The American Dream was not meant to be corrupt, but during the 1920s, people like Gatsby used organized crime and other immorally wrong ways to gain their wealth. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby shows through his descriptions of the characters that the rich are, in general, morally corrupt. The Ruined American Dream presented in the 1920s is corrupt and focused on getting rich quick.
JDR- Business Technique. Much as one might like to see John D. Rockefeller as the arch capitalist crushing competitors as he gained monopolistic power, it's not so (at least according to the biography I read). He did indeed control much of the oil in the United States but he was fair in the prices he offered competitors he wanted to buy out and he was modest in his personal expenses and generous in his charitable contributions all his life. How he gain control He was able to price his product so low that competitors couldn't compete. They would then go out of business and/or sell to JDR.
The idea was to protect the owners of companies from lawsuits. Actually the rich saw it as a way to lower their taxes, fool the uneducated, and to be irresponsible for their cheating and lies. Wal-Mart, which started out selling all American made products, soon started selling products made in sweatshops in foreign counties and we the people did not care and we scooped up the bargains. Now, these Super Corporations, who answer only to the board members and owners, cut the employees pay, use part timers to avoid benefits and count their billions while families are starving. We the people allowed these corporations to get the upper
Often their clients are too poor to pay legal fees, but Schlichtmann's firm eats the legal costs itself, hoping for a rich slice of an eventual settlement. Essentially, he's gambling with the firm's money every time he accepts a case. That's why he turns down the delegation of parents who tell about the deaths of their children: He doesn't see enough money in it to justify the risk. (The movie has a hard-boiled discussion of how much various victims are "worth." A white male professional struck down in his prime gives the biggest payoff; a dead child is worth the least of all.)
Economic Hit Man In the prologue of John Perkins,we understandhow US commercial interests have no limits no boundaries and no morality when it comes to their goals.John Perkins explains to his readers how the (EHM) are highly educated and paid professionals who deceive countries around the world to take out loans in order for them to invest in their infrastructure and development projects. These individuals make sure lucrative projects,and are contracted to US corporations so they eventually just benefit U.S corporations. These individuals give loans to countries knowingly they simply cannot handle the amount of debt because of the loans interest they would have to pay and the resources they have. This deprives citizens from those countries from various social services for many years,
The government, just like the wealthy and rich, was so power hungry that they disregarded the people’s kind acts and defaced them as if they were animals. The people come first in society. Unlike back then, today is a whole different story. The president of the United States would not try to rip off the American people or disregard them in any way because of the fact that it was completely unconstitutional. The Obama Administration tried its best to benefit the people and help them in ways that were never thought possible.
On the other hand, there were many differences between Tom and Bernie. One important different is that Tom was a usurer; he gave people money for his own profit. He landed people money in a high interest, so high that they couldn’t pay back the money. But, Bernie did the opposite of Tom; he collected money from the people, and made them believe that they would be paid back in a high interest. He couldn’t pay back the money to the people because he spent the money for
Business elites exploited their work force and made profits to the maximum degree. Time had changed and no one could make adjustments and adapted as quickly and smoothly as business. The number of immigrants allowed to enter United States was restricted by quotas. Workers became much more united after the publication of the novels and the fire that burned at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Theodore Roosevelt stepped up and warned businesses to “act properly.” Those business elites that cooperated with the government elites were considered good trusts.
Hollow Dreams After World War I, financial and social opportunities were substantial for anyone willing to work hard. This lead to people pursuing dreams of wealth, which they thought would lead to pleasure. Illegal activities such as “bootlegging” were very common, as well as gambling, like when the 1919 World Series was fixed. Little did they know, these dreams wouldn’t lead them to happiness. In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he uses characterization to suggest that chasing hollow dreams leads only to misery.
Before the Industrial Revolution goods were sacred, jobs were low, and there was not much produce, and while during the industrial revolution up until present day everything has changed. There is now a mass production of numerous produces and jobs had started to increase in all areas. The revolution was an era of change, independence on production, and the rise of many different industrial leaders, while some were considered robber barons and others were considered captains of industry. With robber barons those people are considered powerful business men who used criminal and unethical ways of becoming wealthy and or powerful. While with captains of industry they are considered businessmen who tried to help contribute to the community with jobs, the market, and productivity of certain buildings.