Apr 302014
 

2. Abortive Putsch

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Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940)

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler*, wearer of two congressional medals of honor, was a colourful hard-bitten soldier who had served thirty-three years in the Marine Corps before his habit of blunt speaking involved him in an international incident that brought about his enforced retirement. In 193 1, in a public speech delivered in Philadelphia, General Butler had described Benito Mussolini as “a mad dog about to break loose in Europe.” The General had also related how II Duce while speeding in his car through an Italian town had run over a child, driven on without slowing down and told an American journalist with him at the time, “Never look backward. What is one life in the affairs of state?” When the Italian Ambassador furiously protested against Butler’s remarks, and President Hoover issued an order to the Secretary of the Navy that the General withdraw his remarks or face court-martial, Butler stubbornly refused to recant. Shortly afterwards, the Italian government, embarrassed by the mounting publicity and reluctant to have more of the facts aired, requested the case be dropped. The court-martial proceedings against General Butler were discontinued, and the General was retired from active service. (* Author of On War, 1933)

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Apr 292014
 

DANGEROUS AMERICANS

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German American Bund October 1938 march on 86th Street in New York City.

There are also American citizens, many of them in high places, who, unwittingly in most cases, are aiding these [Axis] agents.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 29, 1940.

In the United States we have many of our compatriots and even more friends among the citizens of the United States who are favourably disposed toward us. Many of the latter hold important positions in political and economic life.

From a speech delivered in Berlin in 1940 by Reichsminister R. Walter Darre.

I. Secret Offensive

The Axis war against America did not begin on December 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The momentous events of that morning climaxed a secret war that the German, Japanese and Italian General Staffs had been waging against the United States for almost a decade. The major battles of this undeclared war were fought on American soil.

During the 1930s a huge fifth column apparatus of Axis-inspired organizations, pro-Nazi propaganda centres, military-espionage and racist terrorist cells, ramified through every phase of American life. When Hitler’s mechanized legions swept into Poland on September I, 1939, and launched the Second World War, there were already more than 700 fascist organizations operating in the United States.

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Apr 282014
 

 5. Boring From Within

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Father Charles Edward Coughlin (October 25, 1891 – October 27, 1979)

Notwithstanding the virtual impunity with which Ford continued to violate the Wagner Labor Act, a serious challenge had arisen to the auto magnate’s despotic rule over the workers in his factories. The challenge came from the United Automobile Workers Union.

Following the victorious sit-down strikes of 1937, the UAW had grown with phenomenal rapidity. As some 400,000 auto workers poured into its ranks within a matter of months, the UAW became the third largest union in the CIO.

Aware of the wage increases and improved working conditions won in auto plants organized by the UAW, Ford workers began growing increasingly restive . . .

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Apr 112014
 

BusquetsCoverNewAtado y bien atado por Juan Busquets (con la Asociación de Presos Políticos del Franquismo en Francia). Edición Kindle en Español, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  —  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.86 ; USA : $3.00 ; Germany : €2.26 ; France :  €2.26 ; Spain:  €2.26 ; Italy:  €2.26 ; Japan: ¥ 310 ; India: R180 : Canada: CDN$ 3.29 ; Brazil: R$6.71 ; Mexico: $39.01 ; Australia: $3.23

Juan Busquets, former guerrilla and author of Twenty Years in Franco’s Jails. An Anarchist in Franco’s Prisons, explains how Franco’s victims, especially the maquis, have been deliberately written out of history by Spain’s post-Francoist governments. His starting point is that the current monarchy is a continuation of Franco regime and that little has changed in the last 40 years in which Franco’s victims have been consistently sidelined and discriminated against by the stewards of the current Borbón monarchy: Suarez, Calvo Sotelo, Felipe Gonzalez, Aznar, Zapatero, Rajoy, and Montilla. The book tells of the author’s struggle to reclaim the memory of the anti-Francoist maquis, and his analysis of the post-Franco years of the dictator’s annointed successor, Juan Carlos Borbón y Borbón, the head of state charged with fulfilling Franco’s legacy for Spain, one that remains virtually intact — as the title indicates – ‘tightly tied and well trussed up’ (Atado y bien atado). Busquets (with additional texts from the ‘Association of Political Prisoners of Franco in France’ — APPFF), gives voice to the memories of another Spain: libertarian, republican, federal, secular, and confederal, and pays tribute to the thousands of imprisoned, exiled and murdered anti-Francoists who were silenced, ignored or demonised as bandits and terrorists. S.C.

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Mar 272014
 

 3. “Bennett’s Pets”

aa_news_1930s-Henry_Ford's_Man_BennettAmong the feverishly active workers at the River Rouge Plant, there were always a number of conspicuously idle men. Muscular hulking fellows, with broken noses, cauliflower ears and scarred faces, they sauntered up and down the busy assembly lines, stood beside the doorways to the various shops, and hovered near the gates leading into the plant. They were members of the Service Department’s strong-arm unit. Ford workers called them “Bennett’s pets.”

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Mar 042014
 

StammheimcoverTHE STAMMHEIM DEATHS, ‘Suicide Most Foul. CPAR 4 (Kindle edition). First published by ChristieBooks in 2014 —  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  — £1.23/€1.49/$2.00  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR!

UK : £1.23 ; USA : $2.00 ; Germany : €1.49 ; France :  €1.49 ; Spain:  €1.49 ; Italy:  €1.49 ; Japan: ¥ 204 ; India: R124 : Canada: CDN$ 2.21 ; Brazil: R$4.69 ; Mexico: $26.50 ; Australia: $2.24

Jan-CarlRaspeRadio broadcasts on the morning of October 18, 1977 were full of news about the reported suicide of Jan Carl Raspe, Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader, and of the attempted suicide of Irmgard Möller. The evening’s television news brought more of the same. “Three suicides — a signal for new terror?”1 reported the front page of Die Welt, one of the largest daily newspapers in Germany; “Hostages free — Suicides in Stammheim”2 read the headlines in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; “Three Baader-Meinhof prisoners commit suicide”3 appeared sprawled across the front page of the Westfälische Rundschau; and the version in the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung was “Suicide: Baader, Raspe, Ensslin.”4

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Feb 282014
 
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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)
Ford has directly created and distributed more wealth than any other man since the beginning of time. None of his wealth and consequent employment was at the expense of any one or anything.
From “Way to Wealth, an article by Samuel Crowther published in the Saturday Evening Post on May 17, 1930.
 
Maybe we were endowed by our creator
With certain inalienable rights including
The right to assemble in peace and petition . . ..
Maybe God Almighty wrote it out
We could shoot off our mouths where we pleased  
   and with what and no Thank-yous
But try it at River Rouge with the Ford militia.
Try it if Mister Ford’s opinions are otherwise.
Try it and see where you land with your back broken . . .
            From Land of the Free, by Archibald MacLeish

 

1. Man and Myth

“We’ll never recognize the United Automobile Workers or any other union,” declared Henry Ford after all other leading auto manufacturers had signed contracts with the UAW. “Labor unions are the worst thing that ever struck the earth.”

No other American industrialist had waged so ruthlessly effective a fight as Henry Ford against trade unions; and the passage of the Wagner Labor Act had by no means diminished his determination to see that his employees remained unorganized. Ford had long regarded himself as above the laws of the land.

In the three and a half decades that had elapsed since Ford first experimented in an empty stable in Detroit with a strange looking contraption resembling a large perambulator with a motor in the back, the once obscure mechanic had become one of the richest and most powerful men in the world.

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Feb 082014
 
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Walter C. Teagle (left), president of Standard Oil and chairman of the Industrial Relations Committee of the Special Conference Committee. On the right is Roger D. Lapham, President of the American Hawaiian Steamship Company.

Chapter IX 6  The General Staff

Once each year during the turbulent New Deal era, a small group of immensely powerful American millionaires gathered with great secrecy in Room 3115 at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The group called itself the “Special Conference Committee.”

The cryptic inscription on the door of Room 31 15 at 30 Rockefeller Plaza— ‘Edward S. Cowdrick, Consultant in Industrial Relations”— offered no clue to the business that the Special Conference Committee conducted at this office. The Committee was not listed in the telephone directory; its name appeared on no letterheads; and all Committee minutes, records and communications were marked Strictly Confidential,

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Feb 072014
 
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South Chicago, May 30 1937

Chapter IX 5  “Lest We Forget”

The date was May 30, 1937, Memorial Day, the national holiday in honor of American soldiers fallen in battle. The place was a large open field adjoining the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.

By mid-afternoon, almost a thousand men, women and children had gathered at one end of the field. They were striking Republic Steel workers and their families, workers from other industries, friends and sympathizers. They had come to parade past the Republic Steel factory as a demonstration to protest the company’s anti-labor policies.

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Feb 062014
 
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July 5, 1934, San Francisco: during the longshoremen and seamen’s strike of 1934 two strikers were shot dead outside a strike kitchen by policemen, an action that triggered the historic (and ‘successful’) San Francisco General Strike which ended on July 19, 1934.

Chapter IX 4  Techniques of Terror

In later years, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, with its 6,000,000 members, was to be almost universally recognized as a vital and integral part of American society. But in the mid-thirties, those labouring men and women who set out to build the CIO were often treated as common criminals, were widely branded as “Communist conspirators” and traitors to their country, repeatedly jailed, driven from town after town, and blacklisted in every major industry.

During 1935-1937, more than 47,000 workers were arrested while participating in trade union struggles in America . . .

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