Which U.S. president said that?

“As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”

Not George W. Bush of course, the syntax is too clean, nor his Dad, who’s busy working for the corporations.

No, it is Abraham Lincoln, writing in 1864 after the American civil war and quoted at the start of chapter 8 in Paul Kingsnorth’s excellent book “One no, many yeses”. I came across it again today researching content for the second chapter of my book “Talking about a revolution”.

Old Abe, barring the distractions of a few instruments of modern warfare and Fox News, would struggle to see a whole lot of difference with today’s United States.


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