#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#230 – The Communist “Coup”

As the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia dominated the 1946 election, former Catholic fascist Slovakia ministers conspire to overthrow the Benes government through acts of terrorism. This leads to a series of purges, protests, strikes, and finally the Communist...
#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#229 – Peak Communism

After Benes took control of Czechoslovakia again after WWII, with the support of the Allies, he ran a program of ethnic cleansing, mostly targeting people of German ancestry. And the Czech Communist party became the most popular political party of any country in...
#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#228 – Czechoslovakia

Let’s talk about the history of Czechoslovakia. The anti-semitic founder of the modern state was well connected in the USA, all the way up to POTUS. His list of important American friends included a Nazi-lovin’ industrialist. But the state he founded was friendly to...
#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#227 – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Significant electoral victories and strikes by domestic socialist parties in France and Italy pushed the UK to insist on American military support for the Marshall Plan’s rollout. In the United States, there were divergent views on whether or not that was a good idea...
#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#226 – Empire By Invitation

European recipients of the Marshall Plan funds were quite clear to the USA that they needed help keeping the socialists down and out of their countries. And the USA recognized that its own economic welfare rested on the revival of Europe. Funding a pro-capitalist...
#230 – The Communist “Coup”

#225 – The Creation of NATO

We want to take a break from Korea to talk about the creation of NATO. Obviously relevant with the whole Ukraine situation. And it took on a new kind of mission during the Korean War. But let’s go back and look at where it came from. There something secret here that...