In this final arrangement, every man will combine in his own person the laborer and the capitalist.
There cannot be any conflict between labor and capital.
What makes our lives easier than those of our ancestors?
They are so because six generations of workmen have made Massachusetts
a great treasure-house of capital.
When our fathers landed here, Massachusetts
was a wilderness.
Forests have been removed, roads built, cities raised by capital or aggregated labor.
Capital and labor are only the two arms of a pair of scissors,--useless when separate, and only when fastened together cutting everything before them.
What, then, do we come here for?
To find out the true relation between capital and labor, to make the laborer more comfortable, and a more worthy citizen.
Where the government rests on the people, its administrators are bound to give time to the laborers to understand the theory of government.
When shut up an excessive number of hours in labor, the workman comes out but the fag-end of a man, without brain to think of such subjects.
Now, therefore, it is a fair division to give him eight hours for labor, eight hours for sleep, and eight hours for his own,--his own to use as he pleases.
[Applause.] I shall not be the first to say, “You shall not have it unless you come under bonds to use it well.”
It is none of my business to say what he shall do with what is his own. I shall not say to the millionnaire, “We will defend you in the possession of your stocks and bonds, if you will use them well.”
I may argue with him, and shall, to use his wealth properly; but my first object shall be to give it to him, because it belongs to him. It has been argued that the negro would not work if his freedom was given to him. I have answered, his freedom belongs to him, and he is responsible for its use.
The present effort is to give the laborer more leisure,