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DO YOU WANTLBOR TO BE FREE? YOU MUST
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Vincent Astor, unearned increment multi-millionaire, sympathizes with
the men and women who, for little pay, do the hard work of the world, but
not enough to' climb off their backs. As Algernon Lee says: -
"Mr. Astor has never known what it is to lie awake atnight, thinking
how to get food for the next week for himself and his family. The prob
lems of wages overwork and unemployment are purely theoretical with
' They ARB with most of the -privileged class. That is why labor cannot
look to members of that class, however sympathetic and personally estim
able, for leadership.
Henry Ford, who has been through the mill, comes closer 'to meeting
some 'of the needs of leadership; but he, too, falls down at a critical point.
He speaks of labor as being in the partnership and is remarkable for
the generosity wih which he is willing to divide the profits.
. But his kind of labor partnership is a partnership in profits-, not In con
trol. He shares money, not responsibility.
Clearly labor must- work out its own salvation. However well mean
,ing, no' holder of privilege can do the job by benevolent endowment.
- Do.you want to see labor contented? Then help to set it free help it
to own the industry.
' Female Voice (on.telephqne) Is
that the hall porter?" Well. I want
to know if you can give a message to
my husband. Hall Porter I am sor-
in the club. Female Voice But I
have not told you my husband's name
yeL Hall Porter Quite unnecessary,
madam. Nobody's husband is ever
Jcy, madam, but your husband is not I here by any chance.