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of setting things right in our eco
nomic system, and that is by taking
the full economic rent for public
purposes and at the same time un
tax everything that is made by labor.
For to take the full economic rent of
land to run the government would
destroy the selling values of land and
make land speculators, forestallers
and the whole ground-hog crew in
general do something useful to gain
The same thing would raise wages
up to the full earnings of labor be
cause labor would always have free
land to fall back on. Michael Eck
ert, 1808 Ogden Av.
WAR AND PEACE TERMS, The
revolutionary Russian government
has demanded that the' allies pro
claim their willingness to negotiate
peace on a basis of "No forcible an
nexation and no punitive indemni
ties." What has been the answer?
England says she is going to keep
Germany's African colonies. ' She
wants the Cape to Cairo railroad en
tirely in her hands. She will also
hold such strategic points as may be
necessary to insure permanent peace.
A permanent peace, of course, means
one suited to the ambition of her rul
ing class for the domination of the
world's trade. "Strategic points" are
those like her possession of Gibral
tar, which enaole her at will to con
trol trade routes. I believe England
wants to continue the war until she
conquers Asia Minor and thus "safe
guard India and Egypt from her Eu
ropean rivals. The English ruling
class is quite evidently preparing for
the commercial struggle which many
observers think will follow the pres
ent conflict . "
Are we willing to sacrifice thou
sands of our young men that Eng
land may thus secure an extension of
her empire and a continuance of her
economic mastery of the world?
France and Italy, beside the eco
nomic gains they hope for, also want I
to reeover certain territories at one I
time within their boundaries. It is
quite a debatable question whether
the return of Alsace-Lorraine to
France or Italia-Irredenta to Italy
would help to maintain world peace.'
Certainly it seems rather hard on our
youths that they should give up their
lives for' the achievement of these
very doubtful benefits.
Until the allies accede tothe Rus
sian terms they can hardly claim the
war is one for democracy. Should
the allfes renounce their annexation
ist proposals they would render at
once the greatest possible service to
world democracy. Such a stand
would force Germany to give up its
own aggressive schemes or face a
real revolution at home. James H.
Dolsen, 817 S. 6th Av., Maywood, III.,
SOME SCANDAL- PHEW! Some
111 ole scan'l this school board
stuff Poor kids! Poor parerits!
Poor ole Chi! Politics, religion, dirt
make some lil' pie down those re
gions. Conscientious Tribune and
Daily News who ,work in the inter
ests of the people, oi! oi!
Bui what can you do about it? "In
my way of looking at the situation,
the whole deal is not nearly as bad
as the old deals the people never got
hold of. Today public opinion has a
tremendous influence on politics.
The people get wind of what's going
on; years, ago they never did.
Sure, it's blamed rotten. But
what can we do. Might complain to
some of the papers or the school
board heads. But they're in the deal.
Just as has been said time and time
again in this Public Forum, you've
got to get at the problems at the
Men are human. They are graft
ers and selfish and hoggish, but you
can get worthy men into public of
fices. There's no doubt of that We
have many now. Most of them hold
minor positions where they cannot
root out political evils.
A more widespread interest in city
government preventing the