of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion,
but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some
contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such
meetings by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent
with liberty and justice."
– Adam Smith
"The powers of financial capitalism had
another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of
financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of
each country and the economy of the world as a whole."
American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations
that will grow up around them 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
I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are
more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending
money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling
futurity on a large scale."
“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in
concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with
themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle
– Abraham Lincoln