Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #11


An insiders view on how bankers, corporations, and lawyers took over the United States Government and became the “Rulers of America” during the Gilded Age.  Written with true authority by a man who had a front row seat for it all, R. F. Pettigrew was the first senator from the state of South Dakota, and he made no friends during his time in the US Congress. These are his memoirs.

In this episode – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew,  including Chapter XIII: The United States Supreme Court.  The Origins of the Constitution Redux.  Jefferson Not a Party to the Constitution.  The Ten Amendments to the Constitution.  The Importance of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.  The Supreme Court: A Dangerous Usurper.  Jefferson’s Writings Reveal That the Tenth Amendment Was Written to Constrain the Supreme Court.  Marbury vs. Madison.  Thomas Jefferson: America Dead and Secretly Buried in 1819.  “It Is the Part of a Good Judge to Enlarge His Jurisdiction.”  Supreme Court Never Meant to Veto Laws as Unconstitutional.  Why the Supreme Court Abandoned the Practice of Each Justice Giving an Opinion.  The Notorious Dartmouth College Decision.  Rights of Property Holders Supreme to the Rights of Man.  The Judiciary Usurps the Powers of Congress Forever in 1857.  The Supreme Court Drunk with Power.  Tenth Amendment Destroyed by the Supreme Court.  The First Amendment Completely Gutted by 1920.  The Entire Bill of Rights Destroyed by the Supreme Court.  Laws Passed in Time of War Inevitably Enforced in Times of Peace.  The Supreme Court Has Always Been a Political Body.  What Is the Matter With the Courts?  Pettigrew’s Possible Remedies for the Supreme Court.

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2 thoughts on “Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #11

  1. I listened to all of the episodes again during a couple of long airplane flights and this one really stands out. The significance of the Marbury vs Madison case and the “precedent” set by the chief judge Marshall is profound. It gives me a completely new perspective on the separate and “co-equal” branches of government via which to understand history.

    I plan on reading James Madison’s notes from the constitutional convention (they are easy to find on the web).

    There is a lot of evidence supporting Thomas Paine as the author of the Declaration of Independence and Richard Grove published a very comprehensive review of this in Peace Revolution podcast #86 F&C, bear with me man, I know you are a busy dude, but please check this out before you attribute authorship of this important document to Thomas Jefferson again.


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