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The Business Plot Unravels
1936 on this day Socialist President-elect Alfred Emanuel Smith, Jr. confirmed
the abolition of the Office of Secretary of General Affairs.
Because in 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been reduced to a figurehead
by the so-called Business
Plotters, Wall Street elites who had
manoerved Major General Smedley D. Butler into the all powerful position of
The most decorated US marine in history, Butler had been elevated to national
political stature by his appearance alongside former Army sergeant Walter W.
Waters at the Anacostia flats (pictured) on July 17, 1932. Water's so-called
Bonus Army were the thousands of World War I veterans who had converged on
Washington, D.C. to set up tent camps, demanding immediate payment of bonuses
due them according to the Adjusted Service Certificate Law of 1924.
President Herbert Hoover ordered the marchers removed, and their camps were
destroyed by US Army cavalry troops under the command of General Douglas
But it was not just veterans that questioned whether the foundations of liberal
democracy were being shaken by the Great Depression.
The cocktail elite's opposition to the New Deal program led the White House
to leak the silent government take-over to the press. Yet the newspapers were
controlled by the elite, who down-played Roosevelt's evidence to protect the
interests of advertisers and their owners.
In the absence of New Deal Projects to employ the general population, the public
soon turned against the popular General Butler. And two years later, the
defeated Democratic candidate from the 1928 Presidential race Al Smith ran on a
Socialist ticket, promising to seize the government back for the people. Perhaps
the iconic image of the era would be Smith's grandchildren cutting the ribbon
when the world's tallest skyscraper, the Socialist State Building opened on May
Of course less than twelve months later the Building was destroyed by RAF
bombers flying from the last outpost of British power in North America, St.
Johns in Newfoundland. And as imperial British and Germans troops prepared to
invade, Socialist America would sorely miss the commanding leadership of 'the
Flying Quaker', former Secretary of General Affairs Major General Smedley D.
The idea that the Business Plot would unravel quickly was Mr Zach
Timmons with some input from Chris Oakley and Eric Oppen. We delayed the opening
of the Empire State Building by a decade to fit the new landscape. Mr Oppen
suggested the final coda and we thank him for that and his many other left-field
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