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FTR #539 Beneath the Covers

Record­ed Jan­u­ary 29, 2006
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Intro­duc­tion: This pro­gram dif­fers from oth­er broad­casts in a fun­da­men­tal way. Con­sist­ing of text writ­ten by Mr. Emory about a num­ber of old anti-fas­cist books now avail­able on the Spit­fire web site, the mate­r­i­al in this pro­gram is already on the site. For the con­ve­nience of the read­er, a syn­op­tic overview of the pro­gram mate­r­i­al is pre­sent­ed here.

1. The pro­gram begins with a read­ing of the entire intro­duc­to­ry doc­u­ment [4] to the book descrip­tions. Set­ting forth the his­to­ry of the car­tel agree­ments that finan­cial­ly nour­ished the fas­cist pow­ers, as well as the method­ol­o­gy of the Fifth Col­umn move­ments that facil­i­tat­ed fas­cist con­quest and then aid­ed its post­war resus­ci­ta­tion, the intro­duc­tion pro­vides a good overview of some of the fun­da­men­tal aspects of fas­cism.

2. Not­ing a cen­tral ele­ment of the analy­sis pre­sent­ed in For The Record, the pro­gram sets forth the influ­ence of the thought of Pruss­ian mil­i­tary the­o­reti­cian Karl von Clause­witz on the strate­gic doc­trine of the Ger­man pow­er elite over the years. The text excerpt is from Germany’s Mas­ter Plan: The Sto­ry of an Indus­tri­al Offen­sive by Joseph Borkin and Charles A. Welsh [5].

3. Uti­liz­ing their Fifth Col­umn con­tacts in oth­er coun­tries, the Nazis suc­cess­ful­ly planned to go under­ground, rely­ing in con­sid­er­able mea­sure on the assis­tance of Amer­i­can and British indus­tri­al­ists and financiers who had sup­port­ed them. The text excerpt is from The Nazis Go Under­ground by Curt Reiss [6].

4. Next, the pro­gram details ele­ments of the Fifth Col­umn in the Unit­ed States, includ­ing the role of the Bush fam­i­ly. The text excerpt is from Under Cov­er by John Roy Carl­son [7].

5. Suc­cess­ful­ly real­iz­ing their post­war plans to go under­ground, the Third Reich blos­somed into the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work, called by one banker “the great­est con­cen­tra­tion of mon­ey pow­er under a sin­gle con­trol in all of world his­to­ry.” The text excerpt is from Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Man­ning [8].

6. The cul­mi­na­tion of the plan­ning of thinkers like von Clause­witz and Friedrich List and the prac­ti­cal efforts of Mar­tin Bor­mann and his SS asso­ciates, the Euro­pean Mon­e­tary Union cor­re­sponds very close­ly to the 1940 Nazi plans for Europe, as relat­ed by Dorothy Thomp­son. The text excerpt is from Ger­many Plots with the Krem­lin by T.H. Tetens [9].

7. Con­clud­ing with James Stew­art Martin’s stark warn­ing to the world writ­ten in 1950, the pro­gram con­cludes with his fore­cast of the com­ing of fas­cism to Amer­i­ca. The text excerpt is from All Hon­or­able Men [10].