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Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations

 
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Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.


-Thomas Jefferson

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1.) The Original Boston Tea Party Was A Civil Disobedience Action Against A Private Corporation. In 1773, agitators blocked the importation of tea by East India Trading Company ships across the country. In Boston harbor, a band of protesters led by Samuel Adams boarded the corporation’s ships and dumped the tea into the harbor. No East India Trading Company employees were harmed, but the destruction of the company’s tea is estimated to be worth up to $2 million in today’s money. The Occupy Wall Street protests have targeted big banks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, as well as multinational corporations like GE with sit-ins and peaceful rallies.

2.) The Original Boston Tea Party Feared That Corporate Greed Would Destroy America. As Professor Benjamin Carp has argued, colonists perceived the East India Trading Company as a “fearsome monopolistic company that was going to rob them blind and pave the way maybe for their enslavement.” A popular pamphlet called The Alarm agitated for a revolt against the East India Trading Company by warning that the British corporation would devastate America just as it had devastated South Asian colonies: “Their Conduct in Asia, for some Years past, has given simple Proof, how little they regard the Laws of Nations, the Rights, Liberties, or Lives of Men. [...] And these not being sufficient to glut their Avarice, they have, by the most unparalleled Barbarities, Extortions, and Monopolies, stripped the miserable Inhabitants of their Property, and reduced whole Provinces to Indigence and Ruin.”

3.) The Original Boston Tea Party Believed Government Necessary To Protect Against Corporate Excess. Smithsonian historian Barbara Smith has noted that Samuel Adams believed that oppression could occur when governments are too weak. As Adams explained in a Boston newspaper, government should exist “to protect the people and promote their prosperity.” Patriots behind the Tea Party revolt believed “rough economic equality was necessary to maintaining liberty,” says Smith. Occupy Wall Street protesters demand a country that invests in education, infrastructure, and jobs.

4.) The Original Boston Tea Party Was Sparked By A Corporate Tax Cut For A British Corporation.
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5.) The Original Boston Tea Party Wanted A Stronger Democracy.
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
interesting.
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
But the tea bag wearing people are for corporations!
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
Jefferson was a fascist. Washington DC has never been good. The US has been great in spite of DC not because of them. (see: Civil War)
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
I dont think revolution would improve things anyway.
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens
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Re: Thomas Jefferson- I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations
I dont think revolution would improve things anyway.
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Certainly not a violent one. It will only enrich the warmongers.

What we need is a revolution of spirit. Somewhere along the line we need to realize WE are the ones with the power.
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