A POWER SOMEWHERE
“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, 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.
They know that America is not a place of which it can be said, as it used to be, that a man may choose his own calling and pursue it just as far as his abilities enable him to pursue it; because to-day, if he enters certain fields, there are organizations which will use means against him that will prevent his building up a business which they do not want to have built up; organizations that will see to it that the ground is cut from under him and the markets shut against him. For if he begins to sell to certain retail dealers, to any retail dealers, the monopoly will refuse to sell to those dealers, and those dealers, afraid, will not buy the new man’s wares.”
-from: The New Freedom (1913), Page 5, Section I: “The Old Order Changeth”, by Dr. Thomas Woodrow Wilson the 28th President of the United States.
What do you think of this quote from President Wilson’s book? Johnny H. from Metabunk had this to say
“He’s talking about monopolies. He is saying that large established companies operate to prevent new companies establishing themselves within the same market, if you read the rest of the paragraph that becomes clear”
[“the rest of the paragraph” he references is the second paragraph above.]
Skepticism can be a healthy and useful trait. At times, for some however, it becomes an end in itself. I have met people who, having once discovered some fallacy, become what I call confirmed skeptics, that is they adopt a veiwpoint which predisposes them to disbelieve theories. This introduces an error in logic which they themselves are unaware of and cannot see.
It is understandable. Why risk considering something or investigating something as possibly true when it may turn out to be another falsehood? You may look foolish later if you do, and there seems to be no downside to debunking something; the onus for proving the theory rests on the proponents of the theory.
I have fallen victim to this kind of error myself on occasion.
Wilson’s statement says that “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture” are afraid of a powerful group of organizations of people. His description of this group sounds much more ominous than a large business monopoly. He doesn’t call them a monopoly at all, he calls them “a power somewhere”. That is not how you describe a mere business monopoly.
Listen to his description: “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.”
Wilson seems to be making the point that this ‘powerful organization’ if I may paraphrase him that way, is pervasive enough that they can control the titans of the business world through their influence.
I have no doubt that this ‘powerful organization’ owned large companies in major industries. But I think that the kind of power they had/have over “some of the biggest men…in the field of commerce and manufacture” indicates that the organization includes the banking and probably the political world as well. He did say the “power” was “pervasive” and “interlocked”.
We know that some of the international bankers which make up the Federal Reserve also own very large shares of oil companies, defense industry companies, and many other areas of business. They belong to the Council on Foreign Relations. Their influence over the economy is tremendous. They have the kind of power Wilson seems to be referring to. Of course they were not around when Wilson made that statement. But there have always been men of that sort.
Is it so far fetched to believe that these men would collaborate with each other to manipulate the economy for their own benefit? Given that the FED can inflate or deflate the economy at their own discretion, without government oversight and without having to undergo any external audits, it would be very tempting to use that power to benefit the businesses, industries, and international corporations they also own.
It would also be tempting and very easy to use your power and influence to ‘cut the ground out from under’ business men who don’t belong to your organization.
There is a group which calls itself “The Club of Rome” consisting of many of the most wealthy and powerful and influential men and women in the world. It includes many of the international bankers referenced above. The CoR has geopolitical goals some of which they have released for the public in their publications. One of them is the formation of an un-elected world government.
It did not exist at the time Wilson wrote the quote in question, but the international bankers did. And they had only recently had their man in Congress fool Wilson into signing the bill into law which created the Federal Reserve and gave them the power to regulate the money supply.
I think it is more likely that Wilson was talking about a group of organizations of men in banking, business, and politics, similar to those we see today in the CoR and the CFR
Source: (99) Bill Dawson