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1909. For What Should We Strive? (S665: 1908)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: One of many sets of comments by notables printed on page 231 of the 30 December 1908 issue of The Christian Commonwealth. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S665.htm

     We boast of our country as being the wealthiest in the world, yet millions of men, women, and children are without the bare necessaries of a healthy life--food, clothing, warmth, fresh air, rest, and recreation. Many thousands die annually from actual want or from unhealthy occupations.

     To abolish this monstrous disgrace is the first duty of the British people in 1909: as I declared it to be 1898. To do this thoroughly and permanently there is only one way--to organise and train these suffering millions in rural communities, so that they may produce the necessaries of life for their own consumption. This is the simple, direct, and economical method of abolishing this hideous feature of modern civilisation; and it is a method which is certain of success, if we wish it to succeed.

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