On Readjustment: Government & Business

Governor and Mrs. Coolidge at Plymouth Rock in 1920, after weathering the very difficult year of 1919.

“The question of industrial readjustment is how to get the government out of, and private enterprise into, business. They cannot coexist. Industrial conditions cannot be half natural and half artificial. We must choose between self government and socialism. All that is needed is the application of the principle that the people of America are able to warm, feed, clothe, and govern themselves. Let the business of the people be done by the people.”

— Governor Calvin Coolidge, a statement for The Christian Herald, New York City, March 7, 1919

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