The Farmer's Two Masters
SEPTEMBER 01, 1959 by INDIANAPOLIS STIR
The figures which tell what government is doing in agriculture are both staggering and impressive. Here is a story that is almost hard to believe.
This sort of system cannot continue forever. The statistics show the day of decision is much closer than many professional agricultural workers and politicians like to admit. With a total farm income of about $12,000,000,000 last year, the Commodity Credit Corporation now has an investment of about $8,900,000,000 in price-support programs. By the end of the year, the government may have an investment in crops equal to the entire agricultural income for that year. This nation once tried to accommodate two opposing economic and human systems. In a wracking convulsion, it decided that men must be free, that no nation can live half slave and half free.
The farmers of
Sooner or later, the farmers of this state and the rest of the nation must choose which they prefer—freedom or complete government control. Slavery is a hard word which will have to be admitted by some later generation of men who will find that strict government control does mean enslavement, if they are foolish enough so to choose.
Those who feel they can evade this inevitable decision should be reminded that it was put in words which will always have direct meaning and application: "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other."
The choice is that clear and plain. The farmers of this country must, we believe, choose freedom. How can anyone think otherwise, and honestly believe in these
The Revolt of the Masses
Suppose that in the public life of a country some difficulty, conflict, or problem presents itself, the mass-man will tend to demand that the State intervene immediately and undertake a solution directly with its immense and unassailable resources.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset