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What happens then?
Well, nothing happens until large numbers of men join forces for the avowed purpose of ignoring the law, and taking what they want by force.
THEN COMES THE DICTATOR, WITH WELL ORGANIZED FIRING SQUADS
AND MACHINE GUNS!
We have not yet reached that stage in America! But we have heard all we want to
know about how the system works. Perhaps we hal1 be fortunate enough not to
demand personal knowledge of so gruesome a reality. Doubtless we shall prefer
to continue with our
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF DEED, and FREEDOM TO RENDER
USEFUL SERVICE IN RETURN FOR RICHES.
The practice, by Government ofﬁcials of extending to men and women the privilege of raiding the public treasury in return for votes, sometimes results in election, but as night follows day, the ﬁnal payoff comes; when every penny wrongfully used, must be repaid with compound interest on compound interest. If those
who make the grab are not forced to repay, the burden falls on their children, and
their children’s children, “even unto the third and fourth generations.” There is no
way to avoid the debt. Men can, and sometimes do, form themselves into groups
for the purpose of crowding wages up, and working hours down. There is a point
beyond which they cannot go. It is the point at which the LAW OF ECONOMICS
steps in, and the sheriff gets both the employer and the employees.
For six years, from 1929, to 1935, the people of America, both rich and poor,
barely missed seeing the Old Man Economics hand over to the sheriff all the businesses, and industries and banks. It was not a pretty sight! It did not increase our
respect for mob psychology through which men cast reason to the winds and start
trying to GET without GIVING.
We who went through those six discouraging years, when FEAR WAS IN THE
SADDLE, AND FAITH WAS ON THE GROUND, cannot forget how ruthlessly the
LAW OF ECONOMICS exacted its toll from both rich and poor, weak and strong,
old and young. We shall not wish to go through another such experience.
126 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH These observations are not founded upon short-time experience. They are the
result of twenty-ﬁve years of careful analysis of the methods of both the most successful and the most unsuccessful men America has known. 127 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 8
DECISION: THE MASTERY OF PROCRASTINATION
The Seventh Step toward Riches
ACCURATE analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that LACK OF DECISION was near the head of the list
of the 30 major causes of FAILURE. This is no mere statement of a theory-it
is a fact. PROCRASTINATION, the opposite of DECISION, is a common enemy
which practically every man must conquer.
You will have an opportunity to test your capacity to reach quick and deﬁnite
DECISIONS when you ﬁnish reading this book, and are ready to begin putting
into ACTION the principles which it describes.
Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond
the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of
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