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Friday, February 24, 2012

Income Disparity, Inequality and Collapse

We worship money instead of honor. A billionaire, in our estimation, is much greater in these days in the eyes of the people than the public servant who works for public interest. It makes no difference if the billionaire rode to wealth on the sweat of little children and the blood of underpaid labor. No one ever considered Carnegie libraries steeped in the blood of the Homestead steelworkers, but they are. We do not remember that the Rockefeller Foundation is founded on the dead miners of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company and a dozen other similar performances. We worship Mammon; and until we go back to ancient fundamentals and return to the Giver of the Tables of Law and His teachings, these conditions are going to remain with us. It is a pity that Wall Street, with its ability to control all the wealth of the nation and to hire the best law brains in the country, has not produced some statesmen, some men who could see the dangers of bigness and of the concentration of the control of wealth. Instead of working to meet the situation, they are still employing the best law brains to serve greed and self interest. People can stand only so much, and one of these days there will be a settlement.

Harry Truman

The settlement he is referring to is revolution and chaos. Thomas Paine and Alexander Hamilton talked about how revolution and chaos were the final end of every great nation from the past and about how to avoid that in America, that is how to impede the concentration of wealth.

2 Comments:

Blogger KISSWeb said...

Obviously, Truman was a flaming Communist. Good find.

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