Bismarck and Realpolitik
Otto von Bismarck was the Prime Minister of Prussia and the first Chancellor of unified Germany. He held important positions in the German Empire until his death in 1890. Bismarck is one of the most influential men in Prussian history. His philosophy gives us an invaluable insight into the behavior of the “Dreadful and Invisible Enemy” we face today.
Some of Bismarck's statements are difficult to refute. He had a blatant disregard for politics, especially politicians.
Not to disappoint those who believe the Royals are shape-shifting reptiles; this idea was first conceived by Bismarck, who metaphorically referred to King George V – King of Hanover and the Duke of Cumberland. Leading up to the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, Bismarck had requested that Hanover remain neutral during the affair. King George refused, and instead sided with the Austrians. Hanover was duly defeated and Prussia confiscated the king's property, but appropriately compensated him with Prussian bonds. The king and his agents, living in exile, continued to stir up Prussia. The King of Prussia and Bismarck were rightly angry and decided to confiscate all of King George's bonds.
The seizure of these bonds became known as “Reptilienfonds”. Bismarck coined the phrase because he "wanted to chase the reptiles back to their own caves." The Reptilian Fund fell outside of parliamentary control and effectively became Bismarck's personal black-ops money. Bismarck would use this money in a not too disparate way the way the deep state uses their money today: bribery and controlling the MSM.
“It was this secret fund that Bismarck used in 1871 to bribe the Bavarian King Ludwig II to write to Wilhelm I of Prussia and urge him to take the imperial crown.”3
“It was well-known that Bismarck had systematically bribed the biggest news agency of Imperial Germany, Wolffs Telegraphisches Bureau (WTB).”4
Bismarck was also a staunch supporter of the king's autocratic rule over Prussia. Following in Hegel's footsteps, the individual mattered not when it came to affairs of state, and would therefore be asked to willingly subjugate and serve the state when needed. America and the idea of a free nation were anathema to Bismarck.
For some strange reason, Bismarck was baffled by the native language of Americans. What language he expected Americans to speak, we may never know.
Bismarck also expanded upon Frederick the Great's idea of "enlightened despotism"; the idea that autocratic rule is fully justified if the ruler improves the lives of his citizens. Centralized, autocratic rule is the essential element of socialism, where a ruling class of noble elites knows what is best for everyone else. This is why Bismarck is known as the man who built the world's first official welfare state.
Unlike the Jacobinmag, well-being is a core principle of socialism. Bismarck simply used this principle to his advantage. Like all "noble" socialists, Bismarck's virtue signaling on behalf of Germany's poor was simply the justification for imposing more taxes. While some of those taxes would go to welfare programs, most of the money raised would be funneled into the true passion of Bismarck and Prussia; War.
All things considered, Bismark's ability to maneuver the state of Prussia toward German and European dominance was comparable to that of Frederick the Great. His greatest contribution was the refinement and application of Realpolitik.
'Supremacy of the State' was Bismarck's ideology and all diplomacy and policy must make this result possible. Realpolitik says that the law of power rules the world of states. The state of Prussia and its ideology was Bismark's top priority, and it should be every citizen's top priority. Politics, and especially the annoyance of democracy, should always be brushed aside when it comes to the existential affairs of the state.
Diplomacy was a dirty business and Bismarck knew it all too well. For Prussia to survive and prosper, pragmatic and unpopular decisions had to be made. Politics should ultimately serve the state or get the fuck out of the way. As Count Mirabeau noted, “War is the national industry of Prussia.” Bismarck made sure that Prussia would not deviate from this tradition.
There are many examples of the power of Bismarck's Realpolitik. Prussia's spy network was the best in the world at the time. The intelligence network gave Prussia a huge advantage and Bismarck used it to the full. His ruthless chief of security was William Stieber† Considered one of the meanest men who ever lived, Stieber was responsible for building Prussia's propaganda machine, as well as the man who had direct contact with Karl Marx in London. In 1867, Stieber had uncovered a plot to assassinate Russian Tsar Alexander II while visiting French Emperor Napoleon III. When reporting the plot to Chancellor Bismarck, even Stieber was surprised by the Chancellor's response to the event.
According to Bismarck, everything had to be used in Prussia's favor. Consider the Prussian origins of Marxism, Karl Marx – acting as an asset to Prussian, agitated and radicalized Russian socialists. This led to the formation of terrorist cells and eventually to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. The Tsar's legs were shot and bled to death. The event was considered to be Russia's 9-11 at the time, shocking citizens and completely destabilizing the empire. 33 years later WWI broke out. Russia was a completely weakened state. In 1917, the German Emperor Vladimir directly aided Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution. Shortly afterwards, the powerful Romanov family was massacred in a cellar. The destabilization of Russia in the 19th century and its eventual collapse was a uniquely Prussian affair and one brilliantly orchestrated by Bismarck.
Realpolitik was not only used in a plot against Russia. All the great European powers were squarely in Bismarck's crosshairs. His ultimate goal was to establish a united German Empire with its Prussian king proclaimed emperor. At the same time, other European powers would be brought to their knees by crushing military defeats and treaties that ensured Prussia's supremacy on the world stage. This was Bismarck's meaning of "blood and iron" solutions.
In any conflict, Bismarck sent his intelligence agents ahead of time to assess the situation and agitate the enemy into a losing war. Denmark was the first target. Propaganda campaigns depicted the Danish king as a tyrant who falsely controlled the northern German territory of Schleswig-Holstein as part of the Danish state. Prussia formed an alliance with Austria and crushed Denmark in a few months. In the Vienna Peace Treaty of 1864, Denmark lost Schleswig-Holstein and the areas were placed under Austro-Prussian administration. This led to the next war.
Prussia and Austria immediately disagreed on how Schleswig-Holstein should be governed. This was a brilliant move by Bismarck. The disagreement was undoubtedly agitated by him and would eventually lead to war against Austria. More importantly, many of the smaller German states sided with Austria in the war, just as Bismarck had hoped. In 1866, Prussia declared war on Austria and had it crushed within a few months. The conditions for surrender were simple; Prussia could annex the German states that were against them and Austria was not allowed to have any further say in it.
The last war would be against France a few years later. France was in a state of constant destabilization, especially after the revolution of 1848, which was inspired by the communist manifesto of the Prussian Karl Marx. Bismarck kept France in a state of chaos, a situation that the French Emperor, Napoleon III, despised. To rub salt in the wound, the Hohenzollern family claimed rights to the Spanish throne. Napoleon sent an ambassador to the Prussian King Wilhelm, begging him not to allow Hohenzollern to accept the Spanish crown, which Wilhelm refused. Bismarck, using his fake media machine, leaked a faked recording of the meeting that depicted the French as tyrannical idiots.
It was too much for Napoleon III. He declared war on Prussia in 1870 and was finally crushed within six months. Shamefully, Napoleon III was captured mid-war and forced to witness a besieged and bombed Paris, which finally surrendered a few months later. The Treaty of Frankfurt was signed, allowing Prussia to assimilate the Alsace-Lorraine region, and France was forced to pay Prussia 5 billion francs.
These wars were known as the “German Unification Wars”. All the German states were now federated and in January 1871, the Prussian King Wilhelm I, of the House of Hohenzollern, was crowned German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
That same year, America and Britain signed the Washington Treaty. The Emperor was named the final arbitrator in all disputes related to the treaty. With Russia destabilized, France and Austria hot on their heels, Germany united and the Emperor overseeing the disputes between America and Britain, it seemed that Prussia was in control of most of Western civilization.
Propaganda, espionage, deception, bribery, murder, black-ops, revolutions and war; all funded by taxing citizens by imposing the world's first socialist welfare state. You could be mistaken, this was the world we live in today, but these were the tools and methods used by Bismarck that took Prussia to world domination.
Bismarck had successfully brought Realpolitik into the modern age.
( To be continued )