Unemployment and Hope

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IT is certainly a hopeful sign to find in NATURE of Feb. 15, p. 225, the interesting article under this heading by Mr. W. G. Linn Cass, ending with the plea that originality and freshness of view in this old question were never in the history of the world more or more urgently needed than now. I trust it may not fall on deaf ears, for in my experience, hitherto, scientific men have shown themselves in this question perhaps rather more bigoted and intolerant than can be wholly accounted for by their natural conservatism. Possibly it is a suppressed consciousness of guilt, for, after all, unemployment or leisure, two ways of stating essentially the same condition, is the most natural as it is the inevitable consequence of their achievements.

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