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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
Last Sunday afternoon Dr. Eliot said, among o'er things, "I remember that in speaking at a meeting under the auspices of the Central Labor Union in Faneuil Hall, when I used this expression 'joy in work' from all over the hall came a derisive guffaw. That was the state of mind of the labor union man 20 years ago, and he hasn't changed that mind since." He cannot change his mind without becoming a hypocrite.
Dr. Eliot cannot mean to be taken literally when he says, "He (the labor union man) still believes that there is no such thing as joy in work". Labor union men, like all other men, find joy in some forms of work, in creative work, in work that is the free expression of one's self. But labor union men, like all other men can never find joy in the dreadful monotony and machine-character of industry, in being "Nut 39" or "Nut 15" (expressive names attached to hundreds of laborers in Ford's factories in Detroit).
Our labor troubles will never be solved by pouring joy over modern industry. The reasons are these (1) There isn't and can't be any joy in modern industry as it is now conducted. Modern industry is antagonistic to human nature. (2) The seat of our labor troubles lies deeper than the neglect of the laborer to find joy in his work.
The most effective way of dealing with labor troubles is not to fear them or exhort the laborers to find joy in their work; but to regard them as symptomatic of grave psychological malad justments in our politico economic or dear, and then remove the causes of mal adjustment. CHAIF ANRGOPSKY '23 March 6. 1923.