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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode 10

Richard F. Pettigrew Triumphant Plutocracy (aka Imperial Washington): The Story of American Public Life from 1870 to 1920

Episode #10 – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew, including Chapter XII: Politics. A Case Study of the Fraudulent Nature of Politics. Making Enemies. Using Political Influence to Threaten Others. How Bribes Work: Sergeant-at-Arms for the Two Houses are the Bagmen for Buying Votes. How Politicians Scheme to Get Rich From Their Power. Assisting With Plunder to Gain Re-Election: Appointing Friends of Powerful People. Granting Political Favors for Financial Gain: An Example Involving County Seats. The Tremendous Money to be Made From Locating State Capitals. Congressional Investigations of Corruption as a Shakedown Tactic. Nelson Aldrich: Sergeant-At-Arms of the Senate. Connections and Political Favors: How Knowing a Lawyer, Who Helped Appoint a Judge, Can Keep Your Ass Out of Prison. Pettigrew Withdraws From Re-Election to Spite a Political Rival.




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