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America's Fight for Universal Progress from Franklin to Kennedy with Author Anton Chaitkin

“Power is a good thing for people to have. It can be misused by ugly cliques who take over governments or who exercise some coercion on people or make people degrade themselves and help them to do that. But power in history is what we're aiming for, the power of human beings to do good.”

Anton Chaitkin

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Anton Chaitkin is a historian and author and we discuss his newest book Who We Are: America's Fight for Universal Progress, from Franklin to Kennedy: Volume I - 1750s to 1850s, which provides a new understanding of the industrial revolution and the strategic context for America’s founding.

Anton Chaitkin has been an activist since his childhood in the 1950s. In the early 1930s, his father, Jacob Chaitkin, a pro-Franklin Roosevelt lawyer, had blocked some of the Wall Street financial arrangements with Hitler, and was legal counsel for the American Jewish Congress boycott against Germany. Anton grew up committed to justice, with a strong sense of the realities of power politics.

Chaitkin has provided original historical analysis of American history, in hundreds of articles and in two books, Treason in America, from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman -- a 600-page unveiling of the Eastern Establishment as the tory-British-racist-imperialist faction -- and George Bush, the Unauthorized Biography.

About Who We Are: America's Fight for Universal Progress, from Franklin to Kennedy: Volume I - 1750s to 1850s

A half century ago, the Anglo-American Establishment reversed the policies that made America rich, powerful, and humane. They erased our former way of thinking from public memory. They took away from us our original national mission: gaining scientific control over nature to uplift mankind. They falsely inserted their own goal – power for the few over the many – into our history, so that no remedy from our real heritage seemed possible.

This explosive book by the masterful investigative historian, Anton Chaitkin, restores that stolen American legacy. The secret to modern history is that all the great breakthroughs in technology were deliberate projects for the improvement of humanity. Chaitkin takes you behind the scenes, to see the two sides struggling to control American policy: nationalist statesmen and industrial innovators, versus the British empire, Wall Street and the southern slave owners.

Book content includes:
  • Benjamin Franklin guides his friends in England who develop the steam engine, canals and steelmaking -- and discover bio-chemical laws of nature.

  • Lord Shelburne’s British Intelligence system acts to prevent other countries from acquiring the new technical powers, by fake insurrections and the “free trade” dogma.

  • Franklin and his close allies guide America’s revolt against the empire, write the Constitution, and strategize for a strong industrial nation-state.

  • Thomas Jefferson betrays his ideals, joins the enemy Shelburne apparatus, defends southern slavery and British interests, and sabotages Alexander Hamilton’s founding development program.

  • The British turn the French Revolution to anarchy and mass bloodshed -- the first documented account of that regime-change intervention.

  • America’s founding program is blocked, until a new generation of nationalist leaders fight the British again and start industrialization.

  • Acting as a team in government and the military, an idealistic core group builds U.S. canals, coal and iron industries, and railroads . They bring on modern times, and actively aid other countries’ industrial progress -- all this against the violent opposition of the Anglo-American imperial interest.

Volume 1 takes us to the Civil War. Volume 2 (planned for 2022-3) carries the story of progress, versus empire, from Abraham Lincoln to John F. Kennedy.

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