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PROBLEMS OF PRODUCTION.
Mr. Wells makes the admission that
we are not confronted with a problem
of production, but one of distribution,
but cannot see how taxng more land
into use could possibly make paupers
out of industrious farmers.
If we are now able to supply the
needs of. mankind, is it not logical to
believe that when more land is taxed
into use that the markets would be
glutted; farmers will get little or no
returns, be unable' to pay their land
value tax and the government will
then take their land; this would go
on with farmer after farmer, until all
the farmers engaged in the produc
tion of superfluous were weeded out
Then, after turning the entire com
mercial world into a slate of anarchy,
we would wake up and find we were
just where we are today. Who do
you suppose would be weeded out
first, the rich landowner of the poor
If we now create enough wealth to
even supply the needs of millions of
people abroad, think of the enormous
waste that would be brought about
by taxing the idle land intb use.
I do not believe that any sane cap
italist would care to expend any mo
hey, time or energy in the produc
tion of superfluous wealth, with the
prospects of marketing his products
so hazy. Don't forget the tale of woe
of the peach growers this fall.
Mr. Wells has often told us about
the high wages the workers would re
ceive were single tax in vogue. I
would hke to know how that could be
possible, when the landowner having
found the markets glutted receives
little or no returns.
Do not worry about the monopoly.
Industrial development has now
reached a stage higher than ever be
fore attained. With the monopolistic
combinations have come ail the ad
vantages of large scale production. !
such as saving in the purchase and
sale of goods and the application of
power, in labor, in organization, and
the utilization Of its by-products.
They have all the advantages of com
bination, such as saving in advertis
ing, in gross shipment, etc. They are
able to regulate the output according
to the demand and fix the price at the
point of highest net return. In short,
they are 0. K. if you are in the mo
nopoly. We are now in the postal
monopoly. Let "us now try to get into
the telegraph, the telephone he rail
roads. Letustrytodemocr e also
the mines, thenrills-and the factories.
Let us establish an industrial democ
racy, the only" "democracy worth
Why destroy these monopolies?
Why not preserve this scientific, sys
tematic form of production and util
ize it to serve all mankind by collec
tively owning all the means of pro
duction and distribution. John H.
Seller, 652 Hamburg St
TOBACCO. When a man smokes
tr chews tobacco he destroys his
nervous system, very slowly, of
bourse, but not tie less surely. Not
the nerves alone, but the heart also
suffers. Yet the habits seem to first
show in the nerves of the tobacco
user. As the whole body suffers, of
course his procfeative powers are
weakened and thus transmitted.
The child from a tobacco user Is
never as strong, as healthy, as long
lived, as it would have been if the
parent had never ''used tobacco.
When the parent uses a poison and
begets a child the child Is robbed of
its rightful prenatal inheritance, the
best body possible. No matter how
good and pure the wife, though she
may not understand it, she has been
swindled and duped.
If we declare that every tobacco
user is a thief to his children, a rob
ber and swindler of his wife, and a
wilful defrauder to the state and na
tion, we aret simply telling the
truth. We may go a step further an4