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April 13, 1951

Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut · Page 5

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Father Hastilto Says: Competition Not Sole Governing Principle In Economic Program "Society 'must t be reorganized" Father Stanley Hastillo declared Wednesday night, at .the. , second meeting, of^the Diocesan .Labor ;Iri-- stitute, ,"in such a' way that HB'in- ntltutlohB will foster Individual liberty, while securing .the , general , welfare"^ -"His ' ]c6mplete^ text follows: • V.L;;,. .':'..,„•:'....-, '-.V,'-•'.. v.-. ' "The ChurchvVhas • repeatedly rtressed the: futility and immorality of the class .struggle, Fortunately, ire ^Americans have riot had to. contend .with a strong Marxist form of this disease. But there are many • other types of .hostility which we 'do have. .'. There is the idea of a labor market itself, where worker -ia. pitted -against worker, and the class of labor against employers.. This, conflict has at times been modified' by unionism, but often as a result of organization the struggle' has simply been continued OB 'a larger scale The whple-philosophy of power and m- terest-groijpa implies struggle and dissension. Too often the idea is that what one gets, the other must lose, so that strife is inevitable ' "The Church social teaching insists that the physical- and technical processes- of production, must be carried out in team fashion, if they are to. be successful. The more closely management. and la- bor'work together-in a factory,, the more • prosperous the enterprise. JFarsighted. leaders in both camps have recognized this .fact. Thus both branches of the American la-, oor movement have called for labor-management cooperation. On the management side, the growing popularity of "human relations" programs shows an awareness of :he problem. Progressive personnel literature stresses the need for recognizing the dignity of workers and of promoting teamwork and communication in the plant. "There is increasing agreement jri the fact that labor and manager ment have common interests of the' highest importance. It is tr,ue that they also have divergent claims, both as to the way the rproduci; is made and the distribution of the net return. But the basic weakness of modern society is that we have abundant means for pressing special interests and claims, but we are deficient in organizing to secure common interests and mutual concerns. It is logical that we have labor "unions and employer associations', to sock the distinct needs, of each group. But is is -~a * '' ' "We-got'our Color Plan for any house at Stokes and they have 200 wallpapers in stock too .... all brand new 1951 patterns! They can help with every paint problem!" , STOKES PAINT/WALLPAPER and SUPPLIES 98WATE1TST. " Open Friday Night TEL. 7084 -,- ,w,. "BILL" STOKES, PROP. .equally logical .that "we.should have organizations for" promoting their jornmon interests. Moreover, such :>i-ganiza"tion'is needed for the common good of society. It is not enough, that each, plant or each industry taken alone should function well They snOuld also cooperate .for the. good of all. "it'was-'once huld by.some champions of 'private - enterprise' that the forces of free competition alone would bring about such harmonious -cooperation. Today it is evident that competition cannot be the sole governing principle in economic life. It has real! merits in'promot- ing efficiency, determining, the distribution of resources and.rewards, and in keeping economic life flexi- nle and dynamic. But it is unable to protect the economy < against disasterous depressions or safeguard individual businessmen from uniair and discriminating treatment. Few'economists today would hold that tlfe economic system is completely self-regulating and that '110 -intervention' is necessary to prevent business cycles. "Even with competition among individual •• firms in an industry, there are many joint problems which concern the industry as a whole. . *.• "Many signs .indicate that the need for a greater unity has been 'felt. But it is 'hot so; clear that men realize the .best -.. way to achieve such unity. - What ; actually is needed today is an organic economic society wherein men would be grouped together according to productive function,'not merely according to class: All who perform the same specific function would work together, whether they be technicians • managers owners or 'workers. They might have their own class needs but they also have a part-in the common interests of their group. Thus men .would be organized in terms of what unites them, not merely-in terms of what separates them, "It is an error to have a country made up of only competing individuals on the one.hand and the state on the other, with no intermediate social groups. If. real power were .possessed ,by intermediate social groups, made up of all productive personnel in each industry, each profession, farmers, etc., I he answer, to many ; threats to freedom would be found!: Ttfe would avoid excessive statism, 'bureaucracy, socialism,, etc;. : --These groups, so-called 'Industry-councils'', would get together to handle their problems directly instead of asking an outside force to intervene :in their disputes and thereby surrendering freedom to this force. Such organization would be as complex and interrelated as economic-functions demand. It cpuld : exist as the levels of the plant,., the ."industry, and the national and .international eco- omic systems. Geographically, it Could be local, regional, and national. It would not be arranged according- to some.blueprint of state economic planning., i Rather it .vould spring up • naturally from common functions in the socio-eco- nomic sphere. Tn such : a society, fai » n "* !SS'. • s*» ?r&' t 1 ^ 551 , «5.Ls»! "Say, Jim, What Do You Mean 'DIV3DENDST Ton-, and Jim were talking the other day and Jim showed Tom a clieck he got from The Connecticut Light and Power Co. , Tonv said "Kejv Jim, hlsw come you get checks from % that company you don't work there." f Jim said "I own stock in that company. As .a matter of fact I bought enough stock from Putnam to have the dividends pay'my electric bills." ~~ Tom said "Say. Jim, what do you mean 'dividends'?" Jim said "That's-irhst-this check is. You see the com. pany uses, the stockholders' money to buy equipment. - Like poles, wire, etc. The easterners—like myself—buy « electricity. The company makes money and the part- owners—-Hkfi me—shrjrc fhs profits. I get checks every three months—tint's v.-Iic: arc cailcd 'dividends'." "Now that v'ou'.kncv.- abcr'. tliis idoa, Tern, how about contacting Putncm ;-curse!f? : ' . .' My mom:h!y electric -bill is about y - • - How nnny shares of Thi ___^ ; L_Co. UUVd 111 K«B : 8» ; S5-~ <! ; 5«5ttis- ^--"5'S n « sift-! (the company that serves me) would I need to own? • • ';•--' ' ^y - .".- . Mr., Mrs. or Miss -'•-'-• Street and-Number • -- City "or Town ' ' PUTNAM &*CO. Members of the New York Stock 'Exchmgt OUR WATERBURY REPRESENTATIVE IS % IHR. G. HORACE BALDWIN 1 ^, TELEPHONE 5-0238 the state would largely be a stimu lating arid co-ordinating force;:safe- guardihg the common good,At the highest Jevel and subordinating the esser goods of groups to the welfare of the entire community. "Social reform in the United States, since 1932, : has hot always been in the direction of such an organic society. \Ve still:'wait until j. problem .becomes explosive, .fight it out ,on economic ' and< political battlefields, and then call iri the government to settle the .dispute j.nd police the affected parties. "Had there been more." participation by the interested groups in making and enforcing social;, legisr lation, we would have- hadv some beginnings of'a society organized in the interests .of the common good or the public and, protecting individual freedoms while -seeking social goals. But such a partial solution would .-'still be^ inadequate. Power would be concentrated,, fn giant'groups, leaving the .iindivtdu- al submerged in; the- .mass.'!? • By contrast, a truly organic .society, would leave to smaller organizations-powers and activJties,-, I hey couid' : hahdle .e£fectiy.ely.,v.,Tlje best answer to .the extreme, evils of 'rugged individualism' 'ind 7'at.a- tlsm' is the-: multiplicity of buffer societies, or 'Industry-councils' hierarchically arranged; with a maximum of. power at the lower,,levels, while bigger groups step • in, only when needed to co-ordinate and regulate in the iritrests of the common good. "Thus modern society faces two tasks. The first is the negative but important duty of protecting, smaller groups -from .the progressive encroachment' of .giant power, whether it be private or governmental. The second is the positive obligation of promoting self-gov- ning functional jociL.aes on all levels, which can share, with .the modern state its overwhelming burdens of seeking the common -good in the s^o.j-coohomic sphere. Such societies could be .formed from existing associations, . provid ed they progressed into functional rather than mere interest or pressure groups. ..jjut they would be -nore 'than present-'day' labor .unions, employers'- associations, or farmer organizations. Since these joint groups would be carrying out quasi-legal functions, seeking the common good -lri ; .their: particular .areas, they should^ :be',.cpnsidered as quasi-public societies, with legal status and powers. By no means should they be organs of the.state. Their independence is essential for the safeguarding of freedom. But they should have many powers now assumed, by the default of other ways of procuring. the common good." . . Such, in its main outline is the attitude which the Church has suggested for modern society, for reconstructing the social ordeii. Some pioneers in social engineering have arrived at very similar' ideas independently. Thus, John Maurice Clark, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, offered in- 1947 an analysis of American economy strikingly similar in its philosophy to Pius • XI's "Reconstruction of i be Social Order". Professor Clark noted the bankruptcy'of both ."Rugged Individualism" and the-pressure-group approaches. Accordingly, he called for the . establishment of an economic community, -based on the idea of. common interests and voluntary participation in mutual tasks. ' . Savings Deposits Increase $222 > 000 Over Last Year Savings deposits increased by $222,420 during the past year, according to the March: business survey of the Naugatuck-Chamber of Commerce. Deposits . in March, 1950, were $17,043,071 'and'" last month totalled $17,265,491. Postal receipts alsb .showed a gain over, a year ago .of $1,544. The receipts last month were $16,684 and in March, 1950, were $15,140. The; number .of telephones increased from 6,899 to 7,327 in the year/and parking meter receipts climbed from $472 last year to $639 this year. . , ... . .. Gas consumed last month to- talled 20,181,600 cubic feet and in Mardh, 1950, 21,064,900 cubic' feet. A total of 2,588,233 kilowatt hours of-electricity was consumed last month and a year ago 2,228,008 kilowatt hours was consumed. Last month 11 new -water services were installed. Marine Boards Consider Promotion The Marine Corps announced to'- day that it will screen for promotion the next higher grades to largest number of non-commissioned- officers ever considered by its se^ lection boards. One board of 15 officers which convened at Marine headquarters here March 26 is headed by Colonel Merlyn D. Holmes, Camp. Joseph. H. Pendleton, Oceanside, .Calif.; it will consider approximately! 5,000 sergeants for promotion to staff sergeant, . '.' Sergeants with two years in grade who have passed the re-: quired written examinations, or for": whom examinations have been waived because of membership in organizations committed to com^ bat, are eligible for consideration::-A. similar board under Colonel Kenyth A. Damke, Marine",.Corps Schools, Quantico, Va_, will convene' on April 2 to consider ftve^.;.to'. s& thousand staff and technical ".'serV. jeants for promotion to the next higher grades. ' ". v The eligibility requirements for _he staff non-commissioned officers; are the same as for the •sergeants, although exminations differ according to rank "'and occupational specialty. . : ",-'•-. 'Each board is expected to com-' plete its selection in five to six weeks from its convening date. Over 30,000 Join Blue Cross; Total Now 1,043,000 More than 30,000 .new members joined Connecticut Blue Cross during the hospital plan's recent state- Wide direct enrollment campaign, General Manager Robert Parnall reported today. This response brings total Blue Cross enrollment to a new high of 1043 000 at the -present time. X During the 20-day direct enroll b ment period; Blue Cross opened membership to those under. 65 who could not join through - employed groups. .This included individuals and families who were self-employed; retired, hot working, employed on farms, or otherwise not eligible for Blue CrOss under the usual payroll-group plan. About 13,800 individual applications .were accepted. Parnall said, with an average of better than two persons covered on each subscription. Most of the returns came from application forms'printed in daily newspapers throughout the state.' 'Benefits for trie newly' enrolled members will go into effect on May 1'. 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