Henry Ford. In business, engineering, and manufacturing, he’s revered like a god. Professors like to gloss over his overwhelming anti-semitism.
Ford wrote and published a wildly anti-Semitic newspaper, which were spread around the Ford Motors facilities. Those papers were republished in Germany and became incredibly popular with the Third Reich. Heinrich Himmler described Ford as "one of our most valuable, important, and witty fighters". Hitler praised Ford in Mein Kampf and referred to Ford as an “inspiration".
The admiration went both ways, because Ford was a Nazi sympathizer to the highest degree, hosting Hitler’s representatives in his home and hobnobbing with Nazi officers. On his 75th birdthday, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, the highest medal Nazi Germany could bestow on an American.
But all anyone cares about are his f-ing assembly lines which he didn’t even invent. The assembly line idea actually came from Ransom E. Olds.
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Fuck it. I'm off to the "Controversial" section
Muhammad's sincerity in claiming to be a prophet, his morality, his ownership of slaves, his treatment of enemies, his his marriages, his treatment of doctrinal matters, and his psychological state. Muhammad has been accused of sadism and mercilessnes, including the invasion of the Baru Qurazya tribe in Medina, sexual relationships with slaves, and his marraige to Aisha when she was six years old, which according to most estimates was consummated when she was nine.
To be honest, if this is Gods messenger, I would rather go to hell.
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Douglas Macarthur. Was obsessed with his legacy while being a far less capable leader than many of the other overlooked commanders in the Pacific theater. He spent thousands of lives in battles on islands that had little strategic significance, declared the battle for the Philippines over while intense fighting raged on, and was disliked by many serving under him. Go listen to/read Max Hastings' "Retribution: The Battle for Japan" for a great deep dive into the Pacific War
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My grandpa had a story about MacArthur. He didn’t like him very much.
So grandpa was stationed somewhere in the Philippines and MacArthur was scheduled to spend an extended visit at their base.
Now, MacArthur traveled everywhere with a full-size refrigerator, apparently. Have you ever tried to lift a 1940s refrigerator? They are heavy as shit.
So Grandpa’s platoon gets assigned to Fridge Duty. They haul it off the boat, and up this giant hill where MacArthur was to be staying.
No sooner do they get it up the hill than they get word that there’s a possible air raid incoming, and the general needs to be evacuated to a facility at the bottom of the hill.
And where MacArthur goes, so goes his fridge. Back down the hill they go.
But then the air raid is a false alarm, and MacArthur goes back up the hill. Back up the hill they go.
According to Grandpa this happened a good 3-4 times during this one visit. So when MacArthur made that famous speech about “I shall return” to the Philippines, Grandpa’s response was, “I sure as hell hope not!”
“I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the President…I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the laws for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.” ~ Harry Truman
Australians have a special dislike of him too.
He was extremely dismissive and critical of Australian troops combat abilities notwithstanding that for a time, we were the only army that had beaten the Japanese on land. He blamed Australian troops for his own strategic errors.