Central Point herald and Southern Oregon news. (Central Point, Or.) 1917-19??, June 07, 1917, Image 4

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    INDIVIDUALISM
ISAS
DEAD AS A
SMELI
tin*»*!*
We Mud It d ifficu lt to Htrike
Hit ; i l < g entirely new linen.
Tliofiin« Je ffe rs o n , in Ills ole] age.
n»iie i letter in whl<-h he s a id :—
Some im*n a*-rib«* to ¡he well of the
pr •Hiiog age m wisdom more thau
human, and wappoae what they did to
be heyoud 11 memliiient. I knew that
•gv | of the Ucvolution) well. 1 be-
longfd to it iiud labored with it. It
des erve«l well of ita country. It was
*ery like the preaent, but » itliont the
experience of the present; and forty
years of experience is worth a cen­
tury of b<H>k reading; and this they
Would say themselves were they to
arise from the dead.
G ra a t C h a n g e . T ak in g ^ l a t . R ap id ly .
The ebauges that occurred from Ihe
close o f the R evolu tion s”y W ar to J e f ­
ferso n 's old age made a deep Inipres-
alou ou Ills m ind; yet as w e look back
George W. P e r k i n s ,
Chairman of the New
York City Committee
on Food Supply, Finds
That Science and In­
vention Are Forcing
Revolutionary
Changes
in
the
World’s Industrial Re­
lations, Whether We
Like It or Not.
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....
T A IJKI'ICXT pulilir licit ri it”
A
at them from this distance they seem
infinitesim al » h e n com pared with the
chanties that have taken place in the
world the last quarter ot a century and
the treuienduua chanKes taking pluee
now.
George W ashington was a representa­
tive o f the best type of A m erican a
century ami a h alf ago. lit* w as a
scholar, u soldier and a statesm an, yet
he did not know as much about scleuce
as a young schoolboy o f to-day.
Thom as A Kittson typ ifies the «den
list o f our time, hut the gap between
the man o f the Kdlson type and Wash
ington is probably greater than the gap
com m unity, the act o f the Individual
E n terin g a New W orld.
When Abraham I.inroln u s * P resi­
dent It took four d a y s or more fo r a
letter to travel from Ills home In Illi­
nois to New York. It took him several
days to go from his home to W ashing­
tled and most o f the people lived on
aided and alone, travelled In ti flyin g
m achine from C hicago to \c»v York in
Its southern end It would not have
m attered much had there been a ease
eight hours and fifty minutes
o f sinall|>oi at the north end.
W e are ju s t entering a'n ew e'ectrical
world, where everyth in g ts done, as It
tlent could have done pretty much as
were, on the Instant.
one else
R ut a case o f sm allpox In the north
Our fathers had none o f the modern
he pleased w ithout endangering an y
eru end o f M anhattan to-day m ust l»e
T h eir sons are w restlin g w ith the prob­
quarantined
Im m ediately
to
protect
lem o f how to use these new methods
other people.
When I w as a boy there w as no So­
of Intercom m unication and still, adhere
ciety fo r the Prevention o f C ru elty to
to the law s, the prec«*deuts and the
A n im als, nnd had an y one suggest,«!
book learning o f their fathers.
that a man could not w hip Ills bor«,* a s
T h is Is O C R great problem.
It Is a
much a s he pleased he would have 1«. n
d ifficu lt, com plicated problem and is
cau sin g a stru ggle of titanic propor­
1 «ieu that a man had uot the right to
tions—a struggle
lo throw o ff In a
night, as It wer<*. the precedents o f an
old world for the realities o f a new.
Precedent m akes cow an!« of us all.
ridlcul«*!
Indeed. In those d ays the
heat his own child as be o'ease,
buggies there w as no speed lim it and
a
inventor have left us no • hope.
license to d rive a horse
We
must adjust our thought ami actio n 'to
ne« conditions
T h e Day of Individualism G one.
was
given little attention.
When w e w ere all d riv in g horse* and
Rut tile educator, the scientist and the
m an
did
not h ave to procure a
With the ad
vont o f the autom obile a license has
becom e a n ecessity. Tbe public must
know that the man who operates a.,
autom obile know s first bow to „penib*
near Trenton, V J ., said lo have lived
RIo.OOO yen i s ago
ically have licett great, yet
The nitvancea lu ad»*n< e. lnter«*om
m unicatioii am) In nnl’ e rsal educa­
Ttie |,a-
m achinery with w hich social and busi­
ness intercourse !s now carried ou.
whose hones wen* recently discovered
the
longer exist
w eeks ago a young woman, un­
few
ye ars socially. Industrially and econom­
ami
Is «Imply another expresalon fo r II
ceuse to do ijs one pleasese can no
•
When M anhattan w as sp arsely set­
m ar
W ashington
therefore, tb at form o f freedom which
And yet only a
ton to he Inaugurated.
The changes o f the last tw enty fir e
between
can affect a large num ber o f people:
I b ii.v e
they are Infinitesim al compared to the
It and. second, to control It.
Society Is finding It n ecessary to take
a w a y niiicb o f w hat has hitherto been
called
freedom o f the Individual.”
|n
m y Judgm ent this process ts only In Its
Im ages that are coming
in fan cy.
Ihe
I Relieve these changes are going to
deal most largely with the relat 0:1-
shi|> o f man to man
In this country w e have been Jiv in g
necessity of co-op«*nition some one
in an ago of the utmost freedom !<* the
d „ as lie pleases is now being seriously
reinarkeil that the legislation was
individual
It has been the Ittdi» Idttnl-
iatic p«*riod. »»hen the order of the «lay
challen ged. uu,l I most heartily agree
has seemed to lie “ e v e ry fellow for him
said recently at C ornell U n iversity to
s e lf and the devil tak e th» hindmost
We have gloried in the fre«*dnm of
die individual and have practised this
tbe e ffe ct that one o f the c h ie f quail
ness concern Is rapidly com ing to he
Mr. I'erkins’ reasons for his he
freedom to a point when». In many
phases o f rttir lif<*. il has amounted t
ju s t d ifferen ces lietween cap italist and
are Mntlined in the following
llceiiHe to do alm ost anything that w*
laborer and to understand their rela
pleased
fancied renown, regardless o f Its effect
tlonship.
'
•
I'n tll recent ye ars little broad think­
on one's fellow men.
in g w as given to tills problem aud dlf-
* on
certain
propone«!
foo«l
legislation whiclt Mr. IVrkins fnv
on,«l ami
which
ce«o^ni/.cil
a violation of the principle of
Individualism.
Mr. IVrkins retorted, “ Indlviil
oalism is as d«‘ad as a smelt."
lie f
article:— .
or
that
brought
profit
or
In the early days, when tnstuntunenu*
By G EO R G E W. PERKINS,
intercom m unication dl«l not exist, when
Food
tion these three gn*at factors account
for the stupendous progress this ootin-
education w as m eagre an«l science tin
Ois> rtf I hr area test stum bling block*
irv has made In the last tw en ty-five
te a rs
-
o f com paratively sm all consequence, for
C h a ir m a n
o l M a y o r M itc K a l'a
S u p p ly C o m m illa a .
In progress Is the hiinnin Inclination to
fcUow precedent and eld method* too
They have sw ept a w a y old prece
dents, old custom s, and they w ill even ­
developed, what the Individual did »vas
"might m akes r ig h t ”
A ll this is rap ­
idly « hanging and w e are entering •
perl,si o f uew industrial relatlonslii(«.
o f m aster and man. then tbe |>erlod o f
i>erlod
In m y Judgm ent w e are Ju st now en
teriug a
i>eriod of copartnership,
w here the tool user w ill be part tool
ow n er and wtiere < apltal and labor wiu
sh are more equ itably In the pro fits oi
taken a long stride tow ard success
It 1 « n«t m any ye ars since I w as a
lad. and ,e t at that time there w as no
the business In which they are Join tly
The tele­
engaged
graph w as In very m eagre use: fast e i-
TbU advance la Inevitable because of
took
'•or educational system , which teaches
sd 'e ra l tvta'ks to * m s* the i> run, and
the w orkingm an to think fo r him self.
tin only flyin g machine we knew shout
G E O R G E W. PERKINS.
feretices » e r e settled on the basis o f
em ployer and em ploye, ea, b
being a decided step fo rw ard
matt who does comprehend It will have
w ss the much derided one |ste*,*Hsed
hy 1 1*rlus Green
the human q u ality and ab ility to a d ­
ow ner and slave, then cam e the period
la» som ewhat o f a failure, »vhtle the
It
ficatlon s fo r a m anager o f a large busi­
did not nffect m any people
fu lly comprehend all this Is doomed to
press trains dhl not exist.
w ith w hat Mr. Jo h n D. R«»ckefeller. J r .
In the long ago the relationship be-
tweeen capital and labor w as that of
who does not
such thing as a telephone
The freedom o f the business man to
his d«»eds did not reach ve ry far and
tually sw eep a w a y m any o f the law s
now on our statute books.
The man o f to d a y
R elatio n o f C ap ital and L a b o r.
With
InfrrcommunlcHMon
draw ing
the ».-rid together In one centralized
It 1« Inevitable because Intercom m uni­
cation has told the w orkingm an In on«
com m unity w hat the workingm an In
other com m unities a re strivin g fo r and
achievin g