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CHAPTER VI. HE graft embodied in the two systems of banking created
factions?known as parties?that have struggled for the control of
the United States. The history of this country is the history of
the varying fortunes of the two factions, as they have contended
under varying and changing alignments. The change in the government
from an intended Republic to a plutocracy, has been caused by the
legal abuses necessary to sustain the right of the gold and silver
owners to the exclusive enjoyment of "use-value," intrinsic-value,
and the Legal-Tender power of the government. In other words, the
change has been necessary to secure to the gold and silver
owners?and now the gold owners alone?the exclusive enjoyment of all
the benefits that necessarily accrue from the exercise of the
sovereign power to issue money?the most dominant of all the
sovereign powers of a people. The first abuse was in support of the
First Bank of the United States, and was judicial. The State of
Georgia assessed a branch of the First Bank. The bank refused to
pay the tax. The sheriff collected it by force. The bank sued the
sheriff for the return of the money. The State Courts gave judgment
in favor of -the sheriff. The bank then sued the sheriff in one of
the inferior United States Courts. It dismissed the case on the
ground that it had no jurisdiction. The bank appealed to the
Supreme Court of the United States. The issue in the case was,
whether a corporation?such as the bank?was a citizen. If not, the
United States Courts had no jurisdiction, for their jurisdiction
was limited, in controversies arising between the people, to the
citizens of different States. The word citizen was also selected to
exclude the corporations of one State from being entitled to the
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