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“WAR MUST BE."
not the suffering shareholders of our indusNow the war fever has had its run all trial enterprises have to substitute flivvers over the world, in the same fashion as any for their limousines? other sickness, there comes from every cor- It is a wise Providence that brought war ner the cry "let's have peace.” People' ask into the world; for war is a necessity of for an honest peace, for a lasting peace- civilization and for us poor suckers to deyes, for eternal peace. Disarmament is the clare war against war is blasphemy. We word in the headlines of the daily press- made one grave misiake when we put John disarmament the text of orators from the Barleycorn on the blink (I hope everybody pulpit, the stage and the soap box. And I will admit that much). One of the most say that's all bosh!
prosperous industries and one of the most What do we want peace for? Eternal , effective sources of taxes was destroyed. peace may be alright for the individual ly.
I hope whoever reads these lines is not ing in the grave; but above ground, for ever as stupid as the fellow I met the other day. rejuvenescent humanity, it is nonsense. Said this dreamer of another world: “If in. Listen, oh friend, to what I have to tell you; stead of building warships and manufacturand may it benefit not alone you, but as ing cannons humanity the world over were well all unbelievers in war.
employed in putting more land under the It is an acknowledged fact that there was plow, and in making more efficient plows, war in this beautiful world of ours since in replacing cut-down and burned-down forCain slew his brother Abel. Adam and Eve ests, in harnessing waste waterpower, in at that time came to the conclusion that the
engaging all those value-producing and other party's educational system was at
labor-saving inventions which are now kept fault-and when they could not agree which
out of use for profiteering reasons, in teachparty's war began right there; eternal war.
and learning—then we would have no more When that Serb slew Franz Ferdinand
wars and no more "under-dogs" and no more and his wife on June 28, 1914, some educa
poor people; would come nearer to the ideal tional or political system was at fault-no
of brotherly love.” Such a simpleton!-as if doubt about that!-and because the great
the ideal of humanity could be attained world powers couldn't agree which one it without eternal war. When I remonstrated was, they fell to blows with little cere
he agreed that we humans must indeed be monial of declaring war. Simple!-isn't it?
eternally occupied with war. "But”-said And when you, or I shall have gotten a clear
he-"war against darkness and closed doors, insight into the working of our old world
against the yesterday and yesterday's rotwar-systems, then we all-even you and I
ten beliefs, against stupidity and resulting will become satisfied that war must be.
sickness and "crimes," against aggression That is a good old saying “war must be,
and arrogance-and most decidedly against because there always was war" (just as our own shortcomings." good as the legend of “the good old golden
AHSAADT. times”). Shouldn't that suffice? Shouldn't they convince you as well as other sensible DO NOT PATRONIZE OUR ENEMIES. people that you are wrong when you argue
Some months ago the FAMOUS PLAYERS, in newspapers and magazines, in meetings
LASKEY CO., WM. FOX PRODUCTIONS, and on the street corners that we ought to
GOLDWYN PICTURES, and the UNIVERget peace, that we ought to disarm, that we
SAL FILM MANUFACTURING CO., atought to get justice somehow and some
tempted to return to the ten hour day in where, that the political prisoners ought to
their studios in Los Angeles. Not content be set free, that we ought to go back to
with this backward step they declared a reAmerican standards of freedom of the press, duction of from one to three dollars per day of assembly and speech, and-oh, sancta
in the wages of all their employees. This simplicitas!—that we ought to demand the
affected several hundred building tradesmen truth? Can we never get rid of such non
who ceased work. The unfair studios are sense?
seriously crippled and will speedily abandon Here is something worth while thinking their unfair policies if the organized workabout if you would get wise on "peace" and ers will refuse to patronize moving picture "disarmament." Disarmament might be a houses that produce their films. There good thing for Germany or France. France should be no difficulty in bringing these conmay soon come to the conclusion that im
cerns to time. posed disarmament has given the "Hun" free space to expand his chest and sniff If the bulk of the human race are always some of true human knowledge. But here to remain as at present, slaves to toil, in America the talk of disarmament is mere drudging from early morn to late at night nonsense. For what are our coffers filled for the bare necessaries, and with all the with gold, if not to keep up preparedness intellectual and moral deficiencies which for war? What do you suppose would be this implies, without interest or sentiments the effect if the order for building that as citizens and members of society, I know largest war fleet on all the seas were can- not what there is that should make any celled? Would not immediately hundreds person with any capacity for reason conof thousands of workingmen and their fam- cern himself with the destiny of the human ilies be without bread and near-beer? Would race.-J. S. Mill.
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