JFK vis-à-vis the imperial American oligarchies: a champion for change whose clash with Marxism went far beyond ideology, even as it was sustained by it

Before the crippling back pain…early 50s.

[1]:
a:

i) https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/ch03.htm (first paragraph should do)

ii) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relations_of_production

b:

For example, no hitler, no WWII, no Holocaust — are we really gonna argue if he did not exist someone similar would take his place? No Churchill, no lasting resistance. But then hitler was able to do what he did only b/c Germany was allowed to proliferate weapons and change its mode of production…. bla bla bla.

c:

https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_First_Televised_Presidential_Debate.htm

d:

https://www.cfr.org/timeline/oil-dependence-and-us-foreign-policy

Apropos JFK’s tenure:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1055672

e:

http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/oilkings/part1/
Sections:
Disorder in the court
Picture-perfect LBJ
http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/oilkings/part2/
Sections:
A House divided
Island interludes
The general situation

Must read intro!
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.32000007313341&view=1up&seq=27&skin=2021

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1987/06/26/ex-treasury-chief-sentenced-to-1-month/30644430-dc83-4b97-aa81-6622e78418a8/
See the part about oil import restrictions

https://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/John_F__Kennedy_Environment.htm
https://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/John_F__Kennedy_Corporations.htm

f:

https://www.ontheissues.org/celeb/John_F__Kennedy_Energy_+_Oil.htm

d:

June 29, 1953:
https://newrepublic.com/article/119516/report-book-burning-under-huac-and-eisenhower

e:

i) See pgs 45–47 (or 40–42 of the inlet document) for an example of the views of a group that even WFB Jr. — even in those heady days of ‘God and Man at Yale’ (see ii just below) — considered too extreme:
https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=9125&context=etd
Please note a whole slew of Southern cops, FBI agents, and Texas oil men espoused such ideas at the time!

ii) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_Society#Eisenhower_issue

f:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AFPTSH6
Read his last rites three times before taking office and hospitalized dozens of times more, Jack’s reliance on an alphabet soup of drugs and hormones gives him every excuse both psychologically and indeed physiologically to anticipate the sexual revolution as he did. After all, if you think you’ve only got so much time to live, and the stress of the day-to-day encompasses both national and international Marxist forces, and your body is acting up “hormonally”, why not go to town on anything that moves if you believe your wife won’t make you pay for it? Nevertheless, by the fall of ’63, after the death of Patrick, he was in self-imposed purgatory and was on a roll.

g:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2009456

h:

If you didn’t read it the first time, here’s your second chance: https://www.jfklibrary.org/archives/other-resources/john-f-kennedy-speeches/american-university-19630610

i:

https://www.history.com/news/wwii-detroit-auto-factories-retooled-homefront (which explains why Detroit fell …)

j:

Can’t help but think the mindset was related…:

https://gen.medium.com/how-the-supermarket-helped-america-win-the-cold-war-59c788def3eb

k:

i) As always, you be the judge: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

ii) To quote Mac Bundy, national security advisor to JFK, one of the villains of The Best and the Brightest (by D. Halberstam), “What he (Kennedy) neglected, and what I for one was too green to recognize and point out, was the perceived inhibition on the part of the Pentagon to challenge the CIA’s plans. The chiefs ‘were bureaucratically cautious about dissecting another agency’s most cherished enterprise.’” Lessons In Disaster, G. M. Goldstein, pg 43.

iii) To quote from the same page of ii) above, “The Bay of Pigs (BOP) was an ‘initial baptism of power,’ Bundy concluded, ‘because it’s sitting there, right there, ready to go off, won’t keep, has to be decided.’ It also remained somewhat mystifying. ‘You know what we still don’t know about the BOP?’ asked Bundy. ‘What did Eisenhower think he was going to do? He never told anybody.’”

Maybe E. Applewhite, a former deputy inspector general, provides the most concise assessment here when he said that R. Bissell and A. Dulles (the two highest ranking CIA officials at the time) were “building a tar baby”; in a more impassioned form, it can be read as an attempt to ensnare national policy in a vacuum of military escalation towards hidebound ‘unconditional surrenders’ echoing belligerents of World Wars past, where glory for the country was but a side-effect, and vindication for what had become common knowledge by then of an overstaffed, grossly over-budgeted outpost of subversive control the manifest motive. One doesn’t need to connect too many dots to draw a straight line between JFK’s message of peace and the ensuing Hippie movement turning on the music of one rockstar after another who’d end up dead.

l:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directorio_Revolucionario_Estudiantil

m:

i) https://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/carlos-marcello/

ii) https://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/santo-trafficante-jr/

iii) https://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/sam-giancana/

iv) https://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/meyer-lansky/

v) https://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/j-edgar-hoover/

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