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How Freedom?

From The American Horologist magazine, January 1942

How Freedom?

How can freedom be acquired? By force? No. By knowledge and the proper application of scientific knowledge.


This applies to wars, to personal desires and business.


You and I are interested in our Government's safety; in our personal safety; in freedom from any and all exactations, which may include personal or freedom from financial obligations. How this freedom; how can I better serve my Government, self and family?


The answer is extremely simple and certainly possible. "Better and more complete knowledge of my profession."


How to acquire it? Use the National's Group Educational program.
It is available to you individually if your guild is not utilizing this educational program. Just write to the National office or this paper and full details will be sent at once. There are no obligations.


"Seek knowledge and acquire freedom."


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