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A Corporation Goes to War: How Texaco Supported Fascism


A Corporation Goes to War: How Texaco Supported Fascism

Adam Hochschild

“Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” The former president was ruing the way New England traders and shipowners, fearing the loss of lucrative transatlantic commerce, failed to rally to their country in the War of 1812.


Texaco was just the tip of the global fascist profiteering iceberg. Until FDR stopped him, Henry Ford furnished Hitler with vehicles to burn the fuel the Kochs provided.

In retaliation Prescott Bush (Dubya’s grandfather), Ford, and other US oligarchs who wanted the US to go fascist (allegedly to keep it from going commie) hired retired US Army General Smedley Butler to assassinate FDR. Fortunately Butler foiled the effort.


Fascism is part of the genetic material of the Fossil energy business world-wide.


After World War II, the US openly supported Franco, despite him still being a brutal dictator. There’s a great Spanish film about this “Welcome Mr. Marshall.” But it wasn’t just the oil giants, IBM helped supply the technology for the Nazis to conduct censuses of conquered countries and determine who got sent to the death camps.


Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.