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1902 Teddy Roosevelt hunts a Buck

After succeeding McKinley as president, Theodore Roosevelt initiates more than 40 anti-trust actions directed at, among others, Standard Oil, DuPont, Union Pacific–and the American Tobacco Co.

Buck Duke, testifying in federal court, says every deal he ever made was intended not to destroy competition but only to “round out” his own company and to “get our fair share of the trade.” Nonetheless, in 1911, the Supreme Court rules against American Tobacco, noting, “[We] think the conclusion of wrongful purpose and illegal combination is overwhelmingly established.” American Tobacco is broken up and the constituent parts reassembled in smaller units. R.J. Reynolds emerges as the strongest competitor of the resulting companies. Duke, morose and drinking heavily now, earns the high regard of posterity by turning to philanthropy. Most notably, he endows little Trinity College (not far from his Durham, North Carolina, birthplace) with the money to become a university of national rank when the school agrees to exchange its name for his.

1913 Cigarettes in the ashtray

New Camel introduces the first blended cigarette in the U.S. Highly flavorful, the cigarette is an instant success. American Tobacco follows in 1916 with Lucky Strike, and the advertising battle begins. For the next 30 years, tobacco companies lure customers with wildly false claims of health as well as social benefits from smoking.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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