The Charlotte News

Sunday, March 26, 1939


Site Ed. Note: We maintain the other four editorials of this date separately here. These three may not be by Cash, but we include them anyway.

Also, this Sunday, Cash favored his readers of the book-page with a critique of Hitler as art critic.

As to what Hitler said in Mein Kampf on the subject, here is a sampling:

The mental horizon of the German-Austrian was comparatively broad. His commercial interests comprised almost every section of the heterogeneous Empire. The conduct of almost all important undertakings was in his hands. He provided the State, for the most part, with its leading technical experts and civil servants. He was responsible for carrying on the foreign trade of the country, as far as that sphere of activity was not under Jewish control, The German-Austrian exclusively represented the political cement that held the State together. His military duties carried him far beyond the narrow frontiers of his homeland. Though the recruit might join a regiment made up of the German element, the regiment itself might be stationed in Herzegovina as well as in Vienna or Galicia. The officers in the Habsburg armies were still Germans and so was the predominating element in the higher branches of the civil service. Art and science were in German hands. Apart from the new artistic trash, which might easily have been produced by a negro tribe, all genuine artistic inspiration came from the German section of the population. In music, architecture, sculpture and painting, Vienna abundantly supplied the entire Dual Monarchy. And the source never seemed to show signs of a possible exhaustion. Finally, it was the German element that determined the conduct of foreign policy, though a small number of Hungarians were also active in that field...

...The Bolshevization of art is the only cultural form of life and the only spiritual manifestation of which Bolshevism is capable.

Anyone to whom this statement may appear strange need only take a glance at those lucky States which have become Bolshevized and, to his horror, he will there recognize those morbid monstrosities which have been produced by insane and degenerate people. All those artistic aberrations which are classified under the names of cubism and dadism, since the opening of the present century, are manifestations of art which have come to be officially recognized by the State itself. This phenomenon made its appearance even during the short-lived period of the Soviet Republic in Bavaria. At that time one might easily have recognized how all the official posters, propagandist pictures and newspapers, etc., showed signs not only of political but also of cultural decadence.

About sixty years ago a political collapse such as we are experiencing to-day would have been just as inconceivable as the cultural decline which has been manifested in cubist and futurist pictures ever since 1900. Sixty years ago an exhibition of so-called dadistic 'experiences' would have been an absolutely preposterous idea. The organizers of such an exhibition would then have been certified for the lunatic asylum, whereas, to-day they are appointed presidents of art societies. At that time such an epidemic would never have been allowed to spread. Public opinion would not have tolerated it, and the Government would not have remained silent; for it is the duty of a Government to save its people from being stampeded into such intellectual madness. But intellectual madness would have resulted from a development that followed the acceptance of this kind of art. It would have marked one of the worst changes in human history; for it would have meant that a retrogressive process had begun to take place in the human brain, the final stages of which would be unthinkable.

If we study the course of our cultural life during the last twenty-five years we shall be astonished to note how far we have already gone in this process of retrogression. Everywhere we find the presence of those germs which give rise to protuberant growths that must sooner or later bring about the ruin of our culture. Here we find undoubted symptoms of slow corruption; and woe to the nations that are no longer able to bring that morbid process to a halt.

In almost all the various fields of German art and culture those morbid phenomena may be observed. Here everything seems to have passed the culminating point of its excellence and to have entered the curve of a hasty decline. At the beginning of the century the theatres seemed already degenerating and ceasing to be cultural factors, except the Court theatres, which opposed this prostitution of the national art. With these exceptions, and also a few other decent institutions, the plays produced on the stage were of such a nature that the people would have benefited by not visiting them at all. A sad symptom of decline was manifested by the fact that in the case of many 'art centres' the sign was posted on the entrance doors: For Adults Only.

Why, if we didn't know better, we might assume the author was one of our neo-right wing scripture-on-the-cote-a-pye brethren. (A particular past Senator comes to mind especially, but we shall be discreet, as it is Sunday.)

Oh, no. No way. They--and especially he--are Christian. You are absolutely wrong about that. Absolutely...

Ah, but who said this?

The two Christian denominations look on with indifference at the profanation and destruction of a noble and unique creature who was given to the world as a gift of God's grace. For the future of the world, however, it does not matter which of the two triumphs over the other, the Catholic or the Protestant. But it does matter whether Aryan humanity survives or perishes. And yet the two Christian denominations are not contending against the destroyer of Aryan humanity but are trying to destroy one another. Everybody who has the right kind of feeling for his country is solemnly bound, each within his own denomination, to see to it that he is not constantly talking about the Will of God merely from the lips but that in actual fact he fulfils the Will of God and does not allow God's handiwork to be debased. For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God's Creation and God's Will. Therefore everyone should endeavour, each in his own denomination of course, and should consider it as his first and most solemn duty to hinder any and everyone whose conduct tends, either by word or deed, to go outside his own religious body and pick a quarrel with those of another denomination.

We wish all out there running this year for Congress, who hock themselves first and foremost as Coat-sleeve "Christians" standing on "family values" hustings, whilst bragging alongside them nationalistic slogans of offensive war and "stay the course", all the best in their struggles. (All being entirely consistent with "beat your swords to ploughshares", obviously.)

Achtung, baby!

The Way Of Discretion*

The Senate at Raleigh showed good sense in rejecting the unfavorable majority report of the Senate Elections Committee on the bill to eliminate professional markers at the polls, and in adopting instead the minority report turned in by Senators Lumpkin and Umstead.

Anybody who has ever watched election processes closely is well aware that Chairman Lucas of the State Election Board was putting it truthfully when he said, "The marker contributes more to corruption of elections than any other feature."

It is not only true that the professional markers are the instrument through which the vote-buyer makes sure that he gets his money's worth; it is also true that they are the instrument of wide-spread intimidation and undue pressure--the means through which the voter is induced to vote "right" under all sorts of fears.

There is no excuse whatever for their existence save that they serve the purposes of the Democratic Party as against the Republicans, and of the ruling cliques in that party against mavericks.

And purely from the party standpoint--from the standpoint of its desire to stay in power--the Democratic majority in the Senate did well to dissociate itself from the action of the majority of the Election Laws Committee, whose report was simply tantamount to a cynical and brazen declaration of their will to hold on to all advantages, regardless.

Lo, the Poor Indians!*

The New York Legislature had just passed a bill extending relief to any needy Indian on a state reservation. But before it was passed, the dratted Republicans took care to make it plain that it did not include the boys on the Tammany reservation. Said Speaker Oswald D. Heck:

"This does not apply to Tammany Indians. They need no relief."

Which prompted Democratic Leader Irwin Steingut of Brooklyn to retort that "you haven't been in New York (City) lately."

Maybe that's right, too. Maybe Speaker Heck is less than humane. After all, with Mr. Dewey poking around in Manhattan and Mr. Amen doing the same thing over in Brooklyn, the pickings for Tammany braves may very well be pretty lean these days.

Pay Roll Taxes*

Mortgages on Recovery For the Sake of Reform

Although Secretary Morgenthau and the President have indicated a willingness to postpone a scheduled increase in the old age insurance taxes on payrolls, neither has showed any sign of interest in lightening the load which pay rolls, especially smaller pay rolls, are carrying under present laws. That is the 3% unemployment insurance tax and the 1% old age tax.

There are innumerable classic examples of how this tax works to defeat social security, but perhaps none better than that of a New York concern which has come to our attention. A printing business of moderate size (200 employees), 75 per cent of its total costs is in wages and salaries subject to social security taxes. On a net sales volume of $865,057 in 1938, it lost $32,780. Its social security taxes came to $25,510, and its taxes of all kinds, including social security, to $30,977.

Is it any wonder, this business asks, "that we have ceased thinking of expansion or the investment of more capital?" Hardly. And this, mind you, is just one of innumerable examples of how the full-blown social security program is operating, the sum of which would convict it of being perhaps the greatest single deterrent of the lot to recovery and re-employment. Which is to say that by laying up stores of social security we are forfeiting the social security we need so acutely at this very moment.


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