Icon Feb 13, 2010

“The English Octopus: It feeds on nothing but gold” by (or published by) William “Coin” Hope Harvey was published in Coin’s Financial School 1894. It shows the “Rothschild” octopus either squatting on or replacing the UK. It has dendritic limbs that stretch over the globe/map1 into gold producing areas which also show national debts amongst other figures. A caption that appeared under the cartoon: “‘The Rothschilds own 1,600,000,0002 in gold’- Chicago Daily News. This is nearly over half the gold in the Chicago wheat pit.”3. William Harvey was a colleague of William Jennings Bryan4. Both were for bimetallism, and against using the gold standard alone. Bernstein notes that “[p]opular opinion among the Americans held that the gold standard was a devilish concoction of foreigners, especially the hated British and British Jews in particular.”5. IMAGE SOURCE: http://lyndonlarouchewatch.org/larouche-rothschild.pdf


  1. Interesting geography: no defined countries in Africa except Egypt and South Africa (Cape Colony) or Asia except China, India and Japan, and Australia did not exist yet: it is a collection of colonies (Federation formalised 1 January 1901).
  2. Ah, valueless numbers. I am not sure what this refers to: money?
  3. Bernstein, P.L. (2000): The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession, John Wiley and Sons, p. 261 http://books.google.com/books?id=53zTrfaIqSEC (Accessed: 1st Feb 2009)
  4. Bryan has appeared with octopuses in ‘Hunting the Octopus’, and an (antitrust, monopoly) octopus featured on one of his election posters in 1900.
  5. Bernstein, The Power of Gold