The wrong track

- Yg. 1926, No. 3 -

The carnival time is in the suit. In Cologne, in Munich, but also elsewhere, consciences start to beat again. Can you do that? , , ? At a time when. , , ? Balls, Redouten, Flirt and Suff - besides unemployment, suicide and hunger edema?

Actually you shouldn't. But you do it anyway. And because one does not dare to honestly admit that one is too weak to do without the familiar, or that the suffering of others does not hurt if one is careful enough to avoid it or to close one's eyes a little - so one invents excuses. For example in Gmünd. There a meeting at the town hall dealt with the question of whether one should not do without the planned costume balls this year. “After a lively discussion, it was decided to hold the balls on a modest scale, with the main consideration being given to the business world. If it were not held, some representatives of the local business community noted that not only the landlords would be affected, but primarily the tailoring trade, where a temporary layoff of around 50 tailors would have been expected for the next two months. "

God, how socially felt! After all, I must be a barbarian, so that every time I read something like this something turns around in my body. It is probably my economic conscience that simply does not want it down, that you should drink beer, so that the innkeepers and brewers do not get bored, smoke cigarettes, write postcards, wear hats, silk stockings or ball costumes, so that so many employees and workers in the concerned Industry can continue to be employed. Is consumption because of the producers or rather the other way around, the hell? Can I argue that this stupid economic system that we have can not put its workers where they are needed? That you z. B. not used today for the construction of homes, but for the production of dental, shoe, health, sanity and other means of destruction?

The 50 dressmakers who were threatened with the sacrifice of costume balls in Gmünd would have their hands full sewing clothes for ragged poor proletarian women if they could buy clothes. They could buy if their husbands were not unemployed. Her husbands would not be unemployed if Gmünd built the 500 apartments, which are undoubtedly missing there. Gmünd could build these apartments if there was enough money. Money would be available if it were not wasted by the Reich, the provinces, the municipalities and private households for any luxuries like the Reichsmarine, Neckar canal, sweetheart and costume balls.

In his writings, Walther Rathenau, in addition to all other inefficiencies, has uncovered in detail the fundamental evil of our private capitalist economy in the wrong direction of the entire production process. Of the half-dozen economics ministers who hold office in Germany, no one will think of it for a long time.

And if someone would come up and even try to act on it? Then he would quickly sawed off.

1926, 3 Sch.