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FTR #883 The Times They Have A’ Changed: JFK and the Steel Crisis of 1962

On the cusp of a new year–a Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year at that–analysis of Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s han­dling of the steel cri­sis of 1962 illus­trates just how far we have descend­ed in the 50-plus years since his death. After bro­ker­ing an agree­ment between the Unit­ed Steel­work­ers union and Unit­ed States Steel aimed at hold­ing down infla­tion, Kennedy was blind­sided by Unit­ed States Steel, act­ing in con­cert with oth­er large steel­mak­ers and, behind them, the lumi­nar­ies of cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca. Where­as the union rank and file embraced a con­tract encom­pass­ing low­er wages, U.S. Steel prompt­ly announced a 3.5 per­cent price increase. Kennedy used the full force of the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment against U.S. Steel, forc­ing roll­back of the price increase. This earned Kennedy the hatred of big busi­ness. Pro­gram High­lights Include: Hen­ry Luce’s “For­tune” mag­a­zine’s pub­li­ca­tion of an edi­to­r­i­al fore­shad­ow­ing JFK’s mur­der; big busi­ness’ view of JFK as a qua­si-com­mu­nist; the vig­or­ous action tak­en by Robert Kennedy’s Depart­ment of Jus­tice against the big steel mak­ers; JFK’s pub­lic exco­ri­a­tion of the lead­ers of Big Steel as ene­mies of the peo­ple; JFK’s re-direc­tion of defense con­tracts to small­er steel firms that had not raised prices.


FTR #838 Interview (#1) with Peter Levenda about “The Hitler Legacy”

The first of sev­er­al inter­views with Peter Lev­en­da about his impor­tant new book “The Hitler Lega­cy,” this pro­gram high­lights the evo­lu­tion of ele­ments which fig­ure into the devel­op­ment of the post-war Nazi under­ground. At the end of the First World War, the Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion in Rus­sia and abortive Marx­ist upris­ings in Ger­many and else­where in Europe infused the pow­er elite in the U.S. with a para­noid ide­o­log­i­cal ter­ror of a glob­al “Jew­ish-Marx­ist” con­spir­a­cy. Com­bined with fear of Catholic and Jew­ish immi­grants and their effect on Amer­i­can soci­ety, this ide­o­log­i­cal para­noia fused with a social Dar­win­ism that found its expres­sion in eugenics–a pseu­do-intel­lec­tu­al doc­trine that sought the pro­mo­tion of “desir­able” social and eth­nic types and the sup­pres­sion and/or elim­i­na­tion of “infe­ri­or” racial types. See­ing Ger­many as the point ele­ment in the strug­gle against world Marx­ism, indi­vid­u­als and polit­i­cal par­ties sought to ally with Ger­man fas­cists to bring fas­cism to the U.S. This fas­cist Fifth Col­umn includ­ed polit­i­cal groups rang­ing from the Ku Klux Klan to the Sil­ver Shirts of William Dud­ley Pel­ley, as well as the pro­to­typ­i­cal right-wing talk show host Father Charles Cough­lin, “the Radio Priest.” Cough­lin’s efforts were sub­si­dized by Third Reich intel­li­gence. Financed by financiers and indus­tri­al­ists who sup­port­ed fas­cism, this Fifth Col­umn attempt­ed to kill and/or over­throw FDR on sev­er­al occa­sions. In the Mid­dle East, the con­cept of glob­al jihad was devel­oped by Ger­man archael­o­gist Max von Oppen­heim dur­ing the First World War. Envi­sion­ing the world’s Mus­lims as proxy war­riors against the Entente Pow­ers of Britain, France and Rus­sia, von Oppen­heim cre­at­ed the tem­plate for con­tem­po­rary Islam­ic fas­cism and jihadism. Fol­low­ing the divi­sion of the for­mer Ottoman Empire by Britain and France after World War I, the “Arab Street” began man­i­fest­ing belief in an inter­na­tion­al glob­al con­spir­a­cy involv­ing Jews and the Euro­pean colo­nial pow­ers that res­onat­ed with the Amer­i­can pow­er elite’s ido­l­og­i­cal anx­i­eties.


FTR #831 The Elderly “Wouldn’t Be Fucking Help­less if You Weren’t Send­ing them Fucking Checks to Sit on their Ass and Lay in Hos­pi­tals all Day”: The GOP’s Assault on Social Security

The title of the pro­gram is a ver­ba­tim quote from Edward Snowden–the Peach Fuzz Fascist–in 2009. The GOP-con­trolled 114th Con­gress is attempt­ing to imple­ment Snow­den’s views. In addi­tion to high­light­ing Snow­den’s ultra-reac­tionary views about abol­ish­ing Social Secu­ri­ty and restor­ing the gold stan­dard, the broad­cast sets forth the GOP’s disin­gen­u­ous state­ments about the Social Secu­ri­ty dis­abil­i­ty pro­gram, exem­pli­fied by Rand Paul’s bald-faced lies about the nature of the pro­gram. After chron­i­cling the GOP’s 80-year war on Social Secu­ri­ty, going back to the ear­ly days of Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt’s first term, the broad­cast reviews the 1934 coup attempt by pow­er­ful, fas­cist indus­tri­al and finan­cial inter­ests. Those same plot­ters sup­port­ed Mus­solin­i’s “cor­po­rate state” and Hitler’s eugen­ics pro­gram, aimed at elim­i­nat­ing “use­less bread gob­blers.” Like Snow­den, the 1934 coup plot­ters want­ed to elim­i­nate Social Secu­ri­ty and restore the gold stan­dard.


Snowden’s Ride, Part 11: The “Deep Fifth Column”–Old Leaks Shed New Light on the Present

In the past, Nazi sym­pa­thiz­er Robert McCormick of the Chica­go Tri­bune (dubbed by wags “the great­est mind of the 14th cen­tu­ry” and pic­tured at right) pub­lished plans for U.S. mobi­liza­tion for, and fight­ing in, the Sec­ond World War. He also pub­lished secret infor­ma­tion about the U.S. Navy hav­ing cracked Japan­ese mil­i­tary codes. His source for the “Rain­bow Five” leak appears to have been Albert Wede­mey­er, who stud­ied at the Ger­man mil­i­tary acad­e­my in the 1930’s and was appoint­ed by Ronald Rea­gan as a spe­cial mil­i­tary advis­er. Might this tell us some­thing about Ger­man-born Peter Thiel and his Ger­man-edu­cat­ed asso­ciate Alex Karp, CEO at Palan­tir, which appears to have devel­oped the PRISM soft­ware?


FTR #689 Interview with Sterling and Peggy Seagrave

William Faulkn­er not­ed that “the past is nev­er dead and buried. It isn’t even past.” War Gold stolen by the Japan­ese dom­i­nates the con­tem­po­rary eco­nom­ic land­scape; the engines of world polit­i­cal pow­er turn in pre­ci­sion with these hid­den engines of wealth.


The Plot to Seize the White House

by Jules Archer; Most peo­ple will be shocked to learn that in 1933 a cabal of wealthy industrialists—in league with groups like the K.K.K. and the Amer­i­can Lib­er­ty League—planned to over­throw the U.S. gov­ern­ment in a fas­cist coup.


FTR #584 Rewriting History

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 REALAUDIO Intro­duc­tion: In Mein Kampf (his auto­bi­og­ra­phy and polit­i­cal man­i­festo), Adolph Hitler spoke of the big lie: “Most peo­ple tell lit­tle lies. They would be ashamed to tell big ones. They would nev­er cred­it oth­ers with such great impu­dence as the com­plete rever­sal of facts. Even expla­na­tions would long […]


FTR #578 Darkness at Sunrise: The Interdiction and Cover-Up of Operation Savehaven

Pow­er­ful Wall Street lawyers like Allen Dulles began pur­su­ing the U.S. elite’s cor­po­rate agen­da even before the end of World War II, con­spir­ing with this coun­try’s ene­mies to estab­lish the foun­da­tion of the Under­ground Reich and the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work. In the process, they set the table for the Cold War, the McCarthy purges and the sub­ver­sion of Oper­a­tion Safe­haven.


FTR #555 Conversation with Daniel Hopsicker: My Way is the Skyway

Flesh­ing out the sto­ry of ‘Sky­way,’ one of the many cor­po­rate fronts mask­ing own­er­ship of a DC9 air­craft, dubbed “Cocaine One” by Hop­sick­er. The pro­gram spends much time ana­lyz­ing the orga­nized dis­in­for­ma­tion oper­a­tion and “psy-op” pop­u­lar­ly known as the “9/11 Truth” move­ment.


FTR #529 Nazi Roots and Fascist Flowers

Fas­cist ele­ments orig­i­nat­ing in the peri­od pri­or to, dur­ing and after the Sec­ond World War evolved and branched out dur­ing the Cold War. The fas­cism they man­i­fest­ed is blos­som­ing in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways and places.