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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Surplus Profits Must Belong to the Whole People

Surplus Profits Must Belong to the Whole People.

The reductions in railway, telegraph, Telephone and postal rates have been mainly in the interests of the commercial and employing class, and are of little use to the wage earners. The workers get only casual employment, or, at most, steady employment, which will not return, in any case, more than a bare living. Under the private profit system the workers never have had and never will have any interest in the surplus profits; they may rely upon that as an absolute fact and as a fixed certainty. Competitive State factories, works and farms, will insure agreeable employment for all, better conditions, better wages, fewer hours of toil, better and cheaper page 18 food, clothing, dwellings and all other necessaries, and the system would also afford the workers an incentive to give their best services because of their State partnership, or treasury interest in all the surplus profits.