Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Accumulations of Money = Accumulated Power

 © 2004 by Linda Minor

"The North Americans created the myth that those who had wealth or who were children of those of wealth were superior people, harder working, and more intelligent." 
© 1996-2012 by Roedy Green, Canadian Mind Products
It seems to be very simple. Accumulate a pile of money. Associate with others who also have piles of money. Network together to combine the money to attain power and control government institutions. Use the government power to keep the wealth within the network. Use the wealth to keep members of the network in power. It all leads to a more orderly business environment. Right?
Henry Stimson's Skull and Bones Networks
According to Henry Stimson’s biographer, his father — Dr. Lewis Atterbury Stimson, a surgeon — did not relish the thought of his son’s marriage to a person of a lesser class than his family, even though Mabel’s ancestry, through her grandmother, was directly traceable to Captain Miles Standish of the Plymouth Colony. [9] 
Dr. Lewis A. Stimson
The good doctor believed that "accumulated wealth" should combine with organized learning institutions to make their power productive:
"The man, the brain, is the essential. The history of thought and science is filled wίth instances of great accomplishment effected with only the scantiest aid from accumulated wealth; but the same history shows most painfully the cost, the waste, and the limitations due to the lack of that aid. The combination of the two [the brain and wealth] permits the man of affairs to make his accumulated power productive along lines where his interest could not be gratified without the aid of special training, and it makes possible for the possessor of that training, much that could not be accomplished without it. The workshop and the endowment must come from the intelligent interest of the outsider, and that interest must be created and stimulated by the worker.

"Of such fruitful aids to the advancement of knowledge and of wise instruction, this building, for the opening of which we are gathered today, is another added to those grouped upon our Campus which testify to the wise and generous thought of the benefactors of the University. It is for us to use the means thus afforded in order that that wisdom and generosity may have their full effect and that their fruits may stimulate others to effort in the same beneficent work."

The American health industry has always felt it had a nobler cause than merely making the masses healthy. The motivation of Henry's father, as shown above, was to build a medical infrastructure so that men of his own class could continue to be trained in medical research and the study of disease. In many ways Dr. Stimson had a mentality similar to the doctors in Germany, where had studied. His own classmates would ultimately use Jews as subjects in experiments before World War II, for the "advancement" of knowledge. They, too, simply wanted to know how disease worked in the body and had no regard for persons of lesser class or race. Their ultimate goal was to improve the lot of their own kind. It was the same mentality that pervaded the secret society called Skull and Bones.

The Skull and Bones network was illustrated by Antony Sutton in his book, America's Secret Establishment, as follows:

Networking Through Marriage
When Henry Lewis Stimson married Mary White, he gained a phenomenal connection to the Order through his new in-laws that tapped into many generations of accumulation of wealth and power in New England. Mary White Stimson's father, Charles Atwood White, and her brothers were not only members of Skull and Bones, but her uncle, Henry Dyer White, was treasurer of the Russell Trust Association in 1856, the year Skull and Bones became a state-chartered corporation in Connecticut.  

This strong connection to the Order's goals gave young Stimson a foot in the door with another relative of his wife Bonesman Sherman Evarts (Yale, Skull and Bones,1881), who became his own law associate but to a  Bonesman who was a Yale classmate of his father (both were members of the Yale class of 1863), William Collins Whitney; while Henry's uncle and namesake, Rev. Henry Albert Stimson (Skull and Bones 1865) was only two years behind the two. [10] 

The secret society at Yale soon was able to control as was its goal, according to Antony Sutton in the video below the boards of many of the most prestigious networks of professionals in America attorneys, clergy, universities, and the medical profession.

Belmonts' mansion in Newport
W. C. Whitney wasted no time introducing Stimson to his own attorney, Elihu Root, a graduate of Hamilton College where Root’s father was a mathematics professor. Hamilton had also been the alma mater of Whitney’s father-in-law, Henry B. Payne, before his move to Ohio in 1833. Payne's own father-in-law, Nathan Perry, was the leading merchant in what was then "the West." [11] Through this marriage, U.S. Senator Henry B. Payne had thus made contact with the nautical Rhode Island Perrys of Newport — a town with the unpleasant distinction of having been the center of the African slave trade. [12] Newport was then an opulent resort for America’s most wealthy, including the Vanderbilt and Astor families as well as the Rothschild banking representative August Belmont, who married the daughter of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry.

Nast cartoon of Boss Tweed
By accepting Elihu Root’s offer of employment in 1891, Stimson would thus be working for a man who had helped Governor Samuel Tilden, a Democrat, end the Tweed Ring’s control of Tammany Hall, even though Root had earlier represented Boss William Tweed, a Republican, in 1873. But Whitney’s goal had not been to stop corruption; he simply wanted to control it believing that graft and political corruption were contemptible only so long as they were not being used to his own advantage. 

Whitney boasted that he hired Root’s firm because, in so many words, Root knew how to manipulate the law without breaking it. It was a useful lesson for those who wanted to control the increasingly powerful federal government.

Inventing the “Pump and Dump”
Building ships for U.S. Navy
Whitney’s loyalty to the Democrats won him an appointment as Secretary of the Navy under Grover Cleveland in 1885. As naval chief for four years, Whitney supervised an ambitious program to build battleships in order to modernize the navy to the benefit of the Perry family, who were, incidentally, connected by marriage with Rothschild banking agent, August Belmont, whose financing was critical in the plan. Only by building up the naval fleet of battleships could America have the ability by 1898 to challenge Spain in Cuba and the Philippines, necessary for the expansionist plans of President Taft's Skull and Bones network. [13] Ship construction on such a massive scale required money, of course, and August Belmont was there to help the Perrys and Whitney all an intricate part of "the government" of President Cleveland with the financing of the massive effort.

By 1890 Whitney had returned to New York, and his investment syndicate began consolidating street railways in Philadelphia, New York, and smaller cities into one electric transit company. They hired attorney Francis Lynde Stetson to incorporate America’s first holding company, which would become a model for financial fraud even to the present day. [14] Within ten years, the Whitney syndicate would "merge" with the Rockefellers, according to the New York Times story posted to the right.

Metropolitan Traction
According to the legal model Stetson followed, stock of Metropolitan Traction Company, a holding company, was issued to pay Whitney and his associates for the forty or so independent surface transit companies whose properties they had purchased, including the right to operate exclusively in various metropolitan areas (called franchise rights). Since Whitney’s syndicate controlled the new city officials, they were able to obtain a monopoly concession to build one electric streetcar system along the various routes previously authorized — a right which theoretically increased the value of the properties sold to the holding company, even though most of the purchased properties were decrepit horse-car lines in unprofitable territory, with little earning capacity or value. Still Metropolitan paid prices in amounts from five to twenty times their acquisition costs plus anticipated cost of construction. [15] 

When the holding company’s management (Whitney’s wealthy syndicate members who desired to invest in the most modern technology then available) began declaring huge dividends for Metropolitan Traction Company — thus pumping up the stock’s price to ever greater heights — the unwary public rushed to the NYSE to buy the stock. Insiders who knew how inflated the value was, were happy to dump their stock to the tune of millions in profits for themselves.

Having once sold all their stock, the promoters then felt no obligation to actually build the modernized streetcar system they had promised. Newspaper publicity against the fraud perpetrated by the Metropolitan Traction Co. resulted in rescission of its monopoly franchise, an action overturned after an appeal to the Supreme Court handled by Elihu Root's firm.

Elihu Root
"It is not a function of law," Root rationalized, "to enforce the rules of morality."

The evidence supports only one conclusion:  
Henry Stimson’s true role as an attorney and “statesman” was engineered by men inside Yale's inner core. His role as Secretary of War placed him in a position of being able to defend financial investments abroad of the men he fronted for. As his network saw it, without continued profits from those companies, stocks and related interests they held, they would be unable to support Yale's endowment, which, as a consequence, would limit the influence in political affairs of their alumni, who had branched out into so many areas of American life. It was a vicious cycle. Whether the money or the power came first was of no consequence; reality was that the loss of either meant the loss of both.
Investment Roll-Overs
This merger of investments, as indicated in the Whitney Syndicate cover-up story above, is highly suspicious. Why would the transportation empire controlled by William C. Whitney and Thomas Fortune Ryan begin this switch in 1900 from electrically powered transportation to oil and gas powered engines? We can only surmise that part of the answer may have been the fact that 1900's Yale Skull and Bones graduates included a Rockefeller, whose uncle was John D. Rockefeller, and whose first cousin was John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Percy (who went by his middle name "Avery") in 1901 married Isabel Goodrich Stillman, sister of Elsie Stillman. Both were daughters of James Stillman, president of the National City Bank. Elsie had married P. Avery's elder brother, William G. Rockefeller in 1898. Perhaps Yale's elite saw an opportunity to benefit its endowment by using this scion as leverage for its own sustenance. [This subject will be examined at another time. It is also dealt with at other blog/websites of this author: MinorMusings.com and QuixoticJoust.blogspot.com., each of which contains labels and a search engine to facilitate further research.]

Skull and Bones 1900--Percy Rockefeller, seated at right.

Stimson's law office was located almost adjacent to the site where in 1914 the Federal Reserve Bank of New York would be located, in a building which would remain his home base off and on for over fifty years. [16] When Root left the firm in 1899 to join the Republican administration, Stimson and another associate, Bronson Winthrop, started their own firm in the same location, engaged primarily in corporate securities and litigation. Winthrop (an American globalist, who had been born in Paris and educated in England), shared with John Forbes Kerry a mutual ancestor, Wait Winthrop, as detailed in Untitled Aristocracy.

In 1906 Stimson followed the same path blazed by Elihu Root — as attorney for the southern district of New York — the district with jurisdiction over the New York Stock Exchange and the lower Manhattan banks. Bronson remained in the original offices to carry on the firm’s legal business, with Stimson returning from time to time between appointments in Washington.  These men comprised an internationalist, even imperialistic, circle of men deter-mined to make America a supreme power in the world.

Musical Chairs Skull and Bones Style
Oliver Hazard Payne
In 1899 Republican Elihu Root was appointed secretary of war by President McKinley, who had spearheaded the Spanish-American War, which would then lead to his suppression of the Boxer Rebellion in China. [17] Less than six months after the inauguration on his second term,  McKinley was assassinated, and Theodore Roosevelt  became President. Secretary of State John Hay, whose daughter Helen in 1902 would marry Whitney’s son Payne (Skull and Bones 1898), had supervised the treaty to end the Spanish-American War and formulated the Open Door policy. [18] No doubt Secretary Hay was looking out for his daughter's financial future in his role as foreign policy adviser to the President--equating what was best for the nation as what was best for Standard Oil, in which Payne Whitney had a huge stake which he inherited from his Bonesman uncle, Oliver Hazard Payne.

When Hay left the Cabinet, Elihu Root took his position and would be replaced in turn by William Howard Taft (Skull and Bones 1878, son of co-founder Alphonso Taft). Taft had first served in 1900 on the Philippine Commission, eventually serving as Governor General of the Islands, before advancing to the chair of Secretary of War in 1904. After his stint as head of the State Department, Taft moved to the White House in 1909.

As President, Taft appointed Root’s former associate Stimson to be Secretary of War in 1911. In 1912, after Taft and TR had campaigned against each other, thus making way for a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, to usher in the radical banking “reforms” which the Republicans had been supporting by other names for years, Taft returned to Yale as a professor until he was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1921.

In 1927 Stimson served under Calvin Coolidge in Taft’s former role of Governor General of the Philippines (where John Kerry’s great-uncle W. Cameron Forbes, had also served), as well as being Secretary of State in the administration of Republican Herbert Hoover. So popular (or perhaps only “connected”) was Stimson that he was also tapped by Democrats Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman to be Secretary of War. [19]

Stimson’s ubiquity in each successive administration was due, not so much to his military and diplomatic brilliance, but to his knowledge of how to secretly finance war and extract spoils from the defeated — combined with his closeness to the money spinners operating undeterred behind the scenes. Colonel Stimson was like a sentry, pacing back and forth in front of the door to the henhouse where geese were busily laying golden eggs. He was there, not to protect the geese or their eggs, but to run interference for his co-conspirators inside who snatched up the gold as soon as it appeared. 

These "geese" represent pools of wealth accumulated through hard work, charitable donations and taxes imposed on Americans. Investment bankers, ostensibly intending only to “borrow” the gold and return it with interest, have been trained for generations how to stealthily remove that gold, in order to amass huge fortunes for themselves through market manipulation and fraud.  

When they fail in their claimed intent to return the gold, to prevent exposure they blithely plan new wars or other diversions in order to save their reputations. McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft, for example, promised the American people that there was an urgent need to “liberate” the islands of Cuba and the Philippines from Spain, and that the territory would be “developed” and “reconstructed” for the benefit of those abused populations. 

We all recognize that George W. Bush is in no sense a creative intellectual. Neither are those who planned the war in Iraq. They are merely following the same model used at the turn of the previous century — for exactly the same reason. They know there is oil in Iraq, and that the untapped markets there could not be tapped while Saddam was in power.  By removing him, it would be possible to open the door to trade with Iraq — another goose of sorts — whose glittering eggs were too hard to resist.

Videos about Brown Brothers & Co.  and others from  Uroko on You Tube

NOTES (continued from Part I):

[9] Godfrey Hodgson, THE COLONEL, p. 48; The Family Forest Descendants of Thomas Mitchell genealogy.

[10] Stimson had worked since leaving law school for Sherman Evarts, another Bonesman (1881) from a prestigious, politically connected, family, at 52 Wall Street—the same building which housed National City Bank of New York, where Franklin Roosevelt would later have his law office.  Sherman’s father was William Maxwell Evarts (Skull and Bones 1837), the attorney general under Andrew Johnson (who defended the Republican on impeachment charges) as well as being secretary of state under Rutherford B. Hayes when the controversy over the 1876 election was decided). The elder Evarts was also a trustee of the Peabody Educational Fund, 1867-1901 and a member of the Corporation of Yale College, 1872-91. See OBITUARY RECORD OF GRADUATES OF YALE UNIVERSITY DECEASED FROM JUKE, 1900, TO JUNE, 1910.

[11] “Mary Perry was the only daughter of Nathan Perry and Pauline Shimmer. Nathan had moved to Cleveland in 1804, one year after Ohio became a state. He became the chief rival of John Jacob Astor in the fur trade, and later became the leading merchant in Cleveland. Edward Perry, a Quaker, emigrated to Sandwich, Mass around 1639. Two of his sons, tired of harassment of Quakers, moved around 1704 to Narragansett country, near the town of Newport, Rhode Island which had large farms which used many slaves imported through Newport. Church of England enjoyed greater prestige. The impact of this gay, opulent, slaveholding society was unfavorable to the growth of so ascetic a sect as the Quakers, and the Perrys eventually moved into the Anglican communion. Freeman Perry married Mercy Hazard in 1755, the daughter of Oliver Hazard. She inherited 300 acres in North Kingstown and lived and died there.”  Oliver Hazard Payne website. The Payne mansion was donated to Marist College, which hosts the website.

[12] “Rhode Island was a key juncture of the ‘notorious triangle’ in which Rhode Island rum was sold for African slaves, who then were sold in the Caribbean for molasses and sugar that were, in turn, sold to rum distillers in Rhode Island….The papers of other Rhode Islanders with slave trade connections appear in Part 2. These businessmen lived in Providence and Newport as well as Bristol, which was a center of the African trade in later years, until the 1808 congressional ban on slave importing.”  Editorial Adviser: Jay Coughtry, Author of The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700–1807.  

[13] The battleships Maine and Texas, commissioned during Whitney’s tenure, were useful in the Spanish-American War that began in 1898.

[14] Originally called Bangs & Stetson, the firm’s name was later changed to Davis, Polk & Wardwell, though in 1890, while former President Cleveland was a partner there, it was known as "Bangs, Stetson, Tracy, & MacVeagh." Partner Charles Tracy was the father-in-law of J.P. Morgan.  Its offices were located at 15 Broad, next door to the Morgan bank.  Bangs made his reputation by taking on William ‘Boss’ Tweed, whose corrupt political machine dominated New York City in the 19th century. Stetson was one of the first attorneys to build a large practice by advising corporations on business matters (as opposed to litigation). In 1887 Stetson began representing J. Pierpont Morgan when he helped Morgan combine several small electric companies into General Electric. The firm had also been counsel for Samuel J. Tilden in the Tilden-Hayes controversy over the 1876 Presidential election and also set up the U.S. Steel, International Paper, and ITT corporations.  The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 7th edition, (2004), p. 122;
The name “Wardwell” belonged to Stetson’s son-in-law, who was appointed to the Red Cross Mission to Russia.  This mission was discussed by Antony Sutton in his book , Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution.

[15] Hendrick , The Age of Big Business, p. 42; .  See also "Taking Panama."

[16] Hodgson states that the firm was on the 14th floor of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Building at 32 Nassau.  Godfrey Hodgson, The Colonel, p. 48.  Today’s maps do not identify that building, but it appears to have been very near the New York Fed.

[17] McKinley favored the remonetization of silver. Aware of silver sentiment among his constituents, he sought some means of securing bimetallism without inflation and therefore surprisingly voted with the Democratic majority to pass the Bland-Allison Act of 1878 over the veto of President Hayes, authorizing limited silver purchases and instructing the treasury secretary either to coin the silver or to issue silver certificates.  As author of the McKinley Tariff Act in 1890, he forced tariffs to new highs. He was then defeated for reelection to Congress. He served as governor during the Panic of 1893, before being nominated for President. Although McKinley was prepared to campaign on the issue of tariffs, the nomination of William Jennings Bryan—an ardent free-silver advocate—changed the central issue of the campaign. McKinley dropped his advocacy of silver coinage and came out strongly for the gold standard, winning the support of President Cleveland and many other conservative Democrats.

[18] Hay carried to the Treaty the protocol issued by McKinley. In the re-election campaign, the Republican Platform  characterized the Spanish-American War as “a war for liberty and human rights … a war unsought and patiently resisted,” and called Americans to “a new and noble responsibility” in foreign affairs. The document reaffirmed the party’s traditional commitments to the gold standard, tariff protectionism, trade reciprocity, veterans’ pensions, voting rights for all races, and an inter-oceanic canal in Central America. It approved the annexation of Hawaii (1898), antitrust legislation, and the creation of a cabinet-level department of commerce.

[19] Another fascinating Cabinet member during this era was Charles Joseph Bonaparte, great-nephew of the Emperor Napoleon—first serving as Secretary of the Navy, and then as Attorney General during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. In 1875 Bonaparte, a Baltimore attorney, married Ellen Channing Day, daughter of Bonesman, Thomas Mills Day (1837), in Newport, Rhode Island.

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