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1920 Excerpt: ...industrial order and its control promises a
reasonable progress and happiness (and that the middle class are
forced to claim) is not only received as a humorous observation by
the I. W. W. but today by American Trade Unionism as well. There
will be as many degrees and shades of patriotism as there are
social classes in our society. The patriotism which placed fifty
thousand volunteers on the rolls of the Officers' Reserve Corps is
not an inborn sentiment or anything which arbitrarily came with
habitation on American soil. It was an acquired habit of mind and
reflected a rich background of social satisfactions, which in the
mind of a young officer had sprung from his country, America. Not
only the self-sacrificing quality of this patriotism, but the very
patriotism itself, depends on the existence of these social
satisfactions. Cynical disloyalty and contempt of the flag must in
the light of modern psychology come from a mind which is devoid of
national gratitude and for whom the United States stirs no memory
of satisfaction or happiness. To those of us who normally feel
loyal to the nation, such a disloyal sentiment brings sharp
indignation. As an index of our own sentiment and our own happy
relations to the nation, this indignation has value. As a stimulus
to a program or ethical generalization, it is the cause of vast
inaccuracy and sad injustice. American syndicalism is not a
scheming group dominated by an unconventional and destructive
social philosophy. It is merely a commonplace state of mind. Not
such a mind state as Machiavelli or Robespierre possessed, but a
mind stamped by the lowest, most miserable labor conditions and
outlook which American industrialism produces. To those who have
seen first hand the life of the Western casual laborer, any refl...
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Carleton Hubbell Parker
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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