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Industrial Conspiracies

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Author: Clarence Darrow
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,162 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.7
LoC Category: HD
Downloads: 610
Added to site: 2009.12.22 26086
Genre: Essays

The earth is moving, the universe is working, all the laws of creation are working toward justice, toward a better humanity, toward a higher ideal, toward a time when men will be brothers the world over.

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have the keys. Their business has been to build them and to fill them.

There have been other industrial conspiracies, however, which are the ones that interest me most, and it is about these and what you can do about them and what you can't do about them that I wish to talk tonight.

The real industrial conspiracies are by the other fellow. It is strange that the people who have no property have been guilty of all of the industrial conspiracies, and the people who own all the earth have not been guilty of any industrial conspiracy. It is like our criminal law. Nearly all the laws are made to protect property; nearly all the crimes are crimes against property, and yet only the poor go to jail. That is, all the people in our jail have committed crimes against property, and yet they have not got a cent. The people outside have so much property they don't know what to do with it, and they have committed no crime against property. So with the industrial conspiracies, those who are not in trade or comm

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Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
C. Alan Loewen

Clarence Seward Darrow (1857 1938) was a celebrated American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb (1924) and defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes Trial (1925).

This book is actually a transcript of a speech given before a crowd in Portland, Oregon on September 10, 1912 and is a denunciation of capitalists, judges, the Supreme Court, and the clergy (one gets the impression Darrow didn't like a lot of people), and a call for the abolishing of the U.S. Constitution: "It needs abolishing worse than anything else."

Why? Because Darrow believes it was put together by men who were mostly farmers and knew nothing about industry and the future social changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution.

Darrow uses a lot of sarcasm in his speeches and they do not translate well through the written word. This reviewer has no idea what he thought of Theodore Roosevelt and it is unclear if Darrow liked the man and his progressive policies ore was merely being sarcastic.



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