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Also that year, the American Liberty League forms to oppose the President's policies, with a membership consisting of the nation's most powerful industrialists; including Ford, DuPont, the president of General Motors, and others; including a number of anti-New-Deal Democrats. The League begins to quietly sponsor the renamed Legion of American Fascists, with Irenee DuPont providing new uniforms and supplying them with arms, courtesy of Remington Rifle Company. Together they begin to demand a return to the gold standard and a reversal of the New Deal, decrying Roosevelt as a communist and a traitor Sovietizing America.
Meanwhile fascism is also spreading among the active duty ranks, with its great prophet being Colonel George S. Patton, who forms the fascist military order known as The Phalanx.
May Day, 1934. It is not the revolution that Palmer predicted, but major strikes break out across the country as the militant unions formed last year look to the former AFL industrial unions for leadership. As longshoremen, sailors, and teamsters all over the West Coast engage in a mass strike to turn the entire coast into a closed shop with one union to unite them all; the industrial unions declare the formation of the American Workers Union federation of unions. Out of their control, strikes staged by the American Workers Party and Communist League of America (which merge into the U.S. Workers Party) in Toledo and Minneapolis respectively turn into industrial occupations and then general strikes, as the unemployed, farmers, and non-union workers form their own ad-hoc Workers Councils across the MidWest; leading to violent clashes with the Legion and other vigilante organizations, which in turn causes the strikers and other workers to turn to the radical parties and unions for leadership and protection.