The White House Coup of 1933

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Collett
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Smedly Butler
In reply to boggis the cat, Jan 30, 2013

boggis the cat wrote:

Collett wrote:

Here is an excerpt from the BBC radio broadcast. "The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.
Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy." Here is a Wiki link
as well.

I found it interesting, and thought some of you might as well. See any parallels?

Well, none of those plotting treason were hanged -- or even spoken to harshly. One law for the common people, another for the rich -- and the super-rich don't seem particularly troubled by law (or morality, often).

Indeed.

The General that the plotters called on to do this -- Smedly Butler -- wrote a book about his career. His conclusion was that the military (he was a Marine Corps General) was "hired muscle" for the corporations.

Smedly Butler comes across as a hero to me. Apparently, he was very well regarded in the military before he became a wistle blower.

Hard to argue with that, given the behaviour of the USA from the late 19th through early 20th century.

Agreed.

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