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In the post-Napolean Europe, the Rothschilds dominated bond markets of many European governments, from England to Prussia, from Russia, Austria to Belgium. They were in power to determine which ministers to appoint, or which wars were to be fought.

The liberal historian Jules Michelet noted in his journal in 1842: "M. Rothschild knows Europe prince by prince, the bourse courtier by courtier. He has all their accounts in his head, that of courtiers and that of the kings; he talks with them even without consulting his books" [pg 91]

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Does anyone know if the following two quotes can be reliably attributed to the Rothschilds?

Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!

Mayer Amschel Rothschild

According to Wikiquote:

No primary source for this is known and the earliest attribution to him known is 1935 (Money Creators, Gertrude M. Coogan). Before that, "Let us control the money of a nation, and we care not who makes its laws" was said to be a "maxim" of the House of Rothschilds, or, even more vaguely, of the "money lenders of the Old World". This is a play on an English proverb, Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.

Then there is:

I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire, ... The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire. And I control the money supply.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild

These smell very apocryphal to me, but they are often cited, and not just on helter-skelter conspiracy sites.

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.

by marco on Tue Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:45:23 AM EST

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