Corporations have no more rights than a dull axe, says Delos F. Wilcox


Delos F. Wilcox 1910

Ted Wilcox’s grandfather was defending human rights over corporation “rights” early in the 20th century. He was doing battle with the elite conception of corporate “rights” long before Ted was born. Now we know one of the sources of Ted’s activism.

Delos Franklin Wilcox on Wikipedia
Guide to the Delos Franklin Wilcox Papers 1907-1928, University of Chicago Library

His books  “Great Cities in America : their problems and their government” and “Government by all the people ; or : the initiative, the referendum, and the recall as instruments of democracy” were scanned by Cornell University Library and can be ordered via

Pinchot was the first chief of the U.S. Forrest Service and later Governor of Pennsylvania. His philosophy of conservation (allowing corporate logging and mining) was in direct conflict with preservationist ideas of John Muir.

Conflict in the philosophies of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot

John Muir in Wikipedia

Gifford Pinchot in Wikipedia  “The Pinchots made a great fortune from lumbering and land speculation, and Pinchot’s father regretted the damage his family’s work had done to the land.”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette remembrance of Gifford Pinchot’s 150th birthday.



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