The Country Is Broken Because the System Is Fixed

 

Great slogan:

The country is broken because the system is fixed.

A related quote – almost 200 years old:

The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.

-Thomas Jefferson, 1812.

See this for background.

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  • Duke Briscoe

    The purported Jefferson quote does not seem to have an actual citation, and is loosely related to actual Jefferson quotes. Some investigation of this quote is at
    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation

  • Dexter Edge

    The quotation attributed to Jefferson is a stirring one.

    But there is apparently no evidence that he actually said it or wrote it. I checked because I wanted to share the quote on Google+, where I’m currently posting a lot of links on the Occupy movements and on the broken and criminal financial system. But my training as a historian led me to look for an original source in this case. Apparently there isn’t one.

    The Monticello website has a page on this quotation here:

    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation

    which states: ” This exact quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.”

    However, the article cites two related things that Jefferson actually did write (both in letters from 1816):

    “I hope we shall…crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

    and

    “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.”

  • Ben Wolf

    The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.

    -Thomas Jefferson, 1812.

    This is a false quote and does not appear in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    I am amazed at the prescience of the founders, who in the final analysis were brilliant political scientists.

  • Wooten Berston

    It seems that old Tom was right. But of course it’s not only America.. it’s everywhere.

  • EveH

    Selden Smith came up with the slogan “The country is broken because the system is fixed” to sum up why he feels the Occupy movement is so important. I know he’ll be pleased that you related what he feels today to what Jefferson wrote almost 200 years ago–whether Jefferson wrote it or not.

  • Wisconsin Brad

    This is not an actual Jefferson quote. Thomas Jefferson has to be one of the most misquoted individuals.

    “This exact quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.”
    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation

  • Wisconsin Brad

    “http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation”

 

 

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