The Foes of Our Own Household

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CHAPTER VI
INDUSTRIAL JUSTICE; THE TOOL-OWNER AND THE
TOOL-USER

WE have failed lamentably to prepare for this war during the two and a half years of peace contemptuously granted us after Germany began the war. Let us refrain from aggravating our folly by now failing to prepare for the tremendous industrial problems which will come to the forefront as soon as peace arrives. One of the greatest and most pressing of these is that which is concerned with the relations between labor and capital, and the relations of both to the public.

The immediate exigencies of the war have been met at Washington with confusion and absence of coherent plan. At the moment the Government has partially waked to the need, and has summoned the big business leaders of the country to its aid; and on the whole they have responded with both patriotism and efficiency. Yet the Government for many months seemed equally afraid to refuse their aid and to treat them well. It wished to pay less than a proper profit on their work for the Government;

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