November 2 2007

A Quote from Henry Ford

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? I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in the making, but shall draw its raw material largely from the annual products of the fields,? he declared.

?I am convinced that we shall be able to get out of the yearly crops most of the basic materials which we now get from forest and mine. We shall grow annually many if not most of the substances needed in manufacturing.

?When that day comes, and it is surely on the way, the farmer will not lack a market and the worker will not lack a job. More people will live in the country. The present unnatural condition will be naturally balanced again. Chemistry will reunite agriculture and industry. They were allowed to get too far apart and the world has suffered by the separation.? -- Henry Ford (1934)

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November 19th, 2007 at 1:02 AM

Mickey Bitsko

Visionary? Legendary figure? The man was a virulent racist, anti-immigrant and anti-semite of the worst type! The nazi gave the fellow its top civilian medal. Read your history!

November 19th, 2007 at 1:50 AM


Mickey, Good to know. I had no idea about his beliefs other than what I learned in grade school... about his introduction of assembly line systems to the fledgling auto industry et al. I'll read up on him sometime. If what you say is true then that is a really sad statement about a giant in the history of american industrialism... but I am not all that surprised... many of the industrial elite had opinions I definitely don't condone or agree with... That said I think the posted statement is rather interesting coming from one of the first auto execs. He is essentially talking about renewable energy and the balance of industrial life with agrarian society. Maybe I read into it what I want to hear... Cheers.

November 19th, 2007 at 2:06 AM


Also... now just the quote exists which can be read for what it is worth... thanks for bringing history to my attention...