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8:45 - Federal control of competition - Rolf H. [Kielland]

Thursday, December 10, 1931

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

NOTE: Speaker listed as "Rolf H. Kelland".

Part of a series in which civil servants and officials explain the purpose and challenges faced by their office. Rolf H. Kielland, "attorney in charge of the New York branch office of the Federal Trade Commission under the auspices of the Federal Business Association on the subject of Federal control of unfair competition." This particular segment is on consumer protection, monopolies, and barter and sale regulations.

Kielland cites Theodore Roosevelt in the closing of his statement: “In his annual message to Congress on December 5th, 1905, President Roosevelt closed with the following statements pertaining to the nation’s businesses, statements that are probably as pertinent today as they were then: ‘Business success, whether for the individual or the nation is a good thing only so far as it is accompanied by and develops a high standard of conduct, honor, integrity, [and] civic courage. The kind of business prosperity which blunts the standard of honor, that puts an inordinate value on mere wealth and makes a man ruthless and conscienceless in trade and weak in cardinal citizenship is not a good thing but a very bad thing for the nation. This government stands for manhood first and business only as an adjunct of manhood.’”

Host Bert Dixon gives a complete WNYC Station ID.


WNYC archives id: 73708

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