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toaster, which cost but a few dollars, the apartment is cleaned with a vacuum
sweeper that is run by electricity. Hot &nd cold water is available, at all times, in
the kitchen and the bathroom. The food is kept cool in a refrigerator that is run
by electricity. The wife curls her hair, washes her clothes and irons them with
easily operated electrical equipment, on power obtained by sticking a plug in the 118 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH wall. The husband shaves with an electric shaver, and they receive entertainment
from all over the world, twenty four hours a day, if they want it, without cost, by
merely turning the dial of their radio. There are other conveniences in this apartment, but the foregoing list will give a fair idea of some of the concrete evidences
of the freedom we, of America, enjoy. (And this is neither political nor economic
c. CLOTHING. Anywhere in the United States, the woman of average clothing
requirements can dress very comfortably and neatly for less than $200.00 a year,
and the average man can dress for the same, or less.
Only the three basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter have been mentioned. The average American citizen has other privileges and advantages available in return for modest effort, not exceeding eight hours per day of labor. Among
these is the privilege of automobile transportation, with which one can go and
come at will, at very small cost.
The average American has security of property rights not found in any other country in the world. He can place his surplus money in a bank with the assurance
that his government will protect it, and make good to him if the bank fails. If an
American citizen wants to travel from one state to another he needs no passport,
no one’s permission. He may go when he pleases, and return at will. Moreover, he
may travel by train, private automobile, bus, airplane, or ship, as his pocketbook
permits. In Germany, Russia, Italy, and most of the other European and Oriental
countries, the people cannot travel with so much freedom, and at so little cost. THE “MIRACLE” THAT HAS PROVIDED THESE BLESSINGS
We often hear politicians proclaiming the freedom of America, when they solicit
votes, but seldom do they take the time or devote sufﬁcient effort to the analysis of the source or nature of this “freedom.” Having no axe to grind, no grudge
to express, no ulterior motives to be carried out, I have the privilege of going
into a frank analysis of that mysterious, abstract, greatly misunderstood “SOMETHING” which gives to every citizen of America more blessings, more opportunities to accumulate wealth, more freedom of every nature, than may be found in
any other country.
I have the right to analyze the source and nature of this UNSEEN POWER, because I know, and have known for more than a quarter of a century, many of the
men who organized that power, and many who are now responsible for its maintenance. The name of this mysterious benefactor of mankind is CAPITAL! 119 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RIC...
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- Spring '12