Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis, the Deep State, and American History

Power Elite Analysis (also called Libertarian Class Analysis or Establishment Studies) is a theme I have repeatedly stressed at LRC to understand both present-day and past historical events. Knowledge is power. Empower yourself by learning about Power Elite Analysis and how it impacts specifically upon the welfare-warfare state and the parasitical elites which benefit from this leviathan within our midst.

In July of 2010, Angelo Codevilla’s magnificent manifesto, “The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It” was published initially online in The American Spectator (and later in book form). It immediately went viral on the Internet and started a widespread national conversation about America’s hubristic power elite and the arrogant way they reign over the rest of us.

When Codevilla’s article appeared, I stated that it was the most important essay I had ever read. I still believe this because it is a superb synthesis of class analysis with keen insights on contemporary power elite relationships regarding today’s rulers and the ruled.

This class division of present-day America into two factions, Court and Country, has absolutely nothing to do with any Marxian view or analysis. It is a reaffirmation of the seminal insights of Bernard Bailyn’s Pulitzer Prize winning volume, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, and Murray N. Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty.

These books demonstrate that the Founders’ world-view saw the crucial struggle of the Revolution as a battle of liberty versus power. Codevilla posits today’s battle in the same dramatic terms.

This is the central theme this article will develop below.

An understanding of power elite analysis is the “litmus test” separating real libertarians from alternative lifestyle dilettantes dabbling in free market theory. This examination of causal relationships regarding the nature and scope of political power, who has it and how it is exercised, is crucial to understanding the State as organized crime.

The similarity between this analysis and what researcher Peter Dale Scott calls “Deep Politics,” the critical examination of the sub-rosa reality behind surface events, are both attempts to unmask the true face of power, exposing the elite social, economic, and financial groups and individuals who benefit from the exercise of State coercion.

In July of 1978 I had the honor of attending the Cato Institute’s First Summer Seminar on Political Economy at Wake Forrest University. The distinguished faculty of libertarian luminaries included Murray N. RothbardLeonard P. LiggioArthur A. EkirchWalter E. Grinder, and Roy A. Childs. This was before the devastating Cato Institute split detailed by David Gordon in his excellent series of articles at LRC.

The curriculum was hard-core Rothbardian – natural rights libertarianism from The Ethics of Liberty, Austrian Economics, revisionist history, and libertarian class analysis.

The Cato organizers gave us each a ton of excellent books (including Rothbard’s Power and Market) and photocopy reprints of classic articles including Rothbard’s libertarian strategy memorandum which served as the guideline for the Institute’s creation.

Rothbard later admitted that these early Seminars were organized as “best and brightest” talent searches for Cato.

But it was the powerful lecture presentations by Walter E. Grinder, “Libertarian Class Analysis” and “American Power Elites” which had the most truly lasting impact upon me. Over the decades Walter has remained my mentor and inspiration in these areas.

As homage to him and his outstanding efforts in helping me and so many others by his gracious and thoughtful guiding hand throughout these years, I have consciously followed in his pioneering pathway blazed by his initial research in drafting this bibliographic outline composition and format.

Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis, the Deep State, and American History

Part One

  1. Realization of the General Aversion of Most Persons to Deal with Classes.
    1. General Discussion of Individuals in Groups
    2. Groups and Group Interests
  2. Why Power Elite Analysis (Libertarian Class Analysis) is Distinct From And Superior to Marxist Analysis
    1. Libertarian Class Theory Antedates Marxist Theory
    2. The English Civil War (The Levelers)
    3. Jean-Baptiste Say,  Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer
      1. The Industrial Society Versus the Statist Society
      2. The Competitive Free Market Versus the Monopolistic Society
      3. The Free Market Pitted Against Mercantilism and Feudalism
    4. Henri de Saint-Simon and the Distortion of Class Theory
    5. From Saint-Simon to Karl Marx
    6. Elitism and the Myth of Pluralism
    7. Gaetano Mosca, The Ruling Class
    8. Later 19th Century Libertarian Class Analysis
      1. Herbert Spencer: Military Society Versus the Industrial Society
      2. Sir Henry Maine: From Status to Contract
      3. Richard Cobden: War and the Interests
      4. American Libertarian Class Theory
        1. From the Beginning: Liberty Versus Power
          1. The Impact of John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon in America
          2. Wilkes Liberty in America
          3. Thomas PaineThomas JeffersonJohn Taylor
        2. John C. Calhoun: Net Tax Consumers Versus Net Tax Payers
        3. Lysander Spooner: Taxes and the Highwayman
        4. 20th Century Libertarian Class Analysis
          1. Vilfredo Pareto and Ludwig von Mises
            1. The Circulation of Elites
            2. The State’s Role in Freezing Elites into Castes
          2. Franz Oppenheimer
            1. The Economic Means Versus the Political Means of Gaining Wealth
            2. The State as the Organization of the Political Means
            3. Smoothing and Legitimizing the Exploitive Transfer of Wealth From the Productive
          3. Albert Jay Nock and Frank Chodorov
            1. The State Versus Society
            2. The History of the United States as a Rise of the State at the Expense of Society (Constitution, Civil War, Progressive Era, Wars, New Deal)
          4. Murray N. Rothbard
            1. The Anatomy of the State
            2. Legitimacy and the Role of Court Intellectuals and National Security Managers
          5. 21st Century Libertarian Class Analysis
            1. David M. Hart
            2. Sheldon Richman
            3. Roderick Long
            4. David D’Amato
            5. Wendy McElroy

Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis, the Deep State, and American History

Part Two

  1. Early American Historical Overview

Theme of Liberty Versus Power –  (Ivan Jankovic, The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty: How Americans Resisted Modern State, 1765–1850); The Country Party Versus Court Party: The Declaration of Independence and the Revolution (Bernard Bailyn, The Origins of American Politics; The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution; Murray N. Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty, Volumes 1-4; Angelo M. Codevilla, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About it)

  1. Counter-Revolution
    1. U.S. Constitution (Sheldon Richman, America’s Counter Revolution: The Constitution Revisited; Murray N. Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty, Volume 5: The New Republic; John Taylor, New Views of the Constitution of the United States; Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United StatesSaul Cornell, The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism & the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828What The Antifederalists Were For)
    2. Alexander Hamilton and the Plutocratic Federalists: “The Funding Fathers” (John McConaughy, Who Rules America: A Century of Invisible Government; Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution – and What It Means for America Today; Brion McClanahan, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America)
    3. The Early Nationalist Period (Stanley Elkins & Eric McKitrick, The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815Phillip H. Burch, Elites in American History: The Federalist Years to the Civil War)
    4. Republicanism: From Jefferson to Van Buren
  2. Jeffersonian Drive to Roll Back the Federalist Program and Rid America of its Powerful Ruling Elite (Lance Banning, The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology)
  3. Failure of Jefferson/Madison Regimes and the Rise of the Old Republicans or “Tertium Quids” (Norman K. Risjord, The Old Republicans: Southern Conservatism in the Age of Jefferson)
    1. John Taylor of Caroline County, Virginia (John Taylor, Tyranny Unmasked)
    2. John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia
    3. The Panic of 1819, James Monroe, and the “Era of Good Feelings
  4. Martin Van Buren and the Founding of the Democratic Party (Robert V. Remini, Martin Van Buren and the Making of the Democratic Party)
    1. After Visiting his Hero Jefferson, Van Buren Prompted to Found the Democratic Party to Reinvigorate the Two Party System
    2. The Election of 1824 and “the Corrupt Bargain:” After the Defeat of William H. Crawford, Van Buren Puts His Organizing Skills to Winning the Presidency for Andrew Jackson (Harry L. Watson, Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America)
    3. Ideological Focus of the Democratic Party
      1. Anti-Central Bank
      2. Hard Money: “Gold is the People’s Money”
      3. Free Trade and Anti-Monopoly
    4. The Twenty Four Year Plan
      1. Eight Years of Andrew Jackson of Tennessee
      2. Eight Years of Martin Van Buren of New York
      3. Eight Years of Thomas Hart (“Old Bullion”) Benton of Missouri
    5. The Rise of the Whig Party: Rebirth of the Hamiltonian Consolidationists
      1. Pro-Central Bank: Opposition to the Separation of Banking and State Proposed by Jackson and Van Buren – the Independent Sub-Treasury
      2. High Protective Tariff: Anti-Free Trade
      3. Corporate Welfare: The “Internal Improvements” System
    6. Civil War: Reconsolidation of the Yankee Mercantile Elite (Thomas DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln; Joseph R. Stromberg, “The War for Southern Independence: A Radical Libertarian Perspective;” Murray N. Rothbard, “The Civil War and Its Legacy”)
      1. High Protective Tariffs
      2. Abraham Lincoln’s “Pro-Slavery” 13th Amendment
      3. Income Tax
      4. Conscription: Led to Widespread Anti-Draft Riots and Protests
      5. Paper Money: Greenbacks
      6. National Banking Act of 1863: Eliminated Competing Currencies
      7. Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus
      8. Mass Arrests of Opponents of Lincoln and the War in the North
      9. Reconstruction: Military Government and Occupation of the South
    7. Post-Civil War Period
      1. The Roots of America’s Modern Power Elite (Murray N. Rothbard, “Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy,” Phillip H. Burch, Jr., Elites in American History: The Civil War to the New Deal; Richard F. Pettigrew, Triumphant Plutocracy: The Story of American Public Life From 1870 to 1920; (.pdf)
      2. Quasi-Free Trade Within the New Constraints
        1. Tariffs: The Source of Republican Power
        2. Railroad Land Grants and Subsidies (Murray N. Rothbard, “The Railroading of the American People“)
      3. The Rise of Morgan Power
      4. Problems of Free Market for the Post War Elite (Murray N. Rothbard, “The Decline of Laissez Faire”)
        1. Dynamic Competition Keeps Eating at Economic and Political Power (Murray N. Rothbard, “The Rise and Fall of Monopolies)
        2. Pools, Mergers, Holding Companies, Trusts and Voluntary Cartel Movement: Unsuccessful From the View of the Power Elite (Murray N. Rothbard, “Tariffs, Inflation, Anti-Trust and Cartels“)
        3. Political Parties As Political Churches: Postmillennial Evangelical Protestant Pietistic Republicans Versus Liturgical Democrats: Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Old Fashioned Calvinists (Murray N. Rothbard, “Pietism and the Power Brokers”)
        4. Beginning the Welfare State: Civil War Veterans’ Pensions
        5. Regulation to the Rescue of Vested Interests
          1. The Progressive Era and the Foundation of the American Corporate State  (Gabriel Kolko, The Triumph of Conservatism; Murray N. Rothbard, The Progressive Era; “Progressivism and the Family;“ Charles A. Burris, “The Progressive Era“)
          2. The Role of Increasingly Secular Postmillennial Protestants and German Educated Ph.Ds.’ in Formulation of Progressivism (Richard M. Gamble, The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation; Thomas E. Woods, The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era)
          3. Eugenics, “Race Suicide” and the Rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan (Edwin Black, War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create A Master Race (.pdf);  Thomas C. Leonard, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics & American Economics in the Progressive Era; Jonathan Peter SpiroDefending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison GrantLinda GordonThe Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition)
          4. The National Civic Federation (James WeinsteinThe Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State 1900-1918)
          5. Partial Solidification of Ruling Class Control
          6. Federal Reserve as the Central Key of Control and Rationalization (Murray N. Rothbard, The Origins of the Federal ReserveThe Case Against the Fed, “The Federal Reserve As A Cartelization Device: The Early Years, 1913-1930;” Ron Paul, End the Fed)
          7. Wall Street’s Panama Canal Conspiracy (Earl Harding, The Untold Story of Panama; Murray N. Rothbard, “The Treaty That Wall Street Wrote”; Ferdinand Lundberg, America’s 60 Families (,pdf); Charles A. Burris, The Panama Canal – The Little Known Backstory)
  1. Struggle Within the Power Elite (Ferdinand Lundberg, America’s 60 Families (,pdf)
    1. Rockefeller Versus Morgan (Republicans Versus Democrats)
    2. Uses of Anti-Trust Measures by Both
  2. World War Solidifies the Power Elite (Murray N. Rothbard, “Woodrow Wilson and World War I”)
    1. Morgan’s Push for War (Morgan Ties with Rothschild and England)
    2. America Becomes Partner With England and France in Control of the Western Imperial Order
    3. War Industries Board: Culmination of Control (Murray N. Rothbard, “The Great Cooperation“)
      1. Later Model for the NRA under FDR: Bernard Baruch
      2. Food Czar: Herbert Hoover
    4. Versailles, “The Inquiry,” and the League of Nations
      1. The Birth of the Council on Foreign Relations (Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope (.pdf); Peter Grose, Continuing the Inquiry: The Council on Foreign Relations From 1921 to 1996; Robert D. Schulzinger, The Wise Men of Foreign Affairs: The History of the Council on Foreign Relations; Laurence H. Shoup and William Minter, Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and Untied States Foreign Policy; Laurence H. Shoup, Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014; James Perloff, The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline)
      2. Colonel” Edward M. HouseElihu RootJohn W. DavisRaymond B. Fosdick
    5. The Rise of the Foundations (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford), Think Tanks
      1. Relation of Idea Centers and Public Policy
      2. American Economic Association, Brookings Institution, 20th Century Fund, etc.
      3. Indoctrination and Control — Compulsory Government Schooling — The War on Drugs
      4. The Emergence of Banking Groups: Struggle Between Industrial Capital and Finance Capital: DuPont, Morgan Versus Rockefeller, Harriman, and Kuhn Loeb ( Nomi Prins, All the Presidents’ Bankers:  The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power; Thomas Ferguson, Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems)
      5. The Oil War: Rockefeller Standard Oil Versus British Royal Dutch Shell:  (How Big Oil Conquered the World; Why Big Oil Conquered The World; Ludwell Denny, We Fight For OilAmerica Conquers Britain;  War Plan Redthe US Contingency War Plans Against the British Empire in the Early 1930s;  John Hagel III, “Oil and American Foreign Policy;” William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order)
  1. The Great Depression: Caused by the Fed’s Monetary Policies (Murray N. Rothbard, America’s Great Depression)
  2. The New Deal: The Rise of the Welfare-Warfare State (Phillip H. Burch, Jr., Elites in American History: The New Deal to the Carter Administration)
    1. The Fall of the Morgan Bloc and the Triumph of the Rockefeller Bloc
      1. End of the Gold Standard: Fiat Currency and the Fed
      2. Glass-Steagall Act: Separation of Commercial and Investment Banking Aimed Directly at Morgan Bloc
      3. Pecora Congressional Hearings on Chase National Bank
      4. Morgan/DuPont Bloc Seeks Revenge: The Plot to Overthrow FDR; (Jules Archer, The Plot To Seize The White House (.pdf)
    2. NRA: Corporatism
    3. The Welfare State
    4. Old Right” Opposition to FDR’s New Deal Domestic Policies and the Rush to  War: H. L. MenckenAlbert Jay Nock, John T. FlynnGaret Garrett,Colonel” Robert McCormick (Justin Raimondo, Reclaiming the American Right: the Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement)
    5. British Intelligence and the northeastern seaboard American anglophile establishment’s war against American non-intervention (Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44)
    6. World War II — A Documentary History 
      1. The Coalition War: Morgan War in Europe, Rockefeller War in Asia
      2. Unseasonable Truths: American Racism and Nazi Germany
      3. CFR Plans the Post-War World
      4. The United Nations: Wilson’s Dream Now FDR’s Realization
      5. Bretton Woods: Birth of the World Bank, the IMF, and the Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency: John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White
    7. The Cold War and the Emergence of the National Security State
      1. ContainmentThe Central Intelligence Agency, and the American Empire of Bases (Richard Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America’s First Central Intelligence AgencyPatrick K. O’ Donnell, Operatives, Spies, and SaboteursThe Unknown Story of the Men and Women of WWII’s OSSBurton Hersh, The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIATim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIAJoseph J. Trento, The Secret History of the CIARichard J. Aldrich, The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret IntelligenceDavid Wise and Thomas B. Ross, The Invisible GovernmentHugh Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played AmericaL. Fletcher Prouty, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the World; Victor Marchetti and John Marks, The CIA and the Cult of IntelligenceJohn Marks, The Search For The Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control: The Secret History of the Behavioral SciencesW. H. Bowart, Operation Mind Control: Our Secret Government’s War Against Its Own PeopleErnest Volkman and Blaine Baggett, Secret Intelligence: The Inside Story of America’s Espionage EmpireFrances Stonor Saunders, The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters; Peter Coleman, The Liberal Conspiracy; John Loftus and Mark Aarons, The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Intelligence Betrayed the Jewish People; Bill Moyers, The Secret Government: The Constitution In Crisis; Michael Swanson, The War State: The Cold War Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex and the Power Elite, 1945-1963Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug TradePeter Dale Scott, American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to AfghanistanAlexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs And The Press; Peter Grose, Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles; David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government; Stephern Kinzer, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War; Jefferson Morley, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton; David C. Martin, Wilderness of Mirrors; James Bamford, The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America’s Most Secret Intelligence Organization; James Bamford, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency; James Bamford, The Shadow Factory: The NSA From 9-11 to the Eavesdropping on America; James Bamford, A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies; Evan Thomas, The Very Best Men: The Daring Early Years of the CIA; Evan Thomas and Walter Isaacson, The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made; Kai Bird, The Chairman: John J. McCloy and the Making of the American Establishment; Kai Bird, The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms; C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite; G. William Domhoff, The Higher Circles: The Governing Class in America)
      2. The Korean War: UN Police Action (Thomas Paterson, ed., Cold War Critics: Alternatives to American Foreign Policy in the Truman Years; Murray N. Rothbard, “The Foreign Policy of the Old Right,” Justus Doenecke, Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationists in the Cold War EraRonald Radosh: Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism)
      3. “I Like Ike” and the Covert Campaign Against Robert Taft (Phyllis Schlafly, A Choice Not An Echo)
      4. CIA Covert Operations in Italy, Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, Cuba, etc.
      5. William F. Buckley, National Review, and the Death of the “Old Right” (Charles A. Burris, “I’m Convinced That The Whole National Review Is A CIA Operation” — Murray Rothbard; Charles A. Burris, The Phony Legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr.; Charles A. Burris, How the CIA Bamboozled The Public For 70 Years; Murray N. Rothbard, The Betrayal of the American Right)
      6. The Bilderberg Group (Daniel Estulin, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group; John Laughland, The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea)
      7. The JFK Assassination and Coup d’ Etat By the Top Tier of the National Security Establishment (James W. Douglass, JFK And The Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters; Peter Dale Scott, Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White HouseCharles A. Burris; The Deep State and the November 22, 1963 Coup d’état; John M. Newman, Where Angels Lightly Tread: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume 1; John M. Newman, Countdown to Darkness: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume 2; John M. Newman, Into the Storm: The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume 3Douglas P. Horne,  Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK , Volumes 1-5); Douglas P. Horne, Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the JFK, Assassination Medical Evidence; Douglas P. Horne, JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated; Douglas P. Horne, The Two NPIC Zapruder Film Events: Signposts Pointing to the Film’s Alteration; Douglas P. HornePhotographic Evidence of Bullet Hole in JFK Limousine Windshield ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’The Zapruder Film Mystery; Jacob G, Hornberger, No Military Coups for America? What About November 1963? Jacob G. Hornberger, JFK and the Deferentials; Jacob G. Hornberger,The Mainstream Media’s Deference to Authority in the JFK Assassination; Jacob G. Hornberger, The National Security State and the Assassination of JFK; Jacob G. Hornberger,  Regime Change: The JFK Assassination; and The Kennedy Autopsy; Jacob G. Hornberger, The Kennedy Autopsy 2: LBJ’s Role In the AssassinationRoger Stone’s The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ; Philip H. Nelson’s LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination; and Nelson’s follow-up volume, LBJ: From Mastermind to “The Colossus)
      8. Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, and the Rupture of the Establishment’s Foreign Policy Consensus (David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest;Godfrey HodgsonAmerica in Our Time: From World War II to Nixon–What Happened and WhyMurray N. Rothbard, “The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique“)
      9. The Neocon Contagion (Alan M. Wald, The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s; Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman, The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama); Greg Pavlik, Neoconservativism and the CIA)
      10. Richard Nixon and Watergate (Charles A. Burris, It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Watergate Conspiracy; Jim Hougan, Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat, and the CIA; Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, Silent Coup: The Removal of a President; Phil Staford, White House Call GirlRoger Stone, Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon; Watergate: Ervin Committee Report — Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities; Some Personal Observations of Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. Respecting Watergate; Debate on Articles of Impeachment — HEARINGS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NINETY-THIRD CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION:  Charles A. Burris, The Deep State and the Hughes-Nixon-Lansky Connection)
      11. David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter and the Trilateral Commission (Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Carter Years; Holly Sklar, Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management; Murray N. Rothbard, “The Treaty That Wall Street Wrote”)
      12. The Iranian Hostage Crisis and the 1980 October Surprise
      13. The Reagan Revolution (Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Reagan Years; Jonathan Marshall, Peter Dale Scott, and Jane Hunter, The Iran Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era; Joel Bainerman, The Crimes of a President: New Revelations on Conspiracy & Cover-Up in the Bush and Reagan Administrations)
      14. The Fall of the Soviet Empire and the End of the Cold War  —  Utopia in Blood – Red Delusions and Nightmare Reality
      15. George Bush, Global Governance, and The New World Order (Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Bush Era; Kevin Phillips, American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush; “Global Governance;” Peace and World Order Studies: A Curriculum Guide)
      16. Lost Decade: The Clinton Years (Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Clinton Years; Roger Morris, Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America; Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories)
      17. George W. Bush, the Neocons, and “Red State Fascism” (Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Bush Restoration; Robert Parry, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq; Russ Baker, Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It In The White House, And What Their Influence Means For America; Roger Stone and Saint John Hunt, The Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American Dynasty; Hitler Is Winning: 21st Century Proxy Wars)
      18. Barack Obama: The United States of Goldman, Sachs (Charles Gasparino, Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street; Thomas R. Dye, Who’s Running America? The Obama Reign)
      19. Donald Trump (Roger Stone, The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution; Ilana Mercer, The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed; Dan Kovalik, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia;Dan Bongino, Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump; Stephen F. Cohen, War with Russia: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate)
      20. The Deep State (Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy, Laurent Guyenot, JFK-911: 50 Years of Deep State; Michael J. Glennon, National Security and Double Government; Eric Wilson, editor, Government of the Shadows: Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty; Alfred W. McCoy, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power; and Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty)
      21. Coup d’etat and Assassination: Business as Usual in America
      22. Political Corruption 101

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Charles A. Burris is a history instructor in an American high school. Before becoming an educator he was involved in over thirty electoral and ballot petition campaigns for third party/independent candidates throughout the country. He served as national ballot drive coordinator in the 1984 Libertarian Party presidential campaign and as state coordinator of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party in 1978.

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