The Only Cure for the Trust Evil


As for the ethical side, there is no cure but in an increasing scorn of unfair play—an increasing sense that a thing won by breaking the rules of the game is not worth the winning. When the business man who fights to secure special privileges, to crowd his competitor off the track by other than fair competitive methods, receives the same summary, disdainful ostracism by his fellows that the doctor or lawyer who is “unprofessional,” the athlete who abuses the rules, receive, we shall have gone a long way toward making commerce a fit pursuit for our young men.

——Ida M. Tarbell, quoted in The Craftsman (edited by Gustav Stickley), April, 1908.