An era of corruption will follow and the money power of the country, will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people. Until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
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
There is debate about whether Lincoln said this or not or what exactly was said but either way, these are powerful statements that are suspiciously descriptive of what is happening today. The bankers wield such power it seems that no one and no government can stand in their way; either you give in to their demands or they threaten to pull out – do we really want governments that bend to such pressure and take from the poorest to bolster the richest?