One Thousand Americans

One Thousand Americans

One Thousand Americans

One Thousand Americans

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"Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail."

--LINCOLN.

ONE THOUSAND Americans, testified liberal Republican Senator George D. Aiken of Vermont, stood in the way of a vast national undertaking which would benefit ten or twenty millions of their fellow citizens. These thousand Americans are interested in property rights, rather than the general welfare.

In the debate in the Senate which followed, the corporate interests which seem to be more powerful than the public itself, were named. But the American people never heard anything at all about this because our country is the only one which has a really free press, and the press exercised its freedom in this instance, as in most instances where the Lincolnian conflict is present, to suppress the news.

On another occasion, the Senate's Monopoly Investigation Committee reported that the 200 largest nonfinancial corporations control the economy of the United States, and in subsequent reports, from 1940 to 1947, the growth of monopoly-- the enemy of free enterprise--was thoroughly exposed and its danger to the nation emphasized. But again the public heard little about this because perhaps 49,500,000 copies of the daily press issue of 50,000,000 did not contain the news.

Our Department of justice, harassed by powerful interests, hamstrung by the Budget Bureau which reduces its funds to a minimum, was nevertheless able to bring indictments against the eight largest banking houses of the country, the men who . . .

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