Chapter 14 The National Dividend
A communal treasure
know at least those of us who are Catholics do the dogma of the
Communion of the Saints. The Church possesses an abundant spiritual
treasury, made up of the infinite merits of Our Lord and of the
superabundant merits of the Virgin Mary and the Saints.
Church does not put seals on these merits. She does not tell us:
These merits belong to those who have earned them; you shall not
touch them. There are plenty of infinite surpluses, but you shall have
none of them. Earn for yourself whatever you can.
Through indulgences, the Church gives us access to this treasury, under
conditions which are completely within our reach. It does not mean that
we all become equal in merits in the Church, but that all have an easy
access to this spiritual treasury, and that the Church is ever so happy
to see us draw from it. The more one draws from it, the more the
treasury increases, because the souls fortify and perfect themselves.
The producers of merits the Saints do recognize that they owe
their sanctification to the Church established by Our Lord, and they all
rejoice in seeing their co-members in this Church benefit from the
treasury that they have been able to increase by their contributions.
can compare this concept to that of the dividend advocated by Social
Credit. It takes nothing away from the producers of goods; on the
contrary, it will accelerate the output of their means of production,
while contributing to the common good.
system of plenty
exists. Those who have not yet recognized this assuredly cannot
understand anything about our doctrine. Perhaps they have never seen any
unemployed worker: a person out of work means that the abundance of
goods is suppressed because it is not distributed.
exists, but one smothers it, because one does not want to distribute it
to all those for whom it exists. One puts the surpluses, the communal
treasury, under lock and key, because one wants only those who have the
privilege of contributing to production to be entitled to a small share.
To those not contributing to production, nothing.
Social Credit dividend will distribute the production that is today
being lost or suppressed at its source. It will not dry up production;
it will stimulate it.
Let us not confuse the dividend with the dole or with welfare. The dividend is not public charity, but a distribution of income to the members of society, for example, to all the shareholders of Canada Limited.
funds which are used for welfare are levied on the present or future
incomes of the employed members of society. In order to give a little
purchasing power to the have-nots, social welfare takes some purchasing
power away from others, or mortgages the purchasing power of people who
are not yet born.
a century and a country of plenty!
welfare demoralizes, because it punishes work. The recipients who accept
work, even at a wage which does not allow one to live decently, lose
of social security, like welfare, humiliate the destitute, who are told
that they are a burden to others, that they live on the forced
contributions from their fellow citizens.
Social Credit dividend has none of these evil features. It is an income
distributed to all, because it belongs to all. It does not create a
burden to anyone; it does not deprive anyone. It does not create
inflation, because it is conditioned by the actual or imminent presence
one is wronged. It is the production surplus, immobilized at the moment,
that the dividend proposes to distribute. To refuse it is to destroy
wealth, to establish the reign of poverty in front of an abundant
production capacity, to unjustifiably maintain the consumer in want,
families in suffering, the worker in unemployment, industry in chaos,
the taxpayer in despair, the governments in servitude.
dividend and the individual
effect will the dividend have on the individual?
effect would it have on you if you were to receive, by the mail, an
envelope from Ottawa, containing a $800 cheque with this message: The
nation, enriched by its industry, the labour of its sons and of the
machines, is happy to offer to you this dividend, which is also mailed
to each of the country's 30 million citizens, to allow the sale of an
abundant production, and to avoid unemployment, misery, and the
paralysis of industry.
you pocket the six-hundred dollars and leave your job for a month? Or
will you be green with envy or vexation at the thought that each of your
neighbours also gets $800? Or will you call the Canadian Government
immoral, because it gets the poor out of misery instead of letting the
products go to waste?
you not rather thank God for having put you in a well-organized and
well-administered country, rich in natural resources? Would you not
become all the more attached to your homeland, and strive to contribute
to its prosperity? Would you not continue to work more industriously,
like the worker who has just received a raise in wages, because you will
know that the possibility of a dividend depends on the development of
good effects that the dividend would have upon you would apply to others
as well. Too many of those who find the idea of a dividend harmful are
hypocritical or proud people who think that, for themselves it would be
good, but that others, born and raised in sin, are too licentious to use
a dividend wisely.
dividend and the family
will the dividend mean for the family a dividend for your wife and
for each of your children, as well as for yourself?
it sow consternation or discord in your home? Will you not, on the
contrary, consider together the idea of improving the conditions of life
in your home, like buying a new piece of furniture, a new accessory, new
comforts that you have wanted for a long time?
last you will be able to refurnish a wardrobe that was getting old. You
will be able to consider getting a better education for your children,
developing the talents of one or the other for such and such an art;
bringing electricity into your home, getting a little help and rest for
your wife. You will have your pew at church; you will be able to enlarge
your donations for charities, because a little more ease at home has not
made you less Christian. You will be able to subscribe, you and your
family, to magazines that are both educational and recreational, instead
of being limited, by an insufficient budget, to the cheap vulgar press.
has been said about the family wage. The married man, a father of many
children, needs certainly a larger income than the bachelor. But
although they may be equal in productive value, the one or the other
cannot demand different wages from his employer, for the employer would
thus rather hire single men and providers of small families.
dividend settles this problem, since each individual participates in it
equally. The married man, a father of six children all of whom
perhaps being of a tender age will be able to get the same wages as
his bachelor fellow worker, but while the bachelor gets his sole
dividend, over and above his wages, eight dividends will enter into the
family which has eight mouths to feed. These are family allowances which
cost nothing to anyone, which, on the contrary, help everybody, since
they allow production to run at full output.
dividend and the farmer
dividend (added to the compensated discount) allows the sale of farm
products at prices which leave the farmer a sufficient profit to pay him
for his toil. His family, often large, benefits in addition from the
dividends obtained by each of its members. In the same way that he is
able to sell his farm products, he is also able to buy those of
last he can think about buying the farm implements which he lacks,
chemical manure, more head of cattle, etc.
this farmer is a settler, you can imagine how helpful the dividend
becomes to him. Those who increase, by such a laborious life, the
productive domain of society, are certainly more entitled to the surplus
of the producing system.
dividend and the worker
effect will the national dividend have on the worker? It will safeguard
the worker's dignity. The worker will no longer be forced to hire
himself out for a starvation wage; hunger enslaves the needy worker to
the conditions laid down by the exploiter. Besides, by assuring the sale
of products, the dividend allows an employer to remunerate his employees
the same reason too, the dividend favours the permanence of employment.
You must not, in fact, delude yourself about this; if the machine
replaces man in a multitude of processes, there remains enough to do in
public and private improvements and developments, at least here in
Canada, to make use of our employable men's energies.
security against an absolute need brought on by the dividend allows each
one to pursue occupations that will fit him best; all the social
organism will gain by it.
The dividend is the formula to ensure to each member of society, to all and each, the right to the basic necessities of life, when there is possible plenty for all.