National Geographic : 1917 Sep
© Keystone View Co. THRESHING OATS IN ILLINOIS Cooperating with the Food Administration are thousands of retail stores located in every part of America. They display cards in their show-windows bearing food-conservation pic tures and slogans. One which is being widely used shows four jars containing corn meal, rye flour, oatmeal, and barley and under them the words, "Eat more corn meal, rye flour, oatmeal, and barley-save the wheat for the fighters." from our commercial community. We wish to stamp our commercial community with the stamp of service in public inter est. Compared with the sacrifice of our sons and brothers, it is but little to ask. And it is a service which, if given now, will not be without interest returns for the future. This interest in a thousand fold will come in two directions. THE LOOMING SHADOWS OF SOCIALISM If we receive this support, we will have demonstrated the falsity of radical claims as to the necessity of socializing our in dustries. If we fail we will have given impulse to these demands and ground for their complaints. One looming shadow of this war is its drift toward socialism, for with the gi gantic sacrifice of life the world is de manding a sacrifice of property, and we will surely drift to that rocky coast unless we can prove the economic soundness and willingness to public service of our com mercial institutions. It is worth while examining the de velopments in Russia from this point of view. Here no practical or effective form of commercial regulation or distribution was undertaken. In consequence of spec ulation, profiteering, and the failure in commerce to serve public interest, the condition of the industrial classes became so intolerable as to steam the hotbed of revolution. Justifiable as this revolution may have been and as great a cause of liberty as. may result, no one can deny that the whole trend of this revolution has been socialistic, and the latest phase is a de velopment into practical socialism. This strain in the revolution, I am convinced from much experience in Russia, was the reaction from failure of the govern ment and the commercial classes to mcct their public duty.