Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #12

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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 XIV: Senates and Senators.  Pettigrew: “Senate Never Legislated In Interest of the American People.”  Esteem for Marion butler and John P. Jones.  The Rothschild’s Make an Appearance.  How To Sink an Amendment to a Bill.  Senator Wolcott of Colorado Enters the Senate Poor, Dies With a Fortune.  The Senate Committee on Finance: Where Men Go to Make a Fortune.  The Ratification of the Spanish Peace Treaty.  Nelson Aldrich and Bribes, Again.  How the U.S. Senate Manipulates History and Falsifies Official Records!  Congressional Witch Hunts.  Senator Edmunds of Vermont Called Out as a Great Bribe-Taker.

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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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PART III, CHAPTER V – FOOTNOTES.

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Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #6

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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 VII: Railroads.  Railroads Were the Most Aggressive Interests in America.  Pettigrew Operated a Small Railroad in South Dakota.  Trusts Grow Out of Demonetization of Silver.  The Revolving Door Between Railroads and Government.  Railroads Cheat the Government on Mail Volume.  They Use Congressional Documents to Add Extra Weight During Weighing Season.  Postal Service “Unwittingly” Helps the Railroads Defraud the Government.  Railroads Charge Discriminatory Rates, Put Burden on the Poor.  Rich and Influential Customers Ride the Rails on Free Passes.  Standard Oil Uses Discriminatory Rates to Conquer the Competition.  Railroads Over Capitalized.  Rampant Securities Fraud and Manipulation By the Railroads.  The Notorious Credit Mobilier Scandal.  Congress Appoints Committee to Re-Structure It’s Mortgage On the Railroads.  Committee Packed With Railroad Agents.  They Swindle the Tax Payers Out of $100,000 Per Mile.  Anti-Trust Laws No Match For the Railroads.  New York Judge Declares That Most Every Judge In the State Has a Conflict of Interest On Railroad Cases.  Pettigrew Introduces Senate Bill No. 1770, Railroad Nationalization.  The Immense Concentration of Railroad Stock in a Few Hands.  Morgan and Rockefeller Dominate the Railroad Industry.  Pettigrew Calls For Railroad Owners to Be Jailed.  Long List Railroad Frauds During the Civil War.  Government “Takes Over” Railroads During War.  Tax Payers Forced to Guarantee Stock Dividends On Fraudulent Stock.

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FIGURES & CHARTS FROM CHAPTER VI

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