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Published Friday of each week »t Plenty
The Peoples Publishing
Company, Inc.
Hntared ms Second Claas Matter, October
It, 1918, et the Poet Office at Plentywood,
IfflSDtana, Under the Act of Mardi 9,1397.
I Mb evictions, no foreclosures.
9 . Cancellation of all public debt and
cured farm debts.
g. Passage of the Workers Unemploy
ment Bill (H. R. 2827).
4 Immediate cash relief for unemployed
workers and destitute farmers.
4 Passage of Farmers Emergency Belief
(H. R. 3471).
« •
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Psieign per year, $2.50; six months, $1.25;
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Advertising rates furnished upon
Editor and Manager
By B. CARLTON, Moore, Montana
Hie aec tiaela of special interests are on
the job and earning their stipends. They
ere the appointed watch dogs who guard
the papers, magazines, periodicals and rad
ios against any educational propaganda
that points in
order or even admits the need of a change
the stutus quo. Their keenest weapons are
sarcasm and ridicule, rusty swords that
have ever been employed to block progress,
Rarely do find these hired servants of
the money barons satirizing a system that
dumps produce in the ocean, bums coffee,
plows cotton under, tells the farmer not to
raise wheat, slaughters pigs, lets fruit and
vegetables rot on the ground, dumps hun
dreda of thousands of college students in
to a jobless world, clubs and throws into
jail thoe who insist that the profit system
has broken down and demand a new order,
keeps 20,000,000 of willing-to-work people
on the bread line, and 80,000,000 on the
lowest plane of bare existence; establishes
code wages as low as $11, $12 and $18 a
week when government reports index from
$82 to $88 a week for a family of five, as
the minimum of health and decency.
Why not hurl a little of their vitrolic
tohaaco sauce of sarcasm at a system that
acknowledges it has found no cure for pan
ic, destroying the life earnings of millions ;
foredoses 200,000 farmers per year and
forces them into tenantry under absentee
landlordism; keeps millions of loyal Amer
ican people underfed and underclad when
we can produce food and clothing in abun
dance; destroys or refuses to put on the
market hundreds of valuable inventions
that would enrich the people; electrifies
• only one farm in ten, when electricity is as
abundant as the air we breathe; deprives
millions of the travel, the art and music
earner and the farmer with but *ittle pur
chasing leverage; allows goods to pile up
and terminals that a profit systein can find
no way of distributing fate the homes of
the people, enforces artificial scarcity n
fh* wp! fftrp p-^patÎî p r
the law, under the money urge, to continue
his nefarious money grabbing schemes; re
padiates production for use and demands
production for profit; insists upon planned
economy always to make mney, never for
service; measures markets in terms of dol
lars, not human needs; favors the compe
titive rather than the cooperative system;
earrajs segment of society against segment
of society, bloc against bloc and nation
againt nation in a savage jungle system;
deprives two out of every five of the Amer
ican people from much needed medical at
tention; allows two-fifths of our school
and pre-school children to go undemour
isfaed, and ninety-five percent of all those
€6 years of age or over to be without ec
anomic security; grants to 46 people in our
nation an income of a million dollars or ov
nr per year and reduces millions to a bare
eodetenoa; always places property interests
mramount to human interests; subsidizes,
thyiettens, buys, intimidates or character
izes as "reds" all who dare to use their
constitutional rights of demanding a new
Strange that none of these ^5®^
slingers are able to scent the slightest dan
ger in the above catalogued list of evils
that are only too real to most of us. They
find nothing to satirize in a system out of
which these wrongs spring, like cancerous
growths. They are too busy flouting before
the American people, thru subsidized press
and radio, their hypothetical argmnent
that the only real peril we face is found
among those who are thinking in terms o
a new order, whom they variously charac
terize as demagogues, socialists, commun
ists, collectivists, old age pensioners, social
credit advocates and other progressives. All
who dare to think that our present civiliz
ation is not the acme of perfection are
"reds" to these standpatters with their fos
silized brains. With what charming arro
gance they glibly tell us that there is noth
ing fundamentally wrong with either the
constitution or our economic machine. Just
tune up the motor, adjust the carburetor,
scrape off he carbon, put a shot of grease
in the deferential, and the old buzz wagon,
as antiquated as the spinning jennie, will
ÏÏTaÿusS frr^S
and stiU our economic machine is hit
years _
ting on about four cylinders out of sixteen,
as is evidenced by the fact that we are able
to distribute only one-fourth of the goods
we can produce.
What onslaughts of vituperative billings
gate these writers hurl at every proposed
fraught with grave danger. Herbert Hoover
tells 6 ua ^ &t and he waa neV er known to
a m i s take in foretelling prosperity,
These died-in-the-wool, grape vine dingers
to our present order possess a dogmatic
certitude that would put an old fashioned
Methodist dreuit rider to shame. With
jaunty cocksureness they tell us that the
taking over of all the tools of production,
distribution and communication by the peo
pl e and run in the iterest of the public
would result in the closing of every church,
the disbanding of all Sunday schools, the
burning of all Bibles and the extinction of
Christian civilization beneath a deluge of
atheism. Every gradation of èollectivism is
painted by them as the worst of militant
communism, carrying the fire brand of red
terrorism thruout the land and reducing
civilization to atavistic savagery. Even the
sky pilots are using their pulpits to hurl the
bull of excommunication against economic
free thinkers, who refuse to be saddled
and bridled by the money barons.
It requires little effort to snap and snarl
or hurl the cynic's ban at those who are
trying to think progressively.
. , . . - . „ - ,
veloped into a powerful ally of the labor
The CALL greets the firm anti-war
sbanc j t^en by the Union and commends
th aircTess } ve position of the Student
League for Industrial Democracy and the
Young People's Socialist League at the
stude ^ t convention in Columbus which
made possible the adoption of a correct pro
g^amatic statement of opposition to any
X.Sf uc ' ed by the United st ""
it i s unfortunate that the Student Un
ion at its initial convention saw fit to de
feat a resolution definitely stating that
the ASU would not support the United
States government in war even if it were
aligned with the Soviet Union because such
support would not be a genuine means of
defense of the Soviet Union,
Socialist youth of America will carry on a
determined campaign within the Union
for the clarification of the union's opposi
tion to war so that at its next convention
the American Student Union can dispel
all equivocation and uncertainly on its war
position, signalizes the essential role that
the Socialist youth will play in the devel
opment not only of the student movement
but of the general - anti-war movement
among the youth.—Socialist Call.
The creation of an American Student
Union is an encouraging sign; it is a step
forward in the development of a progres
sive student movement which can be de
The declaration by Al Hamilton, nation
al studen secreary of the YPSL, that the
I Jiimm . ..
Lately in an article on the fees
ibility of the Townsend Plan, I
stated that directly and indirectly
in five years from August 1914 to
August 1919, the vain outlay of
War and bad loans had cost the
people of the United States, 100
billion dollars. That the Townsend
Plan nationally could not exceed
19 billion dollars the year. That a
nation that could spend 20 billion
dollars the year for five years on
the waste of war, could spend 19
billion the year indefinitely on old
age pensions to restore and main
tain equilibrium between purchas
ing power of its masses and total
price of its capacity of wealth
A courteous challenge of my
figures as to cost of the Great
War has come from one 'who sign
ed his name but requested me not
to disclose it on account of his
job. Mr. X says that others al
are skeptical of my estimate,
Really, in Jthe article, I was
drawing on memory of one of
President Coollidge's public ut
terances. To write is a pastime. I
keep no files except professional
one. I can not tell exactly when
President Coolidge made the state
ment, but as I am careful always
to be correct on figures, I have
checked up on my memory for a
courteous answer to a most cour*
teously expressed doubt of a
If Mr. X will examine 'The
History of Western Civilization*
by H. E. Barnes, Vol. 2 at page
601, he will find (after reciting
the direct cost of the war to all
Hâtions at 330 billion dollars):
These are simply immediate
economic losses-—those things
which were actually consumed dur
mg the conflict. No account is tak
en of subsequent costs such as in
:erest on loans, retirement of
oa ÎÜ pensions, and the like.
President Coolidge, relying
on Secretary Mellon s estimates
once frankly stated that the ul
timate cost of the participation
of the United States alone- ha
the World War would, in his op
inion, be $100,900,000,009 (one
hundred billion dollars)**
. . . , .
This statement must have been
made by that President while our
Joans v. t0 Î5 rei rm? j a i 10I î?
thought good. The defaults first
arose in the Hoover administra
tio ?* .
In spite of the doubts expressed
by Mr. X, I still think my state
ment quite as correct as anyone
can figure, that in five years from
August 1914 to August 1919, we
dumped overboard enough each
year to finance the Townsend
Plan. j
Dr. Bames tells on the same ■
page : ! I
"The editor of the Scholastic I
made an effort to translate the I
figures of war costs into terms I
that we can visualize. He indicat
ed that the cost of the World War
would have been sufficent to fur
nish (1) every family in England;
Blue prints made by good
draftsmen a number of years
ago, shearing forty subdivis
ions, quarter and section sub.
divisions, showing orginal
homestead entries with the
names written in. These
maps used to sell for $1.00
cents each, 3 for 50 cents, 6
for $1.00. These maps of
your neighborhood are very
Randy and convient.
Producers News
France, Belgium ^
sia, the United ' I
and Australia 7*. (w
on a $500 one-aers U* 28 *
worth of furniture-.! *** ll
five million dollar in!? (I)
ery community 0 f UÎÏMir
tnats in these countri '** ^
a ten million dollar i?.' ^ (
every such commuaitV. ?ll,it T
a fund that at t per JL ^
would pay indefinitei! 1 *^
year to any army of
ers and 125,000 nur se». *
(6) still leave enough L
ery piece of property tL a '
wealth in Prance and iuLrJ
fair market price/»
Getting down to our U t
lem, the feasibility of Jr
send Plan seem sinapler !#
be a capital levy of wultk
augerate it. If them in u
people in Montana abort u
of age, who go on it (I * *
would not quit woik fJJ t*
the month) the pliua would
72 million dollars the
During one war jus, the
aconda Company confe*»*i t
Ht from its Butte minei of If -
hon dollars. Seventy millioa d
Jars of wheat, oats, eittli, As
horses, lumbei, sugar, %te, ||
went hence for the luitlaaiii
'war, never to return, ThU vu
real wealth produced by our £
mers and workmen. Asd, dui
that year, probably 85,OH <f,
*\ a ^ e 1
^ J
were returned to psepla un
g^ad of being destroyed
^ to the Rockefeller and ifc
Perhaps the impoaMbllity
work i n g the Townsend Baa
ca pjtal levy lies only it tb W
iority complex of the iiurii
voter. Numbers united will |
them courage to seek the mm
a ^pital levy instead of a tu
purchasing power of the a
The Townsend PUa, ai at p
ent formulated, is better tha
(plan. No other definite |laa
proposed by any group. Ftp
£ on ia increasing. Twe ail
young men and womtt aw «1
i n * the labor market tke
no work . jn ip i ti ${ «ffra
government unemploywat d
* bove 12 Dire poverty
fort milIion continua. Crime
cre * dl8trust of gonm
g inflation of th*
£ ack re raedy. It U» 1
'i, t ,
(Continued •» ™
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Good Serric*
Courteous Tr***®
Your Patron««
First Door
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