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THE FATUITY OF POLITICS
Sayf îjie "Haldeman-Julius Week ly : "It i s absurd to think for a mo ment that dropping a piece of paper into a ballot box once a year can be of any real effect. The problem, as see it, is a cultural and an economic one, n°t political. » The basis of soci ety is not politics, but industry. Poli ticians are interested in voting, because they live by ballots, but the voters get nothing for their trouble. The right to select office-holders is not an impor tant one. The really vital thing is making a living by our effort and then "developing our characters and minds aftèr the belly needs are taken care of. Voting never makes the people a living. It merely chooses individuals who will use'the powers of government to supply themselves with a good living and scheme endlessly how to extract monev from those who happen to have it. Government is a huge weaDon to take energy, never to give it. Protec tion ? "I call your attention to the- late war. # That was the flower of governmental "protect:on." Governments talk about "protection ' and scherfie new wars. Don't look to any government. Re member what Thomas Paine said about society in every state being a blessing but government, even in its best state, being but a necessary evil. Don't re ly on your ballots. It is all futile. Re ly on yourself if you have an under "Revelation Interpreted The. Mysteries of the Apocalypse of St. John Revealed A Remarkable Book, Making Plain the Way Unto Salvation, Written by G. A. Kratzer One of the Founders of The Universal Life Institute, of Creighton, Nebr. The Book of Revelation is a vast assem blage of parables, symbols, and allegories, so presented that the entire book makes one of the greatest dramas in the world's literature. According to the prophecy in the book itself; the time has come for "the unveiling of Jesus Christ" that "the mystery of God should be finished." Mr. Kratzer has taken off the veil and set forth its teachings in plain En glish, so that the book is of infinite value and delight for every one who realizes the great truth that the mind is a KINGDOM that must be ruled. Mr. Kratzer believes that this book contains more teaching of fundamental impor tance than any other known document of equal length, for it points oiit all the dangers and difficulties and sets forth all the saving truth to be experienced by humans in their initiation into the Kirtgdom of Heaven. This wonderful book .of 400 pages, artistic cally printed on the best of paper, beautifully bound, may be had in black cloth, stamped in gold, at $3.50, and in full morocco, flexible binding* round corners, gold edges, and stamp ed in gold, at $7.00, postpaid, by ordering it from— ' v THE LLANO PUBLICATIONS Leesville, La. f Leesviiie, f Leesville, La. f camp of the people will endure. Dearborn Independent. rest more and leave more to others; 10 copies for 3 months 2.50 31 t.f. Leesviiie, f camp cr trie peopie wm cuuuit. * & - - - — ; __ . _ __ LLANO— The Trail That Leads to the Co-operative Commonwealth INCE THE DAYS of Jesus Christ, the SINCE THE DAYS of Jesus Christ, the human heart has longed for the time when no man's hand would be against the hand of his neighbor, a time when each man's interest would be identical -with the -best interests of the whole community. The progressive thinker, all down through the march of çivilization, has yearned for a bet ter state of society in which to live. For this reason, more than any other, men and women have left their native soils and tak en up the duties and terrible hard|hips of pioneers, searching for the golden opportun ity. From the East men go West; from the West they go farther West; but the smeary hand of exploitatipn has always followed close behind, leaving them often drained to the point of poverty. To get away from the tithe-paying system t-— rent, interest and profit—men have struggled and fought and planned. Coloniz ation enterprises havs come into being in many parts of the world, having as their ob ject the grouping of congenial workers in an effort to eliminate these objectionable phases of human life. Many of them have partly succeeded, only to be wrecked upon the rocks, because of a lack of understanding of each other's motives. After studying most of the former attempts at co-operative colonization, and marking well the rocks and shoals in the stormy seas. Job Harriman founded a co-operative com munity at Llanp, California, on May 1st, 1914. This community operated and pros pered at this location until 1917, when the water for irrigation purposes proved unequal to the growth of the Colony, and a new and more resourceful location was found in Lou isiana, where they are now located. Founded on three great principles of soci ology—equality of opportunity, equality of income, and equality of ownership, the Llano Colony has proven that men and women can live together in harmofcy and prosper. This Colony is incorporated under the law as a protection against unscrupulous persons and disgruntled self-seek«"-« Imagine if you can, * miniature co-operative commonwealth, and you have Llano Colony. Imagine a com munity where all the land, the farms, tools, I standing talent or ability, or if you are of the herd then combine with your J feHow herdsmen for mutual aid, a un j ion of the weak in mind and body for ! mutual survival. Of course, vote while you have the vote. But don't take it too seriously. The ballot is a delusion; democracy itself is a delusion. There have been many attempts made for the organiza tion of a democratic government, and, beyond that, a democratic society. It has been a catch-word for scores of years, a favorite with politicians and vote-seekers; but the bald fact remains that this world has never had a state or order that even so much as resem bled a democracy. How could there be an enlightened democracy, when the material the state is to rest upon is crassly ignorant, superstitious, inferi or? I cannot pqint to one genuinely democratic public institution in the world. There is no democracy in our government, in our industry, in our pro fessions. We are commanded by the force of superior intellect, or the pres sure of financial and economic pow er." And Henry Ford writes in the Dear born Independent: "In the practical business of the country, the people's vote has next to nothing to say. It ! can accomplish nothing. Can the peo , pie's vote have anything to do with the distribution of money to the farmers? Not a bit. Yet this is being done, and certain men for whom the public would never vote are making the distribution, and they are doing so according to a plan of their own, a plan which has its objectives and offshoots of which the public hasn't the slightest inkling. Let, there be no misunderstanding: the ( peoDlç have not even a distant voice in the matters which most vitally con cern them. Even Congress h^s no [ voice. Congress is not in control. There; is a very perfect mass of machinerv to ! prevent Congress gaining control. It is a disturbing situation when you see it clearly. "Of course, the people dc not see this nor do they understand it: but they sense it. That seems to be the ul timate protective faculty of the people —their power to sense things. They feel the drift, even though they cannot explain it. The soul of the people be comes extremely sensitive at times, and it is entirely this soul of the people that the politicians neverlcnew. There is a heading up, a focusing, a culmin ation of two forces, and presently thev will be in collision. The people will endure, and the false edifices built bv misuse of their delegated power will fall. Hatred and cunning and the ex treme eflorts of evil oropaganda are now being put forth : the enemy is be ins revealed: all disguises are being cast off: the lines are being tightly drawn : both camps will be large and the fighting will be desoerate; but the camp of the people will endure. camp cr trie peopie wm cuuuit. and industries are all owned by the collectiv and industries are all owned by the collectiv ity; where each works for the other; where each receives the same compensation for a day's work; where no member will accept anything which any other member cannot have on the same terms, if he desires it— in short, imagine a place where the golden rule is the only law imposed upon the com munity, and you are picturing the Llamo Co operative Colony. After eight years of work, Llano Colony is rated in the commercial world as worth over $250,000. But Llano's least asset is its com mercial rating. The fullness of life, the joy of living, the satisfaction of working, the security for the future, the healthy environ ment, the opportunity for education, the af fection of yotir fellowmen—these are prized more, much more, than tfhat the commercial ? world calls success. This colony now has something like thirty industries, all collectively owned. Among these are: apiary, auto garage, building de partment, brick-making plant, blacksmith shop, butcher shop, broom factory, crate making factory, chicken farm, dairy with about 20 milking cows and a herd of thoro bred Holstein heifers, goat ranch, hog ranch, with several hundred Duroc-Jersey hogs, sweet-potato storage houses, dressmaking, grist mill, handle lathes, hotel, hospital, li brary, steam laundry, land clearing, fruit or chards, print shop,* peanut .butter factory, magazine and weekly newspaper, picture show and theater, wagon-making shop, can dy kitchen, shoe shop, harness shop, and many other smaller concerns. Then Llano's farms and gardens provide , the bulk of the living for the colonists, the farmers specializing on sweet potatoes, ,su gar cane, peanuts, corn, beans, peas', etc., while the gardens provide greens and gar den truck for the table the year around. The system of government is exceedingly simple. Stock is sold in the corporation at one dellar a share, and only stock-holders are employed by the Colony. An agreement of employment is entered into between the Colony as an organization and each individ ual. Each member is employed at what he best can do, or which needs moat to be done. A board of cGrectprs is selected each year by the stockholders, which board is turn ENGINEERING AND HONESTY The newspapers have carried the story of an engineering student who found that he had been credited too highly in his examination papers. He returned the papers to his professor, called attention to the error, and re ceived the lower marking which his work deserved. To draw a moral of honesty from such an instance would be to lose sight of several things. Engineering is hoil esty. Thi$ student may or may not have acted on a consciously ethical'or moral principle. He may or may not have returned the papers because his stock of religious inhibitions were wholly against his availing himself of an undeserved credit. These matters could only be decided after conference with the student himself. But, in any case, it is precisely what he should have done AS AN ENGINEERING STUDENT. Engineering IS honesty. It is the science of the truth of ma terials and their use. As an engineer this yoùng man would know -better than to place a 2,000-pound strain on a 500-pcund strength. It is just as fatàl to the general concerns of soci ety for anyone to place 100 per cent confidence in what is 50 percent de teption. A whole community was plunged into ruin the other day, and years of its time and labor and incal culable values of a more delicate kind were destroyed, because the people placed 100 oer cent dependence upon a banker who was only 25 per centi dependable. A course in engineering 1 would have been good for that banker —-'and maybe for that whole commun- ( ity. All of us ought to know on what we are resting the life of the community t and the nation; all of us ought to knoVv whether the institutions on which we depend are strong enough to carry the load. v With more of the engineering type of mind in public affairs there would be more general safety. Engineering is edifvng—that's its business. It en ters intc all building. It is the tech nique, in one form or another, of the Race of Builders. If our politicians were tinctured a little with the abc of engineering, we should net only have honestv (that goes without say ing), but efficiency—the kind of ^fi ciency that knows that national life cannot be built on a foundation of wind-bags, and that a national mone tary system cannot be made the cor ner stone of private concessions. This country wants engineering types, not only in every field of indus try, but in finance and lesislation and in Dublic health and in all our econ omic and educational affairs. Because the engineering type goes to the foun dation and builds up houestly, kncwir" that only honest building will stand. Dearborn Independent. * selects a general manager. He selects his selects a general manager. He selects his foremen for the various industries, and each is selected carefully according to his ability to do the work and to direct his men. Each manager is given a free hand to run his department, aiways with the supervision of jhe manager and board of directors, in order that his actions may not be contrary to the collective welfare. New industries are started from time to •time as necessity demands. The object of Llano's industries is to provide the Colony with what it needs, rather than to make a profit by selling the products. Production for use is our slogan. Thus to make its own food, clothing and shelter, to provide as far as possible every convenience and comfort is the final object. To get as nearly as pos sible to the source of wealth, the Colony will raise sheep for wool; cotton can be raised, and the colonists can weave their own cloth and make their clothing. The Colony's timber lands are now fur nishing hardwood and pine for its buildings, its brick plant makes the necessary brick and can make tiling, hollow tile, etc., for its own f homes. The farm and gardens of the Colony have provided the tables with most of the good things which nature offers. Thus the three important problems are easily solved. Work is done as much as possible by ma chinery, eliminating heavy drudgery, and the more machinery used, the less the labor is. Many tractors are used on the farm and in logging operations for hauling, and for land clearing. The Colony now owns about 5000 acres of land, some of it of very fair character, varying from bçttom land to rolling land and timber land. It intends to purchase a total of 20)000 acres, because the colonists realize that the movement is destined to grow to large proportions, several small commun ities probably will be settled on the land. When the day's work is done at 4:30, each colonist has an equal opportunity to improve himself along many lines, such as music, vocal training, languages, science, agriculture, orchestra work, dancing, and other diversions. Many of these classes are well attended, and all the colonists realize < ' A LETTER FROM ENGLAND "Ivyroost," East Boldre, Hants, 'England. Dear Comrade Pickett: Since receiving your splendid letter of May 6th, a little later the package of several leaflets, I have been doing what I possibly could in getting them out—I hope to make an extra effort to send many of them to those who I hope may be interested. I will enclose you copies of the letter "and sheet that I am sending out with leaflet. A few people are interested, but the English are a dy ing race, wedded to their beer, their traditions, their snobbery. I appre ciate much what'you say about the per centage of real co-operators. I know the starting of a Llano (Engllano) in the British Isles will be a giant task. Of course, I am in hopes that the giant will appear out of the throng, but I am more inclined to think that we may end in arranging a small group to go out and join you, the parent ccolony, and it will be from there in time that other colonies will get their leaders and in spirations. I am busy on three shifts a day try ing to put our place in shape to sell as well as possible; so that we may have the funds to join you if necessary, and pay the way out, etc. I quite think that I am one of you, and if our place can be disposed of successfully, if ethers will not join me, I shall look for ward to going out to Llano for- say- six months, but' more probably to stay with you. I am in touch with Ernest Bairstow every little while, and fancy it's a mat ter of money that he does not join up-^-but I have not seen or heard from Woodland yet, but am trying to see him if he comes lecturing anywhere near this ranch corner. I have heard from a'Mrs. Talbert. a sister of Henrv Sutton, who was with you at Llano. I have written her a cou ple times, and am awaiting a reply now. I agree with you that this movement appeals first to people who wish to merely better their own economic con dition; but I believe you have hit upon the greatest scheme in modern times, and so long as you stick to ECONOMIC EQUALITY (a happy equality), and keep the religious sects out, you will prosper. I send mv Col onist each week where I think it will do the most good—the copies I am sending you are not very etc od ; they are the best I can do so far on my old typewriter and cyclo style. If* I Vet any encouragement. I will have these nicely printed and try to make a good impression upon the likely peo ple. You are a very busy comrade, and need net hother to reply to this—in fact, I think you are doing much more than yoii should. You must try and rest more and leave more to others; EXPERIENCES OF H. DUBB As Told in Rough-Hewn Rhyme By Clinkenbeard Clews In this land of Jthe neble free, Dubb thinks he has a chance to be some day a .care-free millionaire, the good things r .1 , . . or the earth to share. He is convinced s^me business chance will be the means of his advance until his name will be in Dun's among the lucky wealthy ones. Perchance, with luck, he may invest until of wealth he is" possessed—«this his ideal superb, a hope that nothing can disturb. I have a chance, he loudly .prates, to mingle with the potentates; John D. worked for a buck a day, and 90 cents he put away until he made his pile in oil and quit his life of lowly toil. ' The ground is full of oil to-day, and I am getting better pay than John when he began his schéme to make himself «noil supreme. If oil is safe, so's gas oline, and money's to be made'; I seen a piece a day or so ago that said if the oil wells flow does not increase as Fords are made, 'twill stop the flivvers'I big parade. Now, I don't call myself so dense i but that I know when I read sense. I thought, if this thing is true, there is a chance to clean up on this cir cumstance, the greatest opportunity it's likely we shall ever see. It happened that that very day a man wrote in to me tö say he had a little stock for sale in wells then go ing through the shale. A well was be ing quickly bored to where oil was rich ly stored. The stock ,was low;' the com pany new; here was a chance to dare and do. He had some t stock reserved for me, a friendly thing, as I could see. This man has all thepins-'de dope; in fact, he's agent, and his hope is'^hat you really want a good understudy, and you can probably find one among that splendid group of young people that Lla'no is producing. I only wish I could say that a good crowd of us were about to sail to join you; but it all must take time, and I shall do my best, and I feel , many thanks for your kind friendly letter. Fraternally, Leith Rothwell. Bundle Rates Colony boosters may now obtain copies of THE LLANO COLONIST in bundles for distribution among their friends at the following rates: 5 copies for 1 month 5 copies for 3 months 10 copies for I month 10 copies for 3 months , .50 1.25 1.00 2.50 the fact that to keep progressive they must the fact that to keep progressive they must advance in knowledge. A radical in pol itics and a conservative in everything else is out r>lare in this community. Llano's school system is as progressive as the co-operative colony. Th<*, children are not driven to learn. The subjects are ar ranged so as to draw out of the child the best that is in him. With this in view, diver sified industrial trades are placed at his dis posal. He may thus gain an insight into a world of endeavor ahd can choose that which most nearly fits in with his natural ability. The school has its own cafeteria now, where foods more especially adaptable to growing children are prepared by the domestic sci ence class. Music, singing, languages, bot any, agriculture, Esperanto, are among the subjects offered to Llano's children; and there are many opportunities for obtaining a real education, in addition to those pro vided by the regular state course of study, making tfiem a thinking, alert, self-reliant group of future builders of a co-operative commonwealth. Equal wages are paid to men, women and children. The theory qf this is that each colonist owes to the community his best en deavors, whether he be learned lawyer, hus ky farmer, or little school child. They give tp the whole the best they can, and in re turn receive the best each other can offer. Hospital and doctor are provided when sickness comes, and there are no charges for such social services. Funerals are conducted along the same lines. There is no need for insurance in the Col ony for the dependents receive their support just the same, even if the father be remov ed from them. Social life is made by those who live to gether. The great objection to living on the land is the isolation which accompanies it. Here in Llano, the farmers and the industrial workers live close to the center where danc es, entertainments, picture shows, and all manner of good times can be had for the making. No rent is charged /or the houses, and any building can be used for meetings with out cost. Men work in whatever industry they are best fitted for. Sometimes they are moved vante. rtiinuugii mere » ueen 5v>.« brief delay the rise is due nôw any da. his friends when the flows I ed seme stock have to quickly speak; Was the last, and prices were ing fast. Of course I bought; I'll take a chance when prices are soon to Although there's been He's urging me to buy softie more; he says to get in now before'the news leaks out and old John D. grabs up this chance away from me. You bet I will—you know me, bub! You watch your uncle! HENRY DUBB' bushels, VALUABLE CITIZENS The negroes of the Sauth produced in 1920, crops as follows: Cotton: A little over 4,000,000 bales. Oats: A little over 4,500,000 bushels. , Corn: bushels. Rice : A little over 100,000,000 A little over 20,000,000 Irish potatoes: A little over 12, 000,000 bushels. Hay and ®ther feed crops: A little over one half million tons. RARE BOOK BARGAINS Love Letters of St. John 155-pp., bound in fine blue silk; gold stamped—$1.50. THE MOST REV ELATORY LOVE LETTERS OF HIS TORY. END OF THE AGE AND THE NEW AGE 112-pp., heavy paper covers—$100. A STUDY OF PRESENT WORLD CONDITIONS. AND A REVELA TION OF MYSTERIES, by G. A Krat THE LAMB AND THE DOG," 30-pp., papet—50c; THE SCIENTIF IC Analysis, Uncovering, and Treat ment of Sin, by G. A. Kratzer. • "THE NEW FREEDOM," pp., cloth, $1.10. A Study of Regenera tion and Rejuvenation, by Lucy Re Bartlett. . "THE DOUBLE STANDARD OF CONDUCT: CAUSE AND CURE',' 57-pp., paper, 50c. Fearless; sane; practical; by Viola M. 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Even ihe incapacitated, and the aged can sometimes help They assemble crates, wrap papers, attend machines, etc. On special occasions such as harvesting, or planting, all the school children are glad to go to the fields and help. It is the com mon food store-and all will help to save forsIkT^ 1* WOm ?' and children will forsake their regular work to help where they idlf* Ti be< Tr they - are actuated by an each other c °-°Peration with each other. Some co-operators think co-op eration means that others have to co-operate with them, that their lot may be bettered sacrifice < th > ^ erat ° r9 T-'' 2 * that "ch must sacrifice their personal interests and amalga mate vvith the collectivity. This is the very ideal which has made Llano a signal succew m the co-operative field, when other like communities have disintegrated. . « you are interested in such a ramm,,« hon, which goes more into the detail of Colony life and îs ill U3lrated b showing the colonists at work, ' aJÎA C °lj n i, y HaS k t express an d freight THE LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY Newllano, via Leesville. La.