Teddy Roosevelt and the Legacy of ‘Class Warfare’

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When Teddy Roosevelt became president in 1901, he was far less powerful than J.P. MorganJohn D. Rockefeller, and other robber barons. When TR dared to take them on – suing to block the Northern Securities merger, & standing up for justice for strikers instead of just siding with management, there was a huge outcry. But he won.

Back then, wealth was increasingly concentrated in a few hands, into a few families, and there were extremely wide disparities between the rich and poor, the haves and have-nots. Now, the same thing is happening again. When Republicans say we shouldn’t engage in “class warfare,” I say, if the Super-Rich are going to try to steal all the nation’s wealth from the rest of us, why shouldn’t we fight back? What’s wrong with a little class warfare, especially if it’s self-defense in a war of aggression started by the other guys? — Bruce Johnson, 2008.

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