america in the making

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: INDUSTRIAL RESPONSIBILITIES The making of America is something more than a political obligation, because America is something more than a political organization. Government is the product of life, and government is the protector of life. Therefore life is more important than the government which is produced by it and is organized to protect it. To make an American worthy of your inheritance you have to make an industrial, a social, an educational, and a religious as well as a political organization. You have to make an America whose industry is efficient, whose society is harmonious, whose education is vital and practical, whose religion is inspiring, and always to preserve in the individual and in the organism that freedom that is self-government. There is a great deal to be done. Our industry is not efficient. It lacks efficiency not for want of energy, but for want of mutual cooperation. And because of friction our society is not harmonious. It is embittered by race and class antagonisms.Our education is none too vital, none too practical, and in many respects is too academic. And our religion — at least our religious thinking — is too archaic. What you are to do to make an America whose industry will be efficient, whose society will be harmonious, whose education will be practical, and whose religion will be inspiring and vital and progressive I think comes within the province of these lectures, and to-night I am to speak to you about The Social And Industrial America. Our industries are carried on by individuals, but our industry is a great co-operative organism. We go to mother nature for the raw material and gather from her the food supplies, the mineral supplies, the lumber supplies, and the like. This raw material is not available for us until by manufacturing pr...
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