Ides of March

Sat, Mar 8, 2014 - 5:21am

Pretty much everyone here knows (or should know) the story of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, and the sealed train provided by the German government that brought him to St. Petersburg. Whether it truly WAS the government itself, or industrialist and bankers matters little – the Soviet propaganda films did not lie about the fact that the shot from the Aurora truly WAS heard around the world.

Thus began a new era in history with the birth, metastasis and further mutation of the original proletarian dictatorship – and continues to this day.

However, here’s a fun little fact I am pretty sure most people don’t know:

The Hungarian Soviet Republic, the second Communist government in Europe after Russia itself, was established on 21 March 1919. […]

In the Russian Civil War in 1918, Kun fought for the Bolsheviks. During this time, he first started to make detailed plans for exporting Communism to Hungary. In November 1918, with at least several hundred other Hungarian Communists and with a lot of money given to him by the Soviets, he returned to Hungary. […]

In Hungary, the resources of a shattered government were further strained by refugees from lands lost to the Allies during the war and that were due to be lost permanently under the projected Treaty of Trianon. Rampant inflation, housing shortages, mass unemployment, food shortages and coal shortages further weakened the economy and stimulated widespread protests. In October 1918, the so-called "Aster Revolution" established a shaky democratic coalition government. Kun founded the Hungarian Communist Party in Budapest on 4 November 1918. […]

Such was the desperation for them to have Kun receive promised Soviet support that it was Kun, a captive, who dictated the terms to his captors. This was despite the Red Army's full involvement in the Russian Civil War and the unlikelihood that it could be of any direct military assistance.[…]

The first act of the new government was to nationalize virtually all private property in Hungary. Contrary to advice from Lenin and the Bolsheviks, Béla Kun's government refused to redistribute land to the peasantry, thereby alienating the majority of their support in Hungary. Instead, Kun declared that all land was to be converted into collective farms and former estate owners, managers andbailiffs were to be retained as the new collective farm managers. […]

The Soviets promised to invade Romania and link up with Kun and were on verge of doing so, but military reversals suffered by the Red Army in Ukraine stopped the invasion of Romania before it began. The Romanians then invaded Hungary, took Budapest, crushed the Communists and on 1 August 1919 forced them to hand over power to the Social Democratic party. -- Wiki

The whole thing lasted only 133 days. Yet during that time the government was able to confiscate all of the citizens’ land, a good portion of their food and livestock, and summarily executed around 600 people. Romanians eventually withdrew to the newly painted international border demarcation line (which gave them territory equallying ca. ½ the of what remained of the country after the Trianon borders were established. They took all the copper, silver and gold mines, too…). The icing on the cake: after the Communists were thrown out of office and into jail, this joker was installed as the head of a ‘constitutional’ monarchy:

“His Serene Highness the Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary”

Lessons to be learned:

Never get involved in a land war in Asia

One must always beware revolutionaries who come bearing moneybags denominated in foreign currency, bringing the good tidings of a superpower, whether neighboring or far, far away. One possible exception might be all the Poles and Hungarians who joined the American Revolution (having failed to secure their own countries’ independence, though not for lack of trying) with French financial and logistical support.

Just because a revolution/coup/putsch/defenestration/stabbing gets rid of a despised, despotic, exploitative, murderous ruler does not mean the next guy will be any better. Or the guy after that…

Military assistance promised by a superpower that is actually DELIVERED to the country requesting it on the basis of some ‘treaty’ or ‘pact’ has caused a few problems in the last century or so… world wars being among them. But even when the consequences are not quite so dire, the 'aided' country most often gets invaded and occupied -- by the liberator, or by the aggressor because the liberator fails to show...

And some pacts are made for the explicit purpose of allowing one side (or both) time to prepare to ambush the other. The namesake of the German-Soviet agreement was especially popular in some parts of Northern Europe:

“The name "Molotov cocktail" was coined by the Finns during the Winter War.[1] The name is an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was responsible for the setting of "spheres of interest" in Eastern Europe under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in August 1939. […] When the hand-held bottle firebomb was developed to attack Soviet tanks, the Finns called it the "Molotov cocktail", as "a drink to go with the food".

Soviet cluster bomb ironically called a "Molotov bread basket". The "Molotov cocktail" was the Finns' response – "a drink to go with the food".

As we continue to watch the developments out of Ukraine over the next days and weeks, let’s try not to forget that just because one spot on the stage is illuminated, the rest of the stage does not go away. The recent events aimed at China MIGHT be coincidental. (Mass stabbing, and Malaysian airliner missing) If one were to believe in coincidences.

Stay safe, enjoy the weekend, and keep stacking. Our times keep getting more and more interesting by the day.

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Gold Dog
Mar 8, 2014 - 9:03am

OT- Greetings from Chile

Hola Turdville! Day 8- We, Mrs Dog and I started in Santiago and have been moving south, as I write this I am sitting on the veranda of our hotel overlooking the city of Castro on the island of Chiloe,yesterday's big event was to head NW to the Pacific to watch the penguins mate. Of note; - Being on vacation the smoking lamp is on for Dog, first up was a couple of packs of Marlys. Many of the locals were critical of my smoking Marlboros, they said those things will kill you and strongly suggested I switch to a weaker brand!?! - Very friendly people. My wife and I play a game while we are driving which involves waving at oncoming traffic to see what percentage of people wave back. Here we are running 90% plus with whole families waving back like mad. - There are bees everywhere and they all seem quite healthy. I have made friends with the chef at our current digs and he reports that Monsanto is trying to buy their way into Chile with GMO seeds and there is a major push back from the locals....follow the money. -My experiment with The Arora Report is on hold, I put stops in on everything and am ignoring the markets. I find that I don't miss checking the price of my long term investments two or three times a day. Mi novia has joined me, as much as I love you guys I love her more! Your friend, Perro

Mar 8, 2014 - 9:06am

Check your messages 66

They don't want you looking about 500 yards southwest of the LCS, at the organic gardening and seed show.


Verus nemo
Mar 8, 2014 - 9:34am

Great post, JY896

I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know much of that Hungarian history so I appreciate this post. When I was a child in the early 60's, we had a next door neighbor who was a Hungarian immigrant. I didn't ever get much acquainted with him because his English was rather poor and the intensity in his eyes greatly intimidated me. What I remember best about the man, however, was his gardening prowess; he was a serious gardener and seemingly could grow anything well in the sandy loam soil that our neighborhood shared.

My father was better acquainted with the man and related some of the hardships he had endured before escaping his native homeland and I vaguely recall that both political and economic repression were the genesis of his decision then to flee eastern Europe and make a modest home here. I now wish that I'd not been so timid and would have invested the time needed to better understand his experience, oh how I might better have been prepared sooner for what we too might well experience soon. I suppose that it still is not too late to reap a good lesson from it though; it merely suggests that I should be seeking out more aggressively today the wisdom of others around me that have hitherto experienced hardship and horror and, while uncomfortable, try hard to benefit from their knowledge. Who knows when I myself might need it later!

Thank you, Sir, for a good Saturday morning read. I appreciate you.

Mar 8, 2014 - 9:39am

Any bankers or bit coin enthusiasts on that plane?

Any bankers on that plane to Beijing?

Mar 8, 2014 - 9:44am

sealed train

The Sealed train is the name given to the train used to take Lenin and other communist subversives from Zurich back to Russia in 1917.

Lenin, while crossing German territory, had with him on board of his train some ten million dollars in gold, thanks to German chief banker Max Warburg, whose brother Paul strangely enough, in 1913, was the chief architect of the Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States. A good sum now and an enormous sum then knowing that he would undermine the Russian government and stop the Russians fighting on the Eastern Front. The pay off would be the transfer of forces to the Western Front where they were bogged down.

Mar 8, 2014 - 9:45am


Great Piece

Watch the Other Hand – Events in Ukraine Are a Misdirection

Mar 8, 2014 - 9:47am


I am heading to the garden show at about 10:15


Mar 8, 2014 - 9:54am


Thank you, JY

Mar 8, 2014 - 10:21am

Spot on from Greg Hunters USA Watchdog wrap up.

"If the plan was to create a global crisis that would eventually lead to dollar dumping to blame the collapse of the U.S. financial system on the Russians, then your plan may be working."

China reacts in concert to US blathering buffoonery in Ukraine and as it's said the rest is history.

Many have wondered, including myself, how long can the teetering house of financial fiat cards stand when there's a fire blazing in every room of the rickety structure. It's turning to ashes right before our very eyes from the '08 crisis. More of everything which added to the '08 collapse, which was a liquidity crisis of hot money cash inflows disappeared; were drained. All aspects being more extremely flammable financial fuels, soaking the blazing stratospheric fiat monetary tower of babel; global convulsing debt gone rabid foaming at the mouth wild.

The reverse repo-ing of now 4.29 trillion drained from mkts since 12/11/13 will eventually be allowed to crashcade the mkts. Exactly how, what and why the effect has not been more immediate as in the '08 crisis is no more mysterious than how, what, and whys of pm metals suppression without some horrendous force being unleashed to the upside. This also will rectified in due time. Ides of March concentrations of complete global chaos breaking out in all former bazaaro world black magic illusions of reality, are about to boomerang upon the face of the public. A stark raving reversion to reality, few will find any refuge from the rain of fire coming from imploding fiats; vaporizing bonzis globally. Yes! Beware the IDES OF MARCH!

Mar 8, 2014 - 10:25am

@JY, Turd and fellow turdites

I like to think of good business as working together for mutual benefit.

Turdville is a place where learning together for mutual enlightenment is the task at hand.

Thanks JY, Turd, and fellow turdites, for who you are and for all you do!

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