May 14, 2014

Our Problem Is Distribution

In a speech to the young [people] graduating from Stanford into a world, a country, a system which has nothing real to offer, you exhort them to “produce a plenty” on the basis of “individual freedom” (rugged individualism)

Of course, we all know that production is not our problem, but distribution is.

These young people want to know how they are going to attain economic security.  Who is there who can tell them?  We have achieved greatness along many lines, but the most important question of all, economic security, we have not touched at all.

The “pure air of orderly liberty” is our liberty to starve or to [use food stamps]!  What sort of system is that for us to wave the flag about?  In such a system, building up resentment and hatred, no man is secure.

Why can’t men in high places realize that something must be done about it pretty soon…you had a chance at it and now [have] failed , surrounded by the opposition of so many —statesmen!

Competition is not the way — the dog-eat-dog way.  Not until men learn to cooperate for the common good in a Christian world, eliminate economic wars and the mowing down of young [people] for private profit, should we ever use the word civilized.

…No man should be forced to walk the streets begging for a job, so that he may eat!  Who are we, to have bread while our brother starves?  Yes, with this college education, find a way to feed our people.


This was written by my Great Grandmother to President Hoover on June 17, 1935., after his speech to the graduating class at Stanford.  The [edits] are mine.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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