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In "active sympathy1 with this move
ment John A. Ulrich.
Book reader sends me by mail "the
issue of Feb. 6-In "Letters to the
Editor" there, is aS article "God
Given Rights" heavily underscored.
Thank you. I take the hint and
fully understand. Mr. F. Williams is
a single taxer, no harm in that. The
single tax faith is backed by experi
ence. It has been tried and -works
well, where it never has had a chance
to operate. I will not question their
faith or the result "Progress and
Poverty" by Henry George was writ
ten in sincerity and is well worth
reading, but it would not harm sin
gle taxers ta pick up the bible occa
sionally. The first single taxer we know of
is, evidently, John the Baptist. Ac
cording to the Gospel of St Luke,
third chapter, 7th to 14th verses, he
made some very profound utterances.
About the same time appeared Christ
as an ideal reformer Both were tor
tured and executed as a rewaTd for
their higher ideals. Their teachings
have been promulgated 2,000 years,
but the human race remains unmoved
by the ideals and isms and still looks
for saviors and leaders. When a real
leader appears they GET HIS GOAT.
It is too dangerous for real true
leaders. Hence there is such a great
abundance of false ones. There can
never be otherwise, so long as the
human race believes in authority,
isms and leaders.
This question is also underscored:
"Why is there not always, in all sea
sons, more jobs than workers?."
Christ answered this with the parable
of the "laborers in the vineyarch"
"Why stand here idle all day?" He
asked. They answered: "None hare
given up hire." See St Matthews,
20th chapter, 4th to 14th verses.
Ah. Parables are nothing, I hear
you say, not applicable to our en
lightened age. Weill Well!
The 400,000 vacant lots in this city
1 and the vast amount -of vacant land in
the United States, with prohibitive
values for use and fences around, are
enough to keep the unemployed
guessing" about "God-Given Rights"
until they faint or go. insane. The
people who talk .about such rights in
wardly say to themselves: "It's a
The idle, willing workers must be
included in the covenant of their in
alienable rights to common owner
ship in the land, which is fundamen
tal to life, liberty and pursuit of hap
piness. If there is ever (?) a new declara
tion of independence declared, this
equahty, inheritance to the land and
the earth's resources must be ac
knowledged, stated and. signed. Until
then only one hope, or last resort, is
left for the idle, willing worker and
that is they can end their own misery.
That is their only GOD-GIVEN
RIGHT to die. K Henry; George
and single tax evens up land values
by compulsory improvements on va
cant lands, well and good. But Mr.
j Williams, this question: What about
numan greea ana mans lnnumaniiy
to man Under single tax will it be
the same as now' What's the pros-
Ipect? This is the important ques
tion. August Olsan, 3216 Osgood st
Hin F (ft
ItfEftE fritz'!

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