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The Ford International Weekly
THE DEARBORN INDEPENDENT Publtsktd by THE DEARBORN PUBLISHING CO. Dearborn. Michigan HENRY FORD. President. C I FORD. Vice President. y B. FORD. Secretmry-TreasMrer. E. G. PI PP. Editor. Twentieth Year, Number 10. January X 1920. It mav bt tmihlUMll it is I mtu Si g to have -.lu. ,a,ul ft. It" -dJ-J ho othor hand i. beW . I ' "T ' h,t-.he rushing HAl ""-era. a tide which had its rise in ft 0 ,he belief that Americans W an Ufletk an. that oM grew on bnshes in every Mro-t. Wdl. whatever the wisdom of the pohcy WX) 06. j, is opera.ne now. and ,1m. tar the Inned Nat, U , lV any loss in Aom who have left us w remaitts that however many we -nay Otporl then " are thousand, left behind to whom we DM 0ehOW bring the hmer meaning of American prtnc.plo ami institutions. Life-Facts Are Dominant Tf HERE'S I great deal of human nature in I mankind, especially in the women, says a w The priea oi irtlirSfHlll in the United States and ,ts poaaeS n - One D llai jrwrj i anada. One Do liar and Fifty Cents; and in other countries. Two Dollars. Single Cop v. Five Cttttl Entered as Second Cla Matter at the Port Office at Dearborn. Michigan under the Act of March 3. 18 v. The Deportations DEPORTATION'S have begun, and by the time this is in print the first batch oi Bolsheviks may have reached their now secret destination. There is room for two opinions as to the wisdom of their removal, as there ftlways is when any step if taken which tends to give the dignity of martyrdom to those who are very far from being the stuff of which martyrs are made. There was evidence in the amount of money carried away by the deportees that the position of Bolshevik agitator in America is a very profitable one. Among fewer than 00 persons nearly half a million dollars was carried away. The modern agitator is no longer a fellow-sufferer with the class he pretends to rep resent. Vast "campaign fund," and "propaganda funds" pass through his hands and are, in the very nature of the case, loosely accounted for. These agi tators travel in Pullman cars, stay at the best hotels, have public halls rented for them at high rates, bask in the doubtful light of "Red" adulation, are heralded in the revolutionary pre II the prophets and founders of a new social order; in short, they are permitted to wallow in all that caters to human pride and conceit, and with it all they are paid at high rates for their lectures. It is not infrequent that a "Red" speaker demands and gets $100 a night. Xo wonder the first little group that was deported could show plenty of loose cash. Aghati oi I certain character comes under the head of public amusements or diversions. Just as some people like to go to a play where their emotions may be stirred and they can have "a good cry," so other people like to be told how badly they are abused. Workmen with comfortable homes, healthy and happy families, adequate wages and satisfactory jobs, some times feel an irresistible lure to that fiery type of ora tory which informs them that they are "crying for bread," and that their children are "going in rags." and that "their very life is being crushed out by the op-pressor-clas " It is a sort of diversion. It stirs the pulses It gives visions of mastery. And so they pay for it. and they pay well. The orator himself, of course, sleep- late next day and dines well at an expensive table. Whoever else may be oppressed, he takes care it is not he. Perhaps this may explain the reluctance with which some of the deportees left America. America was their very generous meal-ticket. In Soviet Russia, it is understood, even the orators are supposed to work for their living. If only the education of these agitators were the object, perhaps no more effective lesson could be given them than the opportunity to compare the America which they denounce with the other lands which they praise. "Good old America," after everything is said, is still a pretty good place in which to live and more people find it so, a larger proportion of its inhabitants find it so. than can be said of any other land. The de ppftttl may ly hold the same view. At tin tame time, there is a question of policy in liberating in Europe those firebrands of disorder whose vengeance WtH now take the form of rousing hatred against the United States. Trotsky, the Russian Jew, carried back from New York to Russia an intense hatred of the United States and has been able to in oculate whole territories with the most outlandish ideas of our country and a hatred which is astounding. acter in a famous novel oi other day, H the lame character were to speak today, he WOUM probably reconstruct the last clause, and would not leaf tins peculiarity in women but retain it in mankind at large, with the qualification that human nature i I never more Observable than when politically aroused. FfOtB the vantage point which America affords, we may look out upon the world and count a doen section where human nature is still in flame, blocking the way oi peaceful and constructive settlements. And these spots are not only in the Baikam and Korea, but among the more civilised portions of the world in Ireland and Prance, in Mexico and England, yes. even in parts of our own country. One of the defects, and at the same time one of the strong points of human nature is its "will to conquest" tnd its inability to see the advantage of compromise. We may admit without argument or demur that there are certain questions in the world which can never be settled until they are settled right, questioni which, though they may be silenced once and silenced again, will never cease to agitate the mind of man until they are finally and righteously solved But there is one fact which ought to stand up in our thinking like I lighthouse in these days of tossing tempests. And that fact is this: There are questions which no Wm man or tjroup of men is wise enough t0 settle questions which hare baffled the centuries. And some of these are profoundly agitating the world today. It is not a question oi one group proposing the true way and another group refusing to take it. If that were the situation, we could rest in absolute con fidence that the true way would get itself accepted. But it is a question of no one knowing what is the true way and everyone agreeing that the old way is not complacently to be followed any longer. Doubt less there is a true way and doubtless when human nature becomes wise enough to find it and follow it, it will manifest itself : but it certainly is not here now . However, the fight between the factions, each lor its theoretical or experimental way, goes on with vigor. And each faction will suffer a measure of de feat because it does not represent the one sure, work able and constructive way. IF and it is a big pro hibitive "if" there if a faction fortunate enough to espouse the method that all the world shall adopt, that faction, of course, cannot be defeated, and in this knowledge it can afford to propagate its idea in the calm assurance of success. But as to the others, they will simply combat each other until their zeal is ex hausted and zeal does easily run down ; then com promise comes. Our best compromises are not with each other, but with lite Regardless of our theories and ideals and propaganda, life goes on steadily on. The daily neces sities do not slacken even for the most fiery prophet of reform. And we begin to see that it is the method which gives us life which is. at least, a workable method, and that substantial progress can come only along that line. Certainly there is no progress jn any action which at one swoop deprives us of the means of life. And. wild-eyed philosophers notwithstanding, there is no sound philosophy of life which calls for destruction as the preliminary of construction. Revolutions were no more the necessities of progress in the past than was the smallpox or the black plague. It is fortunately arranged for us by the laws of life that of two wrong courses, neither shall win over the other, but both shall lose. That is going to hap pen to a number of wrong courses proposed today. And the breakdown of our false theories, the collapse of our raging propaganda, is going to issue in a new compromise with the facts of life. You cannot change the facts of life by oratory or legislation. They always have the final say. And their final word is hard on those who deny them. Suppose It Were the Other Way Round JUST SttppOte Suppose that in 1917, the government 0f i, teat Britain had said to the people of the X ffrttcd States: "We are now engaged in a grcsj war t0 end war. Tal li ottr single object to end . You want waf ended tOO. Come in and help us abul ,xh war out of the earth." nd then suppose we had done that, and helped win the war on that understanding. Suppose also that after every objective was - aired, Great Britain should turn around and say : "Well, we have changed OUT minds about that. We do not jn the least object to another war. So you may con sider our previous declaration annulled." Something very similar to that has been don. by the United State. Public opinion in Europe is still unrecoveml from the shock oi amaement which it received when the United States Senate repudiated the Peace Treaty with its provision for a League of Nations. That League Oi Nations was the United States' own proposal The United States virtually said. "We will come in and help von. providing that at the conclusion of the war you will enter into a league of peace which shall prevent war forever." And one by one the nations gave their lolemn pledge that they would do so. Britain pledged. France pledged Italy pledged. Russiawho had been a pioneer in peace movements, the Peace Conference at the Hague having been originated by the Car of Russia pledged. Indeed, tag whole world, friend and foe, adhered to the new ideal. It was hailed by people of every race and tongue. "America has begun a great benefaction." they said. "America created this idea; America wishes us to realize it. We must go in with America." And when they did come in with America, when they had accepted the League of Nations in all their parliaments, behold. America staid out! Europe il very frank to say that is, the honest part of Europe, the people whose hopes were lofty and un ItlfUh that they cannot understand it. Well, if they were in America they would understand it just as little. Any one oi us can explain just how it happened, but who can understand why it happened? It is a secret hidden in those dark recesses of human nature which are always spouting4 out unforeseen hindrances to progress. What France cannot understand is this : how that merica could deliberately repudiate the signature and pledge oi her most distinguished representative, the President. What Britain cannot understand is this: how that the American people, after sponsoring the Leagttt idea for the whole world, will allow it to fail because of a few men. And Germany is most confused of all. Defeat for her had at hast this consolation, that by it had been purchased the abolition of war. But now as she view s the world, she sees the former alh I niore separated than ever. The event, however, is not without its ttcct in Europe. Statesmen are already inquiring what is so radically defective in European politics as to frighten away the United States from contact with them even for so good a purpose as the maintenance of the worlds peace. "What." they are asking, "is so shakv about our methods and relations that America do - not re gard partnership with us as altogether safe or desir able:'" If European statesmen pursue this line of lUSUS) long enough, the fact that our temporary refusal to approve the peace treaty has instigated them to do so. may. in a measure, mitigate the general disapr ointment. Some Good Advice THE advice gives by Attorney General Palmer fighting the high cost of living is good advice 0 anybody any time. He says one way is to speed up production. Manufacturers generally from all over the CCUPjj complain that less is being produced now than a produced for man before or during the war. Human beings were in a high tension during war and a reaction followed on the part of man) This. n il. lit vi 1 1 1 t- ,., .. ,-, mii com alio I " , " w. n v ivvmiiv .j - tion will get back to normal. It must come about bet prices can be normal. Another pieee of advice handed out is ioT people to buy within their means. America making money freely and spending it freely have been buying what they wanted and paying price asked, searcely heeding what that price was. H you don't buy when you arc being ovcrcharg prices will come down.