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must have a market for your export trade and if we have 10,000,000 people
unable to purchase why you suffer also.
"And then when conditions get too bad in the old countries the
weaker of them come over here and that hurts the American laboring men.
"Every family in England pays $1 a week to support the armyand
navy. That soundsridiculous, doesn't it?
"Many solutions have been offered. One method is to preach at people
of the beautiful effect of disarmament. But I'm quite sure no 'country is
going to disarm itself wnile tne otner
nations retain their armaments.
Every country prefers to be the diner
rather than the dinner.
"A general strike has been sug
gested. But that wouldn't help. You
would merely have two wars, one an
"We punish men for committing
murder. And yet during warfare we
become deliberate murderers and we
train our sons to become murderers.
"Why should you men who are
fighting for social justice take up the
selfish quarrels of big business that
plunges nations into bloody war?
You have your own battles. You
know, whenever I hear of a strike of
union men, I figure that the men are
right, even though I don't know the
facts. Because in time of strikes the
men suffer most. The employers suf
fer a little, but they don't have to"
give up any of the necessities of life
as the men do.
"There are men in every country
who keep up the agitation for bigger
navies. In the United States Theo
dore Roosevelt and Richmond Pear
son Hobson are continuously fight
ing for more armaments. In England
Winston Church11 does the same.
"The secretary of the British ad
miralty said that the only way for
England to be assured of peace with
Germany was by having larger army
and navy than Germany. About the
same time some Germans were pre
scribing that remedy for Germany.
"So it appears that the only way
for England and Germany to have
peace is by having each stronger than
"An English cabinet minister,
speaking at a banquet in Canada, said
in thrilling manner that 'England
would spend its last cent on defense,'
and everybody applauded him.
"That cabinet minister ought to
have been ashamed of himself. If
England spent its last cent on defense
what would it have left to defend?
"Large armaments protect trade on
the sea, they claim. What about Nor
way? Norway has the most prosper
ous mercantile marine in the ocean
and yet the country hasn't a single
The Krupp people, to whom war
is necessary, has eleven newspapers
in Germany all proclaiming the doc
trine of the ruleby force.
"The rule of force is nothing but
the rule of death. Turkey believes
in the rule of force; the Indians be
lieved in it; the turbulent South
American republics believe in it. Look
what it has gained them.
"National honor, is the term the
yellow press uses in its cry for war,
so that Big Business might be served.
"They also claim that war means
the survival of the fittest And yet
it is only the fit that go to war and
get shot down. The sick and the
crippled are left at home to breed
more "fit" sons and daughters.
"They say warfare produces high
moral qualities, such as patience, en
durance, etc. I agree with them.
But so do tuberculosis and cancer.
"As for national honor, you can't
convince a man you're honorable by
knocking his brains out. It's the
same with war.
"The trouble with us men is that
we lay down our lives too quickly for
something we don't understand and
which probably only concerns a
handful of capitalists.
"Supposing Germany was to fight