade to its greatest development, who are the chief exploiters of Africa and who hold four hundred million Indians in subjection, as the great defenders of democracy” ~ W.E.B. Du Bois
Britain never hid the fact that its empire expanded and was upheld undemocratically, despite Britain itself endorsing democracy and parliamentary leadership. However, the US proclaims to have been democratic from its inception as an independent state, yet its own building of empire was decidedly not. The kicker is that democracy is not even a good system of government, but an effective cover for imperialism, since democracy looks so nice on paper. It allowed the post-British American governments (democratic and parliamentary US and Canada) to kill millions of people on their own land, and then point to the words in the Constitution to calm down anyone who got a bit too outraged.
Note that Braddock Washington used the sham of democracy to guarantee his absolute power and is now able to point to his subjects’ consent with their situation. Additionally, the El Dorado estate, a piece of land shrouded in secrecy and strategic ambiguities, a place that seeks to be out of the jurisdiction all others are subject to yet wants to the perks of being a full member, and a domain built on a now easily disprovable mythos and well proven swindle is entirely reflective of the Zionist State in Palestine, Israel. This is another state that advocates democracy for all, yet in practice doesn’t function with it itself, thus exploits democracy as a deliberate illusion.
Braddock Washington cursed his god, because he thought that he had an understanding with that god. He thought he was special, better than the rest, “chosen” by a higher power to preside and exploit the “goyim” with his ornate and convoluted dogmas.
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” ~Deuteronomy 7:6 in the Tanakh, Jewish Holy Book
In that moment and from his point of view, Braddock Washington feels genuinely betrayed as his previous status quo seemed so fixed and lasted for so long, it is only natural that he had started to see his own situation through the very dogmas, that is unchecked and unverified information, that he fed his slaves. He started to believe his own lies, because they had served his purpose so well. He had become complacent due to massive success via corrupt methods that an end to this paradigm to this was terrifying for him.
In the American South, former slave owners felt much the same after the abolition of slavery, in which their upper caste now retained much of its ill gotten financial gains and property, but did not possess in its control the system that had been used to build them. This resentment led to groups like the KKK being formed. Later, Jews felt much the same after losing their monstrously privileged positions in a non-corrupt and non-democratic Germany. They felt angry and their god, YHWH, the Demiurge of all Aryan religions, but knew that they could only go so far with a force perceived to be so powerful.
Thus, scribbling on walls and conversion to atheism was the extent of their fury at their god. The physically manifested fury, via lobbying action and laws passed by coercive pressure, were all directed at National Socialism, the most uniting anti-Judaic ideology of all time, and the man who made it happen, Adolf Hitler. Germany, and Europe by extension, were domiciled to goy status, while the many non-Europeans who joined the NS cause were just kept out of the light for as long as possible in order to show NS as uniquely European, or uniquely German, so as to make it seem divisive and not be unifying as Hitler had originally labored to do. In fact, the perception of the Third Reich has changed greatly over time, but each time, no matter who it officially shames, it benefits Zionism. This is a form of gas lighting.
After all, “the Nazis” first made human fat soap, but then it was just found out to be a lie, albeit still the fault of “the Nazis.” Will the same canonical shift happen to gas chambers?
These tricks of Zionism with historiography are only possible via a network. Just as Braddock Washington had agents working for him and corrupt parties doing his bidding for a price to shroud the true extent of his wealth and power, so does the Zionist lobby with agents such as the ADL and corrupt parties such as pastor John Hagee, to name but one from each category.
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Zionism aims to confuse the present by supporting both sides of the false left/right dichotomy, as well as presenting conflicting Holocaust claims as long as Jews are the main victims. And to hyper-organize the past where the Jews have always been victims: humanists pity this, racists (including Jews themselves) like this, but BOTH sides agree on the big picture. Braddock Washington confuses the present by giving only his own controlled view of the world, and he even bluffed about supporting his slaves freedom by letting them vote themselves back into slavery. And, with this, he has hyper-organized the past with some Orwellian doublethink: he’s both slave keeper and emancipator!
The Aryanist Viewpoint
By the end of the story’s events, John, Kismine, and Jasmine decide to return go to John hometown of Hades. This signifies the death of their current life and the birth of a new life. Thus, we have a certain twist: Hades is not a dark, hellish place, rather it’s a new beginning, or the gate to one at the very least. In Aryanist terms, the youths of the story set themselves on a path to rediscover their Original Nobility. Another aspect is that they seem to be ready to accept a life with certain limits, that is, not the unlimited liberty that they had at El Dorado at the expense of hundreds of slaves. They are prepared to accept a more humble life of which everyday work and productivity is a part.
“A very large measure of individual liberty is not necessarily the sign of a high degree of civilization. On the contrary, it is the limitation of this liberty, within the framework of an organization which incorporates men of the same race, which is the real pointer to the degree of civilization attained.” ~Adolf Hitler, Table Talk
The old civilization model of hunting and gathering is an example of total liberty, where a tribe forages their surrounding natural environment. This encourages strict in-group altruism and out-group indifference, but more frequently out-group hostility, as any other tribe is capable of taking desired resources. The result is an endless scramble competition between tribes. The pattern is near perfectly transposed to the free-market capitalist economy, making it a slicker and cooler version of hunting and gathering, with the scramble competition target now being fiat currency accumulation as opposed to that of raw resources.
What Hitler was proposing in the above quote, namely “the framework of an organization” is reflective of the farming lifestyle. Indeed, a farmer’s liberties may be limited compared to the free roaming and foraging of a hunter/gatherer, however who accomplishes more? A farming-based lifestyle leads to tool creation and refinement, which leads to guilds and skilled craftsmen, and so on and so forth. A hunting-based lifestyle may lead to these as well, but it has a different view on violence, and this is the key difference. “Violence” is not just physical harm, but violation of consent. Hunted animals are not just violated with the arrows or bullets that tear into them, but with the onset of being chased to be killed. Hunting is violent by its very nature and demands violence to be productive. Farming seeks to limit violence as much as possible. While hunters would compete for hunting grounds, such a thing is unheard for farmers, as only one can farm a given field, thus negotiation and “the framework of an organization” are encouraged at every step as opposed to competition elimination, or more violence. That is not to say that a farming lifestyle should be set on totally avoiding violence, rather it should engage in preventative or retaliatory violence.
“The Aryan attitude towards violence is founded on the principle of “ahimsa,” which prohibits initiated violence, but demands retaliatory violence against the violence initiated by others. In other words, “ahimsa” is not passive non-violence in the sense of doing nothing while violence occurs, but rather active anti-violence in the sense of doing whatever is necessary to stop the violence as quickly as possible. This attitude is a necessary consequence of universal compassion. We consider those (e.g. Jains) who refrain from even retaliatory violence to be less compassionate than ourselves.”
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The text along the bottom of the Prateek Chihna translates to “All life is bound together by mutual support and interdependence,” which well and good for Aryanism. Albeit, Jainism has a fatal flaw that causes its defeat: “Ahimsa,” the text within the hand, is interpreted as “non-injury” or “compassion,” the latter of which sounds especially good for Aryanism, however it demands action that Jains do not take. And that is active anti-violence, or retaliatory violence to stop initiated violence. National Socialism incorporated this aspect into its agrarian Blood and Soil policy with the Wehrbauer, or “Soldier Peasant,” principle: each male citizen needs to meet the state standard of military and weapons training and thus be able to own and operate at least one weapon of their choice on their land for defense. Female citizens are not mandated to receive military training, but may do so if they wish.
To come full circle back to the Fitzgerald story and its background theme of imperialism and colonialism that subjugated the American continent, the Wehrbauer principal would have given the Indigenous Americans a solid conceptual defense against the theft of their land and resources. Concepts can evolve to strategies and can serve as ideological rallying points for much needed unity within divided population.
Farming, as a model for civilization, means cultivating one’s own wealth from one’s own resources and cooperating with one’s folk to produce as much as is needed. This encourages a social development trajectory that successfully avoids the banking/debt trap in which material wealth itself becomes a tool for creating more material wealth and productive labor slowly withers. The Braddock estate of El Dorado is the American Dixie model of civilization that depends on slavery, deceit, and all sorts of negative things to stay functional.
National Socialism was born out of a world of excess and corruption when it successfully reformed the German Weimar Republic. The initial years of Hitler’s government were so groundbreaking and successful, because the NSDAP, in effect, took a step back with the goal of course correction with an eye on the future. Hence, the brief resumed use the German Empire flag, some corresponding institutions, and the permanently intended return to autocracy. From there, Hitler only expected the first true fruits of National Socialism to blossom some 25 to 50 later. And NS Germany is but one example. The American Indians, who are far from a monolithic group, too had their localized squabbles and foppery among the many tribes and groups that existed, and it was precisely this that led to their downfall as an independent civilization. A step back from their own excesses would have most behooved them, though it is impossible to blame them for their lack of foresight against European imperialism.
Hitler, however, was aware of European Imperialism and he even had an often overlooked example of the disaster of democracy: Poland-Lithuania. The country had previously been a monarchy that unfortunately steadily transitioned to democracy and in the 1790s fell to neighboring autocracies, though its wane had begun decades earlier due to political squabbling and a leadership vacuum as noted by Hitler in Zweites Buch. Note that the only time that Germany and Poland had any sort of pre-WW2 dialog it was between the autocracies of Adolf Hitler and Józef Piłsudski. The democracies of either state refused to even recognize each other due to internal pressures of ethno-nationalists and traditionalist identitarians, as well as due to devious meddling from outside powers that ever corruptible democracies and fractured societies are so susceptible to. Much to the lament of subsequent Polish leaders after Piłsudski’s death, who later acknowledged that they should have and could have reached a settlement with Hitler if they hadn’t fallen for British diplomatic ruses.
F. Scott Fitzgerald could not have drawn on European twentieth century history examples when writing Diamond as Big as the Ritz in the early 1920s, but he certainly drew on the American history mentioned. The 20th century patterns are applicable here, because as Mark Twain cleverly put: “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Events echo the past and new mistakes are all too often reminiscent of the past. With the advent of globalist high finance during the Industrial Revolution, symbolized by Washington finding the diamond, a regime of banks and Rothschilds has come to call all the shots in the world. Just as Washington gave his slaves the “choice” of democracy so have the finance empires of today and the only choices of action that can be voted on a screened and filtered by them, and so like Washington’s slaves, we have seemingly no where to go, save into blissful ignorance.
Yet, there is hope that a courageous leader can rally enough citizen troops to overthrow the system. It has happened before in the heart of Europe, though unlike the successful plane attack on the Washington estate in the story, the strike against empire in our world didn’t quite bring it down. The empire was mortally wounded, but had time to recover and most of the world’s citizens continue to dwell under high finance. Repeating the past is folly, thus rather we should draw from it.
“People ask: is there someone fit to be our leader? Our task is not to search for that person. Either God will give him to us or he will not come. Our task is to shape the sword that he will need when he comes.” ~Adolf Hitler
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