NSC-68: Birth of the Military Industrial Complex

National Security Council Paper NSC-68 (entitled “United States Objectives and Programs for National Security” and frequently referred to as NSC-68) was a Top-Secret report completed by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense and presented to President Truman on April 7, 1950. The memorandum, declassified until 1975, is among the most influential documents composed …

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Woodrow Wilson Teaches Democracy to Latin America

Woodrow Wilson is often portrayed as the model statesman, uniting countries in pleas for peace. After all, he created the League of Nations, and fought in a noble war alongside the British, French, and Russians during WW1. This is what we are led to believe in schools. He was nothing of the sort. Wilson was …

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Madison: Why the Powerful Should Obey the Law

Hi, In drafting the U.S. Constitution, Madison and the other founders confronted very much the same dilemma that the world community confronts today in dealing with American hegemony. The question, as the framers posed it, was why the powerful should have any incentive to obey the law. Madison's answer, in the Federalist Papers, was that the …

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The Atlantic Charter, Propaganda, and the True Aims of the Post-War Period

The "Grand Area" was a concept created by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) and the U.S. State Department in the early 1940s. During WWII, it was assumed that the U.S. would emerge from the war as the world’s dominant power. One of the primary war aims was to organize a "Grand Area" to serve the …

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Economic Charter of the Americas: “Elimination of Excessive Economic Nationalism in All Its Forms”

In February 1945, the United States attended a hemispheric conference in Mexico to discuss the "fundamental economic aspiration of the peoples of the Americas" and "their natural right to live decently and work and exchange goods productively in peace and with security." This is known as the Economic Charter of the Americas In preparation for this …

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U.S. Supreme Court: Republicans – 18, Democrats – 8

Republicans - 18 and Democrats - 8 That's the number of Supreme Court judges appointed by each party since the end of World War 2. That's a difference of +10. If we're keeping score, the Republicans are annihilating the Democrats in the Judicial branch of our government. Have the Republicans simply been luckier? Maybe, but …

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The CFR and the “Grand Area” in American Economic Policy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is one of several policy discussion groups that have been sponsored by the members of the corporate community since the beginning of the 20th century. Along with the corporate and foundation-financed think tanks that developed soon thereafter, they are the main way in which corporate leaders attempt to reach …

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