July 8, 1933 - Editorial - Tempora Mutantur, by George Lorimer

Today we are in a period of transition - a period of change from the old American individualism to one of Government supervision and control.

In spite of all that has been charged against it - much of it justly - the standards of the old individualism had been steadily rising for a generation past. In spite of the fact it had no single leader like Roosevelt, to whom Congress and a large part of the public looked as to Moses, business did not lack many men who were real leaders in their fields. Their standards were higher than those prevailing and they were steadily making their ideas and ideals felt. Conspicuously among them was the late publisher of this weekly, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, who, his fellow publishers agree, pioneered better practices, sounder standards and fairer dealing in his field. When he started in business, he had little capital besides a New England conscience and a determination to succeed in life by clean and honest methods.

Mr. Curtis and his contemporaries in many other fields of business were gradually bringing about higher standards by both example and precept. Recently the bad in business has been on trial and the good ignored. (pg. 22)

Comment: The Latin term "Tempora Mutantur," as Lorimer was using it here, basically meant that the system of individualism had proven to be a temporary thing, and that it was now being removed and replaced by a system of governmental control and supervision.

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