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The Ford International Weekly
THE DE ARB OltiN INDEPENDENT a Publuktd h THE DHARBORN PUBLISHING CO. Dearborn, Michigan HENRY FORD, PreaMaa. i .1 FORD, ic Preatdent E B 1 OKl cretai I reaawer. Twentieth Year, Number 24, April 10, I9i0. The price t rabacrtption la th United State and its MC scion I ia One Dollar car ; ui Canada. One Dollar and Fifty Cents; and In other countries. Two Dollars. Single ( "py. Five C'ents. Kntered a eo'tul Class Matter at the Post Office at Dearborn. Michigan, under the Act ol .March J. 1879. No Need to Page Kansas THE fact that Governor Allen and the Kansas Court oi Industrial Relations continue to draw tire from editorial, special, and magazine writers, is not without promise in these hours of darkness. Scarcely a day asses that does not bring forth in daily press and monthly periodical some bit ol comment to the effect that all eyei are turned on Kansas. These comments range in tone all the way from mere dispassionate in terpretation to high eulogy. Except for what is to be found in the labor press, admittedly opposed to the plan on general principles, there is to be found in all these varying comments not one single note of un favorable criticism. Nor is the reason for this general approval of the proposed Kansas method of settling labor disputes dif ficult to find. It lies undoubtedly in the fact that onr political government, State and national, has found itself utterly unable to cope with the situation. Our method of dealing with these disputes in the past, and the state has ever been reluctant to take part in them, has been to resort either to arbitration or to the ma chine tin. And except for army officers who aspire to promotions, or political leaders who seek to in gratiate themselves with the more powerful interests, the machine gun method of settling labor disputes is nowhere in favor. Machine guns settle nothing; they merely show that one party to the controversy is stronger than the other; and that the weaker party must bide its time or try to exert its power in another direction. The injustice, the real seed of the conflict, remains. And, as Governor Allen maintains, the arbitration method has inherent weaknesses This plan results at the worsti when the decision goes strongly against one or the other of the tWO contending parties, in complete rejection of the decision of the board. And at best it ends in a compromise, "splitting the difference," from which both parties emerge as victors; what is gained by the parties at dispute being extracted from an en tirely innocent and helpless public? It is precisely the fact that in the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations the public is represented, and that it is no longer to be made the goat which has attracted nation-wide attention to this new departure in settling industrial disputes. Kansas may yet give us the thing we have looked for so long. They Are Less Aggressive ALTHOUGH he still maintains that they need to he cheeked it does not do to drop so easily a policy of veral years1 standing Attorney-! iencral Palmer in his latest utterance on the subject seems inclined to the opinion that "revolutionists will never make such headway that they may hope to destroy a government so firmly rooted in the hearts of the people as the American Government." Senator Prance, Republican, of Maryland, lias intro duced a joint resolution expressing it as the opinion of CorsgrtZJ that prosecutions under the espionage act should no longer be conducted, and recommending that the President and Attorney-! ieneral give careful con sideration to proposals to grant amnesty to persons COOViCted under it. N'ovv while all persons may not be willing to go to the full limit with Senator France on this question. Mr I 'aimer's attitude ought to convince many that it is tune we tempered justice, if not with mercy, at least with considerations which till now have played little part in our judgments. It was quite normal that in the days which confronted us a year or two ago we should apply the law with utmost ..go,, inning on the side of over reaching rather than on the side of neg lect oi public safety. Hut easily the best evidence that STC are less fc vensh in our pursuit of thctadical may be gained from the .softened tone on this question in the speeches ol our presidential campaigners. These worthy gentle men are the ny weather vanes of public opinion, tad when from a closer contact with the plain and common people even where than most of them enjoyed he tore the campaign, these framers of political issues find that it is a less and less paying investment to capitalize this so-called Red terror, it is an almost ccr tain sign that the IveragC citizen is no longer as hys terical as his political leaders want him to be. Victimizing the Innocent Nutions IF THE people realized to what extent then f0 affairs are not in the hand.s of their government all. but in the hands of financial groups, the v H. C. L. Psychology DESPITE the heroic efforts "i federal, state and local organizations to bring down the high cost of living, it remains about where it was before higher than Gilderoy's kite. Whatever we may be able to accomplish in other directions, in this one line we are apparently helpless. If there has bun a decline it has been so little as to give us but small hope for the future. It may be that when the so-called paramount issues of the political campaign have been settled we may apply ourselves more successfully to this task. The while we are waiting, however, we need not be altogether without consolation. For even tin high cost of living has its bright side although to be sure it is not a very bright one. and has to he looked at from the right angle to he seen at all. In our zeal to corroborate the assertion that the cost of living is high as though it needed any corroboration -we are likely to take the $18 pair of shots in the show window as proof. We (nce bought this pair for $-4.48. This should prove that the cost of living is high. And no doubt it does. But the $18 pair of shoes is only a part of the story. As a matter of fact nearly as many people are able to wear the more expensive shoes as were able years ago to wear the kind that cost $4.48. It is doubtful when the facts are all adduced, it we could prove that the vast majority of people are worse off today than they were ten years ago. To the casual observer it must be apparent that sales have not fallen of! to any great extent. You still have to wait till June or July for delivery on the automobile you or der today. We are likely to forget in the excitement of our hunt for the profiteer that the general and in many eases vers substantial increase .in income has put many of us within the reach of things which in the days of the low cost of living we were quite content to put aside as beyond our means. The pinch really isn't in the shoes; it's in the fact that we have suddenly found things within our reach which were not there before. We must not grow cool in our zeal to abolish profiteering. And yet we must remember that a good share of our discomfiture is psychological. For all thsc who are ready to spend some effort in buying cautiously, to cut down their wants to a fairly decent margin, to buy for use rather than for show, the times are not so bad. The dollar that goes out may be worth less than it was five years ago ; still it is not to be denied that more dollars come in. A lazy man is like an Egyptian mummy, just hang ing around without being the hast of use to any one. If young men were wise and old men were strong, courthouses and poorhouses would be useless. Good talkers have little trouble in getting jobs but only the good doers keep them. "Autopsy" is a medical term for locking the stable after the horse is stolen. "Pay as you go" takes you ten tunes as far as "Owe as you go." The man who never travels is most prejudiced against foreigners. Full speed ahead is useless unless you know where you are going. The man who is above his business is out of touch with success. Do everything by system, but never let system do you. Kvery man pays for what he gets in some kind of com. would appesri He who laughs loudest isn't paying the bills. Cut your coat according to your credit. Envy kills the envious. gain a bright light on many world events. that the authority of governments is being limited tu men own pcopic s uhtjimu regulation, win, the casion and nature of its exercise in international af fairs is determined by outsiders who are neither of the people nor of the governments. Since the armistice, international affairs have been almost exclusively in the hands of financiers, lthough certain enlightened national leaders aimed at the re construction of the world on a basis of peace that purpose has been set aside b "interests" who aim at the reconstruction of the world on the basis 0j business and profits. This is not merely a passing bit of inter, .ting U. formation: it entails vital consequences to the people 0r own country has lost its moral and material lead ership from this cause. The United States which was a little while ago hailed as the friend and helper of all mankind, is now regarded with suspicion and li like bv much of the world. Why? Have the people of this nation done any thing to warrant it? No. Has the Government of the United States? o. It has been done by others who belong neither to the government nor tin people. Who manipulated exchange so as to force down the buying power of other nations' money? The American people did not, nor did the American Government Who curtly told Kurope that it would have to pay treble for its goods, mountains of interest for its loans, and that no further help from the United States was to be expected? The people did not, nor did the government. Vet as a result of these things the former trustful attitude of the world toward us has been changed. And these things were done by a small group of money kings. The brunt of it, the harmful consequences of it are borne by the American people. A mass of feeling has been engendered against us, which we as a people have done nothing to merit, and of which we are the innocent victims. The international feeling on which the peace or war of the world depends II now entirely at the mercy of certain financiers whose only policy is Per C ent, and their negotiations with each other have made every nation nervous, irritable and suspicious of each other. The great American mistake it was the mistake of a small group was to suppose that Europe would be at our mercy for generations and that in the meantime our financiers would be able to skim the cream of the world. Put Europe is showing us. Alread) payment of the Anglo-French loan of $5(K),(HH),(HMi is pro vided for next October. That is part oi Kurope's answer to the attitude of our bankers. Already Britain can boast that her former trade is coming back in leaps and bounds. Kuropean investigators of Ameri can conditions report back home that whatever chance we might have had to excel the world in manufacture and shipping, has now been lost because oi the tactb of men who confuse money with wealth, ai 1 credib w ith constructive power. Add to this the fact that the League of Nations is holding its meetings with the United States absent, and the magnitude of our kM of prestige may be measured. It is an excellent thing for Kurope that she is de termined to get along without our help; she lias paid over and over again for whatever help our financial kings have been able to give her. Hut is it a "-d thing for the United States that we have been p 11 in such a position of rebuke and rejection because of the Shy lock policies of a few men who are not American! nor anything (1st . who are simply members of an interna tional financial group that operates alike whether " ensign be the dollar of America, the pound of Britain, the franc of F ranee, the lira of Italy or tin ruble of Russia. What is desirable above all things is that the peopK of the nations be made to understand that these thing" are not done by the people of any nation. The P,aI" people are innocent even of the workings of the ma chinery. Finance, especially the international kind, i a high and exclusive game which the people do not know. It is not played by the people, but on thein. And presently, when the high-playing financiers have sufficiently exasperated the nations by this game, rec war starts over again and the money-grabbers have a new harvest. In every nation that can read there ought to be a strong voice telling the people that it is not the peopf of another country who are doing this wrong, but sma groups of men who operate together in every country, whose interests are always against the interests o humanity, and who have no country to love and for which to sacrifice. Above all, the faith of the U people in each other, which is being so greatly 18 turbed today, must be preserved.