Give Plants to Warriors

The shock-absorbent members of San Francisco's famed Commonwealth Club* heard last week one of the most radical ideas in all their oral history. The speaker was Secretary of the Interior Harold LeClare Ickes. His subject: "America's Postwar Frontier."

Secretary Ickes asked himself: What should the U.S. do with the $15,500,000,000 worth of Government-owned war plants? He answered: turn them over to the veterans of World War II to own and operate. Smoothly, Secretary Ickes explained that "we can confidently look forward to postwar chaos" if the plants are "throttled by monopoly," not kept in operation. Then:

"I know of no better...