US Corporations & Fascism: a history lesson

Rightwingers love to obsess about McCarthy era communist hysteria and witch-hunts, but most Americans seem oblivious of the history of fascist ties in America. I think the reason for this is that these fascist ties were with many corporations and many wealthy families that are still around today. Those who control the media tend to not like focusing too much public scrutiny upon their own dark histories, but since so much time has passed information has slowly trickled out about that shameful era.

The most interesting of these fascist connections involve US businessmen and Nazis. Even more interesting was the failed coup planned to take out Franklin D. Roosevelt. The most well known of these people was Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of the two Bush presidents. Isn’t that intriguing? It’s particularly intriguing when you also consider the first president Bush’s career in the CIA. It’s not a surprise that George W. Bush was one of the most secretive presidents and did more than any president before to implement policies that if pushed to their furthest reach would create a fascist state.

I think that this is a very important issue considering corporations have gained even more power as the collusion with politicians has grown even more extensive and considering the military-industrial complex has grown as state secrecy has grown. Some argue that corporations have one this fight against democracy and that we now live in a corporatist state.

So, why aren’t we taught this history in our public schools? This isn’t just another conspiracy theory. This is actual history.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/document/document_20070723.shtml

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3832141.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/mar/29/humanities.highereducation

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/03/27/print/main504730.shtml

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/nov98/nazicars30.htm

http://news.cnet.com/2009-1082-269157.html

The Authoritarians and the Bush Family

In a previous post, I briefly mentioned a book I came across online: The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer.  I mean to read it when I get the chance.  It looks very interesting as it’s a psychologists take on conservative politics of recent history.  I’m feeling pretty confident that I’m going to enjoy reading it.  I think that there is many connections to be found between psychology and politics (and social behavior in general).  I’ve written about personality types before and it’s one of my favorite topics.  There is a lot of fascinating research out there.

What particular interests me about Altemeyer’s book is that it touches upon various issues that have drawn my curiosity.  I’m fascinated by the shift that has happened in US politics in the last half century with the whole Cold War issue and the rise of the Evangelical right.  This shift has been going on for a long time, but the results of it are becoming particularly apparent at the present time.

The reason I’m writing this post is actually about something else but a related something else.  I was listening to Coast to Coast AM last night (as I’m wont to do) and the show intrigued me.  It made me wonder about potential connections with Altemeyer’s research.

Bush Family Secrets

Ian Punnett welcomed award-winning investigative reporter Russ Baker, who discussed the connections between the Bush family and the intelligence community, as well as startling evidence that shed new light on the JFK assassination and Watergate. According to his research, George H.W. Bush’s affiliation with the CIA began as far back as 1953, as opposed to Bush’s “official” joining of the organization in 1976. Two elements that led him to this conclusion were that Bush was briefed on the JFK assassination by the CIA on the day after Kennedy’s murder and he also appeared to be using his oil company to set up “fronts” for the intelligence agency around the world.

However, Baker said, these CIA outlets were merely part of a larger agenda driven by wealthy elites who have designs on shaping the world to their end. Stressing that the Bush family are merely players in this group of power brokers, Baker said, “they’re not the guys running the thing. They are just operatives.” He dismissed the notion that it is an organized group, suggesting that it is more of a collection of like-minded, powerful people working together to consolidate their power. “It’s not this absolute club or anything like that,” Baker explained, “you’re talking about a mindset.” Ultimately, he expressed concern that this coterie continues to exert its power, “I think what we’re looking at is a very sensitive and fragile situation that perpetuates to this day.” 

He suggested that the Watergate scandal was one historic event that this faction, including George H.W. Bush (who was head of the RNC at the time), played a hand in orchestrating. Baker put forth the idea that Richard Nixon, previously put into power by these elites, had begun to move away from their influence. As such, the Watergate event was developed as a means to drive Nixon out of office in a “cleaner” fashion than they had eliminated JFK. According to Baker, this explains why the break-in seemed so poorly done, how the story ended up in the press, and why Nixon was so befuddled by what had happened. “It’s almost like a rolling coup d’etat,” he observed, “when you’re in these permanent bureaucracies, you don’t have a lot of use for these elected presidents. They’re an annoyance and a problem for you.”

Website(s):

  • russbaker.com
  • whowhatwhy.com
  • familyofsecrets.com
  • Book(s):

    Family of Secrets