In 2021, I did a posting about Smedley Butler and the great Wall St banker’s plot to overthrow the US government. [stderr]
Imagine my surprise when I learned that the bankers’ plot wasn’t the only one. I was listening around podcast land and something recommended Rachel Maddow’s Ultra series and I thought to give it a listen. There was mention of some historical characters I’d already heard of, like father Coughlin, so I thought it’d give some interesting context.
Instead, it’s a tale of fascists working within US congress to try to promote hitlerian anti-semitism and overthrow the government. It’s about how the government tried to clear out the conspirators in a massive sedition case, which it lost for reasons that might seem familiar today. It’s even got characters that map fairly closely to some of today’s actors – almost as though Hollywood show-runners decided to reboot the same old story for a newer audience.
Rachel Maddow’s delivery is a bit heavy on the “shock and awe” aspect, trying to make us more excited about the events. The events are pretty exciting and they do sound eerily familiar – I kept thinking about Mark Twain’s “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes” quip and wondering about what he’d have to say regarding Trump’s ongoing attempt at a coup d’etat. Maddow makes it sound as though it was a near-run thing, but doesn’t even mention the bankers’ plot. It made me realize what a pit of snakes Washington has always been. And, once again, I was shocked by the fascists’ pointless hatred of jews – it seems to be their go-to strategy, “… and then we’ll
steal kill all the underpants jews!”
Here’s a link to the show: [ultra] It’s quite a story and it does seem to have been deliberately buried, by some cat kicking kitty litter over it in the litterbox of history.