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HY are you opposed to a labor party? Should tician to "shoot off his mouth” the next time he

not the workers use all and every means runs for office about what a wonderful friend he to fight the capitalists?_G. H.

has been to the “poor but honest working people"

who elected him. If to the above adjectives he would We are opposed to agitation for a labor party,

add the word “simple” he would then have a comor for any other political party of whatever name,

bination that's hard to beat. Any workingman who because we do not believe in fooling the workers.

will waste his time and effort to put some glibThey are being fooled enough as it is, by the mouth

tongued politician into a nice, fat job protecting pieces of the exploiting class, so we believe in laying

the bosses' interests, must indeed be possessed of off of it. Let us tell our fellow workers the true

great simplicity of heart—and mind. conditions of things that they are up against, and,

By trying to get representatives elected to adknowing the truth, sooner or later they will fight

ministrative positions the workers are not using one their way out of the morass of capitalism by the use

of several means to fight the capitalists: They are of direct economic action.

merely squandering and misdirecting their energies Now, the truth is that the workers in all capitalist

and fooling themselves in the bargain. countries are living under the dictatorship of the

But some of our political action friends might master class. This class maintains itself in power

say to us: Your arguments are “fine and dandy" as through various agencies, one of them being the

far as they go, but they do not apply to us, since electoral system. The governmental machinery of

we do not take part in election campaigns because all capitalist countries is so constructed that it ope

we expect to accomplish anything through our electrates to one end, and to one end only_namely, to

ed representatives, but because that offers us a way perpetuate the ruling class in power. It makes no

to get in touch with the masses, to educate them. difference under what name one might be sent to

Now, that is "the bunk”-par excellence. If that the state legislature or to Congress, it makes no

is all they intend to do, then where does the necesdifference whether he be called a republican, de

sity of a political party come in? Why take part mocrat, socialist, laborite, or what not, the result

in election campaigns at all? The I. W. W. carries in every case will be the same: That representative

on an educational campaign that never ceases,—it will be a cog in a machine which, while it continues to exist, will be used for the purpose of keeping speakers, hold entertainments, conducts study

publishes newspapers and pamphlets, sends out the workers in subjection.

classes, and we have yet to hear that it has sufferEverybody who knows anything at all knows that

ed any qualms of conscience for having done all none of our law-making or law-enforcing bodies

these things without being incorporated as a poever did anything for the working class nor will they

litical party. ever do anything. If by an accident they have passed any laws that benefit the man who works for a living, those laws remain a dead letter if the workers

Why does not the Industrial Workers of the World

make an effort to affiliate with the farmers? do not have the economic power to back them up.

L. S. M. Witness all the eight-hour laws in the United States, almost every state has passed one at one time or an- Because to organize the farmers is not the object other in its history, yet what good are they? Why, or the function of this organization. The I. W. W. no good at all—every school boy knows this. If

is a labor union which organizes wage workers any class of workers in any industry want the eight

and wage workers only. When we take into conhour day they have to fight to get it, and after they sideration that there are over twenty million indushave got it they have to fight like the devil to keep trial workers who work for wages, we will realize it-eight-hour law or no eight-hour law.

that the I. W. W. has a big enough job on its hands, Every state has on its statute books dozens of without making an effort to organize, or affiliate laws passed ostensively in the interests of the with, the farmers. The farmers are being forced "horny-handed sons of toil," but the only earthly into the ranks of the wage earners at the rate of use they have ever been to anybody is that they hundreds of thousands every year, and as they beoffer an excuse for some blatant labor-faking poli-. come acclimated to their changed condition they


will gradually assume the outlook of the industrial paradise, and they waxed fat and fatter from drinkproletariat, and will see the necessity of industrial ing so much beer and scattering so much sunshine. unionism.

In those by-gone days a mere handful of twelve

hundred Germans dispatched themselves every year Do you believe that all human beings have de

to the happy hunting grounds. scended from the monkeys?—Portland Shorty.

But while they were having such a good time and We believe that men have evolved from the lower

scattering so much sunshine, capitalism was getting

in its deadly work,— with what awful consequences, animals, but why all the blame should be put on the

we all know. And the end is not yet. Last year monkeys is beyond us. We can think of some bipeds who navigate around in this dusty vale of sweat and

sixty thousand Germans committed suicide, an intears who would promptly be disowned by any self

crease of five thousand per cent over the prewar

rate. respecting monkey. Think of those specimens of

From being the proverbial stout man the the so-called human race who never bat an eye-lid

German of today is the leanest and skinniest of when asked by some oily parasite to work ten,

all human beings. His standard of living has sunk twelve, or fourteen hours per day for about one

below the poverty level; all his wealth is in the

hands of a dozen industrial magnates. He has proven tenth of what they actually produce. There is not the shadow of a doubt that these individuals could

conclusively that optimism does not pay. If we lull

ourselves to sleep just because temporarily living trace their descent straight back to the mule fam

conditions are not as bad as they might be, the ily. Good thing mules don't understand our lingo, since even they might resent being linked up in any

wily and unscrupulous imperialistic capitalist is sure

to steal a march on us and leave us in the lurch way with some of the human work animals that

when we are least prepared for it. make a hell on earth for their fellow workers who believe in leaving some of the work undone so the master class would have something to do when the

Is it true that the American Federation of Labor time comes for them to put on overalls.

is losing members?--J. S. Then again, there are the moonshine guzzlers,

Yes, during the past year the federation lost close the Peruna and hair tonic fiends, and the wise boys

to eight hundred thousand members. During the who can tell bad hootch from "good whiskey.” They

preceding year it lost almost as many. If this keeps think that it is the height of cleverness to ex- up there won't be much left of it five or ten years change six or seven weeks' wages for a big head, from now. and then to take the first job they come across for

It is only natural that the federation should lose half the "going wages.” This is the breed of animals

in membership. With the advance of the machine who love to wallow in dirt, physical, moral and

process skilled labor is fast being displaced by unspiritual. They don't like to fight the boss for the

skilled or semi-skilled labor, and craft unions, being better things of life because they have an inborn

protective societies for skilled workers, or, in other antipathy to clean living quarters, good grub, good words, job trusts, tend to go out of existence when clothes, or anything else that is even remotely asso

they no longer have a function to perform. When ciated with cleanliness and manliness. Specimens

an unskilled man after a few days of practice can belonging to this species of sub-human beings have

operate a machine just as efficiently, as a machinist been investigated by various biologists and anthro

who has spent four years learning his trade, how is pologists, and it is the consensus of opinion among

it possible for a machinists’ protective society to these scientists that they are lineal descendants from the swine family.

conserve that job for its members exclusively? When that cannot be done the reason for the

machinist continuing his membership in the job Why are you radicals always so pessimistic? Don't

trust ceases to exist. The same applies to most of you think this world would be much better off if

the other trades as well. we were to spread more sunshine and optimism?

Under the present methods of production the only Violet L.

form of unionism that has a chance to grow is inWe are inclined to be pessimistic now because dustrial unionism. The craft unions are doomed. we believe it is so much better for the health to be An effort is being made to prolong their life by a pessimist with a full bread basket than with an “boring from within” tactics and by attempts at empty one—at least while there is still a running amalgamation, that is, welding the various craft chance to keep it replenished two or three times unions together to the end of transforming them a day. If by being pessimistic now we learn to into industrial unions, but, unless the lessons of prepare to take care of ourselves in the future, we all history are to be reversed, that move also is will be ten jumps ahead of the game.

foredoomed to failure. Thinking that the craft Look at the Germans: Before the war they were unions, which for so many years have served as the most optimistic people on earth; they had plenty instruments in the hands of the capitalists to divide of work, plenty of lager, and they loved so dearly and disorganize the workers, can be turned into their Kaiser and their Gott. The thought never genuine industrial labor unions is the same as imagentered their heads that they were living in a fool's ining that the capitalist state can be transformed

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cities? The central heating idea is in operation in Toledo, Ohio, and from all accounts it has worked out successfully there.

Central heating is one of the big economic values to be expected when the workers shall have reached the point of establishing industrial democracy.

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into a proletarian state. The idea is ridiculous on the face of it.

This does not mean, of course, that those of us who belong to craft unions should not carry on agitation for radical ideas among the other members. The craft unionist is as a rule just as ignorant of how capitalism operates and of the manner in which he is exploited, and just as little amenable to the great concept of working class solidarity, as is the unorganized worker.

Let us do all we can to set his rusty thinking wheels in motion,—at least until we get kicked out by the big-bellied agents of capitalism who are in control of practically all the craft unions in the United States. But let us not be foolish enough to be carried away by the vain idea that these protective societies can ever be transformed into genuine industrial unions.


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Waste Fires Burn on Every Hand

NY one who has a sense of thrift in his nature A be be seen at the tail-end of every sawmill in the Northwest. One remembers that for tive years and more there has been a fuel famine in the East, while all Europe is suffering for substance with which to heat its homes and turn its industrial wheels.

Constantly the waste-fires burn at the mills. The owners call it necessary waste; they say that transportation of this wood would cost too much to do anything else with it except burn it up; they say there are not enough cars.

Meanwhile, prices for fuel are high in the cities, in keeping with the cost of everything that people eat and wear and utilize in their daily lives. Why could not all this waste wood from the mill be used as fuel for great central heating plants for the

The world's life hangs in your right hand,
Your strong right hand,
Your skilled right hand.
You hold the whole world in your hand,

See to it what you do.
Or dark or light
Or wrong or right,

The world is made by you.
Then rise as you never rose before,
Nor hoped before
Nor dared before,
And show as was never shown before

The power that lies in you.
Stand all as one-
See Justice done;

Believe and dare and do.

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Preamble of the Industrial Workers of the World

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system.

We find that the centering of management of the industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted agairis another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day's wage for a fair day's work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abolition of the wage system."

It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for the every-day struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.

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Industrial Union No. 450, I. W. W.

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