History Lesson: America Is the Same Oligarchy It Was over a Century Ago

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  1. poncho

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    Tinkering around in an old bookstore in a small Texas town, we came across a set of old books on democracy; we got the first seven volumes of a set entitled, The March of Democracy: A History of the United States written by James Truslow Adams — the guy who coined the term “The American Dream” — for a mere $20.

    The first book’s copyright is 1932. The last book ends in 1958.

    Fascinating stuff…

    For example, in volume four America and World Power the book discusses how “Gradually and quite naturally, there grew up the belief in a great conspiracy on the part of the very rich to ruin the poor.”

    Read this and tell me — does any of it sound even the least bit familiar to you?

    Most strikingly in the public eye were the great Titans of the new business era, the coal and meat “barons” and the copper, railway, steel, and other “kings,” men of the type of the elder J.P. Morgan, of James J. Hill, William H. Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Frick, William H. Clark, and Rockefeller. Such men had certain broad traits in common, differ as they might from each other as individuals. They were men of wide economic but intensely narrow social vision, and of colossal driving power and iron wills. They could lay their economic plans with imperial vision in time and space, but for the effect of their acts on society they cared nothing whatever. They claimed the right to rule the economic destinies of the people in any way that would enure their own personal advantage. Illogically, they insisted upon the theory of laissez-faire for all except themselves, while they demanded and received every favor they wished in the way of special privileges from the government, as in the tariff and the silver purchase Act. The whole machinery of government must be at their disposal when desired — legislation, court decisions, and Federal troops. They combined their business units into “trusts” and combinations of almost unlimited power, yet they insisted on “freedom of contract” when dealing with labor, whose organization in any form they almost wholly refused to sanction.

    They never taught you any of that back in school, did they?

    That was written, by the way, in 1940; the author was discussing how America was run back in the late 1800s.

    Read More At: http://www.globalresearch.ca/history-lesson-america-is-the-same-oligarchy-it-was-over-a-century-ago/5422532
     
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    Same playbooks ....nothing new here friend.
     
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    That's the point.
     
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    Yes but as Christians we know that worldview is only temporary....we find our peace in Christ.
     
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    So we're supposed to ignore how the world's elite take advantage of everyone?

    So much for loving your neighbor as yourself.
     
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    I can see that you are a student of the sermon on the mount.....so tell me, how would Christ deal with the situation?
     
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    No, you tell me what does loving your neighbor as thy self mean?
     
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