Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #13

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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 XV: Ten Presidents.  Pliable Men, Who Served Faithfully the Business Interests.  Grant was a Soldier, Not a President.  Benjamin Harrison Attempts to dominate Party Politics.  A Lesson In Campaign Funds.   The REAL Government: Railroads, Industry, Financial, and Transportation Corporations.  Grover Cleveland Vetos 5 Times More Bills Than All Previous Presidents Combined.  Cleveland the Drunk.  His Week Long Bender’s on Benedict’s Yacht.  William McKinley Lies to  Pettigrew’s Face.  Annexing the Sulu Nation.  The US Protects a Slaver Nation After the Civil War Supposedly Eliminates Slavery.

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Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #9

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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 X: Who Made the Constitution.  The Plutocracy Becomes the Masters of Government.  Plans Prepared By Business Men to Stabilize Business Interests.  The American Idea of Government Was the British Idea of Government.  The Constitution Was Not Drawn Up to Safeguard Liberty.  The Constitutional Convention Held In Secret.  The Secret Debates of the Constitutional Convention Published a Half-Century Later.  Thomas Jefferson Sent to France During the Drafting of the Constitution.  Constitution Protects Slavery.  States Refused to Ratify the Constitution.  Jefferson Returns From France to Throw Weight Behind Amendments. Reading of Chapter XI: Lawyers.  Lawyers In Domination of the Federal Government.  Why Are Both Houses of Congress Packed With Lawyers?  Why Are Most of Our Presidents Lawyers?  Why Are Most Judges Lawyers?  A Lawyer, By Training and Practice, Serves the Ruling Class.  A Good Lawer Studies “Precedent.”  Precedent is Simply the Continuation of the Status Quo.  Precedent Based on the Common Law of England.  Trained in the Wisdom of the Seventeenth Century.  Lawyers Can Not Think Into the Future, So They Protect Things As They Are.  The Lawyer Is One of the Few Who Can Take a Bribe, and Call It a Fee.  Common Law Derived From the Landed Aristocracy of Great Britain.  Pettigrew Recounts Stories of Fellow Senators Taking Bribes While In Congress.  The Practice Excites Little Comment Because It Is So Common.  Lawyers Should Be Excluded From the Bench, and All Branches of Government.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #15

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 II, Chapter X:  Further Vistas of the Field Fortune.  Marshall Field’s  Methods in Managing Corporations.  He Is the Shadowy Dictator of the Pullman Company.  Establishment of the Pullman Factory and Company Town in Chicago.  Workers Forced to Live On Factory Premises and Pay Rent.  The Company Charges Employees Two and Three Times the Cost of Utilities.  This Method Provides Free Water For Use in the Factory.  Employees Taxed $0.50 a Month For Having Shutters On Their Rental Homes.  Wages Slashed 25% During Panic of 1893.  No Decrease of Rent and Utilities.  Workers Monthly Wages Between $0.08 and $2.00 After Paying Company Rent and Utilities.  Workers Rack Up $70,000 Debt for Unpaid Rents.  Strike Declared in 1894 for Restoration of Wages.  Mainstream Media Viciously Attacks the Strikers.  The Company Hires Agent Provocateurs to Incite Violence.  They Burn Down Their Own Railroad Cars to Blame on the Strikers.  National Guard Called Out to Attack Strikers.  Strike Leaders Imprisoned Without Trial.  The President Sends In The Army as the Final Blow.  Congressional Commission Later Validates the Strikers Complaints.  Field Cheats on His Property Taxes.  The Trustees of His Estate Forced to Settle For $1,000,000 In Back Taxes.  Field’s Great Philanthropic Donations Boost His Real Estate Values.  His Millions Left to Two Boys.

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