You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

"The Business Plot". It makes me nervous that I never heard of this: [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 08:05 AM
Original message
"The Business Plot". It makes me nervous that I never heard of this:
Advertisements [?]
Edited on Sat Sep-03-11 08:09 AM by Smarmie Doofus

>>The Business Plot (also the Plot Against FDR and the White House Putsch) was an alleged political conspiracy in 1933. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup dtat to overthrow United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler as leader of that organization. In 1934 Butler testified to the McCormackDickstein Congressional committee on these claims.<1> In the opinion of the committee, these allegations were credible.<2> No one was prosecuted.

While historians have questioned whether or not a coup was actually close to execution, most agree that some sort of "wild scheme" was contemplated and discussed.<3><4><2><5><6> Contemporaneous media dismissed the plot, with a New York Times editorial characterizing it as a "gigantic hoax".<7> When the committee's final report was released, the Times said the committee "purported to report that a two-month investigation had convinced it that General Butler's story of a fascist march on Washington was alarmingly true" and "It also alleged that definite proof had been found that the much publicized Fascist march on Washington, which was to have been led by Major. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, retired, according to testimony at a hearing, was actually contemplated".<8>>>>>

Embarassed also. ( I'm a History guy... or thought I was... and am supposed to know this stuff. ) But mostly nervous.

I was watching a youtube video of a Gore Vidal interview from circa 2000 in which he casually dropped the name "Smedley Butler".

One thing led to another and.....I'm significantly less ignorant today.

I thought McCormack was just that *really* old guy that was Speaker of the House during Kennedy-Johnson.

Sheeeezzz. So what else have I been kept in the dark about? That's the source of my nervousness.

Go easy, now. My bp meds are low.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC