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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 1939
TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC American Industry Hates War. *, War destroys lives. War wrecks homes. Economic chaos and years of crushing depression are its inevitable aftermath. It imperils representative democracy. Free institutions are among its early victims. Ulti mately no one can escape the ruin of war. American industry wants peace. Peace is the life blood of progress. Peace must be the national objective. Industry's position on this matter has been stated repeatedly and there must be no misunderstanding about it. The United States can stay out of war. Emotionalism can betray us into war. A public will to peace, coupled with wise public policies and affirmative action to this end by our government will keep us out of war. A fatalistic attitude that war is inevi table for us is absurd. It presupposes that America cannot conduct itself intelligently to preserve peace and its own interests. Europe's problems do affect us, but our domestic problems still must come first. If yesterday industry was the only source of prosperity and reemployment, today it is as well the keystone of pre paredness and peace. Under any condi tions, America must depend on a smoothly functioning, efficient industrial system. Manufacturers will not relax their efforts to achieve and maintain sound improve ment in our domestic economy. Industry opposes profiteering—the utili- THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO American Industry Is Opposed to WAR THE TRIPLETT ELECTRICAL INSTRUMENT CO. In MEMBER OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS 14 WEST 49TH STREET, NEW YORK, N. Y. a zatidftof war psychology'to boost prices for the purpose of making excessive profits. As manufacturers we recognize it to be our responsibility and moral obligation to conduct our businesses so that the prices of the products we produce and sell are related equitably to production costs. We pledge our energetic support to this policy. The National Association of Manufac turers calls upon all its members to exer cise vigilance against any price or profit policies not justified by actual cost and anticipated cost of replacement. Months apo this Association said: "No sensible person believes that profit can come out of the wreckape of human life and economic dislocation." The use of this crisis as an excuse either to extort unjustifiable profits or to pursue partisan political objectives is not only indefensible and dangerous, but reprehen sible morally. Nor should pleas of "emer gency" be utilized as an excuse for reach ing objectives which the American people would not sanction otherwise. The present situation calls for agree ment on common objectives, but the demo cratic process of consultation and criticism must never be abandoned. Otherwise, we shall be following in the footsteps of those who believe in government by coercion. world distraupht by force the best way to preserve representative demote racy is to practice it.