THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD. i8
growth deserves the wise assistance and not the indifference or curses of the public.
The people often have had to wait long years for benefits which might have been secured at once. Instead of the older methods we propose
THE RECEPTUM. It is one function of the receptor and the cultist, acting in connection with the officers proper for each case, to receive, examine, and prove all proposed measures, inventions, or discoveries which may affect the public welfare, and to formulate these so that the presiding officers shall duly submit them to a vote of the people for acceptance or rejection.
The receptum is therefore a division in the department of culture. Its working can be easily understood. In order to fill their general duties these two officers must keep themselves familiar with the progress of science, art and invention. They must be trained in critical judgment and in the methods of testing in science. Let us suppose a case. In some town a member makes a scientific discovery. He works it out to the best of his ability. Then he goes to the cultist and receptor in that town and lays the discovery before them with its proofs and the steps he has taken in making it. The receptor calls in the scientist, for the case will require his kind of knowledge and judgment. Together they examine the discovery with its process and the validity of its evidence. They may, perchance, detect vital defects in the reasoning and thus show the discoverer that his work is yet incomplete, or inconclusive. Or, they may approve it in every part. In the latter case they would prepare a statement of it for submission to a popular vote.