make certain fundamental changes in the State, the more power you give it the less power the people hold, and the less their wishes are considered. The aim of every reformer, if he knows what he is about, is to secure a larger life for the individual, and man does not live by bread alone. If the heaven of a certain one of your contemporaries is a mechanized existence (and in reading it one can discern no other paradise) I'm against it. 2 Personal liberty at all costs, rather than comfort under benevolent autocracy. Your contemporary recognizes that we have an autocracy and that it is bad. It says to us, "Come, let us make this autocracy benevolent, and it will thereafter serve us." Right here I object and exclaim, "Alas, there is no virtue in them!"
We have gained political liberty. What we want now is emancipation from industrial masters. Whatever political oppression still exists is only a reflection of capitalistic fear. To put more authority in the hands of the law-makers by depending on them to right our difficulties is to bolster this capitalistic authority. It controls the State. Its reforms, when they arrive, will be palliatives, and it will continue to exploit us as a nation of neat and nimble slaves. It was Thomas Jefferson who put into the Constitution whatever good it has, and he was a doubter and a near-bolshevik. He believed in the individual and he did not trust centralized political mechanism. Perhaps the best field open to a weekly is the advocacy of personal rights as opposed to public and controlled policies. Why should the mob or its leaders always have their way with a free man? A government is always on the side of the powers that be; and the citizen is always flattened by its processes. The hope for the man is in co-operative economic action, not in governmental regulation of corporations and prices. The hope for the child is in being taught at home instead of by the usual sausage- stuffing process of the school, whereby he is filled with a miscellaneous assortment of odds-and-ends, exploited by fads of all kinds, but never taught or encouraged to think for himself. I am, etc.,