The Cowboy/Yankee War

I’ve been interested lately in some of the “behind the scenes” politics during the twentieth century.  Having read Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope, I have been made aware of the grand “Anglophile” takeover of American politics, especially in the years leading up to the end of the second world war.  After the Rockefellers overcame the Morgan banking power structure to become the most influential power block in the United States (and world), a whole new group arose.  Carl Oglesby refers to this new money influence as the rise of the “Cowboys.”  Originating from the so-called sunbelt of Southern CA, Texas, and Florida, the Cowboys made their wealth in real estate and oil.  Murray Rothbard supports this analysis by writing:

After World War II, the united Rockefeller-MorganKuhn, Loeb Eastern Establishment was not allowed to enjoy its financial and political supremacy unchallenged for long. “Cowboy” Sun Belt firms, maverick oil men and construction men from Texas, Florida, and southern California, began to challenge the Eastern Establishment “Yankees” for political power. While both groups favor the Cold War, the Cowboys are more nationalistic, more hawkish, and less inclined to worry about what our European allies are thinking. They are also much less inclined to bail out the now Rockefeller-controlled Chase Manhattan Bank and other Wall Street banks that loaned recklessly to Third World and Communist countries and expect the U.S. taxpayer – through outright taxes or the printing of U.S. dollars – to pick up the tab.

According to Oglesby’s analysis, the coup against JFK and the installment of LBJ in the 60’s meant that the cowboys were there to stay. LBJ was the first of the “Cowboys” in the Presidency.  And even though Nixon was a long-time insider and supporter of Eisenhower and the establishment GOP, he too, coming from Southern California was a Cowboy.  Thus, when the Cowboys took control at the death of JFK, the Yankees responded with Watergate to take back control from Nixon.  Yankee Gerald Ford was their man.

The Neocons vs. Humanitarian interventionists political battles today is an offshoot of the Cowboy/Yankee skirmishes.  The Neocons obviously being the Cowboys of today.

This sort of political war is fascinating.  Among the books that I am reading at the moment to shed light on this are the following:

Murray Rothbard’s Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy

Carl Oglesby’s Yankee and Cowboy War

Roger Stone’s The Man Who Killed Kennedy

Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets


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