Imperialism in America sounds like it was written today but it wasn’t, it was written in 1893.
“Never in the history of the world have the means for imparting information been conducted on such an extensive and magnificent scale as at the present time; yet never have the masses been more ignorant of their real condition, or more mystified as to the real cause of their afflictions. Distracted by misfortune, blinded by prejudice, disheartened and bewildered, they are an easy prey to the demagogue whose profession it is to mislead and entrap them in political snares.
But blinded by party prejudice, or unacquainted with the methods of political tricksters, they are easily deceived and led to act or vote in direct opposition to their own interests and judgment. The intelligence of the people is the only safeguard of liberty, and if through these pages one ray of light or hope shall be given to the distressed millions of my country.
There is no feature of history more sad, no phase of human nature more dismal, than that innate desire in man’s heart to rule over his fellow men. This ambition has been the curse of the world. Its slain are legions. But the battle field is not its only place of carnage. Its holocaust of death has entered every avenue of man’s hope and aspiration. It has blighted youth in its morning, smitten manhood in its prime and cursed the hoary head of age. It has driven light from the home, love from the heart, and truth from its citadel. It has touched the lips of innocence and its withering breath has turned to ashes the fruits of joy and peace.
But alas, the hosts of oppression were not destroyed, they were beaten back, but not dismayed, for their purpose was firm. It was their inheritance from the ages. They retired from the conflict but only to gather new strength, and as the torch of liberty seemed about to illumine the world, another onslaught is made upon the forces of freedom. America is the battle ground and our liberties the long sought prize.
The transition through which civilization is now passing threatens the life of the grandest Republic the world has ever known. The minions of darkness are arrayed against it. On the one hand is the money power enthroned in Wall and Lombard streets, on the other is struggling humanity enshrined at the hearth-stone of the common people ! Which will you serve?”
The above could have been written today but is from 1893 by Mrs. Sarah E. Van De Vort Emery in her
Imperialism in America, its rise and progress.
Throughout history there have always been voices who shouted out the warnings. Some of them well known while many faded from memory only to be occasionally revived by today’s extensive online archives.
The point here is that we are fortunate, at least for the time being, to be exposed to the warnings as the masses of those in the past never had the opportunity. The question is still the same…What will we do do with the information?
In a more well known excerpt from Mrs. Emery’s book, allegedly taken from the United States Bankers’ Magazine in 1892, it is the bankers themselves who issue the warning. Reminiscent of the protocols, the blueprint for control has never been completely hidden.
In further confirmation of our position, the Chicago Daily Press recently published a dispatch from Wall Street, dated March 21, 1892, in which the capitalists, after setting forth the conditions of the country, instruct their henchmen in the course to be pursued in the following language:
“We must proceed with caution and guard well every move made, for the lower orders of the people are already showing signs of restless commotion. Prudence will therefore dictate a policy of apparent yielding to the popular will –until all of our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance.
Capital must protect itself in every possible manner, through combination and legislation. The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed –through the influence of the strong arm of government– applied by a central power of imperial wealth under the control of leading financiers. A people without homes will not quarrel with their rulers.
History repeats itself in regular circles; this truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capital to govern the world. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a condition of political antagonism.
By thus dividing the voters we can get them to expend their energies in fighting each other over questions of no importance to us, except as tethers to lead the common herd.”
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