NPR, National Public Radio, boasts daily that

itreceives funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

- no excuses offered. Back in the day,

Sloan, chairman of General Motors, was known far and

wide as a homegrown fascist, a supporter of the

National Socialist Party to such an extent that he

covertly but actively collaborated in the

militarization of Germany and supported Hitler's war.

Trotting out the name A.P. Sloan, as NPR does, without

a peep of repudiation from listeners, is only possible

if the public is criminally complacent and has no clue

as to who is steering the ship.

- Alex Constantine


Sloan - Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism

Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (1875-1966)

Sloan was a member, Advisory Council of the American

Liberty League.

Son of a coffee and tea importer, Alfred Sloan, became

America’s first great corporate celebrity. His

greatest contributions to his class included the

destruction of mass transit, the crushing of labour

strikes at du Pont's General Motors (GM), arming

Hitler before and during WWII and promoting President

Wilson’s slogan that “What’s good for General Motors

is good for the U.S.” (That’s GM president Charles

Wilson, 1941-1953).

Armed with an MIT electrical engineering degree in

1895, Sloan was a machine shop president in 1899. His

company merged with two others to form GM in 1918.

Sloan was vice-president and then president (1923) and

GM’s chairman (1937-1956). Under Sloan’s leadership,

GM systematically bought up and destroyed America’s

highly-efficient electric train, streetcar and tram

infrastructure, and literally burnt the vehicles.

Knowing the public preferred streetcars over

fume-belching buses, GM bought up America’s largest

bus operator (Omnibus) and largest bus manufacturer

(Yellow Coach). Manhattan was their symbolic starting

point. GM acquired controlling interest in its rail

system and then dismantled it (1926-1936). Bus

services were decreased and mass PR campaigns were

launched selling the notion that what people really

wanted was cars. Thus, Sloan “motorized” America for


Sloan unceasingly propagated the myth that

corporations are central to public happiness and

prosperity. This helped cover up the fact that

corporations will quickly sacrifice public interest in

their selfish drive towards greater profits. David

Farber, author of Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and the

Triumph of General Motors (2002) said:

"There’s a lot I don’t like about Mr. Sloan. His

steady opposition to making safer automobiles, his

dismissal of workers’ rights, his inability to see

Adolf Hitler as evil and dangerous..., and his general

disregard for social justice and the common good make

him a not very lovable figure. Those failings are

usually not weaknesses in a corporate manager, even as

they make Sloan less than a model of good citizenship.

But good citizenship has little to do with maximizing

corporate profits. Which makes it pretty obvious to me

that putting corporate leaders in charge of our public

good is ill-advised."

Farber also notes that GM destroyed Sloan’s files to

protect itself from lawsuits regarding antitrust

issues, the neglect of automobile safety and its

investments in Nazi Germany.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, established in 1934,

had assets worth over $1.3 billion in 2002.

GM is the world’s largest company. With operations in

104 countries and sales of $125 billion a year, GMs

revenues are the equivalent of the world’s 6th largest


Jill Rapaport and Scott Butek, General Motors and You:

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An interview with David Farber, author of Sloan Rules:

Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors,


Source: Press for Conversion! magazine, Issue # 53,

"Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism,"

March 2004. Published by the Coalition to Oppose the

Arms Trade.

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of Press for Conversion! on the fascist plot to

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leaders who planned and financed this failed coup.