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Title New frontiers for American youth
Subject Social ethics; Social problems
Description Fourth annual Frederick William Reynolds memorial lecture.
Creator Bennion, Milton, 1870-1953.
Publisher The Extension division, University of Utah
Date 1939-11-29
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier,596
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.30 no.6
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "New frontiers for American youth," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Modified 2013-05-20
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Description THE RIGHT TO WORK 13 of statesmen and social leaders of the future does not lie in forbidding certain classes of the community to work, but rather in finding means by which socially valuable work may be made available to all. Work for the individual means much more than merely making a living; it is one of the most important means of personal development and happiness. Our child labor laws are not meant to forbid minors the privilege of engaging in work suitable to their conditions and contributing toward their personal development. The purpose of these laws is rather to forbid the exploitation of children by subjecting them to long hours of monotonous labor. On this ground child labor laws are fully justified. To bring up a generation, however, without the experience of engaging in productive work would be very detrimental to them, and disastrous to the state of which they will become citizens, a capital means of extending and perpetuating the dole system. To the extent that individuals and corporations control natural and social resources they are to that extent under obligation to furnish, in so far as is feasible, employment to willing workers. In this complex civilization and under the ideals of democracy a property owner may no longer say that he has a right to do as he pleases with his own. On the contrary his private ownership is subordinate to the public interest. This, a truism in ethics, is fast becoming settled public policy. What cannot be done by individual initiative in furnishing opportunities to work should be done by organized groups, voluntary groups it may be, or by government rather than to permit privation in the midst of plenty. Here is a frontier that has taken on new and profound meanings. The establishment of social justice is for American youth today a frontier which calls for the greatest social intelligence, courage, and unselfish action. Why courage? Because anyone now-a-days who advocates social reforms in the interest of justice for all is quite sure to be denounced by someone as a "red," a dangerous agitator. Public causes are not usually discussed on their merits by those with whom these causes are unpopular. The perennial logical fallacies are hurled against them. Epithets designed to appeal to popular prejudice or to discredit the character of the advocate are used to draw attention from discussion of the merits of the question at issue. Much is said these days about propaganda from abroad. There is equal or greater need of being on guard against old frontier propaganda at home. If there is to be satisfactory social progress it is very necessary that citizens fortify themselves against propaganda and unsound reasoning with knowledge of basic economic principlesâ€"not of the ham-and-eggs variety, nor of the laissez faire economics of Adam Smith with its dependence upon the invisible hand to bring about the general welfare through every man's working for his own. What
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Source Original Manuscript: New frontiers for American youth, by Milton Bennion.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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