From his correspondence:
Your idea of the moral obligations of governments are perfectly correct. The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately. [. . . .]
I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Present me respectfully to Mrs. Logan and accept yourself my friendly and respectful salutations.
– Thomas Jefferson; November 16, 1816.
Lest we, again, let the “tea parties” quote our history out of context, we must remember that this nation was built as a haven for men, not corporations, and distrust of the latter is as much a part of our history as distrust of centralized government. Perhaps more.