April 27, 1935 - Editorial - The Price of Haste, by George Lorimer

The price of haste is the disappointment and the retardation of progress. This country needs, and has long needed, many economic and social reforms. The idea of an unchanging, permanently fixed order of society is false; if adhered to in policy, it would prove perilous. Nor is merely drifting along, without taking thought of the morrow and its different requirements, a safe course to pursue. But we cannot plan sensibly for the future, we cannot improve our economic and social system by a general continuous broadside of muckraking, by a series of costly and dubious experiments, and by hasty, ill-considered lurches into Socialism, which are just as likely to prove a species of governmental tyranny as of betterment.

Whatever the good intentions of the New Deal, it lacks the one priceless jewel known as consistency. It works frantically for both recovery and reform, and is in danger of losing both. It tries with the right hand to start recovery, and then, with the left hand, it proceeds just as effectively and almost with the appearance of deliberateness to block it. (pg. 22)

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