Emery, James A.
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The speaker's interests and concerns with labour, with the proper relation of organizations, of capital, of employees, or employers, to the State in which they are both citizens. The fact that consolidation or organization has its dangers no less than its benefits and that in regard to this great period of the race's growth, there are serious evils and temptations in collective action by human beings, just as there are tremendous benefits to themselves and to their race. The speaker as critic of what he believes to be the dangers, the abuses, and the excesses of organization, that one of the greatest issues of our day is to square the organization of individual human beings with the principles which our blood represents in civil government. The society under which we have chosen to live. Our belief that our type of government represents the highest development and flower of humanized effort in civil institutions. Our part not only to add to the great framework of material and moral civilization which we have built up, but to keep strong and firm the pillars that support its foundations. Realizing that there is no security for material institutions unless they are based upon sound moral principles. A perfect complement between truth in every department of human activity. What we find as we glance over the nations of the earth. The differences between people a moral different, not mental, unless it be a difference of mind. The things that those who would preserve an Empire or a Republic must guard: the moral principle that are the dynamic forces of their existence, the soul of a nation's life. The power of England and of the United States today lying not in armies or ships of steel, but in the omnipotence of their civilization and omnipresence of their principles. Institutions as the most easy subjects of corroding influences. These principles as the subject of attack throughout the ages. Nothing in a community that can give it so much cause for alarm as a good man moving under the impulse of bad principles. The worst of a country's foes coming from within. Natural collision between the organizations of men within the State and the State itself in an age of organization. The temptation to misuse power the natural result of accumulation of power. The whole difficulty with which we are face to face today the demand of the organizations of either capital or labour that they shall measure themselves and be obligated by the very thing which we demand of individuals; that they shall exercise no power without some corresponding responsibility. Irresponsible wealth as the most dangerous weapon that could be turned against a representative democracy. Irresponsible power as the most serious thing that could be placed in the hands of an organization of workingmen.