So, first the government kills the Indians. (In fact, before Grenville Dodge was a railroad magnate he was a general in the U.S. Army, and Wikipedia tells me that he ordered the punitive Powder River Expedition against the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho in 1865.)
Then the government hands over the land for free to the railroads, along with giant subsidies of other kinds.
Then the railroad owned by one of the guys who killed the Indians hands over some of the free land he got from the government to Harry Koch. And he uses his government handouts to make himself and his family incredibly wealthy.
Man, that’s the invisible hand IN ACTION…just the free market making us all richer with no government meddling. No wonder Harry’s grandsons talk about that stuff so much.
“We were the One Percent before One Percent was cool.”