The first responsibility of the Republican Administration was to renew the march of progress from its collapse by the war. Competition is closed by bureaucracy. The Renaissance was characterized by a cult of individuality that verged on individualism. It would extinguish equality of opportunity, and for these reasons fundamentally and primarily it must be resisted. But even more important than this — leadership in business must be through the sheer rise of ability and character. According to this view, state and society are not artificial constructs erected on the basis of a but instead unique and self-sufficient cultural wholes.
These great bodies of Government employees would either comprise political machines at the disposal of the party in power, or alternatively to prevent this the Government by stringent civil-service rules must debar its employees from their full rights as free men. And this cooperation can take two distinct directions. Our hours of labor are lessened; our leisure has increased. Today we have more youth in these institutions of higher learning twice over than all the rest of the world put together. In all this we have steadily reduced the sweat in human labor. He argued that even though both Russia and America possessed the same amount of natural resources, embracing individualism made one nation successful and another one not as profitable. They represent every phase of our national life both on the economic and the welfare side.
I can say with emphasis that without the wise policies which the Republican Party has brought into action in this period, no such progress would have been possible. Although the concept of an individual may seem straightforward, there are many ways of understanding it, both in theory and in practice. There is a still further road to progress which is consonant with our American system — a method that reinforces our individualism by reducing, not increasing, Government interference in business. The wages of Government employees are today. Her people are equally industrious but she has not had the blessings of 150 years of our form of government and of our social system. To large degree we regimented our whole people temporarily into a socialistic state. Business progressiveness is dependent on competition.
But in addition to this great record of contributions of the Republican Party to progress, there has been a further fundamental contribution — a contribution perhaps more important than all the others — and that is the resistance of the Republican Party to every attempt to inject the Government into business in competition with its citizens. And much abuse has been and can be cured by inspiration and cooperation, rather than by regulation of the government. But even more important is the effect upon the average man. Tonight to demonstrate the constructive character of our Party, I need only briefly picture the advance of fundamental progress during the past seven and a half years since we took over the Government amidst the ruin of war. For you're the last great apostle of rugged individualism.
It has only by keen large vision and cooperation by the Government that stability in business and stability in employment has been maintained during this past seven and a half years. A score of new helps save the drudgery of the home. Individualism, political and social philosophy that emphasizes the worth of. Great Depression began when the stock market crashed drastically in 1929 leaving the economy thrashed. These businesses must be conducted with glass pockets. Our people have the right to know whether we can continue to solve our great problems without abandonment of our American system.
Every activity of this city is sensitive to every evil and every favorable tide that sweeps this great nation of ours. . Hoover spoke to the public about his dogged claims of individual freedom helping the nation in the form of 'voluntary organization and community service. That bargaining does not rest upon economic need or economic strength but on political potency. Yearly the relations of Government to national prosperity becomes more and more intimate.
I know of no better test of the improved conditions of the average family than the combined increase of life and industrial insurance, building and loan assets, and savings deposits. If anyone will study the causes which retarded recuperation of Europe, he will find much of it due to the stifling of private initiative on one hand, and overloading of the Government with business on the other. I believe they will give equal credit to our honesty. The ending to the 1920s was the beginning of the economic crisis known as the Great Depression. That should be a sufficient sermon upon the efficiency of Government operation.
The federal government would not interfere with the American people during the times of Depression. Because we are faced with difficulty and doubt over certain national problems which we are faced — that is prohibition, farm relief and electrical power — our opponents propose that we must to some degree thrust government into these businesses and in effect adopt state socialism as a solution. We made no profits from it. In this case individuals have not yet developed even to the level of individualism see K. Bureaucracy does not spread the spirit of independence; it spreads the spirit of submission into our daily life, penetrates the temper of our people; not with the habit of powerful resistance to wrong, but with the habit of timid acceptance of the irresistible might. Even if they were supermen, no bodies of such numbers can competently direct that type of human activities which requires instant decision and action.
But when all is said and done the very life, progress and prosperity of this city is wholly dependent on the prosperity of the 110,000,000 people who dwell in our mountains and valleys across the 3,000 miles to the Pacific Ocean. For a hundred and fifty years liberalism has found its true spirit in the American system, not in the European systems. Search rugged individualism and thousands of other words in English definition and synonym dictionary from Reverso. Our government to succeed in business must become in effect a despotism. We have increased the security of his job to every man and woman. It finds a thousand interpretations into a greater and fuller life. For these reasons the American people have gone forward in progress while the rest of the world is halting and some countries have even gone backwards.