History of America’s One Percent – Episode #4

hogaf-logo-wip2In this podcast series we dive into the long and shadowy history of America’s ruling elite through the works of authors who were either silenced, suppressed, or forgotten, to discover the origins of the 1% and from where their power and wealth was, and still is, extracted.

Each recording will be approx. 1 hour in length to allow for easy consumption of the material. The narrator will only interrupt the reading to provide insight, spell names, read informative footnotes, or provide definitions for archaic words.


 In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers. Includes Part I, Chapter V: The Shippers and Their Times.  Shippers and Traders Dominate After Revolution.  Snatching Up Control of the New Government.  Chinese Knockoffs and Health Hazards Infest Markets.  Tax Breaks For the Rich.  Poverty a Crime In America.  Imprisoned Indefinitely for Debt.  75,000 Thrown In Debtors Prison In 1829.  Too Rich To Jail.  Astor and Girard Fortunes Tower Above All Others.

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PART I, CHAPTER V – FOOTNOTES

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The Facts In Gus Myers Books Are Not Denied

When one encounters an uncomfortable truth, information that eviscerates the myths propagated by those who write history, that person will usually try, by every trick of the mind, to explain away that inconvenient fact.  However, when the information can not be beaten down by mere sophistries, the next best refuge has always been just to simply ignore the information, until it fades away from the mind.  Such is the case with the work of Gustavus Myers, a muckraking journalist, historian, and author, whose body of work around the turn of the twentieth century has been dropped down the memory hole.

In a review published in the New York Times on July, 5th, 1914, of Gus Myers’ book, The History of Canadian Wealth, we are given some clues as to why almost his entire body of work has been forgotten.  That reviewer, after opining on the book in question, decides to make a rather illuminating comment on the whole of Gustavus Myers’ work, and it is from these few sentences that we get a glimpse of how, after being unable to explain away the uncomfortable truths he presented, that last bastion of respite for worshipers of the status quo was turned to, ignorance:

“Mr. Myers’s books are recommended only to the admirers of the muckraking school, because only they believe that the masses are poor, because of unwillingness to imitate the vices attributed to the rich.  That doctrine is the root of much envy, hatred, and uncharitableness, and is noxious rather than meritorious in its effects.  This is said without disparagement of the apparent effort of Mr. Myers to be accurate.  His facts are not denied, but his inferences from them will not be admitted generally.  All he says may be true, and yet there are other offsetting facts which compensate for the blemishes disclosed.”

History of America’s One Percent – Episode #3

hogaf-logo-wip2In this podcast series we dive into the long and shadowy history of America’s ruling elite through the works of authors who were either silenced, suppressed, or forgotten, to discover the origins of the 1% and from where their power and wealth was, and still is, extracted.

Each recording will be approx. 1 hour in length to allow for easy consumption of the material. The narrator will only interrupt the reading to provide insight, spell names, read informative footnotes or provide definitions for archaic words.


In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers. Includes Part I, Chapter III: The Rise of the Trading Class & Part I, Chapter IV: The Shipping Fortunes.  Traders and Shippers Rise To Power.  Conditions of Tenants on Feudal Estates.  Usury Becomes Rampant.  Bonded Servitude.  Colonial Manufacturing Interferes With British Monopolies.  Smuggling, A Common Practice.  Pirates and Privateers.  Wealth From Fisheries, Whaling, Shipbuilding, and War.  Free Trade and the American Revolution.

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The History of the Hazard Circular

Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is capital control of labor by controlling wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY.
– Hazard Circular, 1862

While re-reading the Gustavus Myers book “The History of the Great American Fortunes”, I stumbled upon a little factoid, caught in the massive spiderweb of knowledge that is that three volume tome. Pulling upon that thread I was lucky enough to find at the end of it a book that I am reasonably certain has been long forgotten, and so I am currently reading it into an audiobook format for your listening pleasure. However, as is always the case, I have stumbled upon yet another interesting bit of information in this current book, and this would be the “Hazard Circular”. In the book it was simply referenced as a circular (or letter) from “the creditors” of the United States, circa 1862, to every bank in New York and New England. The contents of this circular are very provocative; they set out the fact that the banks use the control of the creation of money to enslave people through devaluing their wages. I was quite shocked by this brazen statement and so I set forth in search of its origins. Little information was readily available on the internet, so I turned to the old and mouldering books and periodicals of a century ago to disinter the true history of the “Hazard Circular”… Continue reading

History of America’s One Percent – Episode #2

hogaf-logo-wip2In this podcast series we dive into the long and shadowy history of America’s ruling elite through the works of authors who were either silenced, suppressed, or forgotten, to discover the origins of the 1% and from where their power and wealth was, and still is, extracted.

Each recording will be approx. 1 hour in length to allow for easy consumption of the material. The narrator will only interrupt the reading to provide insight, spell names, or provide definitions for archaic words.


In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers. Includes Part I, Chapter II: The Sway of the Landgraves.  Land Monopolies Swell With Power and Wealth.  Land Barons Vested With Feudal Rights.  Sharp Distinctions in Law Between Landlords and Poor Tenants.  Corrupt Land Grants From Governor Fletcher.  Entire States As Personal Property.  Attempted Seizure of Fraudulent Land Patents.  Landed Magnates Infest the Representative Assemblies.  Economic Propulsion of the American Revolution.  Some Wealthy Founding Fathers.  Approaching Age of the Millionaire.

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PART I, CHAPTER II – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #1

hogaf-logo-wip2In this podcast series we dive into the long and shadowy history of America’s ruling elite through the works of authors who were either silenced, suppressed, or forgotten, to discover the origins of the 1% and from where their power and wealth was, and still is, extracted.

Each recording will be approx. 1 hour in length to allow for easy consumption of the material. The narrator will only interrupt the reading to provide insight, spell names, or provide definitions for archaic words.


In this episode – An introduction to Gustavus Myers and his book History of Great American Fortunes.  Some info about the podcast series and how to get the most out of it. The Preface to the 1909 Edition of the book. Includes Part I, Chapter I: The Great Proprietary Estates.  British and Dutch Corporations Colonize America. Importation of Slaves, Servants, Debtors and Wives.  Dutch Patroons and Land Monopolies Dominate the Colonies.  Poor Treatment of the Workers.

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PART I, CHAPTER I – FOOTNOTES

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