1944: “The American fascist method is to poison channels of public information”

Source: LIFE magazine 23 Apr 1945, which glosses over how Truman had been nominated July 1944 to replace Wallace as Roosevelt’s VP.

Here’s a sage warning from the controversial U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace, as recorded by the Senate on April 17th, 1944:

Source: Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the United States Congress. (1944). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Wallace wrote this for the New York Times, which had sent him a request to “write a piece answering the following questions”:

  1. What is a Fascist?
  2. How many Fascists have we?
  3. How dangerous are they?

His definition basically is a Fascist combines of lust for money/power with an intensity “most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact”, such as when America First will “use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism”.

Many of his ideas sound relevant to today’s news, such as one about the Facebook executives falsely using privacy as a slogan just to conceal their selfish surveillance.

Years of twisting themselves into a pretzel to appease Trump only to have him throw Zuck into imaginary Gitmo…

The “New Deal” of Roosevelt was about building a democracy powerful enough to defeat a destructive value system of the Facebook-like monopolists and cartels who pumped up Fascism as a way to block competition.

It used to be that TV and radio broadcaster fear of the FCC was tied to its origin story under Roosevelt’s 1934 Communications Act. What better way to fight “America First” (the infamous Nazi military intelligence operation) than regulate against Nazism being promoted by monopolists like Hearst? It was no coincidence the General Counsel of the FCC in 1940 (Telford Taylor) later became Prosecution Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials.

Or as Wallace put it

…inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. […] It was Hitler’s claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.

The above NYT article was published by Wallace two years after his very famous May 8, 1942 presentation on how to counter Germany military intelligence influence campaigns (minute 4:04).

The common man will smoke the Hitler stooges out into the open in The United States… he will destroy their influence… [using] the four freedoms enunciated by President Roosevelt… freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of the fear from secret police… and freedom from want.

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