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 #29

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.  The Heirs Build Huge Mansions.  A Dynasty Secured  in 30 Years.  The Great Labor Movement of 1886.  The Agitation for an 8-Hour Work Day.  Potential Political Ramifications of the Labor Movement Surface.  The Middle Class and the 1% Join Ranks to Strangle the Labor Movement.  The Strike at the McCormick Factory in Chicago.  Deployment of Pinkerton Detectives and Employment of “Scabs.”  Police and News Reporters Create a Crisis at the Factory.  Police Fire Into Crowds of Men, Women, and Children.  Radicals In Chicago.  The Haymarket Incident.  Police Attack Peaceful Protesters, Again.  Bombing of Police Allows Massive Crackdown.  Labor Leaders Rushed to Trial.  Four American’s Hung With No Evidence of Guilt.  Other Labor Leaders Pardoned 7 Years Later.  Political Action in New York City.  The True Nature of Political Parties. Theodore Roosevelt Makes a Cameo.  An Election Stolen Through Fraud: Repeat Voters and Tampering With Results.

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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 #11

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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 XIII: The United States Supreme Court.  The Origins of the Constitution Redux.  Jefferson Not a Party to the Constitution.  The Ten Amendments to the Constitution.  The Importance of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.  The Supreme Court: A Dangerous Usurper.  Jefferson’s Writings Reveal That the Tenth Amendment Was Written to Constrain the Supreme Court.  Marbury vs. Madison.  Thomas Jefferson: America Dead and Secretly Buried in 1819.  “It Is the Part of a Good Judge to Enlarge His Jurisdiction.”  Supreme Court Never Meant to Veto Laws as Unconstitutional.  Why the Supreme Court Abandoned the Practice of Each Justice Giving an Opinion.  The Notorious Dartmouth College Decision.  Rights of Property Holders Supreme to the Rights of Man.  The Judiciary Usurps the Powers of Congress Forever in 1857.  The Supreme Court Drunk with Power.  Tenth Amendment Destroyed by the Supreme Court.  The First Amendment Completely Gutted by 1920.  The Entire Bill of Rights Destroyed by the Supreme Court.  Laws Passed in Time of War Inevitably Enforced in Times of Peace.  The Supreme Court Has Always Been a Political Body.  What Is the Matter With the Courts?  Pettigrew’s Possible Remedies for the Supreme Court.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #24

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 IV:  The Onrush of the Vanderbilt Fortune, continued.  No Criminal Charges for Vanderbilt.  Congress Pathetically Offers Up a Resolution Censuring Him and Others.  Vanderbilt Exerts Political Influence to Have His Name Removed From the Resolution.  Vanderbilt Expunged, His Agent Southard Takes the Fall.  New Unbelievable Lows of Fraud: Afflicted Horses “Doctored Up” and Sold to the Cavalry.  Vanderbilt Begins Buying Stock in the New York and Harlem Railroad.  New York and Harlem Franchise Obtained Through Bribery.  The Atrocious Safety Records of the Railroads.  Corporations Not Responsible for Loss of Life: Transportation Accidents as a Means to Drive Down Stock Prices. Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council for a Perpetual Franchise.  George Law and Vanderbilt’s Bribery Battle for Control of the Broadway Line.  Law Bribes the State Legislature, Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council.  The City Aldermen Hatch a Scheme to Fleece Vanderbilt.  They Give Vanderbilt a Franchise That Will Not Pass Legal Scrutiny.  The Aldermen Secretly Short the New York and Harlem Stock.  The Outcome of This Plot.  He Grasps Up a Second Railroad: The New York and Hudson Line.  He Attempts to Consolidate the Two Railroads Through Legislative Act.  Another Plot Against Vanderbilt.  His Acquisition of the New York Central Railroad.  The Public Suffers So Stock Prices Can Be Depressed.  Vanderbilt Outmatches Cunard, Astor, Steward and Others.

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Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #10

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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 XII: Politics.  A Case Study of the Fraudulent Nature of Politics.  Making Enemies.  Using Political Influence to Threaten Others.  How Bribes Work: Sergeant-at-Arms for the Two Houses are the Bagmen for Buying Votes.  How Politicians Scheme to Get Rich From Their Power.  Assisting With Plunder to Gain Re-Election: Appointing Friends of Powerful People.  Granting Political Favors for Financial Gain: An Example Involving County Seats.  The Tremendous Money to be Made From Locating State Capitals.  Congressional Investigations of Corruption as a Shakedown Tactic.  Nelson Aldrich: Sergeant-At-Arms of the Senate.  Connections and Political Favors: How Knowing a Lawyer, Who Helped Appoint a Judge, Can Keep Your Ass Out of Prison.  Pettigrew Withdraws From Re-Election to Spite a Political Rival.

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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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FIGURES & CHARTS FROM CHAPTER VIII

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