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and the Illinois Association of Manufacturers is, of course, a part of that
same corporation of wealth. Most chambers of commerce, or associations
of commerce, are part of the same invisible government.
And I have no doubt at all that 'the loud statements of Bent express the
real sentiment of the entire invisible government. That means that Big
Business is determined that there shall be no free press in this free coun
try, and that the RULE OF GOLD shall triumph over the GOLDEN RULE.
The Tribune is but an incident. It has been singled out as one powerful
newspaper on which to start the war. If the Tribune can be whipped into
submission and slavery, then it will be easy enough to handle the less pow
, erful papers.
I don't know how the Tribune will meet this attack of Big Business.
It may surrender. But if it will not surrender, then its answer to this attack
must be an appeal to the people. It can't forever sit on the fence, trying to
hold onto HUMANITY with one hand and MAMMON with the other.
I believe that the people will stand by a newspaper that will stand by
them. And the people, when they understand, are more powerful than Big
Business is. Every newspaper that fights the organization of labor is help
ing Big Business to forge its chains on' that newspaper.
And the people are vitally interested in this war on a free press. I
don't mean that the Tribune is free, for it isn't. It is merely a little less a
slave to advertisers than the weaker papers; and it is less weak because it
has more circulation.
I SAY THAT MANY OF THE EVILS AND MOST OF THE INJUSTICE
OF OUR SOCIAL SYSTEM ARE DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE PRESS, AND THAT THE PRESS ISN'T
FREE SO LONG AS IT DEPENDS FOR BREAD AND BUTTER UPON ITS
IF WE COULD HAVE FULL AND HONEST PUBLICITY OF THE
TRUTH, WITH NO SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO ADVERTISERS, THE PEO
PLE COULD EASILY SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS AND BRING
ABOUT SQUARE-DEAL GOVERNMENT.
BUT NEWSPAPERS CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD AND MAMMON;
THEY CAN'T REPRESENT BOTH THE PEOPLE AND THEIR ADVER
TISERS. An adless newspaper can serve God and the people. It can serve
genuine democracy. It can stand for government of, by and for the people.
It can laugh at all the Geo. P. Bents on the face of the earth.
In the meantime, however, it will be well for the people who would pro
tect their rights to watch closely this organized conspiracy to make the
control of the press by the Invisible Government more complete than it
THIS VERY MATTER IS MORE IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF
CHICAGO, AND WORTH BIGGER NEWSPAPER HEADLINES THAN ALL
OF THE MURDERS, SUICIDES AND ROBBERIES COMMITTED IN CHI
CAGO IN A GENERATION.
Congressmen talk of expelling Mc-
Dermott of Illinois, considerably men
tioned in connection with the "insid
ious lobby." We don't gather whether
he is to be made "a horrible exam
ple," or just a common "goat."
We guess that that North Dakota
postmaster who reports a storm with
hail as big as a Texas county is one
of those Republican hold-overs whom
the reformed Democracy hasn't, civil
serviced into private life.