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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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described how working people in the second city of the US fought their way out from under the robber barons and established the foundation and framework for a humane society.
I call it something far stronger and reminiscent of the days of the robber barons.
Unlike the robber barons of the past, Bill Gates and other ``insiders'' at Microsoft own only about 25 percent of this behemoth (and to some, ``evil'') corporation.
It should be noted, however, that Strouse includes much anecdotal information supporting some of the popular criticism of the Robber Barons and the Money Trust.
The speaker, he suggests, may sound like a futurist, but his ideological mentors are the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age, not the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley.