"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce." - James Garfield, U.S. President

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance". - James Madison

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks...will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. - Thomas Jefferson

John Adams, wrote to Thomas Jefferson "All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honour or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

The Bank of the United States, in an early attempt at an  American central bank (1816-36), was abolished by President Andrew Jackson, who  believed that it threatened the nation. “If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or to corporations.” He further warned , "The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government, the distress it had wantonly produced...are but premonitions of the  fate that awaits the American people should they be deluded into a  perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like  it." Andrew Jackson

Despite these warnings, Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, a central banking system owned outright by private interests, who themselves have a longstanding affiliation [even a subjugation] to international interests.  A few years later Wilson wrote: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.  - Woodrow Wilson

 He went on; "Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of                      commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that  there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." - Woodrow Wilson

By the time of the depression Roosevelt formally petitioned congress with the reality of the threat to democracy. He said that with 5% of the nation's business owning 87% of its assets the liberty of democracy was at risk.

He went on to warn the people if they continue to tolerate a private sector whose power rivaled that of the government the personal liberties ensured by democracy were at risk. He strongly advised against such concentration. "If the nations business is to be allotted by plan and not competition, that power should not be vested in any private group or cartel no matter how benevolent they appear". To allow a few to rule the economic life of the rest is problematic, and so power must be diffused within the entire market, or shouldered by government itself who represents a democratically achieved mandate.

"To meet the situation I have described, there should be a thorough study of the concentration of economic power in American industry and the effect of that concentration upon the decline of competition". And so in June /38 the congress established the Temporary National Economic Committee with a $500,000 budget, which was doubled before the report was tabled when the magnitude of the undertaking was better realized.

In a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House, Roosevelt confided;"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."- U.S. President Franklin D.

"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes."- Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the Supreme Court (1939-1962)

In an address to a Trilateral Commission meeting in June of 1991; "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto determination practiced in past centuries"- David Rockefeller

Even outspoken capitalists bitterly complain of the system today. “Although I have made a fortune in the financial markets. I now fear that the untrammeled intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and  the spread of market values into all areas of life is endangering our open and democratic society. The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat.” - George Soros

Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company, wrote; "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."-

Yet the promise of simpler times beacons; As he observed the booming economy of the colonies, the premier International banker himself, Meier Rothschild, inquired of Benjamin Franklin the reason. "It  is simple he replied. In the Colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Script. We issue it in proper proportions to the demands of trade and industry". - Benjamin Franklin

Yet; "The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power--Political, Monetary, Intellectual, and Ecclesiastical."- U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater from his 1964 book "No Apologies"

"We shall have World Government, whether or not we like  it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent. - James Paul Warburg

"...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it." - David Rockefeller - Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999.

"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election....It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!" - George W. Malone, U.S. Senator (Nevada), speaking before Congress in 1957.

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the  military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." - President Eisenhower - farewell address to the nation - Jan 16 1961

Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power. - Benito Mussolini

"For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from it's original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy making arm of the government." - President Harry Truman

"If we do not follow the dictates of our inner moral compass and stand up for human life, then his [Saddam's]  lawlessness will threaten the peace and democracy of the emerging new world order we now see, this long dreamed-of vision we've all worked toward for so long." - President George Bush (January 1991)

"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator". - George W Bush, President-elect, 18 Dec. 2000overnment." -

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. ­ Julius Caesar

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" –Gandhi

"Legislation will not change the heart, but it will restrain the heartless." Martin Luther King Jr.

"The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King, Jr.

"civil disobedience. . . is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because if this obedience. . . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. -Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit

"In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face... Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need of any official ban... at any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right thinking people will accept without question." George Orwell