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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Uncle Sam Optimistic Business is
evidently improving. Having hit the
bottom, it is on the up grade. Pes
simism has given way to optimism.
The newspapers, which were hit
hard by the business depression and
the timidity of capital which grew
out of the uncertainty following the
outbreak, of war, are all business
boosters now. Even the staid old
bankers are coming out of their shell,
cutting down the interest rate and
letting money out into the channels
of 'trade. And they are all speaking
well, now, of the federal banking act.
The chances are all in favor of a
gradual business revival, which may
become a boom. The big increase of
exports, with a growing balance of
trade in our favor, has dispelled the
fear that Europe would swamp us
with American securities, drain us of
our gold, knock values down, cause
the banks to demand more collateral
and close out some borrowers, with
a resulting panic all over the country.
In short, fear which causes pan
ics has largely given way to confi
dence and the money-makers will
now get busy.
There is a political danger, how
ever, in this situation. There is dan
ger the newspapers that play the
game of Big Business will try to dis
courage all attempts to remedy ex
isting industrial wrongs, They won't
want more showdowns like that of
the New Haven railway. They will
attempt to discourage prosecution of
wholesale thieves like the big Wall
street magnates that have looted the
railways. They won't want the wa
ter squeezed out of securities, but
will want the people to stand for pay
ing interest on all of the millions that
Wall street stole.
They won't want Uncle Sam to
grab the coal mines in Colorado and
operate them if Rockefeller can't
They will make jcajnpaign tdxja. pis
army and navy; and the real purpose"
of a larger standing army will be to
use to hold labor in subjection.'
They will try to discourage Presi
dent Wilson and get him to drop hia
program of progressive legislation.
There will be a revival of Mark Han
na's old cry of "Let well enough
In other words, Big Business will
try to get back in the sadle and ride
the people another race which
means further inequalities in the dis
tribution of wealth.
Prosperity is all right. Let it come.
We all want it. We all need it. But
let's pass prosperity around. Let's
consider ALL of the people instead of
just a few of the people. If we are
going to have war prices because of
the war, then let's have war wages
for the men and women who produce
the goods that are sold for war prices.
I say that there never was a time
when it was more important for
Labor to organize for its own protec
tion; and I believe that the only way
Labor will get a square deal is by
'organizing for it and fighting for it,
There never was a time when it
was more important for progressives
in all parties to keep on fighting
hard for real progress.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
WHAT IS SEX?
Editor Day Book Say, little Day
Book, and you gang of moralists who
talk about sex as if it were a disease
to be quarantined and given antitox
in, I ask you a question:
Why is it that the impersonal rub'
of men's shoulders in a crowded
street car and the odor of a new
baby stir in me the same emotions?
Why do I like the crush of men's
bodies in a jam and yet become dis
gusted with one who would become
Am I evil or are you evil who think;
it of me?
What is sex, anyhow?
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