Secret History (Conspiracies and Coups Galore!)

Saturday, July 31st, 2004 @ 5:23 am | Linkage

An interesting post from MeFi: The linked articles detail the secret history of an planned coup d’etat by wealthy American industrialists against President Roosevelt, in an attempt to restore the recently abandoned gold standard. The man they approached for carrying out their plans was US Marine Major General Smedley Butler, who turned them in to Congress as soon as he realized the full details of their plot.

Butler was a highly decorated, well-regarded and very outspoken man. An apparent bundle of contradictions, Butler spoke at pro-Communist gatherings, but opposed fascism long before it was trendy to do so. Butler wrote a short book in 1935 called War is a Racket, in which he argues that war is often an imperialist enterprise designed to make a few people very wealthy.

Also linked to is part of a comprehensive and frequently digressive anti-war essay called “This War is About So Much More.” The material here would seem very left-wing-conspiracy-theorish if not for the fact that the author backs up at least some of his assertions with legitimate media and news reports and declassified government documents.

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