The Ghost of Morganthau Haunts Our House

3. The Ruhr Area.

(The Ruhr, surrounding industrial areas, as shown on the attached map, including the Rhineland, the Keil Canal, and all German territory north of the Keil Canal.

Here lies the heart of German industrial power, the cauldron of wars. This area should not only be stripped of all presently existing industries but so weakened and controlled that it can not in the foreseeable future become an industrial area. The following steps will accomplish this:

(a) Within a short period, if possible not longer than 6 months after the cessation of hostilities, all industrial plants and equipment not destroyed by military action shall either be completely dismantled and removed from the area or completely destroyed. All equipment shall be removed from the mines and the mines shall be thoroughly wrecked.

It is anticipated that the stripping of this area would be accomplished in three stages:

(i) The military forces immediately upon entry into the area shall destroy all plants and equipment which cannot be removed.

(ii) Removal of plants and equipment by members of the United Nations as restitution and reparation (Paragraph 4).

(iii) All plants and equipment not removed within a stated period of time, say 6 months, will be completely destroyed or reduced to scrap and allocated to the United Nations.

(b) All people within the area should be made to understand that this area will not again be allowed to become an industrial area. Accordingly, all people and their families within the area having special skills or technical training should be encouraged to migrate permanently from the area and should be as widely dispersed as possible.

(c) The area should be made an international zone to be governed by an international security organization to be established by the United Nations. In governing the area the international organization should be guided by policies designed to further the above stated objectives.

Industrial Areas in the United States

The United States is a very large country, rich in natural resources.  Because of that, it had many regions of industrial production that  one by one has been shut down and/or exported.   Virtually all heavy industry in the United States has been shut down - put out of business by cheap imports.    Most recently, the biggest remaining of U.S. heavy industry - the automobile manufacturers are on their way out. 

The Deindustrialization of America, Basic Books, Inc. Barry Bluestone & Bennett Harrison, 1982, ISBN 0-465-01592-1

On June 30, 1980, Business Week finally sounded the alarm.  The decline of the American economy had become so serious that the nation's leading business journal decided to devote an entire special issue to detailing a comprehensive plan for revitalizing the U.S. economy.  In a tone of uncharacteristic dismay, the editors concluded:

The U.S. economy must undergo a fundamental change if it is to retain a measure of economic vitality let alone leadership in the remaining 20 years of this century.  The goal must be nothing less than the reindustrialization of America.  A conscious effort to rebuild America's productive capacity is the only real alternative to the precipitous loss of competitiveness of the last 15 years, of which this year's wave of plant closings across the continent is only the most vivid manifestation.