The Corporate Roots of American Fascism


Richard Moore

Friends - check this one out. In some sense an ultimate conspiracy theory, 
forcing us to reinterpret the meaning of World War II. And it's all provable 
fact. Is that a red pill or what? Perhaps we'll talk next about the JFK 
assassination... that was a direct follow-on from what is reported below.


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"Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism" April 2004, Press for
Conversion! (Issue #53). Published by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms
Trade (COAT) This 54-page magazine is available for $5. (See details

In the early 1930s, some of America's wealthiest industrialists and
bankers plotted to overthrow the government of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt (FDR) and replace it with a fascist dictatorship. Thanks to
one of the greatest whistleblowers of all time, we know the names of the
prominent Wall Street financiers and politicians (both Democrat and
Republican) who organized and backed this plot. The whistleblower who
exposed the fascist plot was a U.S. military hero named Major- General
Smedley Darlington Butler. For 33 years, Butler -- a two-time recipient
of the prestigious U.S. Medal of Honor -- had fought with the Marines.
He helped invade numerous countries, subdued native revolts, oversaw
fraudulent elections and forced regime changes on nations to bring them
in line with U.S. economic interests. (Sound familiar?)

All this, Butler later said, was done in order to protect America's
foreign investments. In 1935, describing himself as a "racketeer for
capitalism," Butler said, "I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The
best he could do was operate his racket in three city districts. We
Marines operated on three continents" (Common Sense magazine, Nov.
1935). In 1933, the year Hitler took control of Germany, some of Wall
Street's top financiers sent representatives to recruit the
recently-retired General Butler into a fascist coup d'etat to overthrow

Butler played along in order to find out who was behind the scheme and
then, in 1934, he testified under oath before the MacCormack-Dickstein
House Committee that was examining Nazi propaganda in the United States.
Butler named names and exposed the key fascist plotters. He also
identified a high- powered, business organization, the American Liberty
League, as the "super-organization" behind the plan for an American
coup. Thanks to General Butler, this Wall Street plan to subvert U.S.
democracy was thwarted. However, none of the multi-millionaire behind
the plot were ever questioned by legal authorities, let alone charged or
put on trial for treason. In fact, they continued to work behind the
scenes, through the American Liberty League, to sabotage FDR's "New
Deal" administration.

The April issue of Press for Conversion! contains a detailed account of
this fascist plot. It also highlights the Wall Street CEOs who were
behind the plan. COAT's magazine traces their corporate legacies to the
present and exposes how some of these top U.S. fascists helped finance
and equip the rise of Hitler and Mussolini before WWII. Some of these
U.S. corporations even sold military hardware and strategic materials to
the enemy during that war. Perhaps even more shocking than this history
of American complicity with European fascism is the fact that these
corporations still wield tremendous influence over U.S. politics today.
In fact, many megacorporations whose roots are firmly planted in the
fascism of the 1930s, now dominate the globalized marketplace. This
issue of Press for Conversion! outlines the corporate genealogy of the
wealthiest leaders among America's fascist elite and traces their
financial empires right up to the present day.

Other corporate fascists, like President George Walker Bush's
grandfather (Prescott Bush) and his great-grandfather (George Herbert
Walker -- after whom George W. Bush and his father G.H.W. Bush are both
named), not only financed Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s,
they also made a great fortune from the slave labour that was used in
the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz during the war. The proceeds of
the Walker-Bush family's complicity in the Holocaust were confiscated by
the U.S. government in 1942 -- under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
However, when it was later returned to them, they used to it to launch
the Bush family into political fame and the oil business. After WWII,
Walker and Bush were instrumental in laundering the Nazi loot of Fritz
Thyssen, Hitler's wealthiest industrialist backer. (Subscribe now: A
future issue of Press for Conversion! will focus entirely on this
history of the Bush family's legacy of support for fascism from the rise
of German fascism in the 1920s to the present.)

The current 54-page issue of the COAT's quarterly magazine, Press for
Conversion!, on "Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism," is
available for $5. The magazine is divided into three sections:

(1) Setting the Stage: A few articles on the historical context of
American fascism in the 1930s. (Pages 3-7)

(2) The Plot and Main Players: This section contains a narrative
description of the coup plan called "The Fascist Plot to Seize
Washington," using excerpts from John Spivak's book, A Man in His Time
(1967).  Also included in this section are numerous sidebars
highlighting the key fascists, corporations and groups mentioned by
Spivak. Sixteen of these sidebars, prepared specifically for this issue
of Press for Conversion!, were written by Richard Sanders, the
magazine's editor (Pages 8-30).

(3) Behind the Scenes: This section contains an article by Richard
Sanders, that exposes the backgrounds of 27 leading organizers and
financiers of the American Liberty League, the big-business "super-
organization" that General Butler identified as the main backers behind
the fascist coup plot. In researching these biographical sketches (and
the sidebars in section 2), more than 300 articles, books and websites
were used. (Also included are additional pages dealing with the Bush
family's connection to Nazism and a dedication to four previous
writers/activists who helped expose the fascist plot against FDR (Pages

Here is the Table of Contents (with links to a few pages):

"Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism" Press for
Conversion!        (Issue #53)       April 2004

(1) Setting the Stage:
Exposing the Legacy of American Corporatism
The "Bonus Army" and the Torching of Hooverville
Conflicting Versions of the Battle of Anacostia
General Douglas MacArthur and  President Herbert Hoover
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (First Inaugural speech)
America's Homegrown Fascism

(2) The Plot and the Main Players:
The Fascist Plot to Seize Washington

Dickstein-McCormack Cttee
Gerald MacGuire
Grayson Murphy
American Legion
Bill Doyle
Robert S. Clark
Croix de feu
Gen. Hugh S. Johnson
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Frank N. Belgrano, Jr
Hanford MacNider
New Masses
Alfred E. Smith
John J. Raskob
The du Pont Company
Irénée du Pont
The House of Morgan
Father Charles E. Coughlin
The Crusaders
General Smedley Butler

(3) Behind the Scenes:
The American Liberty League
Sewell Avery
Thomas L. Chadbourne
Dr. Samuel H. Church
William L. Clayton
Alfred W. Erickson
Albert W. Hawkes
Howard Heinz
E.F. Hutton
William S. Knudsen
Andrew W. Mellon
Nathan L. Miller
George M. Moffett
Pitcairn family
J. Howard Pew
John L. Pratt
Joseph M. Proskauer
David A. Reed
Hal Roach
Rockefeller Associates
Pauline Sabin
Jouett Shouse
Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.
William H. Stayton
James W. Wadsworth,Jr.
Ernest T. Weir
Joseph E. Widener
William Woodward, Sr .
The Bush-Dulles-Nazi Connection

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