Mobilizing our Ideas and Ideals
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 1 Feb 1951, p. 206-218
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Mobilizing our Ideas and Ideals

A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The decisions to be made by Canada and the United States in the months ahead to "determine whether we shall continue to advance toward or fall back from the positive goals which have made our two countries great." A general discussion follows, beginning with remarks under the heading "Our Common Beliefs and Goals." Facing the new crisis by mobilizing our ideas and ideals as well as our material resources. A response to the question "But what can any of us do to contribute to this essential mobilization?" An examination of "Our Material Resources" in terms of production capacity and manpower. Some estimates as published in the January issue of the "Harvard Business Review." Three major problems in achieving preparedness to meet Russian aggression, from the same review. A look at "Our 'Other Resources'." Sharpening our personal understanding of what our ideals are. The speaker's list of things which are "as typical of the United States as the hot dog." Briefly, they are" the right and opportunity of an individual to amount to something; taking a stand for a risk-taking, daring, venturesome climate on all fronts—territorial, economic, artistic, in medicine, and even in sports; the ideal and love of competition; sales and marketing techniques that have made possible a freedom to choose what we will or will not buy." The want of a positive kind of freedom. What can be done by groups with which the speaker is familiar: the businessmen and the universities. Concrete suggestions, with details, as to what these two groups can do. Programme details of the Harvard Business School and other departments at Harvard. Determining changes that should be made. New fields of endeavour; a "new frontier" which will be the means whereby our countries continue on the road toward their ideals.