Unit 13: Industrial Democracy

League for Industrial Democracy 1932 Poster

Unit 13 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Modern
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Civilization
American
Literature
A Doll’s House – by Henrik Ibsen

Socialist Party of America

Unit Description

“In the early days of the development of industry, the employer and capital investor were frequently one. Daily contact was had between him and his employees, who were his friends and neighbors…Because of the proportions which modern industry has attained, employers and employees are too often strangers to each other…Personal relations can be revived only through adequate representation of the employees. Representation is a principle which is fundamentally just and vital to the successful conduct of industry…It is not consistent for us as Americans to demand democracy in government and practice autocracy in industry…With the developments what they are in industry today, there is sure to come a progressive evolution from aristocratic single control, whether by capital, labor, or the state, to democratic, cooperative control by all three.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • Scripture addresses the Christian’s Responsibility to Government.
    • Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. — Romans 13:1-7
  • Scripture teaches that workers should be appropriately paid.
    • For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” — I Timothy 5:18
  • Scripture teaches that employees have a responsibility to their employers.
    • Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. — Ephesians 6:5 8

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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky