Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Charles Bedaux, a Case Study in Internationalism

Last weekend, to veg out, I flipped though the documentary section on Netflix and came across this one called The Champagne Safari about an American industrialist who goes on expeditions. Piquing my interest in wealthy people with agendas, I gave it a try. It was less about Charles Bedaux's expeditions, which were really just extremely expensive and elaborate camping trips, and more about his life story. One observer noted that had someone written his biography as a novel, no one would have believed it. Yes, this man's story is just that wild.

He made his millions by selling a scientific form of human management to big companies. Thus was introduced the "standards" by which workers would be managed. Sounds good, but as time went on, we can see how human beings have been dehumanized through such thinking. Even now, in intimate relationships, people ask "what can you do for me?" In the last days natural affection will be decreased, thus says the Lord.

Anyway, the most interesting part to me was how Bedaux moves seamlessly between America and Europe doing deals, and schmoozing with absolutely no loyalty to any country in particular. He was born in Paris, was the proverbial immigrant with a dollar in his pocket who was "made in the USA", and then goes on to buy a castle in Europe. He hosted the marriage of the recently abdicated King of England and Wallis Warfield. He had dealings with the Nazis, and that's what eventually did him in. What gets me is that his problem was that he got caught at the wrong place and time, but there were so many other Nazi collaborators that got away Scot free. Hopefully, I'll have enough stamina to get to Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler where we'll document and name some names.

The big idea of this post is to illustrate that how at the wealthy, elite strata of our society, the political boundaries of nations don't really exist. There are only resources and wealth to be obtained. And getting at that becomes like an intense game of Pokemon, gotta catch them all.

Here's just a sample of The Champagne Safari, a documentary about the amazing and bizarre Charles Bedaux.

Trailer provided by Video Detective

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