The Road to Plenty

The Road to Plenty

The Road to Plenty

The Road to Plenty

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Every now and then, a million or more men are added to the numbers of the unemployed, even though there are abundant tools to work with and materials to work upon, abundant credit for productive uses, and a world in dire need of the goods which these idle men, by the use of these idle machines, would gladly make out of these surplus materials. Men, machines, money, and materials -- all in superabundance!

Why?

Sisyphus, according to Greek mythology, was condemned to go on for all time, rolling to the top of a steep hill a huge stone which, as soon as it reached the top, always rolled down again. Must business forever suffer under the curse of Sisyphus? To ask the same question in other words: Is there no way in which we can continuously use our vast resources of men, machines, money, and materials, thus sustaining production and employment, and bringing more of the good things of life to the people generally, especially to those in greatest need?

That is the Economic Problem.

It is the problem which prompted Mr. Catchings, about eight years ago, to establish the Pollak Foundation for Economic Research. The purpose of the Foundation, as stated in the deed of trust, is 'to study the means whereby the economic activities of the world may be so . . .

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