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A democracy exists whenever those who are free and poor are in sovereign control of the government; an oligarchy when the control lies in the hands of the rich and better born.”—Aristotle

These International bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and use the columns of these papers to club into submission or rive out of public office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government -- Theodore Roosevelt, New York Times, March 27, 1918 

Teddy Roosevelt in his famous speech in 1910 Osawatomie, Kansas:   "We must drive the special interests out of politics. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains."

“All for ourselves, and nothing for anybody else,” Adam Smith called this the vile maximum of the masters of mankind; neoliberals call it, “trickle-down economics.”  Noam Chomsky

The hand the gives is above the hand that takes.  Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain—Napoleon Bonaparte

History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.—James Madison

I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency … the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.  The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

—Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, 1802.

The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy -- President Abraham Lincoln (full quote below)

If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, where as the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way.  It is absurd to say that our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people -- Thomas Edison

Quotes from the highly acclaimed documentary The Money Masters

With the refusal of King George III to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, this was probably the prime cause of the revolution—Benjamin Franklin

 The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the prime reason for the Revolutionary War—Benjamin Franklin

In the Colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Scrip. We issue it in proper proportion to the demands of trade and industry to make the products pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating for ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay to no one--Benjamin Franklin

Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international moneylenders. ... The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and ... manipulates the credit of the United States--Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

The institution [The Bank of North America] having no principle but that of avarice, will never be varied in its object ... to engross all the wealth, power and influence of the state--William Findley, Congress 1791-1817

Woodrow Wilson’s statement of regret over his part in setting up the Federal Reserve banking system: 

[Our] great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit.  Our system of credit is privately concentrated.  The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men….who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom.  We have come to be on one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world-no government by free opinion.  No longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.—Woodrow Wilson. 


Congressman Louis McFadden during the Great Depression on the Federal Reserve:  It was a carefully contrived occurrence:   international bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair, so that they might emerge the rulers of us all.  It is not our own citizens only that who are to receive the bounty of our government, more than 8 million of the stocks of this bank are held by foreigners.  Is there no danger to our liberty and independence in a bank that in its nature has so little to bind our bank to this country?  Controlling our currency, receiving our public money and holding thousands of our citizens’ independence would be more formidable and dangerous than a military power of our enemy. 

Andrew Jackson vetoed the renewal of the charter of the National Bank, passed by congress 4-years early

This worthy president thinks that because he has scalped Indians and imprisoned judges, he is to have his way with the bank, he is mistaken.  Nothing but widespread suffering will produce any affect upon Congress.  Our only safety is in pursuing a steady course of firm restriction--and I have no doubt that such a course will ultimately lead to restoration of the currency and the re-charter of the bank.—Biddle, President of 2nd National Bank In response to Jackson, the 2nd National Bank brought on the threatened depression by calling in loans and refusing credit.  [Our revisionist history has placed its cause upon Jackson--jk.]  News about the role of Biddle as cause of the crash resulted in Congress voting against renewal of the charter.    The example set by France and England and their payments to the banking houses (44%, e.g., the British Government paid of their tax revenue following the French and Indian War) was the principle cause of opposition by the founding fathers and the next several generations of leaders to a national bank.

Get Congress to pass a bill authorizing the printing of full legal tender treasury notes ... and pay your soldiers with them and go ahead and win the war with them also.  ... The people or anyone else will not have any choice in the matter, if you make them full legal tender. They will have the full sanction of the government and be just as good as any money; as Congress is given the express right by the Constitution.  -- Colonel Dick Taylor to President Abraham Lincoln about how to finance the Civil War [in 1862-63 President Lincoln printed up over 400 million dollars of the new bills, called Greenbacks because of the green color of the bill's back, and financed the Civil War - at no interest]

The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers.  The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government's greatest creative opportunity.  By the adoption of these principles ... the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity--President Abraham Lincoln

If this mischievous financial policy which has its origin in North America shall become indurate down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe -- editorial in the London Times about President Lincoln's issuing of full legal tender Treasury notes (Greenbacks) during the Civil War, 1962-63 {There is weak evidence that the European bankers brought about Lincoln’s assassination} 

 “The Death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom.  There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots….. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks, they will entirely control the exuberant riches of America, and use it systematically to corrupt modern civilization.  They will not hesitate to plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos in order that the earth should become their inheritance.”--Otto von Bismarck on the death of Lincoln

The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained as one block, and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world--Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany

A too great disproportion for its citizens weakens every state.  No one can doubt such equalities diminishes less from the happiness of the rich than it adds to that of the poor.—David Hume, Of Commerce, 1752. 

Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce... And when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate -- President James Garfield

“On the one side there is the party which holds the power because it holds the wealth; which has in its grasp all labor and all trade; which manipulates for its own benefit and its own purpose all the sources of supply, and which is powerfully represented in the councils of State itself.  On the other side there is the needy and powerless multitude, sore and suffering.”--Poe Leo XIII. 1898.


This Act [Federal Reserve Act of 1913] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed... The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill. It can cause the pendulum of a rising and falling market to swing gently back and forth by slight changes in the discount rate, or cause violent fluctuations by a greater rate variation, and in either case it will possess inside information as to financial conditions and advance knowledge of the coming change, either up or down.  This is the strangest, most dangerous advantage ever placed in the hands of a special privilege class by any Government that ever existed.  The system is private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other people's money.  They know in advance when to create panics to their advantage. They also know when to stop panic. Inflation and deflation work equally well for them when they control finance -- Representative Charles Lindberg (R-MN)

The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation ... It seizes in is long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the pubic protection... [a]t the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interest and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.  They practically control both parties ... and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business...  These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country -- John Hylan, Mayor of New York - New York Times, March 26, 1922

I have looked critically into history as presented by the Money Masters, and found that the history supports it.  I have looked at 4 published reviews and none of them challenge its historical analysis and are favorable; moreover twice PBS independent television stations have aired this documentary in its entirety--jk  

MORE QUOTES:  They who feed cloth, & lodge the whole body of the people, they themselves should be well fed, clothed and lodge . . . . But that government was the generating cause [of riots].  Instead of consolidating society, it divides it.  When the apparent cause of any riot may be, the real one is the want of happiness.  It shows that something is wrong in the system of government.—Adam Smith, Wealth of a Nation

On Adam Smith, author in 1776 of Wealth of a Nation. Smith favored lassie fare capitalism, the reason for so is put straight by professor Robins, 1939 Lecture at London School of Economics:

Popular writing in this connection is far below the zero of knowledge or common decency.  On this plain not only is any real knowledge of the classical economists nonexistent, but their place has been taken by a set of mythological figures passing by the same names, but not infrequently invested with attitudes almost the exact reverse which the originals adopted.  These dummies are very malignant creatures indeed.  They are the tools or lackeys of the capitalist exploiters.  (I think that has the authentic stylistic flavor.)  They are extremely indifferent to the well being of the working classes.  Hence when a writer today wishes to present his own point of view in a special favorable setting, he has only to point to these constructs with the attitude of these reprehensible people and the desired effect is produced.  You’d be surprised how many well-known authors who have resorted to this device .... Smith’s motives were very much like the labor movement’s, which developed later, and very much opposed to the people who distort his motives and shamelessly use his name.--The English Classical Economists Disc II, track 1, 1:30 ff—Lionel Robins—1939, Lectures for the London School of Economics.  Smith pointed out that whenever government (of England) interfered with trade it was at the behest of a special interest such as the sugar producers of Jamaica, and that such action invariable drove up prices, for which the poor suffered the most.  


The vile maximum of the masters of mankind:  “All for ourselves and nothing for anybody else.”  Adam Smith denounced those motives.  Prof. Lionel Robins.


Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.
Adam Smith

The government of an exclusive company of merchants is, perhaps, the worst of all governments for any country whatsoever.
Adam Smith

This power becomes particularly irresistible when exercised by those who, because they hold and control money, are able also to govern credit and terminate its allotment, for this reason supplying, so to speak, the life-blood of the entire economic body, and grasping, as it were, in their very hands the very soul of the economy so that no one dare breathe against their will.” --Pope Pius XI


All that is needed is to hammer two facts home into the public consciousness. One, that the interests of all exploited people are the same, and the other, that socialism is compatible with common decency,
George Orwell




At the start of the Christian era the metallic money of the Roman Empire amounted to $1.8 billion.  By the end of the fifth century it had shrunk to less than $200 million.  History records no other such disastrous transition than that from the Roman Empire to the Dark Ages.--United State Silver Commission. 

Alexander Hamilton when asked why the Constitution made no mention of God, he replied “The country did not require foreign aid.”


A State divided into a small number of rich and a large number of poor will always develop a government manipulated by the rich to protect the amenities represented by their property.
Harold Laski, English political commentator (1930)


The first lesson one learns in Parliament is that the two great parties generally forget their political differences when the just claims of the people threaten their pockets.
Will Crooks
(1852-1921, politician, trade unionist, and member of the Fabian Society}


"The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed."

 Abraham Lincoln


Man, like all higher vertebrates, can be trained:  advertising sells the behavior of buying Pepsi, so too does this corporate media sell the support of a pyramid society and the economic-political structure that promotes it.  The emotional bonding is stronger than the rational process.  Jerry Kahn

When there is a conflict between professed beliefs and livelihood, beliefs are adjusted, and by association new behavior is learnt.  Most men wear during their life several different robes of circumstance and professed beliefs.—Jerry Kahn

Scientific education and religious educations are incompatible.  The clergy have ceased to interfere with education at the advanced state, with which I am directly concerned, but they have still got control of that of child­ren.  This means that children have to learn about Adam and Noah instead of Evolution; about David who killed Goliath, instead of Koch who killed Cholera; about Christ’s ascent into heaven instead of Montgolfier’s and Wright’s.  Worse than that, they are taught that it is a virtue to accept statements without adequate evidence, which leaves them a prey to quacks of every kind in later life, and makes it very difficult for them to accept the methods of though which are successful in science. 

J.B.S. Haldane, leading 20th century anthropologist


The corporate media has taught us to accept statements which serve their interests and promote the goals to the globalizers, the power behind our government.  This media appeals to our emotions to accept the political-financial system.  It is a system that has resulted in diminishing returns for the masses, and a system that is preparing with the boot of force to crush popular revolt during the next great depression—Jerry Kahn.


For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protections to property, and we must make that promise good.  But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation….  The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being.  There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. 

Teddy Roosevelt in his famous speech in 1910 Osawatomie, Kansas (the center for John Brown’s attacks).


“Our country,” [Roosevelt] said, “...means nothing unless it means the triumph of a real democracy ... of an economic system under which each man shall be guaranteed the opportunity to show the best that there is in him.”


"Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the 'the game belongs to the people.' So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The 'greatest good for the greatest number' applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method."
A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open, 1916


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A democracy exists whenever those who are free and poor are in sovereign control of the government; an oligarchy when the control lies in the hands of the rich and better born.”—Aristotle

These International bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and use the columns of these papers to club into submission or rive out of public office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government -- Theodore Roosevelt, New York Times, March 27, 1918

Teddy Roosevelt in his famous speech in 1910 Osawatomie, Kansas: "We must drive the special interests out of politics. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains."