True then, a lesson for us, still.
"The first truth is that the liberty of a Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power."
--US President Franklin D. Roosevelt: April 29, 1938
Link: Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies