THE “MIRACLE” THAT HAS PROVIDED
We often hear politicians proclaiming the freedom of America,
when they solicit votes, but seldom do they take the time or devote
sufficient effort to the analysis of the source or nature of this
“freedom.” Having no axe to grind, no grudge to express, no ulterior
motives to be carried out, I have the privilege of going into a frank
analysis of that mysterious, abstract, greatly misunderstood
“SOMETHING” which gives to every citizen of America more
blessings, more opportunities to accumulate wealth, more freedom
of every nature, than may be found in any other country.
I have the right to analyze the source and nature of this
UNSEEN POWER, because I know, and have known for more than a
quarter of a century, many of the men who organized that power,
and many who are now responsible for its maintenance.
The name of this mysterious benefactor of mankind is
CAPITAL consists not alone of money, but more particularly of
highly organized, intelligent groups of men who plan ways and
means of using money efficiently for the good of the public, and
profitably to themselves.
These groups consist of scientists, educators, chemists,
inventors, business analysts, publicity men, transportation experts,
accountants, lawyers, doctors, and both men and women who have
highly specialized knowledge in all fields of industry and business.
They pioneer, experiment, and blaze trails in new fields of endeavor.
They support colleges, hospitals, public schools, build good roads,
publish newspapers, pay most of the cost of government, and take
care of the multitudinous detail essential to human progress.
Stated briefly, the capitalists are the brains of civilization, because
they supply the entire fabric of which all education, enlightenment
and human progress consists.
Money, without brains, always is dangerous. Properly used, it
is the most important essential of civilization. The simple breakfast
here described could not have been delivered to the New York family
at a dime each, or at any other price, if organized capital had not
provided the machinery, the ships, the railroads, and the huge
armies of trained men to operate them.