Coups then and now

History – the 1933 coup attempt.


Just because I was curious I did a web search for opinions and details with the search phrase:  coup d’etat in America. I knew that FDR dealt with an attempted coup in 1933 and that most of the central players were very wealthy corporate titans. This gang of rich men didn’t want to soil their hands so they tried to recruit General Smedley Butler. General Butler was an honorable man and he reported the illegal plot of the corporate gang. Wall Street represented by Robert Clark – One of Wall Street’s richest bankers and stockbrokers. Industry Titan Grayson Murphy (Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel and banks), Al Smith (politican), William Doyle (Former state commander of American Legion). John J. Raskob (Du Pont).

The plot was exposed and the rich as usual got away with their crimes.

“And what type of government would replace Roosevelt’s New Deal?  MacGuire was perfectly candid to Paul French, a reporter friend of General Butler’s: ‘We need a fascist government in this country… to save the nation from the communists who want to tear it down and wreck all that we have built in America.  The only men who have the patriotism to do it are the soldiers, and Smedley Butler is the ideal leader.  He could organize a million men overnight.



This gang of men wanted a Hitler style government and all of the plotters admired Hitler and were his fans.

The plotters were never called to testify in front of the Congressional Committee and the records were closed until they are uncovered in 1967 which is how we know the names of the criminals.

The problem with the words coup or coup d’etat is that there is so much clutter and misuse of the words that the they are almost meaningless. Almost. However if the search words: “Corporate coup” or Corporate coup d’etat”, are used then the discussion is much more serious and technical. The almost coup of 1933 was a potential corporate coup d’etat which would have been aided by the US military.

There are two main references to “corporate coup d’etat” one from the UK and the second from a US journalist Chris Hedges:

Corporations constitute the most powerful force in society. Their influence has seeped into our classrooms, our newsrooms, our entertainment systems, our consciousness and crucially into our politics. Big money buys access to lawmakers. For sheer arrogance perhaps Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment giant, takes the cake. Its CEO Lloyd Blankfein, blithely advises citizens they will have to “lower” their “expectations” when it comes to Social Security which he calls an “entitlement.” Goldman Sachs, made $5.6 billion in profits last year yet it secured tax breaks for its fancy new HQs in New York as well as tax-free bonuses for its top executives. Corporations reign supreme while most people are simply caught in the rain and are getting soaked. Because of the fiscal cliff deal the average worker this year will take home about a thousand dollars less.

 Stealth Coup d’etat is another way of describing the slow oozing coup that seems to be happening. This time the military seems to be fully on board. Who or What controls all communication has the ability to blackmail anyone. NSA with military directors, working in league with and for corporations will insure that this time the corporate titans get to write the rules. (Sort of like having secret courts writing secret laws). Any journalist who grows “some ovaries” can be silenced — thanks to the hard work of the former Constitutional Lecturer. This time the corporate Titans are making sure that they have their man in the white house.

The Stealth Coup d’etat discussed at the above link connects Obama via his corporate sponsors what is happening now. TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is similar to NAFTA — but far worse. The TPP apparently will have the status of a treaty — which will give International Corporations massive power.

Think of the TPP as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny. Indeed, only two of the twenty-six chapters of this corporate Trojan horse cover traditional trade matters. The rest embody the most florid dreams of the 1 percent—grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation. They include new investor safeguards to ease job offshoring and assert control over natural resources, and severely limit the regulation of financial services, land use, food safety, natural resources, energy, tobacco, healthcare and more.

Paul Craig Roberts comes right out and calls what is happening in the US a coup d’etat. And he isn’t even writing about the effects of TPP.

The basis of the regime in Washington is nothing but usurped power. The Obama Regime, like the Bush/Cheney Regime, has no legitimacy. Americans are oppressed by an illegitimate goverment ruling, not by law and the Constitution, but by lies and naked force. Those in government see the US Constitution as a “chain that binds our hands.”


The Officers who ran the Iraq/Afghanistan wars learned about neutralizing opposition in a country where everyone is considered a suspect. The fact that General Petaeus will be teaching a class with two units on dealing with insurgency in America — the pesky folks are are worried about what Fracking will do to their drinking water — poisons injected into the ground just happened to find their way into the well water. We non military civilians are all suspects — according to the Militarized local police forces.

Retired General Petraeus Teaches Frackers Counterinsurgency, Psychological Warfare

Petraeus has also taught the shale gas industry some important things, as well.

Namely, Petraeus was one of the co-authors of the “Counterinsurgency (COIN) Field Manual” that Anadarko Petroleum PR hand Matt Carmichael said he has employees read at the “Media & Stakeholder Relations: Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative 2011” conference in Houston, TX in 2011.

“Download the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual because we are dealing with an insurgency,” said Carmichael at the conference. “There’s a lot of good lessons in there, and coming from a military background, I found the insight in that extremely remarkable.”

One of the key COIN tactics covered in the Field Manual is psychological operations (PSYOPs), also discussed at the Houston conference by Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella.

“We have several former PSYOPs folks that work for us at Range because they’re very comfortable in dealing with localized issues and local governments,” Pitzarella said to the audience in Houston.

“Really all they do is spend most of their time helping folks develop local ordinances and things like that. But very much having that understanding of PSYOPs in the Army and in the Middle East has applied very helpfully here for us in Pennsylvania.”

As Hastings covered in another Rolling Stone investigation, the U.S. military employed PSYOPs tactics on members of Congress. That’s illegal within U.S. borders under theSmith-Mundt Act of 1948, though it seems rather unlikely the co-author of the COIN Manual – “King David” himself – will cover these details in his course.’

Which brings us to the present

This time around we don’t have a General Butler to end the coup.

Back in 1934 the people didn’t want to hear about truth and so the coup attempt was covered up and forgotten. So many of the “important people liked Hitler. Back in that time there was a tremendous prejudice against the Jews even in the US. So Hitler chose his “others” brilliantly. To pull the German people into the game they needed others to hate — to look down on.

Today few people want to hear about the oozing coup or the fact that Americans are being conditioned to hate all Muslims. Frankly I must admit as a feminist there is a whole lot I do not like about the Islamic religion and then I remember that the American Taliban is just as evil as the extremists of the Islamic male religion and the fundamentalist Jews — all three religions have at their core a deep hatred of women. A few Individuals within each of these patriarchal religions give their religions a very bad name.

It is easy to make mobs act like unthinking followers who are willing to disregard the principles the founding fathers wrote down in the US Constitution. Coups are really easy — once all the elements are in place — Placid, submissive fearful masses, Propaganda, Military Control of all Communication, Journalists muzzled, Politicians willing to write any law to make the job of the Corporations and the military easier.

The one major drawback to a successful coup might be money. With the ever dwindling in numbers of the middle class who are funding all the data collection and war toys of the military plus the corporate well fare (like the massive Wall Street bonuses paid for by our tax dollars. The middle class money engine is going to be no more. The Insurance Industry has figured out how to squeeze even more from the middle class to pay for Obama care — more and more corporations are backing out of any funding of their workers health care insurance. The future isn’t looks very bright. With no provision for health care cost controls most people will have insurance that is too expensive to use. Then there is the Shock Doctrine theory — dump everything into the mix — Wall Street ripping off tax payers, college student loan debts, Cut or reduce pensions and Social security, make Medicare basically void by reducing reimbursement, have the banks do some more fraudulent foreclosures, and the list can go on. Anyone who protest is treated like an “insurgent”.

Somehow my Sociology class called “mass Sociology” seems very relevant. In this class we studied the mechanism of how individual humans turn into mobs. What is the end game of the organizers of the first 21st century American coup? Will there be a breaking point — or will everyone just become submissives happy to listen to the droning of the Propaganda media?

The tools are in place to pacify the masses and those who do not submit can be disappeared (as Paul Craig Roberts reminds us). This has happened elsewhere and the USG has lots of “rendition” practice — I don’t even want to follow this “what could happen” thought . I’ve read too many science fiction novels to know how this could end. Frank Herbert’s Dune series — where the machines (computers, robots, thinking machines) take over.

In Germany, people voted Hitler into office and became a mob (not all — there were resisters like Yellow Rose). Now I understand the Germans could be turned and manipulated so completely. It is so easy to hate — America has a long history of hating others — Native American are a good example of how to hate the “otherness” of fellow human beings.

Many of us can feel that something is wrong — that we are being manipulated. The moment I started feeling like I was back on a military base where all the rules are changed — I started really paying attention to the background noises. Something is happening, something big and the Propaganda is trying to divert our attention. The first thing I did was to shut off the corporate media and to read all my news — study the words, reread and research anything that seemed not quite right.

Could TPP be the center piece the goal of this coup? Blackmail enough Senators with information gained through NSA spying and TPP could easily pass. This is one of the secrets that Obama is trying to keep — very little about TPP has leaked out and the little that has makes NAFTA look tame.


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