Press for Conversion #53
Publisher: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Date Written: 01/03/2004
Year Published: 2004
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX16163
Few realize that during the early 1930s, there was a homegrown fascist plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a dictatorship.
Abstract: Few realize that during the early 1930s, there was a homegrown fascist plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a dictatorship. This plan was however thwarted by Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, who was then the most popular military leader. Butler pretended to go along with the conspirators in order to learn who was behind it. He then blew the whistle by testifying to a government committee on "unamerican activities." Butler named the corporate leaders who he had discovered were planning to oust President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The committee however did not pursue the main culprits behind the fascist plot and did not include many of their names in their report. This incensed Butler who then held press conferences and went on the radio to name the top corporate leaders behind the plot. This issue contains original COAT research that examines who these American fascists were. They were associated with a powerful organization called the American Liberty League. Many of the companies that the plotters owned and contolled are now among the world's wealthiest corporations. As it turned out, they did not need to go ahead with this plot in order to regain control of the White House. By reading this issue of the magazine you will find out who the plotters were, who financed them and how they schemed to overthrow the White House and empower a fascist government in America.