Class Warfare Blog

July 1, 2012

It is About Control—How We Got Here

In my last post I promised to explain how they got us to where we are now. There are only two powers of a magnitude to challenge the power of the monied interests: religion and government.

One can muse back to pre-historic times when human beings wandered the earth in small family units. As “hunter-gatherers” we were vulnerable to animal predation and predation from other bands of humans. The bravest and strongest became the leaders of the group, at least in times of stress. Because the people in the group owed so much to the few who kept them safe, they expressed their gratitude by providing them the best: the best food, the best sex, etc. One can also see how one or more of the “not so brave” but who possessed cunning and cleverness took advantage of situations to gather some power for themselves. I envision a lunar or solar eclipse, something that happens rarely, which would cause the members of the band to cower in fear from such an unusual happenstance. Our cunning one, in the midst of the event stands up and utters defiant words/curses/chants to the eclipse and the troop is “saved” from whatever calamity they could imagine. Thus were born kings and priests.

Kings and priests were natural enemies but the battle took an odd turn at some point and the two were merged by the concept of the divine right of kings. The priests added gods behind the throne and the throne protected and supported the priests. A merger of a sort was managed. Ever since one has gotten the upper hand only occasionally. Henry VIII comes to mind. The Pope excommunicates him, and he excommunicates the Pope by establishing his own Church of England. Various wars were then fought over that usurpation.

The birth of the U.S. was the first secular government of any note, that is we do without rule by divine right and rule ourselves. So, control exists in the form of various electorates, not kings and bishops.

So, what do the monied powers have in the way of leverage over the votes of the many citizens?

Maybe a few quotations will suffice to answer this question: (It is very hard to verify such quotations as sources are not always reliable, so if any of the below are bogus, I do apologize, but please know that I did attempt to verify each.)

As a result of the war corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”
Abraham Lincoln (From a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864, “The Hidden Lincoln:” from the Letters and Papers of William H. Herndon, by Emanuel Hertz, Viking Press, 1938, NY)

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
Lincoln’s First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1802

As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.”
Grover Cleveland, 1888

We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. We will not submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we will submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

“ If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”
Andrew Jackson

“No duty is more imperative on the government than the duty it owes the people of furnishing them with a sound and uniform currency and of regulating the circulation of the medium of exchange so that labour will be protected from a vicious currency, and commerce will be facilitated by cheap and safe exchanges.”
Abraham Lincoln

“ These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel. ”
Abraham Lincoln (Speech to Illinois legislature, January 1837. This is “Lincoln’s First Reported Speech,” found in the Sangamo Journal (January 28, 1837) according to McClure’s Magazine (March 1896); also in Lincoln’s Complete Works (1905) ed. by Nicolay and Hay, Vol. 1, p. 24.)

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House. (House was President Wilson’s advisor orchestrating the Federal Reserve.)

Basically, if you buy the politicians, you have also bought the churches.

Next: The Banks, the Fracking Banks

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