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Webster Tarpley - The Venetian Conspiracy (Campaigner Magazine - September 1981)

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Webster Tarpley - The Venetian Conspiracy (Campaigner Magazine - September 1981)

In the Middle Ages the Venetians were known as the archetypes of the parasite, the people who "neither sow nor reap." For the Greeks, they were the hated "frogs of the marshes." In Germany, a folk tale describes the merchant of Venice as an aged pantaloon
who makes his rounds robbing men of their human hearts and leaving a cold stone in their place.

Venice called itself the Serenissima Repubblica (Serene Republic), but it was no republic in any sense comprehensible to an American, as James Fenimore Cooper points out in the preface to his novel The Bravo. But its sinister institutions do provide an unmatched continuity of the most hideous oligarchical rule for fifteen centuries and more, from the years of the moribund Roman Empire in the West to the Napoleonic Wars, only yesterday in historical terms. Venice can best be thought of as a kind of conveyor belt, transporting the Babylonian contagions of decadent antiquity smack dab into the world of modern states.

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