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James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Nader, Samuel P. Hays


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"Commerce is entitled to a complete and efficient protection in all its legal rights, but the moment it presumes to control a country, or to substitute its fluctuating expedients for the high principles of natural justice that ought to lie at the root of every political system, it should be frowned on, and rebuked."

-- James Fenimore Cooper

(1789-1851) American Novelist

Source: The American Democrat, 1838




"Competition, free enterprise, and an open market

were never meant to be symbolic fig leaves

for corporate socialism and monopolistic capitalism."

-- Ralph Nader

(1934-) American attorney and political activist

Source: introduction to The Closed Enterprise System




"The root of the evil... lay not in corruption but in the system which bred it, the alliance between industrialists and politicians which produced benefits in the form of tariffs, public lands, and federal subsidies."

-- Samuel P. Hays

Source: The Response to Industrialism 1885-1914, p. 26, describing the view of E.L. Godkin, who founded the weekly Nation


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