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Albert Lea Freeborn Patriot (Newspaper) - August 31, 1934, Albert Lea, Minnesota Freeborn Patriot Freeborn Patriot published Semi monthly by Columbia press albeit Lea Minn. Roger b. Ostby editor Harry Jacobson business manager subscription rates one year in advance.65 three months in Advance .18 country rates one year 90c 6 to 50 kept press ? in a recent editorial a Freeborn county newspaper took exception to the words a kept the editorial gives one the impression that some one has referred to them As the a kept we have never known of any one to refer to this particular paper As a kept furthermore in this editorial they say that they have Given All the news impartially. If this is the Case then Why did no to t y Tell the people on their front Page instead of in the locals that attorney general Peterson was coming to town ? Isnit it front Page news when the attorney general comes to town or the governor or a Man like senator Frazier or Milo Reno and what about the news about strikes is there Only one Side to a strike that editorial was just one big laugh. Unemployment was Rife. Conditions matched those of today in the United states. It was sink or swim. And the people chose to swim. Directed by a socially minded educator Denmark was launched upon the cooperative program. Today she enjoys economic Independence a real measure of social Equality and her people Are among the most enlightened and cultured of any nation. The same holds True of Norway and Sweden. Before a voter makes up his mind not to vote the Farmer labor ticket simply because reactionary newspapers and Pett fogging politicians Tell him that to vote the Farmer labor ticket is a vote for Stalin he should weigh the issues from All angles. Establishment of a cooperative Commonwealth is not a red a nor to use the Good old Yankee expression a a it a just Good re distribution Good business contrary to assertions of uninformed or Feather headed g. O. P. Editors a cooperative Commonwealth the goal of the Farmer labor platform is not a dream. In recent years Norway Denmark and Sweden have gained Universal attention through their cooperative and truly democratic methods of living. None of these countries Are controlled by a communistic All of the countries Are controlled by the people despite the fact they still have Kings. The people have Learned that through publicly owned Power plants they can enjoy the benefits of cheap electricity. The Farmers have Learned that through cooperative marketing agreements they receive a fair return for their produce. Fifty years ago Denmark was on the verge of financial and political collapse. The die hard Republican party in Minnesota appears to have taken a new lease on life. From somewhere the Long depleted Treasury is being filled and the party i3 branching out into All sorts of activities. Instead of pleading for fusion Many of the g. O. P. Newspapers again Are boldly proclaiming that the Republican ticket can be elected by republicans and that democrats can go their own Way with the Mankato Magpie. And now that Wall Street has been prevailed upon to pump in some Money to a stamp out the red menace a the party will have its own a a official _ _ Sam s. Haislet deposed g. O. I Secretary is the reported editor of the new Sheet. Sam has a rather colourful history. For several years he was a socialist organizer in North Dakota. When the non partisan league sprang into existence he jumped on the league bandwagon and zealously organized that party. He later entered the newspaper business and hopped around from town to town in Minnesota and ran newspapers in two North Dakota communities. When the Republican party was still Riding High wide and handsome in Minnesota Sam shed his coat of Many colors and eased his Way into the favored councils of the g. O. P. Now that he a been eased out of the Secretary ship he has landed another soft birth. But what we can to figure out is Why the g. O. P. Wants an a a official party Organ. It has at least 450 organs now. If 450 out of the 500 organs can to play the internationale fast enough or loud enough to beat the Farmer labor party next fall How can poor Sam expect to make a Dent the Austin american it is said that the markets of the world Are crowded with surplus goods when we know there can be no real surplus when so Many people Are in dire need of the very things of which it is said there is a surplus. The trouble comes from our system of distribution. Under our present system a Man is paid according to the Money he has or the social Power he commands instead of the ability he has and the Effort he puts Forth. For example a Man who owns a factory pays himself a million dollars a year and a a kids himself into believing hat he is actually earning that amount of Money. While if he had not owned the factory but Only managed it he perhaps would have been paid $50,000 a year. Therefore he is being paid $50,000 for the Effort he puts Forth and $950,000 for the social Power he commands. For years the Money lenders have been receiving More in the Way of interest than the Farmers have received and As much As the labourers have received and this without putting Forth any Effort. When we Start paying people in accordance with the Effort they put Forth and the ability they have instead of the Money they have or the social Power they command we will bring an end to this depression and we will have a economic system that will actually encourage individual initiative. President Roosevelt has initiated some wonderful reforms but the Rich men of the country have been doing everything to Bend these reforms to their own wishes. It is up to the labourers and the Farmers to adequately organize themselves so that they can effectively Back the Roosevelt program. If a labourer or Farmer wishes to really do something to readjust our system of distribution he can do nothing better than to join the Independent Union of All workers or the Farmers Holiday association. Evading the Issue the reactionaries would much rather Call the Farmer labovites a communists a a red a a a anarchists and a a syndicalists than to argue the merits of their proposals

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