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#8: February 10, 1942 — “THE STAGE IN AMERICA”

Well perhaps I won’t stick to my title very closely, but to start off with, when I was in New York a while back I saw Katharine Cornell in a play, that was a bit soft, and the little sermon she gave from the stage, not quite part of the piece sounded THEN a bit sentimental.  I have no doubt that vague language is used on both sides of the present discussion.  We can’t all be stylists.

I am chasm’ the METHOD of war scares, the method used for gettin’ people worked into hysteria.  And part of it, is attackin’ one wrong, appealin’ to the soft heart and then by false dilemma offering the hearer a bit of sheer buncombe, i.e., offering him an alternative and doing a hat trick to make him think it is the ONLY alternative; false dilemma, you call that in a logic class.

Thus with the stink of Russia NO ONE with any thought in Europe or North or South America believes in the abolition of ownership of every thing.

East Europe and North America believe in the homestead, from A to Z, and from bedrock to roof tree the American people believe in the homestead.

The members of the floating population, to which the top crust has been REDUCED, are beliefless, they got no belief, they want this, that or tother, tinsel and limelight.  The young, I ain’t the first to notice it, the young WANT this, that, or tother, often they want something different over two weeks.  The stronger ones CIT it.  After they git to be fifty, a few of ’em try to see what all the fuss was about.

Lord knows j’ai roulée ma bosse.  I wanted metropolitan life, etc.  But you can’t run a whole state or nation on the predilections of a few writers and artists.  WHEN they ripen, as take the case of William Shakespeare, they git to hear of the homestead.

The WHOLE and total best of civilization, Chinese or Western, is based on the homestead.  It is not based on nomadic tribes, and destructions.

Being DISGUSTED as 98% of all decent men were with the results of usuriocracy, money lenders’ decivilization, money lenders’ RUIN of the good life in the Occident and everywhere else they could get their dirty hooks onto, a lot of us fell for ANY alternative, jumpin’ the part we didn’t look at very closely, never stoppin’ to ask: DO we believe Marx and Lenin ?  Hence PART of the red and pink beano.  When their hair begins to lose its adolescent hue, a few men begin to think of a SYSTEM, a working system, a base and BASIS for human living together.  And the answer comes out the same, a house GOOD enough for the ordinary folk to go on livin’ in from one generation to the fourth and fifth generation.  And you get relief classically in the Wanderjahre.  Run around and look at the world: the kikes and Frank Roosevelt and Hill Billy Hull and Welles are doin’ their worst to clamp down on.  DON’T want any witnesses, any free and independent witnesses, to tell what IS goin’ on elsewhere.  In the ole days it was the fatheads with privilege; or mediocre writers and architects and artists that did not WANT criticism.  [FCC transcript: Every decent idea was to go around, see the best, and then come home and do better.  That is the way the good life is built.  The so-called stifling air of the provinces et cetera was due to fear, due to shunning comparisons.  While, if every American would get up tomorrow morning and ask himself what he really wants, there would be an end to the Roosevelt hysteria.  That is to say, it would not spread like a pest throughout the American nation.] If the citizen, after having asked himself that, would then go on to the ole Rights of Man, and say how much of it can I git without doing dirt to my neighbor, the good life would approach very rapidly, more rapidly than it usually does; if we can trust to the human record.

Yes, I know what the decent English are resistin’ and what they were even ready to fight to resist.  And if they had any clear headedness, that would be dandy.  They want their cultural heritage, they think the English once had nice manners.

Well I was talkin’ to a friend of mine, and she was born with a name sacr’d to every man who cares for poetry written in English, Rossetti.  And she said, “The worst manners come from people trying to be nasty to people whom they consider inferior.  Matter of class.  And the Nazis have wiped out that feeling, and wiped out bad manners in Germany.”

The New Europe goes ON NOW doing what American democracy, in the clean sense of that word, started doin’ when it made a DECLARATION of Independence, but failed to define all the words used, or compromised on the wording, struck out Jefferson’s original sentences about abolition of slavery, and for the sake of a vote, omitted to specify that “equal” means equal in the courts of law, no man having privilege over any other, to be let off certain penalties cause he was the son of his papa, or had been to a university.

I told my rare and precious readers ten years ago that there was an ANTI snob movement in Italy.  Of course no one paid any attention to that sentence, so I repeat it.

Some things you are learning 30 years late, some things 20 and ten years.  And in others you swallow goof like Mr. Donovan, Colonel Donovan, or you merely get hooked with press lies contradicted two days or ten days later.  I have a weakness for newspaper writers, ever since a fellow named Monsier turned up in London in 1915 or some such, and later when there weren’t any new book writers, I took to my newspaper colleague, who of course allus looked down on the outsider, but a few of ’em were kindly and tolerant, regardin’ me as an amateur, who didn’t menace their pay cheque.  And I finally took to noticin’ the waves of credulity that pass over ’em.  They know that most of what they can print is all horse.  But they believe certain unprinted rumors.  Sure, we were set to invade Dakar.  Well, I don’t deny it.  Sometimes their tips are straight.  But we do almightily need a better system of communication.  We need a greater honesty ?  Naturally, and I don’t mean merely about stealing and graft.  I mean inside the individual head.  A greater resistance to these waves of hoakum.

Do you want the destruction of the people of Iceland ?  Is Finland a menace to anyone save a few kike owners of nickel mines ?  Do the Beits and Sassoons and their delegates represent the best English tradition ?

If the United States is to steal and embezzle, wouldn’t it be wiser to stick to French, English, and Dutch dependencies in the American hemisphere ?  And wouldn’t it be honester to get same by purchase, even if it meant fewer IMMEDIATE profits to the tinned meat and armament rackets ?

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