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Memorial Day Weekend Broadcast: Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th

On Sun­day 5/26/2019 from 11 a.m. (Pacif­ic Time) until 7pm, and on Mon­day, 5/27/2019 from 10am until 7pm, KFJC-FM will fea­ture hours of pro­gram­ming doc­u­ment­ing the pro­found con­nec­tions of U.S. indus­try and finance to the fas­cist pow­ers of World War II. In the decades since the end of the Sec­ond World War, much has been writ­ten about the war and fas­cism, the dri­ving force behind the aggres­sion that pre­cip­i­tat­ed that con­flict. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, much of what has been said and writ­ten has failed to iden­ti­fy and ana­lyze the caus­es, nature and method­ol­o­gy of fascism—German Nation­al Social­ism or “Nazism” in par­tic­u­lar. A deep­er, more accu­rate analy­sis was pre­sent­ed in pub­lished lit­er­a­ture, par­tic­u­lar­ly vol­umes pub­lished dur­ing, or in the imme­di­ate after­math of, the Sec­ond World War. . . . . Fas­cism (Nazism in par­tic­u­lar) was an out­growth of glob­al­iza­tion and the con­struc­tion of inter­na­tion­al monop­o­lies (car­tels). Key to under­stand­ing this phe­nom­e­non is analy­sis of the Webb-Pomerene act, leg­is­lat­ed near the end of the First World War. A loop­hole in the Anti-trust leg­is­la­tion of 1914, it effec­tive­ly legal­ized the for­ma­tion of cartels—international monopolies—for firms that were barred from domes­tic monop­o­lis­tic prac­tices. Decry­ing what they viewed as exces­sive and restric­tive “reg­u­la­tion” here in the Unit­ed States, U.S.-based transna­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions invest­ed their prof­its from the indus­tri­al boom of the 1920’s abroad, pri­mar­i­ly in Japan and Ger­many. This process might well be viewed as the real begin­ning of what is now known as “glob­al­iza­tion.” This rein­vest­ment of the prof­its of the Amer­i­can indus­tri­al boom of the 1920’s in Japan­ese and Ger­man strate­gic heavy indus­try was the cap­i­tal that drove the engines of con­quest that sub­dued both Europe and Asia dur­ing World War II. On Sun­day, we will high­light the Amer­i­can-Ger­man indus­tri­al axis and its var­i­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions. On Mon­day, we will explore the Amer­i­can-Japan­ese indus­tri­al axis.


FTR #905 Globalization, Transnational Corporations and Japanese Fascism

Over the decades, we have spo­ken at great length about the Sec­ond World War and fas­cism as out­growths of glob­al­iza­tion, a phe­nom­e­non gen­er­al­ly thought of as hav­ing begun in the post World War II peri­od. Most of the dis­cus­sion has cen­tered on the rela­tion­ships between Ger­man and Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions and oli­garchs. With both Don­ald Trump and Bernie Sanders tar­get­ing trade agree­ments and glob­al­iza­tion in their cam­paign rhetoric, we review the car­tel rela­tion­ships between the Japan­ese Zaibat­su (fam­i­ly trusts) and their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts. As well, we note the cen­tral role of Emper­or Hiro­hi­to in the wag­ing of Japan’s war of aggres­sion and the post-war his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism that has eclipsed his activ­i­ties. After dis­cussing the re-invest­ment of the prof­its from the Amer­i­can indus­tri­al boom of the 1920’s in Ger­many and Japan, we ana­lyze the delib­er­ate frus­tra­tion of the attempt­ed polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic reform of Japan. Intent on con­tin­u­ing the pro­found cor­po­rate rela­tion­ships that had boost­ed Japan into its posi­tion as a dom­i­nant indus­tri­al pow­er, Wall Street inter­ests and allied polit­i­cal, nation­al secu­ri­ty and media elites sub­vert­ed the attempts at reform­ing Japan­ese finance, indus­try and pol­i­tics. A major part of the effort involved white­wash­ing Emper­or Hiro­hi­to’s cen­tral role in wag­ing World War II in the Pacif­ic and prof­it­ing from Japan­ese mil­i­tary con­quests. Pro­gram high­lights include: the sus­pi­cious deaths of Japan­ese offi­cers and mem­bers of the Impe­r­i­al fam­i­ly who were forth­com­ing about the truth con­cern­ing Emper­or Hiro­hi­to; the appar­ent mur­der of State Depart­ment offi­cer George Atch­e­son, who attempt­ed to blow the whis­tle con­cern­ing the sub­ver­sion of the reform of Japan; the role of Gen­er­al William Drap­er in frus­trat­ing the reform of Japan and review of his career as an invest­ment banker with Dil­lon, Read & Co.; the deci­sive role of the MacArthur group with­in the mil­i­tary in the frus­tra­tion of Japan­ese reform and the re-insti­tu­tion of the fas­cists, mil­i­tarists and zaibat­su in post­war Japan.


FTR #844 Interview (#7) with Peter Levenda about “The Hitler Legacy”

Peter Lev­en­da’s “The Hitler Lega­cy” is, in Mr. Emory’s opin­ion, one of the most impor­tant polit­i­cal books ever writ­ten. This sev­enth inter­view with Peter about the book sets forth the pow­er­ful Nazi pres­ence in Indone­sia pri­or to, dur­ing, and after World War II. In addi­tion to the sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence of the Dutch Nazi par­ty in Indone­sia, the NSDAP also had a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in this for­mer colony of the Nether­lands. The most pop­u­lous Mus­lim coun­try in the world, Indone­sia was seen as the key ele­ment in an Islamist bul­wark against Com­mu­nist Chi­na. This strat­a­gem was envi­sioned by Charles Willough­by, Gen­er­al Dou­glas MacArthur’s intel­li­gence chief and a doc­tri­naire fas­cist. Although sup­port­ive of Axis con­quest of the Nether­lands and Indone­sia, which he saw as free­ing the arch­i­pel­ago from colo­nial dom­i­na­tion, Sukarno espoused a “Third Way” at the con­fer­ence of Non-Aligned nations in Ban­dung in 1955. This led the US to see him as a Com­mu­nist and begin attempts to depose him. In order to pro­vide financ­ing for Indone­sia and oth­er Third World coun­tries, Sukarno appears to have turned to Hjal­mar Schacht, Hitler’s finance min­is­ter, who uti­lized Nazi gold ship­ments to Asia to “prime the eco­nom­ic pump” for this abortive project.


Dark Cloud on the Rising Sun

In his sec­ond stint as Prime Min­is­ter of Japan, Shin­zo Abe is reboot­ing the right-wing polit­i­cal agen­da he pur­sued dur­ing his first term in the last decade. The grand­son of promi­nent Japan­ese war crim­i­nal Nobo­suke Kishi, Abe is imple­ment­ing revi­sion­ist pol­i­tics designed to obfus­cate Japan’s actions dur­ing World War II, includ­ing edit­ing text­books to change writ­ten his­to­ry of the war, imple­ment­ing a new secre­cy law, bring the respect­ed NHK tele­vi­sion net­work under gov­ern­ment con­trol and negat­ing accounts of Japan­ese war crimes.


Nazi Ghosts of the OUN/B Haunt Soccer in the Ukraine

Ukraine mov­ing to com­mem­o­rate WWII mas­sacres of Pol­ish civil­ians by Ukrain­ian fas­cists from OUN/B. Poland is protest­ing this his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism. OUN/B head Stepa­han Ban­dera and Roman Stukhevych (who lead the exter­mi­na­tion of the Lvov Ghet­to dur­ing World War II) were named heroes of Ukraine..


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.


Repost: FTR #602 The Plot to Seize the White House — Interview with Jules Archer

Lib­er­ty League, indus­tri­al­ists, financiers orches­trat­ed the 1934 coup plot; Gen­er­al Smed­ley But­ler betrayed the plot; media sup­pressed accu­rate reportage.


FTR #602 The Plot to Seize the White House: Interview with Jules Archer

Lib­er­ty League, indus­tri­al­ists, financiers orches­trat­ed the 1934 coup plot; Gen­er­al Smed­ley But­ler betrayed the plot; media sup­pressed accu­rate reportage.


FTR #600 The Axis Revisited: Changing the Past and Controlling the Present

Record­ed June 10, 2007 REALAUDIO MP3: Side 1 | Side 2 Intro­duc­tion: Ana­lyz­ing the ongo­ing influ­ence of fas­cism in Germany’s Axis part­ners (Japan and Italy), the pro­gram illus­trates that, as nov­el­ist William Faulkn­er said: “The past is nev­er dead and buried. It isn’t even past.” Begin­ning with the acquit­tal of the accused mur­der­ers of for­mer […]


FTR #556 Update on 9/11 and Related Matters

The Al-Taqwa milieu revealed by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids links to 9/11, the GOP and Bush admin­is­tra­tion, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and the Under­ground Reich. Neworks linked to the JFK assas­si­na­tion are explored.