Were successful business men "robber barons" or heroes of industry? Were successful business men "robber barons" or heroes of industry?

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I assume you are referring to the Industrial Revolution. I don't think captains of industry and heroes of industry mean the same thing. A captain of industry is someone who is in charge, and dominant. That does not make someone a hero. Robber baron might be a stretch though. We are capitalists.

I think Pohnpei has it pretty straight.  They certainly developed much of the infrastructure of the country, but they also got their massive profits by cutting corners, ignoring the safety and well-being of their workers, and paying the lowest wages possible for incredibly hard work.

The answer to this is "yes."  They were both.  It just depends on who you ask.

These men were captains of industry.  The businesses they...

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