History of America’s One Percent – Episode #30

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 VII:  The Vanderbilt Fortune in Later Generations, continued.  The Labor Movement Collapses After 1887.  Labor Party Leaders Bribed With Offices In Democratic and Republican Administrations.  Labor Reduced to Begging Politicians For Scraps of Legislation.  War Resumes Between the Middle Class and the Great Magnates.  The Middle Class Passes Anti-Trust Laws in 23 States By 1890.  Each Trust Busted Reorganizes Deeper In the Technicalities of the Law.  The Great Magnates Install Their Agents On the Benches and as Attorneys General.  The Vanderbilt’s Acquire the “Big Four.”  Some Circumstances Behind the Panic of 1893.  Gathering In Anthracite Coal Mines In Pennsylvania.  Squeezing Out the Independent Operators.  Abuses of the Mine Workers.  The Company Store.  The Grand Prize: Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Owned One-Half of Coal Supply in Pennsylvania.  President of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Arthur McLeod’s Wreckless Ambition.  Vanderbilt and Morgan Join Forces To Crush McLeod.  Splitting the Spoils of War.  Treatment of the Mine Workers Under the New Owners.  Gathering in the Bituminous Coal Mines Also.  Untold Profits From The Coal Mines.

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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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Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #8

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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 IX: Plutocracy.  The Power Over American Public Life in the Hands of the Rich.  The Meaning of Plutocracy.  The New “Golden Rule.”  Rockefeller accumulates $1 Billion in Fifty Years.  The Census of 1890 and the Distribution of Wealth.  1915: 2% of Population Owns 60% of Wealth.  Pettigrew Tries to Make Surveying the Distribution of Wealth a Permanent Function of the Census Bureau.  Pettigrew Talks About the Invisible Government.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #19

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 Middle Class Succeeds In Passing Anti-Trust Laws to Protect Their Businesses.  The Magnates Battle the Middle Class and The Unions.  The Army’s of Unemployed.  Trust Busting Totally Harmless.  The Use of Private Militia and Detectives To Suppress Demonstrations & Protests.  Sheriffs Deputize Agents In The Employ of Capitalists To Break Strikes.  More Than 120,500,000 Acres Given Away To Railroads By 1883.  Farmers Forced to Buy Land From Railroad Companies.  Mortgages On Farms, Equipment, and the Eventual Foreclosures.  Commodities Trading Manipulations.  Great Land Frauds In California. Land Fraud In Colorado.  Agricultural & Timber Lands Surveyed As “Desert” Land.  The Complete Domination of Land Offices in Every State.

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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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