Tariff protection for American jobs is
very definitely one of the potential weak
spots in the security and prosperity of
PATRIOTIC DUTY REQUIRES
The discharge of your patriotic duly
as citizens presents a problem that is
different from the discharge of your
personal duties because it requires that
you maintain an alert, intelligent interest in public affairs.
Specifically, this means reading and.
in some cases, studying the issues that
will come before you as voters.
This includes, of course, local and
state issues as well as national and international issues.
Here again duty should be made into
a habit—and in this case, the habit consists of reading regularly one or more
good news magazines which report the
importanl events and supply simple explanations of their significance.
Radio and television are helpful in
keeping up with the news, but they cannol lake the place of the printed page.
In the beginning, like anything else.
you may find the conscientious reading
of a good news magazine, week in and
week out, somewhat of a chore, but if
you stick with it, you will find yourself
You will also find that you become
more important persons in the eyes of
your friends and associates because you
will be asked to give the final word in
many discussions where the subject is
belter known to you than to the others.
and it will broaden your horizon and
increase your pleasure in life in many
ways that you never expected.
A PERSONAL OBLIGATION
I would like to point out the origin
of our personal duties.
In a spiritual sense, they can be traced
back to the Ten Commandments and to
our recognition of the Supreme Being.
In a human sense, they become a
moral obligation for us to leave the
world a little better place than it was
when we came into it.
We assume this obligation out of respect and affection for those who lived
before us and in the interests of those
who will live after us.
Although making the world a better
place is a very difficult achievement, lhe
means by which it is accomplished is a
very simple one: all it requires is thai
people become better people.
All human affairs, even those that appear hopelessly complicated, revolve
around individual people.
America will become a better nation
only as its 160 million people become
There is no large scale magical method
of making people better: each person
must do it for himself—each of you
must do it for yourself.
The People's Pottage
By Garet Garrett. The Caxton Printer*. Ltd.,
Caldwell. Idaho. 1953, 174 pp.. $3.00.
"There are those who still think they
are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road.
But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them.
It went by in the Night of Depression,
singing songs to freedom."
These were the opening words of The
Revolution Was, written in 1938 and
the lirsi ,ef three pe-nii reeling monographs by Caret Garrett.
Next came Ex America, written in
1951. Then Mr. Garrett wrote:
"About 1900 began the llowering of
that alien graft upon our tree of sapience called the intellectual. He was the
precious product of our free, academic
world—a social theorist who knew more
than anybody else about everything and
all about nothing, especially how to subvert the traditions and invert the laws,
lb was neither creative nor inventive;
therefore there was no profit for him
in the capitalistic scheme, and his revenge was to embrace Old World socialism. As a teacher, writer of textbooks,
master of the popular diatribe of discontent, he was primarily a sower of
conrrarious ideas. Living comfortably
"ii tin- fringe uf capitalistic opulence,
he compared his income with that of a
bond salesman or a self-made executive
and was moved to scorn the profit
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motive and trample upon private wealth.
"In Ihe academic world this disaffected intellectual multiplied by fission.
One made two, two made four, and so
on. Their superior manners and university passports caused them to be re-
ceived in lhe houses of lhe rich, where
they dined on fine plate and denounced
success. Standing on the eastern seaboard they gazed dotingly on Europe,
w liicli. thev said, was twenty years ahead
eef Vmerica in social consciousness. . . .
"And so it was that after 1900 we
began to import political ideas from
Europe. This was reversal. Until then
for more than one hundred years En-
rope had been taking ideas from us—
ideas of liberty from the Declaration of
Independence, ideas of limited government from our Constitution, and then.
though very dimly, the idea that wages
wen- paid mil mil of profits bul out of
production, which meanl that profits
and wages could rise together, provided
only you went on expanding production.
"Bill now. from ihe intellectual's
transmission bell, we began lo take ideas
from Europe—ideas of social security
from Germany, ideas of slow socialization from the British Fabians, and from
Great Britain also the idea of political
laborisin. in contradiction of the American idea as expounded by Samuel Compels that the ground of organized labor's
struggle was economic, not political.
Gompers had once said lhal he would
sooner be shot than become a number
on a social security card."
Then, in 1952. came Rise of Empire,
one of the most powerful and lucid
analyses of America's position today.
"We have- crossed the boundary that
lies between Republic and Empire. If
you ask when, the answer is that you
cannot make a single stroke between
day and night; the precise moment does
not matter. There was no painted sign
to say: 'You now are entering Imper-
ium.' Yet it was a very old road and
the voice of history was saying:
'Whether you know it or not. the act of
erossing may be irreversible.' And now,
not far ahead, is a sign that reads: 'No
"If you say there were no frightening
omens, that is true. The political foundations did not quake, the graves of the
fathers did not fly open, the Constitution
did not tear itself up. If you say people
did not will it, that also is true. But if
you say therefore it has nol happened,
then you have been so long bemused by
words that your mind does not believe
what the eye can see. even as in the
jungle the terrified primitive, on meeting the lion, importunes magic by saying
lo himself. 'He is not there.'
"Thai a republic may vanish is an
elementary school book fact.
"The Roman Republic passed into the
Roman Empire, and yet never could a
Roman citizen have said, 'That was yesterday.' Nor is the historian, with all
the advantages of perspective, able to
place that momentous event at an exact
point on the dial of time. The Republic
had a long, unhappy twilight."
Combined in one volume. 77ip People's Pottage, Garel Garrett's three mag-
FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955