Germany’s Latest Plan to Enslave the World
REVIEW of REVIEWS
U.S. Government Gets Copy of Amazing Plan That Has Been Formulated to Seize the Trade of the World After the War
A BOOK has been published in Germany which discloses the plan that has been formulated in Berlin for the conquest of the trade of the world after the war. A single copy was smuggled out of Germany and reached the United States Government. It will soon be published and distributed that the world may be awakened to the full danger of German design and in the mean time a digest from the pen of Ralph W. Page is appearing in World’s Work. The plan is designated as “amazing” and “sinister” by those who have read the details and it clearly shows how impossible it will be to make peace with Germany until her power is broken. Part of the plan is based upon demands which the Germans expect to incorporate in their peace terms and the rest consists of a scheme for secret organization in Germany. The book which gives the plan in full was intended for German consumption only and the means by which the copy was obtained will some day be told and will make a very readable story. The nefarious volume bears the harmless title of “The Future of German Industrial Exports” and is by one S. Herzog, termed by World’s Work “The Trade Bernhardi.” Follows a brief summary of this astonishing plan:
i Admitting blandly that "the par value of treaties has reached nil and will not immediately recover from its slump” and that j “to reckon in future upon the security of treaties, to build upon their loyal observance, would be more than improvident” the report still relies upon them as the foundation of the import trade, stating in characteristic fashion that “the future commercial treaties will be written in blood.”
Among other things that these compacts, to be dictated on the battlefield, are to stipulate, with regard to the products of thei allied countries are:
“An unlimited opportunity to acquire the sites needed for winning the raw materials in question, and an unlimited right to get them out by German enterprises. It must preclude any restriction. , . .”
“The Government of the country in question can be permitted to exercise its right of requisitioning them (i.e., its own materials) only with the consent of the proper German officials. To guarantee the fulfilment of these demands certain pledges must be given.”
“The amount of raw materials turned out can never be permitted to decrease artificially because of a selfish desire to charge a higher price, nor can their quantity be reduced. . . . Therefore, it must
be made possible for the German Government to interfere without foreign countries protesting that their sovereignty is violated.”
"It will not alone suffice to demand unlimited opportunities to secure raw mate1 rials in foreign countries .... for ; their price, by the time they reach Germany may have been raised to inadmissible amounts by export or transit charges, freight rates, the refusal of export premiums which are granted to other foreign business of a similar kind, and by other petty forms of chicanery . . . (for instance, a refusal to build connecting railways, or to recognize the expropriation rights of German enterprises, etc.) The commercial treaty must place an absolute bar to such arbitrary advances in the final price of raw materials. . . . The retaliatory measures to be applied in case of infringement must be determined upon beforehand with all severity.”
“Provision must be made in advance that foreign officials employ all the force at their command against the originators, promoters, and participants in boycotting movements which injure our export trade, and that in such cases the German Government have a right to be consulted, and to share in deciding the measures of opposition.”
“That stolen rights of ownership (in German patents) are restored to their former owners unimpaired, that full compensation is made for the financial loss incurred up to the time when the property is restored, and that a priority right in hostile countries is assured to the German patents during the war; but the treatymust also make certain that special statutory measures make occurrences of this sort impossible again.”
Proceeding with the terms of the treaties, which Herr Herzog emphasizes as being “only a selected few from among the points which suggest themselves in this connection, and that they represent the minimum demands,” this adviser of the German Government proceeds to lay down that except where they are absolutely indispensable “it must be expected that German technical skill will be excluded from supplying our present enemies. Such a condition as this would be insufferable. It must be prevented from arising.. The commercial treaty must stipulate that German shippers are eligible wherever foreign material" and foreign workmanship are patronized at all. It must be absolutely impossible for manufacturers from countries now allied against Germany to enjoy under any form or pretext whatsoever a preference in competing for state work. But no confidence can be placed upon paper concessions alone. On the basis of statistical data, we must specify the proportion in which German products have to be included in official
consignments from foreign countries.....
Purchases according to this proportion must be guaranteed by the state which is a party to the treaty.”
“The objection will then be made,” plaintively complains this German arbiter of our domestic business, “that such a demand is an attempted intrusion upon the sovereignty of the state.” Undoubtedly the United States might raise that objection. Well, he has a familiar answer all ready—the usual German answer to everything. “The patience of Germany before the war was stretched further than was really well, it was exercised only to keep the peace. We have gained nothing by generously yielding a point time after time, instead of insisting upon our rights. ... It must be a matter of figures and put down in black and white. The duty of the guarantors will be to see that the pledged security goes unforfeited because the guarantee is fulfilled.”
Another item that this Prussian sabre is to cut out of us is set forth thus:
“As an integral constituent of the commercial treaty, there must be an import guarantee given by the foreign power in figures for each individual kind of German industry (the figure understood as the percentage of German goods to all other imported goods of the same industry).
To conclude, it is laid down that all German governmental or commercial agencies established in any country to oversee and enforce these “minimum demands” remain unhampered and tax free.
German reports do not make light summer reading. But it seems essential that they should be presented verbatim to the business world, and that they be taken in detail for careful study. They embody clearer than anything else the present and unrelinquished purpose of the German people not only to take by force and upon their own terms whatever we have which of use to them, but to compel us to build up their commercial—and incidentally thereto their military—power upon orders permanently given in Berlin.
It is small wonder that the German chancellors all insist upon revealing their peace terms only in secret. To publish such demands as these baldly and plainly, as they have them drawn up, would be to add fury and flame to the already universal determination not to treat with them at all, any basis.
The proposed treaties can be met with the bayonet. They really constitute menace of commercial slavery, for the reason that they are purely military adjuncts. If the Germans can enforce them, then they can enforce anything, for they will own the earth. But they reveal the ultimate goal of the commercial warfare.
But in this coming commercial warfare the German preparation provides an ternative and supplementary plan of operations which leaves no conceivable weapon, trick, or contingency out of its calcula-
This consists in the maintenance of industries whose output is to be absolutely indispensable to foreign customers—the “shock troops” of the commercial invasion, called by Herr Herzog “unsurpassable goods” of “protective industries.” The German Government is to keep a monopoly these by every means, fair or foul, lenient or oppressive, that can be conceived by the mind of man. And with these products a club, a wide open market for all German exports is to be assured in every corner the globe—hostile countries in particular.
At the outset it is naively admitted Herr Herzog’s illuminating book that “German export trade must enter hatred as liability” and that it will meet the “passive resistance of her present enemies, whom there are, to be sure, more than necessary or profitable.”
To meet this German plan of conquest, Herzog declares that’ German houses are open their campaign through neutral countries: the German “make-up” is to be discarded for an American or English masquerade in appearance and in inscription —the German looms, presumably will turning out the “Abraham Lincoln Liberty Petticoat.” Great stress is laid upon the necessity for German agents not only speaking and writing English, but in disguising themselves as “natives” down to the last cocktail and baseball game.
With this humorous suggestion, and chapter devoted to entirely praiseworthy emphasis upon the necessity for good workmanship, the best materials, and scrupulous honesty in commercial dealings, the programme turns from legitimate to Teutonic methods of competition.
The foundation of the offensive is to be a Bureau of Trade Statistics. Every German abroad, whether ambassador, paid spy, drummer, traveler, professor, or workman, is to be enrolled in this service. Reporting upon uniform blanks, the result is to be an accurate and up-to-date return from all fronts, showing exactly what German pro? ducts are normally, or ought normally, to be taken by every country, and which are “indispensable.” The General Staff can then tell every day “whether, and to what degree, the proportional amounts are being altered by the open or concealed attacks of foreign countries” or firms. And it can thereby decide “what German products foreign countries can not do without, and for what ones they substitute (openly or secretly) the products of (other) foreign countries.”
The very foundation nnd heart of the whole plan is based upon a military control of all industry and of every German by the Government. Americans cannot too often be warned that every single German is to be under orders from Berlin, and is to act as a spy and Government agent. The success of the whole scheme depends upon immediate and accurate information from the front. Nor are trade statistics the least of it. Every German inventor or chemist, every laboratory and plant in the empire are to be under the orders of the General Staff-the Commercial Federation -and are to be kept working constantly improvising substitutes for raw material, and improved methods and processes. Every individual connected with any of this work, including all workmen, managers, directors and financiers of the “Indispensable Industries” are to be guarded under military authority, and absolutely prevented from giving or divulging anything whatever outside the empire. On the other hand all members of the “foreign brigade” are to report in minutest detail every discovery, invention, innovation of process or sign of progress in every foreign industry throughout the world. If it be true that the Intelligence Service is the backbone of battle, we are to be checkmated at the outset. They are to have all our plans— we are to have none of theirs.
With this information in hand, the General Staff is to prepare for invasion by mobilizing under five great organizations the entire commercial strength of the country. This is not to be a trust or combination. It is to be an army of manufacturers and miners and bankers, under command of a staff composed of the heads of the trades and the state officials and controlled by the Government. It is to be the business of this “Union” to see to it that the “Indispensable Industries” are made indispensable. And then to conduct the warfare based thereon.
Any one who believes the scheme chimerical will do well to observe the process by which these industries are to be made and maintained “indispensable.” Under our system it simply cannot be met by private business.
Every business in the empire will be called upon to contribute to a “guarantee fund.” This fund, which will be made as large as is needed, will be used to provide these offensive industries with a corps of technical experts and experimenters free of charge. It will be used to subsidize these industries to whatever limit and in whatever form is necessary to keep their costs below all possible rivalry. This is worked out to the last comma.
They are to obtain priority supplies of raw materials, on a par with government war orders. The fund is to be used in every case to reduce the price of raw materials where they seem too high, and to lay in huge stocks where there seems any danger of their being curtailed. The workmen in these plants are to enlist for life, as in an army, and “under no circumstances” be allowed to strike or halt the business, even for a day. If need be their pay will be higher than others. If so, the guarantee fund is all ready. Capital in these concerns, limited to German control, is also enlisted at the pleasure of the Government, and may not be transferred. And all the capital necessary is absolutely assured by the blessed guarantee fund. When the “screws are turned on” and an embargo upon some of these necessities is declared to bring us “to our senses” the guarantee fund will serve to keep the enterprises going, accumulating a surplus stock against the time when a hungry world will capitulate and call for them.
This Union will determine the government policy in granting freight rebates and export premiums, and in remitting taxes to any of these businesses that need it in order to “throttle” competition.
It is not expected that any of this guarantee fund will be lost. For by utterly routing all competition in the Indispensable Industries, and thereafter with their invincible help compelling all foreign nations to purchase the output of all German factories, it is presumed that the ledger will show a handsome profit in the end.
The methods they propose to employ to make sure that none of these “weapons' of protection” or their secrets are ever transplanted to any other soil are illuminative of their whole conception of busine and conduct of every affair under the st
“All persons who are employed in indi tries of protective value must be enter in special lists by the body controlli manufacturing processes, so as to sai guard these industries. From the genei lists a special list is to be drawn up whi contains the names of employees in proti tive industries, who work with manufaci ing methods or procedures, over which fc eign countries hostile to our exports ha no control. . . . These persons wheth they are directors, operating or scienti officers, or laborers, must be subject state organization similar to that of t army. Without permission of this orgai zation no emigration of persons in the lists can take place. They are subject especially strict rules for safeguardi manufacturing secrets and methods. Fc eigners can not be permitted to find e: ployment in concerns of this sort. . . There will always be deserters. They mi expect severe punishment meted out accoi ing to the amount of responsibility attac ed to the post which they left.”
The same military tribunal is to ha final authority over all transfers of ownc ship or shares in these industries.
“The exclusive maintenance of such i dustries for the empire demands a furth control which extends to change in own«
The state control will limit itself ascertaining-whether the future owner e hibits those peculiarities which in a mai rial, technical, and moral connection ofi a guarantee that the industry in questi will remain at its former height and caf city for development, and banish all pc sibility of its being transplanted to fc eign countries by the new owner. . . The exclusion of foreigners is important all cases.”
Let us suppose a great factory to established in Germany making its fi ished products out of raw material al obtainable in Germany, and that it is ope ated upon some technical secret procc making some universally used product. A then let us suppose that ail the raw mai rial it can use is supplied to it and at own price before any one else in Germa obtains any, regardless of the market; t>i every chemist, mechanic and inventor in t empire is required to report to it every ! vention and improvement he makes, a that a world-wide corps of expert spi report the same from every country unci the sun and that these improvements, pi ented or not, are at the disposal of tl factory for nothing. More than that, tl every process or machine it uses is bei worked upon for improvement by the be experts in the country, free of charge, a that every new invention is put into opei tion at once, regardless of the cost scrapping other new machinery; that tl factory has a full complement of skill labor that never leaves for any other e: ployment, and never under any circu stances strikes; that none of its process or methods can possibly reach the ears any competitor; that in case it has t slightest fear of competition every indi try in Germany instantly contributes make good any loss from cutting price that it has the right to fix its.own freig rates, its own export premium, its oi taxes, its own tariff upon any needed su plies it may import; and that in case need it can instantly call upon the Germ Ambassador in the United States to three en any action by the German Governme or army that might induce Uncle Sam remove any impediments to its busine developing in America. Imagine such concern, and voila!—you have precise one of these industries with which v shall have to compete after the war.