Wise words on corruption
Some time ago, I wrote in The Union that our present profit system is inherently corrupt and is built on the pursuit of wealth, thus creating characteristics of selfishness, greed, chicanery, ad nauseam. Tragically, this includes the desire for war.
To substantiate my belief, you will read what some of the greatest, wisest men in U. S. history have said.
“In the very first issue of this magazine back in 1909, our founder, Senator Robert M. La Follette, warned of the powers of big business. He noted that corporations not only dominate the economy, but rule through the very men elected to represent the people. The battle to take back power from corporations, he said, ‘will be the longest and hardest ever fought for democracy.’ ” – The Progressive Magazine, editorial, September 2002
“We can have a democratic society or we can have a concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both.” – Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court justice
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson
“We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood … It has indeed been a trying hour for the republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. 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.” – Abraham Lincoln, letter to William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864
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