Part Three – The Coup: FDR vs Trump

My main interest in all this is to preserve our democratic institutions. I want to retain the right to vote, the right to speak freely, and the right to write. If we maintain these basic principles our democracy is safe. No dictatorship can exist with suffrage, freedom of speech and press.
                       General Smedley Butler
                        Plot To Overthrow FDR Documentary

By Heather Gray
March 6, 2017

Justice Initiative International

Before articulating the present Trump coup and what it means I think there is still more history of this that needs to be shared. This is “Part Three” of this series. The first two, that have been somewhat edited, were:

The role of corporate America in American history and conflicts is simply not something Americans are taught. A prime example of this is the function that corporate American companies played in their alliance with Hitler prior to and during WWII. I am including below 2 videos that are well worth watching to understand corporate America and bankers efforts in the coup against FDR and in supporting the Nazis. Below is also a list of the top 10 major companies and bankers that supported and gained financially from the Nazi’s.

German diplomats award Henry Ford, center, with their nation’s highest decoration for foreigners, the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, in July 1938. (AP Photo)

I think most Americans are generally of the opinion that corporate America has American interests at heart whereas, on the whole, nothing seems further from the truth. They are capitalists and their interest is in making profit ‘pure and simple’ regardless of the circumstance – it’s called “greed”.  The US corporations vis-a-vis the German scenario during WWII is a prime example of this. For example:

When American GIs invaded Europe in June 1944, they did so in jeeps, trucks and tanks manufactured by the Big Three motor companies in one of the largest crash militarization programs ever undertaken. It came as an unpleasant surprise to discover that the enemy was also driving trucks manufactured by Ford and Opel — a 100 percent GM-owned subsidiary — and flying Opel-built warplanes. (Chrysler’s role in the German rearmament effort was much less significant.)….

The relationship of Ford and GM to the Nazi regime goes back to the 1920s and 1930s, when the American car companies competed against each other for access to the lucrative German market. Hitler was an admirer of American mass production techniques and an avid reader of the antisemitic tracts penned by Henry Ford. “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” Hitler told a Detroit News reporter two years before becoming the German chancellor in 1933, explaining why he kept a life-size portrait of the American automaker next to his desk. (Washington Post – 1998)

And that, when the Americans bombed and destroyed much of the Ford and General Motors plants in Germany during the war these companies, unbelievably, demanded compensation and received it from American taxpayers, including, as mentioned in the Washington Post segment above,  $32 million for General Motors. As a result, there have been lawsuits against these companies as also noted in this 1998 Washington Post article:

Mel Weiss, an American attorney for Iwanowa, argues that American Ford received “indirect” profits from forced labor at its Cologne plant because of the overall increase in the value of German operations during the war. He notes that Ford was eager to demand compensation from the U.S. government after the war for “losses” due to bomb damage to its German plants and therefore should also be responsible for any benefits derived from forced labor.

Similar arguments apply to General Motors, which was paid $32 million by the U.S. government for damages sustained to its German plants. Washington attorney Michael Hausfeld, who is involved in the Ford lawsuit, confirms GM also is “on our list” as a possible target. (Washington Post – 1998)

Two Videos

(1) Plot To Overthrow FDR Documentary

 (2) Hitler’s American Business Partners

Top 10 American Companies that Aided the Nazis


War profiteers are such a loathsome notion. The idea that while people are struggling for causes while others use the confused nature of military logistics to make dishonest money is appalling. The thought that these companies supported the most deadly regime in the world and went on to become fixtures in our daily lives is loathsome, even well over half a century later, yet it remains a bitter reality.

1. International Business Machines (IBM)
2. General Motors
3. Ford Motor Company
4. Alcoa
5. Woolworth
6. Brown Brothers Harriman
7. Dow Chemical
8. Chase Manhattan Bank
9. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

10. Coca-Cola

HEATHER GRAY produces “Just Peace” on WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM covering local, regional, national and international news. She is also a writer, researcher and journalist. In 1985-86 she directed the nonviolent program at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. She subsequently has also been engaged in support for and helping black farmers in the Southern US hold on to their land and this has included work in cooperative economic development. She has lived in Canada, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and the United States. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and can be reached at

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