Kahn, Otto H.
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The speaker's observations and impressions after a return from a recent trip to Europe, during which time he had the opportunity of speaking with most of the leading statesmen in the countries visited, and with many important men in financial and industrial life. His international survey begins with England. The fact and causes of the stubborn continuance of unemployment on a vast scale. A distinct and noteworthy improvement showing in the latest reports. England's dependency on world trade, on the prosperity and the purchasing power of the rest of the world. Causes of her loss of markets. England's debts and burden of taxes. The fine example England is setting in paying her war debts to the United States. The ways in which England is facing and dealing with her difficulties. The speaker's confidence in England overcoming her difficulties. France, and her prevailing prosperity. The lack of misgivings as to the future of France. The Dawes Report. Italy and the almost unbelievable change which has come over the country in the last 18 months. Giving credit for the changes to Benito Mussolini. An examination of Mussolini and his work. Economic and social conditions in Italy. A discussion of affairs in the United States. The general business situation in the U.S. No intrinsic reason why the era of prosperity which started in 1922 should approach its end if affairs are dealt with with reasonable care, foresight and wisdom. One discernible element which bears within it the seeds of disturbance to prosperity: politics. Three acute questions that have arisen which lend themselves peculiarly to the exemplification of those shortcomings and troublous potentialities which are inherent to a greater or lesser degree in any system of popular government. An examination and discussion of each of the three problems (agriculture, taxation, Washington investigations and disclosures) follows. Then, a discussion of Canada, with some suggestions for Canada's great future. Lastly, some remarks on "the English-speaking family" of countries and the League of Nations.