NPR, Alfred P. Sloan & the Corporate Roots of American Fascism
NPR, National Public Radio, boasts daily thatitreceives funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation- no excuses offered. Back in the day,Sloan, chairman of General Motors, was known far andwide as a homegrown fascist, a supporter of theNational Socialist Party to such an extent that hecovertly but actively collaborated in themilitarization of Germany and supported Hitler's war.Trotting out the name A.P. Sloan, as NPR does, withouta peep of repudiation from listeners, is only possibleif the public is criminally complacent and has no clueas to who is steering the ship.
- Alex Constantine---http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/53/sloan.htmlSloan - 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 AmericanLiberty League.
Son of a coffee and tea importer, Alfred Sloan, becameAmericas first great corporate celebrity. Hisgreatest contributions to his class included thedestruction of mass transit, the crushing of labourstrikes at du Pont's General Motors (GM), armingHitler before and during WWII and promoting PresidentWilsons slogan that Whats good for General Motorsis good for the U.S. (Thats GM president CharlesWilson, 1941-1953).
Armed with an MIT electrical engineering degree in1895, Sloan was a machine shop president in 1899. Hiscompany merged with two others to form GM in 1918.Sloan was vice-president and then president (1923) andGMs chairman (1937-1956). Under Sloans leadership,GM systematically bought up and destroyed Americashighly-efficient electric train, streetcar and traminfrastructure, and literally burnt the vehicles.Knowing the public preferred streetcars overfume-belching buses, GM bought up Americas largestbus operator (Omnibus) and largest bus manufacturer(Yellow Coach). Manhattan was their symbolic startingpoint. GM acquired controlling interest in its railsystem and then dismantled it (1926-1936). Busservices were decreased and mass PR campaigns werelaunched selling the notion that what people reallywanted was cars. Thus, Sloan motorized America forGM.
Sloan unceasingly propagated the myth thatcorporations are central to public happiness andprosperity. This helped cover up the fact thatcorporations will quickly sacrifice public interest intheir selfish drive towards greater profits. DavidFarber, author of Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and theTriumph of General Motors (2002) said:
"Theres a lot I dont like about Mr. Sloan. Hissteady opposition to making safer automobiles, hisdismissal of workers rights, his inability to seeAdolf Hitler as evil and dangerous..., and his generaldisregard for social justice and the common good makehim a not very lovable figure. Those failings areusually not weaknesses in a corporate manager, even asthey make Sloan less than a model of good citizenship.But good citizenship has little to do with maximizingcorporate profits. Which makes it pretty obvious to methat putting corporate leaders in charge of our publicgood is ill-advised."
Farber also notes that GM destroyed Sloans files toprotect itself from lawsuits regarding antitrustissues, the neglect of automobile safety and itsinvestments 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 in104 countries and sales of $125 billion a year, GMsrevenues are the equivalent of the worlds 6th largestcountry.
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An interview with David Farber, author of Sloan Rules:Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors,2002.http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/238040in.html
Source: Press for Conversion! magazine, Issue # 53,"Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism,"March 2004. Published by the Coalition to Oppose theArms Trade.
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