Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. Pound was born in a small, two-story house in Hailey, Idaho Territory, the only child of Homer Loomis Pound (1858–1942) and Isabel Weston (1860–1948). His father worked in Hailey since 1883 as register of the General Land Office. Both parents’ ancestors had emigrated from England in the 17th century. Outraged by the carnage of World War I, Pound blamed the war on usury and international capitalism. The solution lay in C.H. Douglas’s idea of social credit, and that fascism was the vehicle for reform. Pound moved to Italy in 1924, and throughout the 1930s and 1940s embraced Benito Mussolini’s fascism and expressed support for National Socialism. By the 1940s no American or English poet had been so active politically since William Blake. Pound wrote over a thousand letters a year during the 1930s and presented his ideas in hundreds of articles, as well as in The Cantos. During World War II Pound made hundreds of radio broadcasts for the Italian government criticizing the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jews. The broadcasts were monitored by the United States Foreign Broadcast Monitoring Service listening station in Princeton University, and Pound was indicted in absentia for ‘treason’ in July 1943. Pound then wrote a letter to Attorney General defending his right to free speech and continued to broadcast and write under pseudonyms until April 1945, shortly before his physical arrest. Pound’s lawyer, whose efforts to have him declared insane are credited with having saved him from life imprisonment, requested his release at a bail hearing in January 1947. Instead the hospital’s superintendent moved him to a more pleasant prison hospital Ward where he spent the next 12 years.
“You let in the Jew and the Jew rotted your empire… the big Jew has rotted EVERY nation he has wormed into. …No Rothschild is English… No Baruch, Morgenthau, Cohen, Lehman, Warburg, Kuhn, Kahn, Schiff, Sieff or Solomon was ever born Anglo-Saxon. And it is for this filth that you fight. It is for this filth that you murdered your Empire. It is this filth that elects, selects, your politicians.” – Ezra Pound, March 15, 1942 radio broadcast
“Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep herding.” ~ Ezra Pound