The Link Between Transgenderism And Nazism

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by Portfolio Armor
Saturday, Jun 03, 2023 - 15:07
Costume party at the Institute for Sexual Research
Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (bespectacled, on the right) and friends at a costume party at his Institute for Sexual Research in Weimar Berlin.

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The History Today's Trans Advocates Try To Hide

In a comment on a recent post (Another Reason Why Everything's So Gay), reader "Rockinrole" brought up Magnus Hirschfeld, the pioneering sexologist of Weimar Berlin, as someone whose legacy is a key to understanding our present. That may be true, but perhaps not in the way he thought. I learned something new about Hirschfeld in a fascinating thread I'll share with you below. Following that, we'll wrap up with a brief investing note about the recent rally in regional banks. First, though, let's start with the current-year conventional wisdom about Hirschfeld. 

The Standard History

The standard history of Magnus Hirschfeld is probably best encapsulated by this Scientific American article from a couple of years ago: The Forgotten History of the World's First Trans Clinic. The subtitle gives the game away:

The Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin would be a century old if it hadn’t fallen victim to Nazi ideology

It's true that the Nazis did shut the place down, and burn its books, as Scientific American notes: 

When the Nazis came for the institute on May 6, 1933, Hirschfeld was out of the country. [Hirschfeld's partner Karl] Giese fled with what little he could. Troops swarmed the building, carrying off a bronze bust of Hirschfeld and all his precious books, which they piled in the street. Soon a towerlike bonfire engulfed more than 20,000 books, some of them rare copies that had helped provide a historiography for nonconforming people.

The carnage flickered over German newsreels. It was among the first and largest of the Nazi book burnings. Nazi youth, students and soldiers participated in the destruction, while voiceovers of the footage declared that the German state had committed “the intellectual garbage of the past” to the flames. The collection was irreplaceable.

Scientific American does mention one awkward fact: surgeon Erwin Gohrbandt, who performed sex changes at Hirschfeld's clinic, went on to perform medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners at Dachau for the Nazis. That would seem to suggest that Nazi ideology wasn't wholly alien to Weimar Berlin's sex change pioneers, and indeed it wasn't, as Malcom Clark shows below. 

Trans Healthcare And The Nazis

A thread to bear in mind next time Team Trans claims to be the good guys. Now on to that brief note about regional banks. 

Regional Banks Are Still In Trouble

For the last few weeks, there's been a big rally in regional banks, but the underlying problems with them remain the same, as ZeroHedge noted on Friday. 

In a nutshell, depositors are still pulling their money out of banks and into money market funds, in a slow motion bank run, or "bank walk" as Jim Bianco has called it. To stem the deposit flight, banks will have to raise deposit rates, which will squeeze their bottom lines on their income statements. 

On the balance sheet side, the banks are facing another challenge: a number of them are holding underwater securities, and the amount of securities that are underwater will increase if interest rates rise from here. We recently commissioned an analysis of regional banks to see which were most vulnerable: 

To recap our approach:

Getting The Data

[We started with] the FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) Central Data Repository's Public Data Distribution web site. The other piece was figuring out which banks had exhausted the Federal Reserve’s new, post Silicon Valley Bank collapse assistance program, The Bank Term Funding Program (BTFP).

As you might imagine, the Federal Reserve isn’t going to advertise which banks have tapped out their lifelines, but as the banking expert explained, there are a couple of hints to look for in the data:

  • A big increase in “other borrowed money” in Q1. This will likely include loans from the BTFP, or,

  • An increase in pledged loans or pledged securities in Q1. This will likely be assets that were pledged to the BTFP as collateral for the bank’s loans from the BTFP.

Putting It Together

To build the list, I had my analyst start with all the regional banks in America that are publicly traded and also have options traded on them (since we’re going to bet against them using options). Then I had him indicate which ones had likely exhausted their BTFP resources based on the two hints above. Next, I had him total each bank’s AFS and HTM securities, and determine how much of each was under water, and divide those amounts by each bank’s tier one capital. I’ve embedded the spreadsheet below, so you can see all the data yourself, and following that, I’ve posted a few trades I just opened based on the data. Before we get to that, a few cautions.

After posting that list, I posted put spread trades on three banks from the list. On Friday, we took advantage of the rally in regional banks to place additional bets against them

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