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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.

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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 the management of 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 against 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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Amnesty By Christmas
California, Beautiful and Damned
Nailing Christ To The Cross Again.
Hypocritical California
Centralia Conspiracy
Apples
Out Where The Oregon Rolls
Steinmetz: A Genius Who Was A Friend of Labor
Fairy Wand of The Ages
I. W. W. In Convention Assembled
Modern Industrialism
Boss Florists' Industrial Union
Wreck of The Silk Special
Revolution In The Air
A Farmer Sees America First
Situation in Germany
Retrenchment In Hollywood
Russia, Europe's Savior
Conveyor Makes Shoe Worker Appendage
The Lynching of Bud Williams
Winter In Working Class Families
Workers Education: Now Or For Future ?..
As Pioneer Readers See Things
Last Letters of Joe Hill
War and Christmas
A Worker's Wanderings
Gompers And Deportation
Christmas In Cleveland

.Louis Bartha

Neil Gordon

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Published Monthly, $2.00 a year; Canada, $2.25; other countries, $2.50.
Bundle Rate: 10 for $1.20; 20 for $2.40; 100 for $12.00—non-returnable.

14 cents per copy-returnable.
Published by the General Executive Board of the
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD

1001 West Madison Street, Chicago, U. S. A.

Entered as second-class matter April 23, 1923, at the post office at Chicago, Illinois,

under the Act of March 3, 1879.

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Drawn by M. T. Callaghan

"PEACE ON EARTH" IS THIS THE 1923 INTERPRETATION OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT?

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Let The Cry Ring Out from Coast to Coast, from the Lakes to the Gulf!

All Factions, Liberals And Radicals Alike, Join In Demand That Jails Be Opened And Men Set Free Who Dared To Stand For Free Speech And Industrial Democracy.

Sunday, December 23, is Day Set for Giant Demonstrations All Over the Country. Arrange One For Your Section. Makelt A Rousing One! Begin Arrangements Now!

UHE General Defense Committee of the IWW has issued the following proclamation:

Well into their seventh year of unjust imprisonment our members in federal prisons have failed to win from the government authorities that consideration which has been extended to conscienceless profiteers who grafted upon the government, the spies of other governments, and malefactors who scuttled ships, wrecked warehouses and blew up munitions factories. Evidently, the government holds crime to be less offensive than the holding of opinions that do not accord with those who control it. Senator Pepper of Pennsylvania, one of the ac

Erion knowledged legal authorities in the United States,

IS THIS TO BE THE STORY OF expressed the opinion openly to the late President

FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA? Harding that the conviction of the IWW prisoners was not warranted by the evidence. He urged their these men release from cells in which they should unconditional release as a matter of legal justice never have been incarcerated. without any humanitarian considerations whatever. Fellow Workers, wherever you are, try to get in He spoke as a lawyer, not as a man.

touch with persons of influence in labor unions, civ. More than ever, then, does it become our duty to ic and religious organizations, women's clubs and stir the consciences of the people of the United

fraternal societies. Endeavor to have them arrange States, in whose name the President becomes a party for meetings of protest against the inactivity of to the legal crime committed by withholding from the government authorities in the cases of these in

nocent victims of wartime passions and prejudices, who have suffered the tortures of a prison bell for seven years.

Have resolutions demanding the release of these prisoners by Xmas passed. Only if, and when the nation resolves to wipe away this stain upon the reputation of a country that stands preeminently for freedom of opinion will the rulers of the United States attempt to repair this crime which has robbed these honest men of seven useful years.

These men are our fellow workers. They were condemned to living deaths for us. They must be freed. Let us say so with no uncertain voice on Amnesty Day-Sunday, December 23rd. Write in

for literature. STILL IN THE DARK AGES

GENERAL DEFENSE COMMITTEE, -Fitzpatrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

1001 W. Madison Street.

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