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There is no reason on earth why everyone should not have a decent job

have improved as a result of collective action through trade unions, but miserably little compared with what ought to be— instead of increases of 10s. a week in wages I would like to see increases of Lit) a week—and so it could be if the masses would concentrate their attention on producing more wealth free and unfettered instead of squabbling about the limited amount of wealth which is now produced. The sky is the limit in a properly organised scheme. As inim is insatiable there ought to be more jibs than people instead of more people than jobs.

Even in the U.S.A.. that land flowing with milk and honey, there are over ten million able-bodied unemployed.

Suppose there were more jobs than People, does it not follow that instead of having to scrounge round for work the demand for workers would be so high that the workers themselves would control the wages they get, or rather what proportion of what they produce should go to themselves! Any UtljUSt IV unfair employer would simply find himself without workers to help him.

Dignity of Labour

Imagine a state of society where there was always another job to go to instead of being almost beholden, as now, to the em ployer for providing work! The dignity of labour would then begin to take its proper place. The mere fact that all able-bodied people were employed would produce such a demand for goods that the employer would no longer have to struggle along wondering where the next order is coming from, but rather spend his day planning for bigger and better outputs so that the workers could have larger wages and better working conditions and the consumer be supplied with an ever-increasing range of higher class but cheaper goods. Co-operation under a free system can achieve this.

The workers and employers taken in the aggregate are the real consumers and (here is no reason on earth, except our unjust man-made laws, why all people should not be secure in their employment with high wages and good working conditions, whilst at the same time allowing a reasonable profit to the employer—the wages of management—and a square deal to the general consumer in the form of high quality, lowpriced goods.

But what is it that stands in the way? First of all, Nature's bounty which was meant by God for all has been stolen away from the people All men have an equal right to life and it surely therefore follows that they have an equal right to the free and unfettered use of those things provided by the Creator and necessary for then existence—air, sunshine, land and water.

So the first thing to be done is to restore 10 the people !heir infringed right to the use of land. This can be done by confiscation — the Communist method which is 14111UAi to the present owners—by purchase—commonly referred to as " nationalisation," which is unjust In the workers. all of whom have to foci the bill—or by taxation—which will gradually collect for the common good the et:01101711r rent of the land with justice to all and hardship to no one and make it uneconomical to hold land idle or half-used thereby killing unemployment.

This is the shortest way to the fulfilment of Christian charity that all men may be allowed to live in justice and freedom, but it is not possible to explain in greater detail in such a short article.

Since William and Mary

The second obstacle which roust be removed is the financial stranglehold centred on the Bank of England. Banks do not create wealth but they do create the means of exchange. This is a function which obviously ought to be carried out by the Government and it is high time that the Government took away from the Bank of

England—a private 'concern controlled by private persons whose names we are not even allowed to know—the power of creating currency granted to it in the reign of William and Mary.

This can easily be done and need not interfere with the legitimate banking functions necessary for trade.

That Industry may operate freely and fairly and give the return that is so sorely needed to the teeming populations of the warld, employer and employee alike, n-ust co-operate together to right these two fundamental wrongs.




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