A Warning From Thomas Jefferson

06/30/2011 06:04 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2011
  • Larry Flynt Publisher of Hustler magazine and free speech advocate

When it came to setting up our government, Thomas Jefferson had three concerns: tyranny of kings, tyranny of theocrats, and tyranny of the wealthy. For the time being we seem to be safe from kings and theocrats. We are not, however, safe from the super-rich.

Thomas Jefferson is believed to have said: "I believe the banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered."

The bankers and corporations have bought and paid for our politicians, both on the Left and the Right. That's why our elected representatives stand mute when it comes to defending the rights of working-class Americans.

It's time to heed Jefferson's words. It's time to fight back.

Editor's Note: The quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson has been found to be apocryphal and does not without a doubt come from him.