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u      cements. But once the machine is purchased by    land. The task requires transforming a dense patch
            an industrialist, is he not entitled to the profit?  of birch and other such trees into a homestead and
            Yes, we recognize the right to profits for those   productive farm. This man and his family will toil for
        who have paid for machinery. But in each piece of    thirty  or  forty  years  before passing down a  mort-
        machinery or equipment there is an invention with-   gaged property.
        out which the machine would be only a heap of            Another example is that of a newborn child who,
        steel parts. The invention, which                                         not yet baptized and made a
        we can call the “soul” of the ma-                                         son of the Church, is already
        chine, could not have been made                                           in debt.
        nor passed on if we had not lived                                            Today’s system is illogical.
        in a society with its education                                           The more  assets and wealth
        system and the myriad previous                                            accumulated  by  a  nation the
        acquisitions that profited the in-                                        greater are its financial debts.
        ventor.                                                                   Workers create wealth while
        19. An investor’s dividend is                                             parasites control finance. And,
            determined by the com-                                                despite prosaic rhetoric to the
            pany  in  which  he  made  his                                        contrary,  finance  is  placed
            investment. But who deter-                                            above  man;  the  parasite  is
            mines the amount of the So-     We say the poor are disinherited      master while the worker is a
            cial Dividend?                   when, in fact, they are denied       slave. Tell the worker that he
            The  amount  of  the  Social            their inheritance.            is an heir and the parasite will
        Dividend should be decided by                                             convince him that he is listen-
        society, since it is a gift from society to its members.   ing to a utopian troublemaker disrupting morale.
            This  kind  of  distributive  economy  should  be    A system which exists for the profit of a few in-
        sun-filled compared to today’s system. It should be   dividuals and the enslavement of nations will not
        abundant just as modern production is abundant.      acknowledge the true heritage and great assets be-
        An  amount  would  be  distributed  to  each  person   queathed by previous generations to the current
        that was capable of meeting life’s basic needs. The   one. Social Credit, which has no respect for the
        Social Dividend would increase at the rate progress   parasitic idols and their high priests, recognizes the
        increased — while leaving a reward to those who      existence of this heritage and the rights of its heirs.
        participate in the work which transforms our com-    23. How will Social Credit recognize the rights of
        mon capital.                                             heirs?
        20. Why is this distributive economy not clamoured       Social Credit will distribute the income from this
            for with greater insistence?                     heritage to all members of society through a Social
            It  has  a  history  of  being  ignored  or  misunder-  Dividend. This is a true dividend since it corresponds
        stood. Mankind has been mesmerized by a Jansen-      to profits. A company which makes financial profits
        ist economic philosophy sustained by financial pow-  distributes them among its shareholders.
        ers who wish to maintain control over others.        24. Is this not socialism or communism?
        21. We often hear that man must earn a living by “the    There is not a speck of socialism or communism
            sweat of his brow”. Why should there be such a   in this theory. Industry and property remain private-
            paradox?                                         ly owned. Owners continue to benefit from the value
            Even if goods are overflowing, there is a finan-  of their property. Private capital that is well-invested
        cial system that is false and absurd. It tells lies that   continues to bring in an honest return. Workers con-
        are in total opposition to the facts, and which con-  tinue receiving their wages.
        sequently makes debtors out of heirs.                    But heirs will draw an income from their herit-
        22. Can you give us examples of some “absurd situa-   age.  Everyone, whether  young or old,  wealthy  or
            tions”?                                          poor, employed or not, sick or in good health has a
                                                             right to a Social Dividend.
            A pioneer in northern Canada begins to clear
                                                                 This heritage belongs to everyone. If you distrib-
        2 Jansenism was a theological movement, primarily in   ute it to some and not to others you are favouring
        France, that emphasized original sin, human depravity, the   one heir over another. If you do not distribute it to
        necessity of divine grace and predestination…Through the   anyone, you are enabling the population’s glaring
        17th and into the 18th centuries, Jansenism was a distinct   needs to remain unmet and for production to be
        movement away from the Catholic Church (www.wikipe-  wasted.

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