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But seriously, for decades many mainstream readers dimissed Butler's book as crank literature.  They knew that only in dystopian fiction (It Can't Happen Here) do conspiracies of corporate Mafiosi plot a takeover of the Federal government, much less succeed.  The most useful belief system that power-seeking conspirators can instil in the public is that conspiracies are nonsense and never really happen :-)

The funny part about that is that Smedley Butler testified before Congress about the Coup plot. So it's all on the record.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 at 05:39:36 AM EST
Well, if I read correctly, the congressional material was pretty heavily suppressed and only partially published.  Even J. Spivak, who had access to the uncensored records, didn't do a very good job at getting the word out in a believable form due to his predispositions.

I hadn't heard this story before, or maybe I've just forgotten if it were glossed over during US history courses.  Anyway, I'm not too surprised - just annoyed.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 at 12:11:19 PM EST
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