As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.
~ U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 – (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) – Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)
They (corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
~ Lord Edward Coke
“criminal,” n. A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
~ Howard Scott