Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #5

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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 VI: The Trusts.  Pettigrew’s 12 Years In Congress Fighting Trusts.  The Theory of Competition Abandoned.  Trusts Grow Out of Demonetization of Silver.  Trusts Propelled Into Power by the Spanish-American War.  Standard Oil Sets the Path for Combination.  Examination of the “Sugar Trust.”  Sugar Trust Declared Illegal by New York.  It Reorganizes in New Jersey.  Senators Deny That Trusts Exist.  New Jersey: Haven For Trusts and Combinations.  President of the Sugar Trust Testifies In Congress That It Manipulates Prices.  $25,000,000 Extracted In Three Years.  Trust Busting A Farce.  Congress Protects Trusts.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #14

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.


NOTE: We have switched to the 1936 edition of the book.

In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers.  Includes Part II, Chapter IX:  The Field Fortune In Extenso.  Land For Practically Nothing.  Land Values Steadily Increase.  Fortunes Made During Panic Years.  Field’s Vast Real Estate Holdings.  He Makes $500 – $700 An Hour.  How He Paid His Workers.  Low Wages and Prostitution.  Cutting Out the Middle Man.  His Factories Spread Across the Globe.  His Bond and Stock Holdings.  The Director of Trusts.

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PART II, CHAPTER IX – FOOTNOTES

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