Mar 24, 2009

Gandhi on man's greed and Sen Pettigrew on plutocracy

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need -- but not for man's greed." Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was born Oct 2, 1869 (NS) in Porbandar, India with a 12th house Sun in Libra and a 10th house Moon in Leo. (Rodden Rating: A.)

Images for Integration for this Air-Fire blend:

'A performance of The Importance of Being Earnest...A political idealist is crowned leader by adoring followers.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)


"This great and powerful force - the accumulated wealth of the United States - has taken over all the functions of Government, Congress, the issue of money, and banking and the army and navy in order to have a band of mercenaries to do their bidding and protect their stolen property. Senator Richard Pettigrew - Triumphant Plutocracy
(published, January 1, 1922.)

Triumphant Plutocracy now appears in Amazon's Legacy Reprint Series and is available in hardcover or paperback. The above link is to the paperback version and has one reader review which you may find of interest.

In his 50 years of public service, Sen. Richard F. Pettigrew knew them all - politicians, bankers, ambassadors - all the wealthy and important men of his day.

His book covers the period from 1870 to 1920, and he opens with this:

"The American people should know the truth about American public life. They have been lied to so much and hoodwinked so often that it would seem only fair for them to have at least one straight-from-the-shoulder statement concerning this government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' about whose inner workings the people know almost nothing."

The book's title, Triumphant Plutocracy, is an ironic play upon steel magnate Andrew Carnegie's earlier book, Triumphant Democracy. Pettigrew names names and busts myths including the one about Teddy Roosevelt 'charging up San Juan Hill' during the Spanish-American War.

And they're still selling us the same old tripe and pulling the same old imperialist strings to tug at our patriotic American hearts.

So is Pres. Barack Obama any different?

Well, sad to say, my intuition says that he couldn't be too different or the president-installers wouldn't have him in the White House. And if he dares stray from their plutocratic script, he can be, as Pettigrew informed us, unmade.


Anonymous said...

I am going to look for a copy of that book. Perhaps the library.
About Obama listening this early AM to KPFA-Amy Allison mentioning again that we will need to force him to do the right thing. Well this AM I am going with that more hopeful outlook. although I must say the current financial melt down and scandals remind me of the treacherous computer easter eggs-the power boys have littered Obamas path with the little fuckers.

Jude Cowell said...

lol! Great idea, Clymela, to look for Pettigrew's book in the library. It may be off the shelves though since it's been out of print for years until Amazon picked it up but I guess it depends on how long your library keeps books around!

I may have a peek, too, thanks! jude ;p