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 VIII: Labor. Congress Composed of Lawyers Whose Only Interest Was Their Clients. Pettigrew: Only One Bill In The Interest of Labor Became Law in Twelve Years. The Battle To Pass Legislation Requiring Railroads to Report Industrial Accidents. A Senator Turns to Pettigrew As a Last Resort. Not Afraid to Make Enemies. The Congressional Merry-Go-Round. Fighting Amendments and Committees. The Bill Finally Passed. The Bill Gets “Lost” and Therefore Can’t Be Signed Into Law. The Underhanded Nature of Government. The True Nature of the AFL and It’s Leaders. Samuel Gompers. The AFL Is a Trust. The Status Quo Methodology: Buy Out Opposition or Destroy It. The AFL Compromised at Birth by Special Interests. Breaking Strikes By Force. The Use of Agent Provocateurs.