The Rockefellers Essay, Research Paper
Many American conservatives believe as a matter of faith that the Rockefellers and the Council on Foreign Relations exercise absolute control over the government and the people of the U.S. It is true that the American colonials have “free elections,” in which they have the absolute right to vote for one of two opposing candidates, both of who have been handpicked and financed by the Rockefeller syndicate. This touching evidence of “democracy” serves to convince most Americans that you are indeed a free people. You even have a cracked Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to prove it. American youths have been free since 1900 to be marched off to die in Hegelian wars in which both combatants received their instructions from the World Order. You are free to invest in a stock market in which the daily quantity, price and value of the monetary unit is manipulated and controlled by a Federal Reserve System which is answerable only to the Bank of England. It has maintained its vaunted “independence” from your government control, but this is the only independence it has ever had.
Much of the Rockefeller wealth might be attributed to old John D.’s rapacity and ruthlessness; its origins are indubitably based in his initial financing from the National City Bank of Cleveland, which was identified in Congressional reports as one of the three Rothschild banks in the United States. Like J.P. Morgan, who had begun his commercial career by selling the U.S. Army some defective guns, the famous Hall carbine affair, John D. Rockefeller also was a war profiteer during the Civil War; he sold unstamped Harkness liquor to Federal troops at a high profit, gaining the initial capital to embark on his drive for monopoly. His interest in the oil business was a natural one; his father, William Rockefeller, had been “in oil” for years. William Rockefeller had become an oil entrepreneur after salt wells at Tarentum, near Pittsburgh, were discovered in 1842 to be flowing with oil. The owner of the wells, Samuel L. Kier, began to bottle the oil and sell it for medicinal purposes. One of his earliest wholesalers was William Rockefeller. The “medicine” was originally labelled “Kier’s Magic Oil”. Rockefeller printed his own labels, using “Rock Oil” or “Seneca Oil”, Seneca being the name of a well-known Indian Tribe. Rockefeller achieved his greatest notoriety and his greatest profits by advertising himself as “William Rockefeller, the Celebrated Cancer Specialist”. It is understandable that his grandsons would become the controlling power behind the scenes of the world’s most famous cancer treatment center and would direct government funds and charitable contributions to those areas, which only benefit the Medical Monopoly. William Rockefeller spared no claim in his flamboyant career. He guaranteed “All Cases of Cancer Cured Unless They Are Too Far Gone”. Such were the healing powers that he attributed to his magic cancer cure that he was able to retail it for $25 a bottle, a sum then equivalent to two month’s wages. The “cure” consisted of a few well-known diuretics, which had been diluted by water. This carnival medicine show barker could hardly have envisioned that his descendants would control the greatest and the most profitable Medical Monopoly in recorded history.
Although muckraking attacked every corner and left no corrupt businessman or politician feeling completely safe, it did not enjoy too much direct success. However, indirectly, it was one of the most powerful journalistic movements of our history. The total circulation of the ten muckraking magazines reached over three million. Also, Upton Siclair’s novels The Brass Check and The Jungle went over the hundred thousand mark by 1932. A new political movement of reformed capitalism was undergone as the muckraking era pounded out its grievances. Most importantly though, people, partly because of the information which muckrakers revealed, partly because of the visions of better things which reformers brought forth, and partly because of horrid personal experiences, began to regard big business as an enemy rather than a frie