Robber Barons


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Robber Barons

A pejorative term for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th century United States. Robber barons are credited with leading American industrialization and creating a great deal of wealth; however, they often did so through unethical means, many of which later became illegal. Price manipulation, union busting, and anti-competitive practices were common among robber barons. Well known robber barons include Andrew Carnegie, John W. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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Don't be fooled; This issue is not about who will manage the land better (and rest assured the states won't do any better), it is just a modern-day version of the same puppeteering of politicians by robber barons we saw 100 years ago.
Unlike Thiel, the Gilded Age robber barons knew the difference between their businesses and charitable endeavours.
You'll save yourself money and take some cash back from the robber barons.
Why did all the great robber barons of the 19th century come of age within a decade of one another?
Who are the unknown robber barons hiding behind PFI contracts?
Heinz build an industrialized food processing empire well before Henry Ford rose to greatness; yet in an era notorious for its ruthless robber barons, Heinz had a surprisingly good reputation for treating his employees well.
We don't want water companies to be seen as 21st century robber barons, demanding price rises from consumers who cannot say no, but leaking water and restricting supplies to households in return.
Of all Canada's greatest robber barons, he was the one who got caught.
It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
But in the nineteenth century, municipal governments and robber barons alike found new ways to steal from taxpayers and swindle investors.
The White House's cosy relationship with the energy industry is reaping huge rewards for the few, with George W and friends "treating our country as a grab bag for robber barons, doling out the commons to giant polluters".
Defending robber barons is just one of DiLorenzo's attacks on conventional wisdom, such as the belief that Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal economic program brought the United States out of the Great Depression during the 1930s.