Rockefellers? Snake oil salesman? Yes, the original snake oil salesmen!

Rockefellers were the most successful snake oil salesmen.

Rockefellers were the most successful snake oil salesmen.

I was wondering why the Rockefellers were promoting quackery such as vaccines and cancer treatments and pseudo science such as Global Warming.

After seeing the movie They Live, I was almost half-convinced that they may have alien DNA. They seemed so devoid of any humanity!

Apparently, there is a simpler explanation. The Rockefeller clan did really originate from a guy who was a notorious snake oil salesman – William Avery Rockefeller.

Alex Jones in his latest podcast interviewed Dick Gregory, a man whom Jones called as the original Alex Jones. Mr. Gregory brough outt some great and interesting information. Among them was this gem – that the Rockefellers were the original snake oil salesmen. Their brand was Rock Oil.

I did some web searches and it seems to be true. Hilarious!

Here is an excerpt from an article on http://organic-health.us/ .

The image of the traveling snake oil salesman of 19th century America is by now a familiar trope. It is the image of the heartless huckster who preys upon the trust of the general public to swindle them out of their hard-earned savings. With a bottle of useless tonic and the help of a plant in the audience, the snake oil salesman made a living out of lies and deceit.

In these respects, William Levingston was your average snake oil salesman…

He used a made-up title, billing himself as “Dr. Bill Levingston, Celebrated Cancer Specialist” despite being neither a doctor nor celebrated nor a cancer specialist.

He was an inveterate cheat and liar, having abandoned his first wife and their 6 children to start a bigamous marriage in Canada at the same time as he fathered 2 more children by a third woman.

And like every snake oil salesman, he had a cure-all tonic to hock. He called it Rock Oil and charged $25 a bottle for it, equivalent at the time to 2 months’ salary for the average American worker. Claiming it could cure all but the most terminal cancers, there were always desperate souls in every town who could be duped into buying a bottle.

As near as anyone can tell, “Rock Oil” was in fact just a mixture of Laxative & Petroleum OIL and had no effect whatsoever on the cancer of the poor townsfolk he conned into buying it. But “Dr. Bill” didn’t have to worry about the consequences when his customers discovered they’d been had; he never stayed in any one place for very long.

Yes, in almost every respect, William Levingston was your run-of-the-mill snake oil huckster, someone who had no compunction about preying on the weak and the innocent in his pursuit of wealth and power.

There was one thing that set him apart however. His name was NOT in fact “Levingston.” That was an identity he had assumed after being indicted for raping a girl in Cayuga in 1849. His actual name was William Avery Rockefeller, and he was the father of John D. Rockefeller, founder of the infamous Rockefeller dynasty.

The official histories of the Rockefeller family, many commissioned or approved by the Rockefellers themselves or produced by public television stations owned and managed by family members, downplay the significance of the dynasty’s snake oil lineage. John D., THEY claim, was the opposite of his father: pious and industrious where his father had been wayward and lazy, philanthropic and generous where his father had been selfish and greedy. In reality, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree and John D. learnt a lot from his father.

“Devil Bill,” as the “Celebrated Dr. Bill Levingston” was also known, once bragged that “I cheat my boys every chance I get. I want to make ‘em sharp.” The young Rockefeller learnt his lesson well, and by all accounts John was smart, shrewd and possessed of a maturity beyond his years. From his father’s example, he learned how to lie, how to cheat, and how to get away with it, traits that served him well as he rose to become one of the richest men the world has ever known.

Like his father, John Davison Rockefeller made his fortune by hocking another type of snake oil. In the early 1860s he built an oil refinery with some business partners in Cleveland. By 1880, Standard Oil was refining 90% of the oil in America, rising on the back of John D.’s deceit, backstabbing and secret deals with the railroad tycoons (J.P. Morgan). With the acute business acumen of a born-and-bred snake oil salesman, Rockefeller became unimaginably wealthy by exerting ruthless control over the oil industry.

In those early days, however, oil was refined mainly into kerosene for lighting fuel. It was ubiquitous and a profitable industry to monopolize, but it was hardly central to American society. Indeed, the invention of the light bulb in 1878 and its introduction to American homes threatened the industry itself. It was only the invention and mass production of the horseless carriage, powered by Nikola Tesla’s spark plugs and internal combustion engine running on gasoline, that made oil into the backbone of American society… and the snake oil of the 20th century.

Of course, Rockefllers realized their odious heritage needed coverup, particularly after the Ludlow Massacre. They started buying up media, education institutions, and other forms of power. True Fascists that they were, they already had politicians, government, police, and military in the bag.

NYT clipping on Rockefeller massacre at Ludlow

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