— What Would
(An article of Edmond Major,
published in the December 1, 1944 issue of the Vers Demain Journal.)
First, let us point out that Social Credit does not change anything in the form nor in the value of money. It does not take a penny away from anyone.
Social Credit technique, by making an equilibrium between production and
purchasing power, protects the value of the dollar, which the present
system does not do. Would one buy as much with the 1945 dollar as with
the 1935 dollar? Social Credit makes all inflation, as well as all
deflation, impossible. The present system does not do so, since the
Government is forced to intervene through decrees to prevent prices from
going up at certain times, or to keep them at a sufficient level on
Credit would not take anything away from anyone, but it would give
something to everyone. It is possible, since during a war, we can give
many extravagant things to the enemies, and it does not ruin our country
at all; we are still more prosperous than before we made these gifts.
For the family
Credit would guarantee the necessities of life to each and every one.
For the family, it would be a guaranteed family income, since there
would be as many dividends as there are people in the home.
is respect for the family, put into concrete form through actions, and
without the preliminary contributions and the humiliating inquiries of
the current plans. It would mean to each young man and woman who wish it
the means to start a home and a family, and to pursue their ideal.
For you, farmers
the farmer, the advent of a Social Credit system would mean the
possibility of living comfortably off his land, without having to work
on highway maintenance or in the service of lumber companies to maintain
a living wage. It would mean the possibility of getting for his children
the education which would best enable them to prepare themselves for the
careers of their choice.
increase in the consumers' purchasing power would maintain a continuous
market for farm products, without one having to search the four corners
of the earth for markets. And the products corresponding to real needs
would be sold without any loss for the producers.
you noticed the modern machinery and the sophisticated experimental
farms? What would prevent a farmer from having something similar when
the sale of his products would bring him, not only enough to live on,
but also the means to develop his facilities?
would certainly see fewer of our farmers forced to abandon their farms,
to go and settle in a city. A farmer would be more apt to keep his home
since electrical and mechanical help, and more comfortable domestic
facilities, would make his life less hard and more attractive.
For you, settlers
settler deserves much from society, since he contributes to spreading
the country's productive heritage. Nevertheless, how often is he not
condemned, with all of his family, to misery and privations? He, who is
in so much need of the strength of his arms, is he even able to feed
himself adequately? He, who is in so much need of his entire day to
transform the forest into fields, is he not often forced to give months
and months to companies, so as not to completely die of hunger?
are sufficient resources already developed in the country to support
easily those who apply themselves to creating more.
Credit, in guaranteeing the basic necessities of life to everybody,
therefore to each family member of each settler, would ease this
pioneer's conditions. The settler would be able to give all of his time
to his plot of land, to achieve a quicker output, and to get for himself
the ploughing implements and farm animals needed as he enlarges his
For you, workers
what would Social Credit do for the workers?
of all, it would bring the end of crises, periods of unemployment, when
there are so many needs to satisfy. Even so, there would be a gradual
reduction of working hours with the coming of the machine to help human
labour; but the reduction in employment would not mean a reduction in
purchasing power. Even with more leisure time, purchasing power would
remain at the level of production for sale on the market, the dividends
growing when wages and salaries disappear, because of the replacement of
human labour by the machine.
employer, being ensured a suitable market for saleable products, would
be better disposed towards his employees. The employee, more independent
because of his ensured necessities of life, would be in a better
position to demand reasonable working conditions.
wild competition, created by a system where the industrialists have to
fight over the current insufficient purchasing power, would no longer
have grounds for existence. The employer would understand better that
his interest is linked to that of his employees. Harmony between both
would be made easier, and the reasons for strikes removed.
For you, professionals
power, increased by Social Credit to the level of all production, of
services as well as goods, would allow people to have recourse to the
good services of professionals whenever the need is present.
Credit would also be the effective means of avoiding State control over
the professions, and consequently of retaining for each person the
freedom to practice his profession without becoming a civil servant.
the other citizens, the professional, as well as all members of his
family, would receive his national dividend, in addition to his fees.
For you, civil servants
about the civil servants?
civil servants would no longer have fear of the guillotine, of having
their jobs cut by the Government. First of all, the guillotine would
lose its cutting edge, with a variety of careers open to suit all tastes
and aptitudes. If one hangs on so strongly to positions in the civil
service today, it is because one fears unemployment if one leaves the
the existence of a multiplicity of careers available in business,
agriculture, and industry would take away the desire for employment in
the service of the Government from many candidates who fill the
antechambers today. The present civil servant would have all the less
reason to fear being displaced.
For you, businessmen and industrialists
corner storekeeper will certainly not be offended to see his customers
buy more and pay better.
is active when it sells its products. With the purchasing power of the
consumers being kept at the required level, industry is ensured a
permanent domestic market. As for exportation, it would be made easier,
because importation would be welcomed. It is the accepted imports which
make the payments for our exports easier abroad.
delivering products, industry and private business would reach their
ends and give satisfaction to the consumers. One would cease to hear the
clamor for State control and nationalization. Social Credit loathes all
State control. A Social Credit Government would refrain from intervening
into the conduct of private enterprise, which can see to its own affairs
when the consumer is able to buy and to pay.
For you, electors
if one considers each citizen of age as a voter, one will understand
that, having no longer to beg for Government favours from members of
Parliament or ministers to get his three meals a day, the voter would be
only more independent and more free. The rotten electoral machine would
have less ascendancy over consciences.
Credit would therefore contribute powerfully to making electoral
practices healthier. This would not be a small blessing.
For you, opponents
who can fear the advent of a Social Credit system? No one, except those
who seek to dominate, those who live off exploiting other men. They are
not really able to succeed in this exploitation unless the great
majority of people cannot get their bread without accepting servitude.
a Social Credit system would protect even those who are opposed to it to
satisfy their ambitions. It would protect them by preventing them from
having to face up, sooner or later, to the unleashed wrath of a whole
people embittered by misery, indignant, with good reason, because of the
exploitation with which they have been victimized.
restore order in time is the only way of avoiding the scourge of
revolution — the natural fruit of a system which foments permanent
disorder in the shadow of the law.