Alex Constantine - April 27, 2006
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)
By Richard Sanders, Editor, Press for Conversion!
Sloan was a member, Advisory Council of the American
Son of a coffee and tea importer, Alfred Sloan, became
Americas 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
Wilsons slogan that Whats good for General Motors
is good for the U.S. (Thats GM president Charles
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
GMs chairman (1937-1956). Under Sloans leadership,
GM systematically bought up and destroyed Americas
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 Americas 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:
"Theres a lot I dont 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 Sloans 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 worlds largest company. With operations in
104 countries and sales of $125 billion a year, GMs
revenues are the equivalent of the worlds 6th largest
Jill Rapaport and Scott Butek, General Motors and You:
An Appreciation of James Klein and Martha Olson's
"Taken for a Ride"
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
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of Press for Conversion! on the fascist plot to
overthrow President F.D.Roosevelt and the corporate
leaders who planned and financed this failed coup.