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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 035
Transcript I UiPILLARS of Freedom l\ . (',. Vollmer, President, The Texas & Pacific Railway Company It was nothing of the sort. We were at war, whether we wanted lee call it lhat or not. Approximately 60,000 casualties in the first ten months of that war attested the fact. When the smoke of the conflict clears away, and it cannot be considered cleared away while Red China continues to shoot down our airmen, either the free people of the world or the Communisls will emerge victorious. ll now is self-evident, if it has not always been, that democracy and communism cannot exist side by side. Democracy is founded upon faith in God, in the dignity of man and upon the concept that the government is the servant of the people, not their master. Communism is founded upon atheism, strife, fear, tyranny and the philosophy lhat the government is the supreme master of the people. Thus, the principles upon which democracy and communism are founded are as far apart as love and hate, or as good and evil. Since the cause of freedom is founded upon justice and righteousness, we anil the other free people of the world are invincible if we unite in purpose and in action. I say this because we have the know- how and the productive capacity to turn out the goods and services essential lo the preservation of freedom. Bul it's going to take more than money and machines and know-how to win. It's going to take the will and thc courage to WORK, to SAVE, to VOTE and to PRAY. In the midst of our dilemma, here are four basic points upon which I feel all of us can unite. I call these four points "The Four Pillars of Freedom" because no matter how great our trials and tribulations may become, we eem preserve our freedom if we have the will and courage to WOliK, SAVE, VOTE and PRAY. FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955 I realize there are other importanl pillars of freedom, but I have suggested these four because they are basic, and because each of us can have a part in giving them life and meaning. First, there is WORK. Ever since the dawn of history, man has had to work in order to survive. There is no way to supply our needs and protect our freedom except hy work. Nature has a way of balancing the books of life. If we work wisely and efficiently, we produce abundantly the goods and services essential to better living. If we work poorly, or not at all, we live poorly or not at all. The reason we in America live bet- ter than any other people of the world is because we have developed to a high degree the tools of production and the technique of using them. There are any number of countries in the world equally as rich in human and natural resources as the I nited Slates. The thing that makes the difference between abundance and poverty is the wise and the efficient use of tools. Approximately 95 per cent of our productive energy is provided by tools. Onlv 5 per cenl represents animal and human energy. In the countries where famines and starvation stalk the people all the days of their lives, the energy percentage of productivity is just the reverse. There's a vital relationship between the abundant life and these energy- producing percentages. The higher the percentage of tool energy, the belter people live; the lower the percentage, the poorer they live. In our fight against inflation, the only sound way lo overcome it is to increase our production. The fundamental law of supply and demand cannot be changed by governmental decrees. Increased production is the real antidote to inflation. Ibis brings me lo the next point of "The Four Pillars of Freedom." SAVE. How did we come to have the great mass of energy-producing tools? By saving. Pasl thrift is one of the principal reasons why America is strong today. Millions of people, young and old, rich and poor, saved part of their income instead of spending it as they earned it. Then they invested their savings in factories, machines, mines, oil fields and railroads. These savings made possible our gnat productive capacity and thus the greal outpouring of goods and services which we, in America, enjoy today. These savings made possible the bulwark of our defense against communism. Each American worker is now supported by machinery — that is, tbe tools of production — which cost an average of more than ten thousand dollars per worker. In lhe railroad industry, lhe investment averages $21,000 per worker. \\ hal was il that encouraged the American people to save a portion of their earnings instead of spending all of it? 11 was the freedom to enjoy the fruits of their labors. The right to have and to hold what they earned and saved. If we should ever lose that right, then savings will dry up and there will be no private money to provide the tools of production. Of course, our government could provide the tools, as is done in communistic countries. But then the people would be ordered to "invest" a portion of their earnings in government bonds. And thai is one of the things we are fighting to prevent. Tin need to save does not rest alone with the individual. The government should set an example of thrift by abandoning non-essential expenditures. The various so- Page 33
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