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Who We Were: America Before the British Coup

by Anton Chaitkin
December 2012

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Who were the American people, when they believed in man’s progress?

Some older people today still remember a very different nation; they remember an optimistic, productive people.

That America responded with loyalty and excitement to the leadership of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. And the world shared their enthusiastic support for these leaders, who were benefactors of mankind.

That America was building its national power and industrial skill, to conquer poverty at home and abroad, to lift humanity’s ambition for space travel and unlimited nuclear power, and by doing so in cooperation with other nations, to prevent war.

That America was out to “change things for the better.”

This video (made November 18, 2012) features Anton Chaitkin, History Editor for Lyndon LaRouche’s Executive Intelligence Review. It presents archival evidence exploring the strategic policy of Franklin Roosevelt and its revival by John Kennedy.

Their passion for the improvement of mankind brought them and their patriotic supporters into a war to the death, against an oligarchy determined to eliminate such American purposes from the world scene.

In a brief narrative of certain Roosevelt and Kennedy initiatives, Chaitkin brings to life the mid-20th century global conflict between the American and British systems – the last period when America was guided by its Revolutionary heritage and its Constitution.

Please note: This is a research work-in-progress, not intending to present a full history of that period or of the recent decades. It should be understood in the context of the American System of Alexander Hamilton, John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln. (See, for example, Michael Kirsch’s December, 2012 pamphlet, “How Andrew Jackson Destroyed the United States,” available on

The present work aims at provoking a soul-searching among Americans and others; perhaps to evoke shame, anger, and a determination to dump the present catastrophic outlook, in favor of the previous successful point of view that was so recently abandoned.

Among the “scoops” presented:

** Roosevelt’s drive to industrialize the poor countries, in direct confrontation with the British intent to enslave them. Archival findings on the fight over Iran’s future puts the current era’s intent to destroy Iran into a startling new light.

** The grotesque evil of the British leaders, and of the disloyal Americans who backed them to sabotage the Roosevelt policy; and how the British set up the fraudulent, unnecessary east-west “Cold War.”

 ** John Kennedy’s commitment to his World War II Commander in Chief (Roosevelt) , for the end of imperialism and for an American-style global industrial progress; Kennedy’s  anti-imperial alliances in Europe, the Mideast and Africa, to reinstate Roosevelt’s objectives and to build world infrastructure.

 ** The British-sponsored “Killer Teams” that Kennedy fought against, and that eventually assassinated him.