By Wayne William Cipriano
Many of us were required to read Upton Sinclair during our formal education and The Jungle is probably the book most recalled.
Another of Sinclair’s works, The Money Changers, a fictional consideration of business ethics and predatory capitalism, when read nowadays, seems antiquated by today’s standards of literature.
If you get a chance, however, read the last few paragraphs of Chapter 21 and the very short final Chapter 22 where the thesis of the book is summarized. You may be struck by the familiarity as if it were written yesterday not a hundred years ago, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the ending.
As this story of unrestrained financial skullduggery concludes, Allan Montague, the main character is asked how one man can battle the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to reform erected by powerful moneyed interests.
Angered, frustrated and humiliated by what he has seen of Big Business and Big Finance, and what he has done in its service, Montague declares he will devote his life to correcting these ills, he will “…go into politics.” “I’m going to try to teach the people.”
A politician planning on teaching us, not pandering to us. Imagine that….