In 1933, General Smedley R. Butler blew the whistle on an attempt by American fascists to overthrow president Franklin D. Roosevelt. In this speech he detailed the following:

“I appeared before the congressional committee, the highest representation of the American people, under subpoena to tell what I knew of activities which I believed might lead to an attempt to set up a fascist dictatorship. The plan as outlined to me was to form an organization of veterans to use as a bluff or a club at least to intimidate the government and break down our democratic institutions. The upshot of the whole thing was that I was supposed to lead an organization of 500,000 men which would be able to take over the functions of government. My main interest in all this is to preserve our democratic institutions. I want to retain the right to vote, and the right to speak freely, and the right to write. If we maintain these principles, our democracy is safe. No dictatorship can exist with suffrage, freedom of speech, and press.”

Who were these fascists? And why did they want to overthrow the government? Careful research has revealed that these men were largely NORTHERN businessmen and industrialists, which is why the attempted coup d’etat was dubbed “The Business Plot.”

To understand why these men wanted a fascist takeover requires an understanding of WWI and the rise of Adolf Hitler thereafter. After the Bolshevik Revolution and the violent overthrow of Czar Nicholas II (cousin of England’s George V), wealthy all around the world began fearing communism and a possible loss of their wealth.

After WWI, Germany was forced to pay massive amounts in reparations and was ripe with economic depression. In school, we are often taught about German people spending wheelbarrows of money to buy loaves of bread–we are also told that Hitler rebuilt Germany and transformed it into super power, which is one reason that Hitler had been named TIME’s “Man of the Year” in 1938.

The truth is that Hitler did not rebuild Germany alone. Industrialists from the United States and western Europe had a huge role in helping Hitler rebuild Germany. Why? So that he could serve as a bastion against communism spreading across eastern Europe.

When we examine who these American industrialists were that supported Hitler, history shows us that they were largely NORTHERN men.

The first and most prominent example would be Henry Ford, of Detroit. Adolf Hitler admired Ford so much that he had a portrait of Ford in his office, and awarded him “The Grand Cross of the German Eagle.” Part of the reason Hitler admired Henry Ford was that Ford provided parts to build engines for German war vehicles. Finally, Ford was an avowed anti-semite and wrote a book titled “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem,” which has chapters like “Jewish Jazz Becomes Our National Music.”

The next great example would be Prescott Bush, from Connecticut. Bush was the director New York’s Union Banking Corporation, which held money for Fritz Thyssen–a Hitler financier. In 1942, his business dealings (which went on for some time) ended when his company’s assets were seized under the Trading With the Enemy Act.

Walter Teagle, of Ohio, and Standard Oil are also guilty of aiding Hitler. Teagle was the chairman of Standard Oil and had extensive sympathies and ties with the Nazis. Many reports indicate that Hitler’s airplanes needed special chemical additives that only Standard Oil contained. Imagine how most people would feel if they understood that the bombing of London was in part aided by American industrialists?

Finally, the last group of northerners that need researched in this affair would be the Harriman family. E. H. Harriman was an American railroad tycoon and robber baron. His sons formed a company called Brown Brothers Harriman (a private investment firm), which shipped loads of steel, gold, fuel and coal to Germany in the 1930s. The railways to Auschwitz were made with steel supplied by these men

The fact is that the south has always been against this type of industrial greed. And ever since the War Between the States, the south has fought gallantly to prove its patriotism. For what? Now it seems the modern war efforts of the southern and northern everymen were merely a mask by industrialists to increase their wealth.

This type of activity has been going on for a long time. Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex. Smedley Butler detailed how this war machine operates in his book War is a Racket. Other groups like the Nye Commission have shown that there are indeed a handful of industrialists that make incredible profits from war.

Anyone who doubts the seriousness of these facts needs to look no further than Mr. Kurt Julius Goldstein and Mr. Peter Gingold. These two men sued the United States and the Bush Family in 2001, claiming that both benefited from Jewish slave labor in Auschwitz during WWII. Their argument was that Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order on January 22, 1944 that called taking measures to rescue European Jews and while Americans controlled the skies by 1944, the Allies made no efforts to disrupt Auschwitz or attack its rail lines. The men held that hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved, but the business ties between major American corporations and Nazi Germany were too extensive.

The results of the trial enshroud this whole topic with a veil of secrecy. The case was thrown out by a Judge named Rosemary Collyer on the grounds that the government cannot be held liable under the principle of “state sovereignty.” What a coincidence, that a case which could show extensive ties between American industrialists and Nazi Germany, would be thrown out on such a whim in the name of state sovereignty. This goes to show that our basic understanding of the World Wars, and of jurisprudence in America today deserve to be seriously re-evaluated everywhere by logical Americans.

Watch Smedley Butler’s warning here:

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a teacher and independent historian currently residing in Eastern North Carolina. He's the author of Southern Grit: Sensing the Siege of Petersburg from Shotwell Publishing and you can find more of his work on his YouTube channel, Truth Decay.

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