Chapter 36 There Is No Unemployment Problem There Is a Dividend Problem
article of Gilberte
in the February 1, 1961 issue of the Vers Demain Journal.)
is not a problem. On the contrary, it's a blessing. It's an objective; a
goal sought for centuries by scientists, by universities, by intelligent
free time, leisure: do not all people wish for this fervently? Did not
studies throughout the evolution of civilization, in a great part, have
as a goal to develop science in such a way, more and more, so that
machines would be added to human hands, even to reach the point of
completely replacing human labour, and to produce an output infinitely
greater than mere manual labour can? Did we not succeed in inventing
machines which do the work in our place? Electronics even leads us to
replace the human minds for calculations. Isn't this marvellous? Yes,
is marvellous is the genius and the discoveries, the plentiful
production stemming from these discoveries, to end up with so much
production with much less work. So, people should now be able to relax
and take a rest! Of course, since producing more while working less must
certainly mean to be able to rest! Don't you think so? To be
unemployed means to stop working, to rest. (God rested on the seventh
day of the Creation, says the Bible. This is why man is commanded to
stop working, to rest, on Sundays.)
unemployment becomes widespread, it means that a great number of workers
are at rest, and that the products for their needs come to them, just
if unemployment becomes widespread, in every country in the world, one
must rejoice, since it represents both rest and the existence of useful
goods, the possibility of resting while the basic necessities of life
are being produced, just the same.
despite all of this, people are not thrilled about unemployment; they
rather moan about it. They complain about progress; they bemoan the fact
that machines are working in place of them and giving more results,
without tiring them. The whole world moans over progress, the machine,
lack of money
people might say: Well, when we are unemployed, we have no money!
it is not because they are unemployed that they are complaining; it is
because they do not have enough money to live on!
should therefore not say that it is unemployment that is the problem,
but the lack of money. It is the lack of money that is the problem.
is no unemployment problem. And it is because authorities persist in
wanting to settle the problem of unemployment a problem which does
not exist that they settle nothing at all!
are some people who propose to put the machines away, and to harness men
in the place of the machines to allow them to earn wages. Is this not
stupid, especially since the machines can produce more in less time and
without any sweat whatsoever? Why not give free money to the workers,
and then let them watch the machines do all the work? This would be
money given to people for doing nothing, instead of letting the machines
might retort: Giving money to people for doing nothing would be a
dividend! Exactly, it would be a dividend. And therein lies the
problem: it is not an unemployment problem, but a dividend problem. It
is not a production problem, but a distribution problem. One must not
seek to make people work in the place of machines, but seek to
distribute the products of the machines to people who have needs,
without forcing these people to work, since the machines are working in
are intended to purchase the products stemming from brawns and brains,
whereas dividends are intended to purchase the products of the machine.
When man works with his hands, he gets a wage. When it is the machine
that works in the place of men, all men should get a dividend. The
products stemming from the hands are paid for with wages. The products
of the machines should be paid for with dividends. The products stemming
from the hands are the fruits of human labour. It is the wages, the
remuneration of human labour, which can pay for the products stemming
from the hands. The products of the machines come free of charge,
without human labour. Since the products of the machine are free, the
money to purchase these free products must also be given for free. And
free money is a dividend.
is a dividend to whom? To the working class? To the unemployed who do
not work? No, it is intended for no special category; it is a dividend
to all consumers, to all those who buy things, to all Canadians. It is a
dividend to you, to your father, to your mother, to each of your
children. It is a dividend to the rich and to the poor as well. It is a
social dividend a dividend to purchase the products of the machines,
to purchase progress, which is a social good.
But, who will be paying for this dividend? Society, since it is a
social dividend. But will not society tax us for it? Not at all.
If society was to tax us, it would be removing money from us. It would
be the opposite of giving us money, the opposite of the dividend. We
must get free money, money given to purchase progress. It is not taxes
that we need.
But from where will society take this money to give to everyone? From
where will Canada take so much money to give out to all Canadians?
From the accounting ledgers. Money is basically a matter of bookkeeping;
it is figures. The monetary system is put into function by the banks.
And at the head of our banking system, we have the Bank of Canada.
Bank of Canada must see to the issue of necessary money in order for
each Canadian to get a dividend, each month let us say of at least
$800 so that each Canadian can purchase his share of the products
from progress, products manufactured by the machine.
with the headache of unemployment
what about unemployment? Well, it will no longer be an issue. There will
no longer be what is called the unemployment problem, if everyone gets a
dividend. The storekeepers will sell their products. The manufacturers
will manufacture more. The unemployed will be called back to work. And
all desired products will be sold. And when there are too many products
in comparison with needs (when the supply is greater than the demand),
the production will slow down, increasing leisure, spare time. And the
dividend will increase as the mechanized production increases. The
fruits of our labour will always be paid for by our wages. And the
fruits of the machines will be paid for by the dividends.
the social dividend, progress is harmful, since it creates unemployed
people without money. With the dividend, progress will be distributed to
the social dividend, progress makes starving unemployed workers. With
the dividend, the unemployed will be financed. Unemployment will be
called leisure for free men, time available for free activities. The
wealth of great lords is leisure. A really rich man is one who can
dispose of his time as he pleases, not one who is harnessed to earn a
living like a beast of burden.
socialists and leftists in our universities and State schools, in our
trade unions, in our media, and in most associations, want man today to
continue to be harnessed. They call for full employment. On the
contrary, the Social Crediters want man to be really enriched by
progress, to be liberated by the machine. They want man to dispose of
his time for his culture, for studying the arts, philosophy, for
charity; they want man to be really civilized! Social Credit is a
doctrine of high civilization, of true Christianity. To be hired is to
get trashed by the controllers, who are thirsty for little or great
power, political and civil power absolute power in the countries
under the yoke of Moscow, or more and more tyrannical power in the
so-called free countries which are really under the yoke of
As long as our university scholars do not call for the social dividend, one may question what is the use of enlarging universities, and to pay for everyone's education. Today's progress is not distributed; machines are put away, men are harnessed like horses, and are left starving amidst plenty. Yet, our universities have already cost us millions. What a success our sacrifices for our schools have given us! Look at the unemployed without bread; look at those who are hired to work with pick and shovel. It was not really worth the trouble to be so learned. Before enlarging and multiplying schools, it would be far better to teach Social Credit in the schools that we now have; to teach students, and teachers as well, about the dividend, and to make them realize that there is no unemployment problem, but rather a social-dividend problem.