Andrew Jackson



Regular updates of 7 Nissan resume at the end of the month with page 62.

In the meantime, here’s a cartoon I drew a couple of years ago but which didn’t make it onto this website.  You can see how the artwork is a little bit cruder than where I’m at now. One Andrew Jackson was President of the United States from 1829-37.  One of the main priorities of his administration was eliminating the Second Bank of the United States, an early central bank, on the grounds that it had amassed too  much financial power in the hands of private interests.  Although his distrust of government-sponsored central banking as such proved unwise over time as even less accountable private banks (led by men like J. P. Morgan) took on the same role, it is interesting to think what he would make of commercial/investment banks becoming “too big to fail” and receiving large cash infusions to keep them, and the economy, stable.

Also, Jackson makes Alex DeLarge look like Fred Rogers.  If he were alive today, he would literally be considered a serial killer, which is why he’s such great comic fodder.

When I was a young man practicing law in Tennessee, there was a big bullying fellow that wanted to pick a quarrel with me, and so trod on my toes. Supposing it accidental, I said nothing. Soon after, he did it again, and I began to suspect his object. In a few minutes he came by a third time, pushing against me violently, and evidently meaning fight. He was a man of immense size, one of the very biggest men I ever saw. As quick as a flash, I snatched a small rail from the top of the fence, and gave him the point of it full in his stomach. Sir, it doubled him up. He fell at my feet, and I stamped on him.

— Andrew Jackson

Debs, of course, was a labor leader and politician in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Like Jackson, he didn’t have all the right answers in retrospect, but I think that it’s interesting to compare the attitudes and assumptions of early industrial labor relations to modern ones.  The type of people who struck against the Pullman Sleeping Car Company in 1894 (led by Debs) over a 25% pay cut would probably be cobblestone-throwingly aghast at the idea of “work for free for a while, and if you’re good, we’ll consider paying you,” which is increasingly the norm in certain industries.

Writing this has virtually guaranteed that I will never get an unpaid internship at a bank.  As intended.

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