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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 9, 1910)
8EPTEMBBR 9. 1910
A SANDWICH SLOT MACHINE
A western inventor hnn ilnvlnnd n.
dhascr has to do is to drop his coin
in tho slot and prosB a lever. Tho
sandwiches not old are supposed to
bo taken out every clay and frcah
ones substituted. Populnr Me
chanics. If, the People Rule Why Don't
They Get What They Want?
slot machine for tho vending of sand
wiches. In tho center of tho machino
is a refrigerating device to keen tho
food In good condition. All the pur-
M. Smith, Stanley ton, Va. Yes!
Will try iny hand at answering Sen
ator Owen's question. The people
don't really rule money really rules
. tho' people. Every rule of our moral,
9" Jlal, political and industrial life is
subordinate to tho rule of money.
THis government is nominally a re
public, but In reality is a monetary
despotism. And under this illogical
rule, thoso who get money can't, with
it, get all they want, and thoso who
don't get money can't get anything
they want, and tho incessant strenu-
. ous struggle to get some of this pre
cious elusive thing, has corrupted tho
morals of tho entire nation. One of
tho imperative prerogatives of civil
ized government, and tho most po
tent for weal or woo of its people,
is the establishing and control of a
current money and exchange system
lor their use. Under most modern
government, this sovereign preroga
tive seems to be exercised at will by
financial autocrats, responsiblo to
neither the government or the peo
ple, and is therefore prevented to a
means for oppression of the indus
trial body. As might be expected
of Americans, we have built up a
system possessing dome striking pe
culiarities which seems to havo es
caped tho notice of the average citi
zen. The popular impression is that
tho United States treasuries, state
treasuries, municipal treasuries,
banks, trusts, insurance and like in
stitutions, contain vast hoards of
money, when, In fact, if the entire
sum was distributed per capita
among tho people on a given date,
many 'of our rich men would not.
have enough" to last them over night;
and workingmen perhaps not more
than a month say fifteen days' ac
tual supply and not, a dollar in re
serve in any treasury or bank if so
distributed. It Is estimated that the
entire "volume of this money must
bo used two or more times over each
year, to pay the taxes of the coun
try. How many times it must be
used to exchange the products, can
only bo guessed, but every time it is
so used, tho industries must pay hire
to this system for Its use. Another
peculiarity of this question is that
about three-fourths of its volume is
make-believe money, costing practi
cally npthing except paper and print
ing, promises to pay real money
which does not exist. No doubt the
.insufficiency of current money is re
sponsible in some measure for the ex
istence of the vast quantities of sup
plemental money issued in forms of
Btocks, bonds, mortgages, certificates
and securities of various kindB,
which is estimated to aggregate
many times the volume of current
This vast nondescript aggregation
of unknown amount and unknown
value saddled on an inadequate cur
Tent money system, and subjected to
the gambling manipulations of an
army of conscienceless speculators,
should be sufficient to appal any care
ful, conservative business man. No
man assumes to understand this sys
tem. No power assumes to control
it. Even the government disclaims
responsibility for it, and of itself.
We know it is entirely irresponsible.
We aTe well aware that a supposed
immutable standard of stability was
injected into it a few years ago with
vociferous pretense of financial wis
dom. Was it not Inserted right?
Perhaps the ballast has shifted? Or
perhaps it was not put in at all?
Who will dare assert and prove
whether or not? At least ordinary
men seldom see any evidence of it.
However this may bo, it gets quite
groggy at times, erratic in its move
ments, and lately had an attack of
delirium tremens, but none of the
financial esculapians could dlagnoso
tho case; at least they did not pre
scribe tho gold cure again. Serious
ly, tho multiplied doubled and twist
ed web of compounded interests,
dividends, premiums and exactions
of this supplemental system, has
placed an annual burden of tribute
upon industry, approximating tho
value of the entire production of tho
country. Think of it! A crop mort
gage on all farms, factories, mines,
and productive enterprises for more
than they can produce, and no hope
of lifting tho mortgage! There is
no source under heaven from which
interest dividends, taxes, tariffs,
profits or fortunes can bo extracted,
except from commodities in transi
tion from production to consumption.
Look down the vista of coming years,
and see industry struggling under
the ruthless bondage of this despot
without soul, body or conscience,
which no law or government as
sumes to control, and which is hour
ly growing in power for extortion,
and determine in your own mind if it
Is possible for the people to get
what they want without first con
trolling this monstrosity of their own
Joe McCarville, Moorland, la.
Any man that thinks that tho peo
ple do not rule and that they do not
get what they want is mistaken.
They do get what they want. But
why do they get the things they are
getting? That's the point. They
get these things because they are ed
ucated to want them. The want is
planted in the people by a special
interest press. Were the people not
educated to want a high tariff so tho
American workman could maintain a
high standard of living? Have they
not been taught that tho railroads
must be allowed to skin the Bhlpper
if tho present high (?) efficiency of
railroading is to be maintained?
Haven't the people of Nebraska been
educated during the last few months
to things that they don't want the
privilege of deciding for themselves
whether they want a saloon in a cer
tain county or not. They are wil
ling to leave that to the brewers.
When the people are educated to
want something they ought to have
they can get it. They are stronger
than all the trusts put together. In
stead of the trusts denying tho peo
ple the things they ought to have the
trusts educate the people to want the
things that are good for them (the
trusts). How foolish it -would be
for the special interests to say to the
American people: "You can't have
this." Last winter the beef pack
ers didn't say "You must take the
tax off colored olemargarlne.' Not
at all. But they did say that oleo
is better than butter and it is a sin
to prevent the poor man from buying
this excellent stuff, and behold!
Washington was flooded with letters
from the consumers asking congress
to remove the tax. I guess the peo
ple get what they want all right.
They have graduated in the idea
that the Payne tariff is "a substantial
revision downward," that it is the
fulfillment of the republican promise
to revise the tariff. You bet.
IIAD HIS HANDS FULL
judge "Why didn't you seize the
thief when you found him?"
Policeman "How could I? I had
my club in one hand and my revolver
in the other!" Fliegende Blaetter.
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