No one ever hindered the wicked by putting chains on the righteous.
I came across this tagline on Instagram by an artist who is clearly still in darkness.
Pet the snake, enjoy the darkness, ignore the faith.
This person has chosen killing words and doesn’t even know it.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The millionaire convicted of operating a profane underage sex-ring for the political powerful of the world was allowed to commit suicide today.
Right on schedule.
Don’t worry, noble citizens! Our completely effective and reliable Federal Bureau of Investigation and our equally impartial Department of Justice is on the case!
Turning the page away from the politicization of investigations.
A free society cannot stay free for long if the criminal-justice system becomes a political weapon, if that becomes our norm.
The most alarming aspect of the Trump–Russia investigation, and of the stark difference between the aggression with which it was pursued and the see-no-evil passivity of the Clinton emails caper, is the way the investigative process was used to influence political outcomes.
From National Review: James Comey Goes Free
Comey got away with it and here’s why he got away with it:
He knew our so-called “department of justice” wouldn’t lift a finger to stop him. Both the FBI and the DOJ were completely obedient to the political demands of their handlers, the DNC.
Robber baron, a pejorative term for one of the powerful 19th-century U.S. industrialists and financiers who made fortunes by monopolizing huge industries through the formation of trusts, engaging in unethical business practices, exploiting workers, and paying little heed to their customers or competition. Alternatively, those who credit the explosive growth of American capitalism during this period to the indefatigable pursuit of success and material wealth are likely to celebrate these entrepreneurial tycoons as “captains of industry.” Among the sectors in which they compiled their great wealth were the oil, steel, liquor, cotton, textile, and tobacco industries, railroads, and banks.
It has been argued that these capitalist pioneers were the “antecedents” of the organized crime that emerged in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–33). The robber barons transformed the wealth of the American frontier into vast financial empires, amassing their fortunes by monopolizing essential industries. In turn, these monopolies were built upon the liberal use of tactics that are today the hallmark of organized crime: intimidation, violence, corruption, conspiracies, and fraud.
John Jacob Astor
Among the earliest of the robber barons was John Jacob Astor, a fur magnate who amassed his fortune through the monopoly held by his American Fur Company over the trade in the central and western United States during the first 30 years of the 19th century. This monopoly was achieved in part by crushing rivals and systematically cheating Native Americans of fur pelts. When his competitors complained to the government, Astor’s agents resorted to violence. With his riches, Astor routinely paid off politicians to protect his business interests. At the time of his death, Astor was considered the wealthiest person in the country.
James Fisk, one Wall Street’s first great financiers, accumulated much of his fortune by fraudulent stock market practices. Fisk took much of the considerable money he made from smuggling Southern cotton to Northern mills during the American Civil War and invested it in Confederate bonds. He then swindled European investors by selling short when the defeat of the Confederate army was imminent but before Europe learned that the Confederate currency had collapsed.
In 1866, he formed the brokerage firm Fisk and Belden, and later he and his colleagues protected their control over the Erie Railroad Company by issuing fraudulent stock. Along with his associates, Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by inflating the price, which was accomplished by bribing public officials to keep government gold off the market. The venture brought them vast sums but led to a securities market panic that began on September 24, 1869, a day that was long remembered as Black Friday. At the time, the negative repercussions of the gold hoarding shook the economy and the scandal-plagued administration of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant.
Leland Stanford became involved in Republican politics in California and was elected governor in 1861. While governor, Stanford approved millions of dollars in state grants for the construction of a transcontinental railroad line during a period when he was also president of the Central Pacific Railroad. With three colleagues, he formed the Pacific Association and used their combined assets to bribe congressmen and others with political influence in the country’s capital. In return, the association was provided 9 million acres (3.6 million hectares) and a $24 million loan financed by federal bonds.
In addition, Stanford and his associates intimidated local governments into providing millions of dollars in subsidies by threatening to have the rail line bypass their communities. In 1885, Stanford was elected to the U.S. Senate by the legislature and re-elected in 1891. In 1885 also, he established what would later become Stanford University. Stanford died in 1893 worth more than $18 billion in 2004 dollars.
John D. Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller made his immense riches from monopolizing America’s oil industry. Conspiring with refinery owners, he helped found what became known as the Standard Oil monopoly. The consortium colluded with the railroads to monopolize oil delivery, prompting competitors to allow themselves to be bought by Standard Oil or be forced to pay outrageous shipping costs that would drive them out of business. These who stubbornly resisted were confronted with price wars. By 1890, the Rockefeller trust controlled approximately 90 percent of the petroleum production in the United States, a situation that led to the passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act that same year.
Other Robber Barons
Among the others who are often counted among the robber barons are financier John Pierpont Morgan, who organized a number of major railroads and consolidated the United States Steel, International Harvester, and General Electric corporations; Andrew Carnegie, who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century; shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt; industrialist George Pullman, the inventor of the Pullman sleeping car; and Henry Clay Frick, who helped build the world’s largest coke and steel operations. Perhaps ironically, many of the robber barons were also among the most prominent and generous philanthropists in U.S. history.
Original article: Robber Barons
Or, in modern parlance: predator capitalism.
There is no other economic model that has so swiftly and sweepingly liberated hundreds and hundreds of millions of people out of poverty than capitalism.
The verdict is in: capitalism is unmatched.
It has no equal today. It never had an equal. All those false prophets who seduced their nations and peoples to lay down under the boot heels of fascism, communism, totalitarianism, and other various cold socialist models, lie thankfully dead, buried, and forgotten: their failed experiments warnings to the wise.
However, capitalism is still an economic model and as such is vulnerable to those old vices Scripture warn us to avoid: envy, covetousness, greed, deception, and murder.
If you add the prefix predator to anything, you are no better than the robber barons of old: dead greed-soaked souls who are better off shunned from polite society.
There is enough evidence now — and there has been for a while — that the same companies that lecture us about utopian values are the very ones who operate overseas sweatshops that pay a mere pittance for a hard day’s work, then bring to market products for which they demand exorbitant prices.
Further, there is enough evidence now — and there has been for a while — that the same social media platforms that lecture us about the importance of free and open societies are the very corporations complicit in the subtle and overt silencing of their political opponents’ free speech and right to expression.
These companies are run by bald-faced liars and hypocrites — no surprise there.
If they cannot behave themselves, and it is clear they cannot, demote these the companies to utilities and regulate them accordingly.