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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Like the robber barons of the first Gilded Age, those of the second have amassed fortunes that gave them unparalleled influence over politicians and the economy.
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.
So it had to be done sooner or later: Bring The Great Gatsby up to date and set it among today's robber barons.
A self-declared enemy of Morgan and the robber barons, the ballplayer ran from the scene of the crime and, when captured, was found in possession of a gun with two spent
SIR - For the umpteenth time in centuries, ever since King Offa in the 8th century, the "Robber Barons", the modern-day politicians, have managed to maintain the status quo.
JUSTICE is beginning to catch up with the robber barons of the electricity bills.
The robber barons of Olde England had nothing on this lot.
I bet most of the homeowners whose lives will be blighted by this new high-speed rail line will be extremely overjoyed by not seeing a penny in compensation - it does make one wonder if, metaphorically speaking, the Robber Barons of old have returned?
The charitable sector is littered with robber barons attempting to cleanse themselves of the stench of their real jobs.
New York, July 20 ( ANI ): A famous American gangster's home that has a massive compound on the Palm Island in Miami will hit the market in the next few days - but only modern-day robber barons could afford the 9.95 million dollars asking price.
The reference begins with chronological entries on specific eras, such as the railroad robber barons and the muckrakers who delved into the misdeeds of the early financiers.