History of America’s One Percent – Episode #31

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 III, Chapter VIII:  Further Aspects of the Vanderbilt Fortune.  The Commodores Methods Carried On By the Third Generation.  An American Era: Frauds Below $50 Million Barely Worth Mentioning.  The Vanderbilt’s Confiscate a 17 Acre Chunk of New York City.  Compliant Government Officials Pass Law to Gift The Area to the Vanderbilt’s For Their Private Use. They Sign An Agreement to Re-Open the Streets to the Public Whenever The City Requires. The Agreement Gets “Misplaced,” Disappears for Twenty Years. They Pay No Taxes on the Appropriated Land.  Other “Small” Frauds Considered: Public Fleeced $1.2 Million for New York Central Upgrades.  The Railroad Charges What it Pleases For Work and Materials, City Forced to Pay.  Vanderbilts Pose as “Reformers.”  Methods of Acquiring the Lake Shore, and Boston and Albany Railroads.  The Government An Engine for Tyranny.  Machine Guns for the Overworked.  Ten Millions for A Dukedom.  Vanderbilt Marriages to European Titled Nobility Prove a Drain On Their Huge Fortune.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #28

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 III, Chapter VI:  The Entailing of the Vanderbilt Fortune, continued.  Bankrupting the West Shore Railroad.  William Vanderbilt Intrudes on the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Territory.  He Builds the Competing South Pennsylvania Railroad Line.  Looting Before the Railway is Completed: $30 Million in Securities Fraud Through His Railroad Construction Company.  Vanderbilt’s Secret “Gentleman’s Agreement” with the Reading Railroad.  Pennsylvania Railroad Proves too Powerful.  J.P. Morgan Steps in to Dump the South Pennsylvania Line, Screwing the Reading Railroad.  His Accomplices: Morgan, Rockefeller, Mills, Elkins, and Whitney.  William Builds an Opulent Mansion.  Vanderbilt as a Great Patron of the Arts.  “THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED.”  He Gathers in $100 Million In Just Seven Years.  William Passes Away in 1885.  Massive Scope of His Tax Evasion Revealed.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #27

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 III, Chapter VI:  The Entailing of the Vanderbilt Fortune.  Vanderbilt’s Parsimonious Habits. The Nature of His “Friends,” So-Called.  His Wife and Sons.  Why William H. Vanderbilt Spent Most of His Life as a Modest Farmer.  The Entailment of the Massive Fortune: $90 Millions to the Chief Heir.  The Rise of Standard Oil, America’s First Trust.  William Vanderbilt’s Prophetic Testimony to the Hepburn Committee.  The Great Strike of 1877.  The B&O Railroad and False Flags.  Congressional Investigations Are Designed to Obfuscate and Let Everybody Off the Hook.  Vanderbilt Divests Himself of Railroad Stock and Buys Gov’t Bonds.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #26

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 III, Chapter V:  The Vanderbilt Fortune Increases Manifold, continued.  The Wisdom of Grand Larceny: the Greater the Theft, the Less Likely You Are to Go to Prison.  Money As the God of Society.  Harsh Discrimination’s in American Law.  Vanderbilt’s Constant Purchase of Laws.  His Immense Stretch: 1,300 Miles of Road From Buffalo to Chicago.  His Whitewashed Legacy: Vanderbilt as the Great Improver and Renovator of Railroad Lines.  How the Public Paid for Improvements to the Railroad Lines.  A Poignant Example: The Sinking of Above-Ground Tracks on Park Avenue.  How Accidents at Railroad Crossings Can Drive Down Real-Estate Value.  The City Closes Off Large Stretch of Park Avenue for Railroad Construction.  Vanderbilt Gobbles Up Property on Park Avenue.  The Corrupt Tweed Regime and Tammany Hall Driven Out of Power.  A “Reform” Administration Elected.  The Real History of “Reform” Politics.  Vanderbilt’s Vast Gifts From the “Reform” Legislatures.  The Correlation Between Record Low Wages and Record High Wall Street Profits.  Chauncey M. Depew: Vanderbilt’s Chief of Staff.  Vanderbilt Buys Depew a Seat in the U.S. Senate.  Repression of Workers. The Liberal Bastion of Massachusetts Exposed.  American Sweatshops Circa the 1900’s.  Sermonizing the “Best Classes”:  How The Rich and Their Tools Propagandize Workers By Promising to Uplift Them Into the Middle Class.  Honesty and Industry Scrutinized: The Borden Millions.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #25

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 III, Chapter V:  The Vanderbilt Fortune Increases Manifold.  Vanderbilt’s Assault on the Erie Railroad.  Sordid History of Corruption Surrounding the Erie.  Vanderbilt Wrests Control of the Erie From Daniel Drew in 1866.  Drew Kept on the Board of Directors.  Drew Brings James Fisk, Jr. and Jay Gould on the Board.  The Veteran Vanderbilt Outmaneuvered by Gould.  Bags of Money Handed Out at the State Legislatures.  The Consolidation of the New York Central and Hudson River Companies.  Financial Fraud at the New York Central Used to Evade Laws Limiting Stock Dividends.  The Middle Class Fights Combination to Protect Their Own Interests.  The Irony of the Middle Class Lobbying Bought Lawmakers.  Examples of the Rampant Bribery of Government Officials.  Vanderbilt’s Massive Score in 1869: One Act Bribed Through Grants Right of Consolidation, Expansion of Franchises, and Millions in Watered Stock.  The Hepburn Committee Confirms: $44,000,000 Looted By Vanderbilt.  A Well Oiled Machine: Vanderbilt Scoops in the Canada Southern and Michigan Central Lines.  The Real Motives of the Middle Class.  Fraud Permeates the Entire American Economic System.  Buyer Beware: The Selling of Tainted Food and Medicine Becomes “Universal” in America.  Small Shopkeepers Guilty of Short-Weighing Goods.  Why the FDA and SEC Came Into Existence.  Sharp Discriminations in the Law Linger.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #24

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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 III, Chapter IV:  The Onrush of the Vanderbilt Fortune, continued.  No Criminal Charges for Vanderbilt.  Congress Pathetically Offers Up a Resolution Censuring Him and Others.  Vanderbilt Exerts Political Influence to Have His Name Removed From the Resolution.  Vanderbilt Expunged, His Agent Southard Takes the Fall.  New Unbelievable Lows of Fraud: Afflicted Horses “Doctored Up” and Sold to the Cavalry.  Vanderbilt Begins Buying Stock in the New York and Harlem Railroad.  New York and Harlem Franchise Obtained Through Bribery.  The Atrocious Safety Records of the Railroads.  Corporations Not Responsible for Loss of Life: Transportation Accidents as a Means to Drive Down Stock Prices. Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council for a Perpetual Franchise.  George Law and Vanderbilt’s Bribery Battle for Control of the Broadway Line.  Law Bribes the State Legislature, Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council.  The City Aldermen Hatch a Scheme to Fleece Vanderbilt.  They Give Vanderbilt a Franchise That Will Not Pass Legal Scrutiny.  The Aldermen Secretly Short the New York and Harlem Stock.  The Outcome of This Plot.  He Grasps Up a Second Railroad: The New York and Hudson Line.  He Attempts to Consolidate the Two Railroads Through Legislative Act.  Another Plot Against Vanderbilt.  His Acquisition of the New York Central Railroad.  The Public Suffers So Stock Prices Can Be Depressed.  Vanderbilt Outmatches Cunard, Astor, Steward and Others.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #23

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 III, Chapter IV:  The Onrush of the Vanderbilt Fortune.  The Civil War Disrupts Marine Commerce.  Steamship Lines Try to Dispose of Their Fleets.  The Terrible Condition of These Vessels.  Worthless Ships Pawned Off On the Navy Department For a Profit.  Indiscriminate Plunder of the Soldiers During the War.  Faulty Weapons Maim and Kill the Soldiers They Are Issued To.  Spoiled Rations Sold to the Army.  Military Contractors Kill a Great Number of the Soldiers With Their Supplies.  The Patriotism of the Great Magnates, So-Called.  The Draft Act Amended to Let Great Capitalists Escape the Battlefields.  The Purchasing of “Substitutes” to Take the Rich Man’s Place on the Field of Combat. Vanderbilt the Glorious “Patriot.”  Vanderbilt Selected By Secretary of War Stanton, to Assist Government With Purchasing Worthless Ships.  Vanderbilt Grossly Overpays for the Ships if the Sellers Surrender a 10% Fee.  No Precautions Taken to Safeguard the Lives of Union Soldiers.  Vanderbilt Directly Responsible for Putting Hundreds of Soldiers Lives In Peril.

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