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"Would it not be prudent to get our civilization tools together, and see how much stock is left on hand in the way of glass beads and theology, and maxim guns and hymn books, and trade gin and torches of progress and enlightenment (patent adjustable ones, good to fire villages with, upon occasion), and balance the books, and arrive at the profit and loss, so that we may intelligently decide whether to continue the business or sellout the property and start a new civilization scheme on the proceeds."-- Mark Twain

Strange indeed, that Mr. Twain could know this truth at the beginning of the 20th century and I could have learned it as a small boy, strange indeed, that Greg Smith, a Rhodes Scholar should only now stumble upon this revelation, so recently and yet, still be so surprised by it. 

Who sold those people their mortgages and who sold them on the idea of equity loans and refinancing? Who advertised these products in print, radio and television and then who sold them out? Who sells the idea of privatization and of Free Trade, why surprise, surprise it is the very people who profit from it and why do they sell it to us so vigorously?

Why it's because if you want to get ahead in this country, you've got to sell a lot of fertilizer!  

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