"...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it."
David Rockefeller
Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999.

'First they came for the communists and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist

Next they came for the Catholics and I did not speak out - because I was not a Catholic

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.'

Pastor Niemoeller, Jewish victim of the Nazis

“What would have happened if millions of Americans and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New jersey managers shipped the enemy’s fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel?

Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbour was doing millions of dollars’ worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan?

Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorisation from Dearborn, Michigan?

Or that Colonel Sothenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler’s communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London?

Or that ITT built the Focke-Wulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goring’s cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?”

"...If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hous my occupation would be gone.
The business of journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to prevert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. you know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes.
We are the jumping jacks and they pull the strings and we dance.
Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men.
We are intellectural prostitutes."

John Swinton, former Chief of Staff for the New York Times