Materially connected with the conditions as they exist now, is my book bearing the title, "Banking and Currency and The Money Trust," published 1918, in which is the following prefatory statement:
The market prices of commodities vary from day to day and often°several times a day. This occurs when there is no radical difference in the proportion of supply and the natural demands. This fact is conclusive proof that our system is controlled by manipulators and is fundamentally wrong. I have sought to elucidate this problem within this volume and have suggested a plan which, if adopted, would make the people themselves master of the world, instead of the present master - The Money Trust.
What I predicted in the book above referred to is now taking place. The "press" controlled by"big business" at the time of the publication of that book, attacked me savagely for predicting dire results from the "big business" system. We now have what I then sold we would have. I make no claim to magic knowledge. On the contrary, any attempt to say what the future will bring, I maintain would be a folly unless it is based upon facts that inevitably lead to certain things. There are facts that do that, and it is upon such facts that I published that book, and now again publish this new book, widening the scope of consideration by taking additional subjects. The former book is cloth bound, has 318 pages, and will be sent loan address postage prepaid for $1.00. Its contents are as important now as when written, and immensely more interesting because of the subsequent developments.
All that I ask of readers of this book is that they give it hospitable consideration. We of this particular time now-have the most important economic problems that were ever actively presented to be solved. To a greater extent than ever before, the world presents the failure in some respects of the existing civilization. Failure must be acknowledged as a fact. No one can question that the old order of things is what has run US "OH the track," and that a new plan of things must be worked out.
I believe that I am as patriotic as any one. To be that implies bias in favor of my own country. I admit that I look upon the United States as the best, but that does not preclude me, a sovereign citizen from looking the truth in the face and objecting to many things that take place, if I believe them wrong. I realize also, that to depart from the ordinary practices of enthusing over some things that we have habitually enthused on, and that in addition to that failure, to state truths about certain things that are practiced by a certain "inner circle," invites unfeeling criticism to be heaped upon me by those who defend what herein I shall assail. Let that be whatever it may be, this little volume presents facts and arguments on things as they are.