History of America’s One Percent – Episode #20

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 II:  A Necessary Contrast, continued.  The Numerous Reports of Fraud From the Land Office Commissioner, Sparks.  Foreign Corporations Gobble Up Red-Wood Land In California.  Surveying Fraud, Land Pre-Emption, and Homesteader Cutouts.  Incorruptible Public Officials Removed From Office.  Huge Land Frauds From Mexican Patents. 8.5 Million Acres of Fraudulent Mexican Land Grants in New Mexico Alone.  Stephen B. Elkins Makes an Appearance.  Investigation By U.S. Surveyor General Uncovers Blatant Forgery.  “Foreigners of Large Means” Gobble Up Texas Land.  Two British Syndicates Hold 7.5 Million Acres of Texas Land.  Land-Grabbing an Election Issue in 1880.  Almost All Farming Land In Private Ownership According to Gov’t Report in 1930.  Railroad Corporations the Single Largest Holders of Land in 1928.  The Serf Nation: 50% of American Farms Operated By Tenants in 1916.  American Feudalism Is Back Baby!

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Feudalism in the USA

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Stephen Van Rensselaer III – the last patroon in an American feudal dynasty. Died 1839.

Many writers and commentators of the present day have often remarked that America is moving ever closer to that distant and extinct mode of society, feudalism.  In this hierarchy, power is derived from the owning of property, particularly land, on which the masses must toil and eek out an existence as vassals, in exchange for protection from the land-holding lord.  The feudal lord had absolute dominion over the land and his tenants, creating the laws, exacting tribute, marshaling a police force, and dispensing justice.

While the exact functions of the system 600 years ago are a bit outdated, the general concept can still be readily applied.  The exploited masses woefully indebted, and laboring for a mere subsistence as slaves to a small group of wealthy elite, may sound shocking. Yet it is a pattern perhaps, that some in our society are beginning to see.  It has been termed in the alternative media as neo-feudalism, a more recent incarnation of the old system.

But just how distant a relic was feudalism?  If you have been following our podcast series on the History of Americas 1%, then you will know that land lords with feudal rights colonized America, particularly in New Netherlands (which eventually became New York).  In Parts 1, 2, & 3, we touched on many of the old landed aristocrats, one of the foremost being the Van Rensselaer estate, which comprised a large chunk of New York. These feudal lords remained intrenched there, exacting a ferocious and arbitrary rule over their territory.  However, with the American Revolution came sweeping changes of freedom and manhood suffrage and wiped out the old feudal conditions.  Or did it?

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #6

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, and discover the origins of the American 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 II, Chapter I:  The Origin of Huge City Estates.  Feudal Lords in 1846.  Aristocracy Founded in City Land.  City Land Impervious to Changing Economic Conditions.  Huge Expansion of Urban Populations.  New York Becomes the Center of Trade.  Astor Richer Than Many Millions of People Combined.  Cheating on Property Taxes.

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PART II, CHAPTER I – FOOTNOTES

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