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 First Yesr No. 8
VANCOUVER,  B.   C.,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1919
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la 0^ By mall    4^* Smsia. Tin
ordat*     Oi, par laau*    ���V   ;��.ple�� tl ��� .
Civilization is synonymous with
human slavery.
The civilized period began with the
birth of slavery and that accursed infamy still remains as the cornerstone
which the entire superstructure
of civilization rests. ��
���    a    a
Upon the one hand stands the class
' masters and exploiters; the ruling
class that governs the workers that it
may rob them of the fruits^ of their
labor, and rob them because it governs
them. 'j*+
W   'ihf^r    *'"'"��""-'*
Upon the other hand the working
class, the producers of all wealth,
driven like galley slaves to their tasks
by the lash of necessity, and plundered
#&**,.     By B. T. XINGSIiEY
powerful factor in deepening the ignor-
cnce of human kind, through such
dissemination of falsehoods and such
appeals to prejudice as are well calculated to awaken to activity the baser
passions of mankind.
a * *
Government is the very citadel and
sole bulwark of class rule and power;
ii is the gun held at the breast of
the victim while the robber goes
through his pockets; it is supreme
master of the field of industry from
which is gathered the rich plunder
that constitutes the boasted Wealth and
power of the class that how as truly
rales and % robs the slaves as did the
(battel slave masters and feudal lords
?f. old.
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VVr thousands of years the toilers
of the world have been thus ruled and
robbed, first as chattels, then as serfs
and now as wage slaves, by the self-
appointed rulers and ruffians who have
forced the shackles of servitude upon
them.
" *'    it   ...,*
Government Is now, as it always was,
the instrument of the ruling class, the
enginery of oppression and repression
whereby the rulers and robbers maintain their stranglehold.upon the workers and complete mastery over the products they bring forth.
���".*���';.*��� *  '
It is the sole means whereby masters
can retain their mastery, and slaves be
held in leash for that exploitation out
ot which alone can be built and maintained the empire of pomp, magnificence and vulgar ceremony so dear to
ilie ruling class heart and consoling to
the ruling class conscience.
' * ���;��:  *
With its  armies, navies, its police,
arliaments, and its official staff of
I -pigeons from the great
^rnen at the top to the lowest typs
tviee sneak at the bottom,
errifie powers of oppression, repres-
and persecution are made to reach
!\e uttermost parts ef the land, and
from which no individual or fireside
escape. . ' ;
>*' '*.   * '
With its absolute control of all legal
>f education and the dissemins-
of information; with its control
teans of communication such as
postal service, telegraph, cables, wire-
telephones, etc., it becomes a most
influence against the extension^
human   knowledge,   and   a most
hi* toil, because government is the instrument, the servant; the agent, the
orderly, the/ very * ^Roek of Ages" of
the ruling class, and without which it
would not and could not be.
'*'   *    *
There is nothing in common between
master and slave. There can be nothing
in common between, them. There is no
point wpott which they can agree without sacrificing and destroying the interest of cither one or the other. Their
irterests are diametrically opposed at
all times and under all circumstances.
The interest of the master is to hold
the slave in subjection and rob him;
the interest of the slave is to attain
his freedom from such robbery. And
there is no middle ground upon which
they can meet.
*    *    *
Civilization all down through the
ages has been but a thinly veiled civil
war during times of so-called peace,
and an open and unconcealed slaughter
ot slaves during times of war, the
grand culmination of,whisk occurred
during the last four or j0rve years in
the grandest slaughter of the kind for
the purpose of a ruling elas holiday
ever recorded.
���* *- .'*
Slave revolts there have been at intervals, during the civilized perisd,
right down to the, present time. .These
revolts have always been quelled by"
using loyal slaves to beat or shoot the
rebels either into .oblivion or submission. But out of the ruling elass fury
<4 the last four years, which resulted
in the daughter of millions of slaves^
there lies come a revolt that is not mere
rebel t ^evolution. The exploited
slaves of tba^, earth are rising for the
complete overthrow of the class that
hag for w long ruled and robbed them.
*    *    *
The last dynastic war has been
fought; the last sacrificial offering of
r.illions of slaves upon the altar of
ruling class-fury has been recorded,
The "class war is now on throughout
the earth. In Russia the blow has been
.truck and the capitalist and landlord
abolished. The peasants and workmen
rre bringing order out of the chaos
and misery that centuries of ruling
class plunder and rapine have brought
upon the land. The sorry remnants of
the o)d' brutal tyranny of class rule
and robbery, that are left upon Russian soil, are maintained only by the
bayonets of the western nations that
attempt to camouflage their worse than
Prussian autocracy by the flimsiest of
hypocrisy, and democratic pretense.
over the scene here upon this western
continent, affrighting the rulers by day
and haunting their dreams by night.
Never was there such alarm in the
dovecote of ruling class democracy before. . Never were the magieians of the
mouth so busily engaged in verbal efforts to forefend the evil threatening
the ruling elsss; never were the low
stool-pigeons of authority more zealous
in performing their nefarious task of
safeguarding the interests of their
masters and employers evesdroppiiig
and peeking through keyholes. Neve?
Mas the noble art of lying snd the
spreading of falsehood brought to such
a high state of efftjsiency, as has now
been attained by, the paid liars of the
press, pulpit and platform of capitalism, .fo^lbe eminently worthy purpose
of  making  the   criminal   ruling  class
OW    '|*if_ V��'jfaliif Kill-
In Germany the same revolutionary
uprising against tin* regime of slavery
and plunder is slowly but surely forging on to victory. The capitalist and
landlord robbers are doomed to extinction, as forces of plunder snd
i opine. The slaves will come into their
own no matter what the cost. "When
Prussian militarism went down it
pulled down, the entire estehlishment,
of exploitation, trade and commerce
that rested upon it, and the victorious
"Allies" nowystand aghast at the ruin
wrought, for by^the same token their
own precious establishments of similar
import are tottering/to^.destruction.
*    *    *
In all lands of Europe the ghost of
revolution is knocking at the. outer
gates and^there is fear and trembling
within the ruling class camp. The slaves
ore becoming restless and the rulers
hare no comforting medicine to soothe
fheirNxeitemcnt. They are making ever
more pressing demands upon their
masters and the masters find it ever
moro*rr*d,,mi>r<. impossihl^to^pni,*:....
The ruling 'class esUbUsfmient of the
entire world has been well high
wree'-ed by the fury and blast of the
bloody and destructive storm of war,
a war thet brought to a swift, culmiris*
tion all of the possibilities of Impotence*
for any other purpose than that of
slaughter and devastation of a civilisation based upon the exploitation and
torture of slaves by masters. It brought
clearly to the-vision of millions just
what such a civilization really is, as
well as the sole function and purpose
tf governments ef a ruling class, a
function expressed only in repression,
slaughter and rapine.
'**���*
And the ghost of revolution hover*
of colors.
But it is ot no use., The ghost, like,
lianquo's, will "Usft down. The Mar
bought forth the N^m^e^-^-eapital-
ism, the ��� revolutionary proletariat of
aM lands. And nothing else could have
come out of it, for the working class,
the only uneful part of human society,
can no longer live under slavery. Its
exploitation has become so intense, the
efficiency of the mechanism of exploitation has become so great that neither
masters nor slaves can longer continue
it. The masters cannot dispose of the
products except by war and that forces
the entire establishment into irretrievable bankruptcy because war is nonproductive and capital cannot ���
Upon that which is solely destructive.
War thus hastens the end. The slave*
ennnot live-under perpetual war, because hV will in time exterminate them.
They can no longer exist tinder capitalism beeause it can no longer give
them employment and insure them sufficient remuneration to sustain themselves and families.,
During war, while working people
are killing each other by the thousands,
enpita'ists are patriotically piling! u>
wealth in figures, that is Orders upon
tbe future, beyond , the dreams of
avarice. They continue to exploit those-
who are not in uniform and they do it
with the same degree of cheerfulness
and aplomb that they feed the uniformed ones into the cannon's mouth.
| They go "over the top" in their par-
!ar lin��
in
line as gaily and with an in-
ne love of country, a* the soldier
the trenches gees "over the top**
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_ ... ���, ������������������
THE SUPERSTITION OP TRADE
FOR THOUSANDS of years the
more cunning rogues among human kind have preyed upon the ignorance   and   credulity   of   the   rest   by
frightening   them into   submission   to
their   nefarious   purposes   by   ghost
stories   and   weird   tales of avenging
gods whose wrath woiuld be inevitably
forthcoming if they refused to meekly
submit to being enslaved and robbed.
The old religious   hoax found   fruitful
soil in the general lack of understanding of the laws of nature and familiarity with the reasons for the thunder,
the lightning, avalanche and the storm.
And this hoary   old   superstition still
does valiant duty in holding counttess~
thousands of slaves m docility to their
masters and oblivious of their chains.
Civilization   is   based   upon ^lurnan
.slavery. The hjgh^the ciriliiS^t^fi the
morej:ojnjjlete and perfect the slavery.
That is why   western   civilization instinctively boasts of being the most advanced on earth. In spite of everything
that rulers and ruling/classes can do
to prevent it, knowledge   and understanding slowly gains headway among
the slaves. In time the old falsehoods
that have been devised for the purpose
of chloroforming   slaves into ?submis-
sion to the lash of mastery and exploitation, become worn more or less threadbare and no longer sufficiently cover
and camouflage the   naked and brutal
truth of slavery.   New   devices   must
needs be discovered to act as a blind
or disguise for the fundamental infamy
upon, which   our   present   civilization
rests^ or the slaves may get rebellious
and the perpetuity of the delightful regime be endangerd. No crime can be
made to appear as a virtue by being
camouflaged with the truth. Every .pretense offered in its justification must
of necessity be a swindle, a deceit, a
falsehood, indulged in for the especial
purpose of garbing   the crime   in the
habiliments of virtue; of making it appear as something the very opposite of
that which it actually is. The assumption) that an all-wise creator can and
does   sanction   this   civilization ' is to
directly charge such creator with being
the same sort of creature, with the same
brutal,! ruffianly   and   murderous   instincts as the mundane lords, rulers and
robbers who are the sole beneficiaries
of that civilization.
��� ��� ���
Another superstition that is as firmly
fixed in the minds of slaves as" the religious superstition was wont to be, is
the superstition of trade and commerce.
It is just now being touted for all it is
orth, not anly by the class in human
society that turns the swag it seizes
hrough the exploitation  of its  slaves*
finto the channels ��of its oiwn use, but
'also by thousands of the very slaves
^themselves from whom that plunder is
^rung. We are told that the very salvation of nations depends upon trade.
���Unless a   market   can   be   found   for
"our" surplus   production   "we"   will
perish. Specious arguments are offered
tJto demonstrate the/ advisability of each
individual specializing upon the production of some one thing and by selling
that, obtaining the money wherewith
to purchase everything else he needs.
This is repeatedly urged upon farmers
'and wherever the hornyhanded agriculturist or any other is weak enough to
follow the advice he finds himself ^hopelessly entangled n the net of exploitation from which he cannot escape. With
the workman of the city and mine it
is the same thing. Knowing how to do
but one   thing he   is completely   lost
once,the   conditions   of his   particular
!trade or occupation are such as to deny
;him sustenance. Instead of being in a
position to rely upon their own efforts
for sustenance, the same as any free,
animal, both the   farmer and   the city
slave find themselves the victims of a
world    system    of   exploitation    that
plunders them of that which they produce and depends upon trade and commerce to dispose of that ptoncje* with
sufficient rapidity   to enable   the exploiters to keep the delightful game of
skinning slaves running   continuously.
���i'A^^h.^--safety of the slaves depends
>iBolely ,upon the continuous  operation
of ihe $&me. When trade ami commerce
can no longer dispose of the plunder,
the game" slows dofyn and the slaves
are either out of a job, or ��Who| sell
their   products,   if   they   are   farmers, until trade, commerce and business
takes a more   favorable   turn.   When
things get bad; as they are at present
and   with   every   prospect   of getting
worse, the cry goes up from rulers and
their superstitious   victims,   that "we
must find new markets," "we must increase our foreign trade."   Some silly
persons even affirm that the'producers
suffer because "they have'produced too
much," when the fact is that they suffer because they have been robbed and
swindled   by    their    overlords    and
masters. No other sort of* fool among
all animal kind except the human one,
would for a moment starve because he
had produced too much food, and certainly none would look to a foreign or
any other kind of a market for the disposal of the things' that he had.-produced or gathered for himself. It takes
the human fool to play the fool business for all it is worth.
'.-���*���   *    *
No one lives by trade- and commerce, ^ll live, if they live at all, by
production. All the food, clothing, shelter and everything else that mankind
requires is brought forth by the labor
of human beings. When those who produce these things are compelled to produce them for others than themselves,
or are compelled to sell them into the
market, those producers are slaves.
That is all there ever was to human
slavery. Business, trade* commerce and
all that these entail, are merely incidental to the disposal of the plunder
taken from slaves by their rulers and
_���
exploiters, in such manner as to best
conserve the interests and purposes of
those rulers   and   exploiters.    Neither |
business,   trade   or   commerce���which
are    virtually    three   names   for  the4
same    thing ��� were     ever     devised
for the purpose of conserving the interests of producers of wealth.    And
they cannot conserve   such   interests.
They are incidental to "the robbery of
slaves by rulers and masters. And no
amount of camouflage   can make   the
crime of slavery upon which they are
predicated appear other than the crime
it is, except to those who will not see.
No country is fit for human habitation
Unless it can provide sustenance for its
inhabitants. That is as true in regard
to man as it is of any other animal.
And no animal but a slave will attempt
to live in a land or locality that does
not afford such sustenance. A country,
for instance, that is incapable of raising anything but sagebrush-and jack-
rabbits'is not fit for human habitation
not even if the human so living there
did attempt to keep himself by selling
jackrabbits in a foreign market. Under
salvery he may be driven to eke out
such, an existence, but only because he
is a slave and therefore denied the right
to live where soil and climatic conditions are suitable for human animals to
live. There is no more Valid reason jyhy
one person should gather food, etc., fof
another or others, while also depending
upon others to gather things for him,
than would be the case with any other
animal,   or   other   living   thing   for
that matter. Arid it is only under human slavery that such a thing is even
thinkable.'If is t!ie�� not only thinkable
but inevitable, and the slave pays the
bill and pays it dearly enough. In the
last analysis every one must furnish his
own market.   The more completely he
does that the nearer he is to the freedom of which poets   arid   sages have
sung and written   ever   since   slavery
came to curse the earth. But he will
have to get the superstition of trade
knocked out of him first, as well as
numerous other   equally    absurd arid
even grotesque conceptions.
I������ ;���_,*_--' ��__
is the verybreath of life to them. As!
to the "stag^rinj^claims*'that^are left;
against the incomes of some persons in
the future, is that not also true of all
capital, whether t be for the moment
represented by currency, stocks, bonds,?
Ip-liis, mortgages   and   investments  of
whatever.character? What is this stuff
if it be not a charge against the production of the future? It is true it may first
hit in many cases  what is commonly
termed income, but where does* that income come from in every case, except
from the producers of the wealth that
is created ? All   of the   so-called   "accumulated wealth"   of the*  world   is,
without exception, a charge against future production. It is all such a transparent joke that  it is an unsolvable
mystery how any one can either talk
or write about and at the same time
keep 8 straight face. And no one could
who was any more susceptible'to the
shafts   of humor   than   a Presbyterian
deacon.
ENOUGH OF MILTARISM!
It is by no means necessary to look
to the comic papers for real humor. I|
can be found aplenty in the columns of
any journal that makes pretense of sufficient financial knowledge to speak
with authority upon such matters as
debt and payment.' For instance, The
Nation, in dealing editorially with the
cost of the late war and the obligations
that are to be met in con sequence,, says:
"The war destroyed a large proportion
oT the accumulated wealth of Europe,
and in addition created staggering
claims against the incomes of the belligerent peoples." It would be quite interesting to know just what the "accumulated wealth of Europe" that was
destroyed consisted of. Perhaps it consisted of* the slaves who were killed;
hut if that be the case out authority
need not worry* for that sort "accumulates" itself and it will not be long until
all loss will be made good. From the
looks of the industrial situation it ap-
been a loss on account: of the killing,
the contrary result ,had been attained,
able that it is impossible for the masters
to find'work for them, although work
__A campaign has been launched in the
United States against the whole American court-martial system, under which
conscientious objectors have been subjected to torture and cruelties reminiscent of mediaeval times. The efforts of
The New York World to secure the
abolition of the system has met with
great support. At, Forts Riley,, Leavenworth and Jay the torturers have been
dragged into the light of day and two
officers have beeri dismissed from the
army b'y Secretary  Baker, .for "undue
*������*���  ,. * .��,��� -*<*1___H
severity.   Is it not time to investigate
the cruelties in Canadian military.prisons? Only recently it was a frequent
sight in Halifax to see soldiers, manacled, compelled to walk up and down
before the public. We have drawn attention to alleged cruelties at Niagara
Camp and Rurwash Prison. It is the
duty of ,the government to sift Jthese accusations and to review the whole system of martial law in Canada. ��� The
Statesman, Toronto.
 ���a- , ���
STANDmO QUERY OF BOLSHEVIK
.Allied  troops in   Germany   having,
been instructed to arrest all Bolsheviks,
there ensued great debate as to h$w
the Bolshevik was to be known when
met with.
Some opined that he was a hairy
animal with a red shirt. But an, officer
explained that there was an even
simpler method of making certain.
'You will soon know a Bolshevik," he
said, "he, will likely ask you 'what
are you fighting for?'"
WHY NOT KEEP HANDS OFF?
SAN FRANCISCO, March IS.-The
Allies' position in Siberia is a hopeless
one and nothing short of 1,000,000 men
will whip the Bolsheviki, according to
Capt. Herbert B. Holme of the Canadian Red Cross today upon his arrival
on the Tenyo Marti from Vladivostok.
"The Bolsheviki are fighting us like
the American Indians of early d;
said Capt. Holme "An Allied battalion
rides through a town. Peasants come
out of their houses and watch us ride
by. Half an hour later those peasants
have armed themselves and are'attacking: us in force from the rear,' *
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LABOUR
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HOW THE SOLDIER
SAW THE WAR
NOW that the fighting has ceased,
it is possible to consider with
something of detachment events of the
last four years. We can throw the mind
back to the early days, to the opinions
that were then held, and see how far
they have been justified. On the cause
of the war and its process it is vain to
dwell. They are so involved that it will
take two generations to unravel them.
They provide opportunity for little
save conjecture; but on one point we
can speak with a knowledge that is
denied posterity, and that���the psychology of war.
For in what has it been urged that
this war differs so greatly from every
preceding war? Surely Hi that it was
a war of righteousaess. "Not for pas-
sion or power," clean-handed we went
into the contest, The whole nation was
aflame "with ideals. In the great need
we had proved ourselves worthy of our
high destiny. This has been the constant theme of politicians; it has inspired the   facile   enthusiasms   of the
press, and the thundering invective of
the pulpit.  Through  the, light of this
rhetoric the spirit of war glimmered like
some rose-red revelation of the Grail,
a universal panacea,  the cure  for  all
mortal ills. "Purged through fire," "Or-
Heai by battle," a nation that has found
its soul, these have been the catchwords
and yet how false, how patiently false!
Doubtless,'the civilian felt as he spoke
at tot the fignting- man^thfe war has
as every other war. It has opened
to him no sudden influx of ideals; instead of bringing him face to face with
reality, which is another word for the
spiritual conception  of things, it has
-coarsened him,  making  him  consider
human life as a thing of little value. His
daily work has been placed on the lowest and most elemental level, he has
lived from day to day, satisfied as long
as he had food to eat and a bed to
sleep upon/We have seers countless pictures glorifying this routine of filth and
squalor, we have been told that the inner flame rises superior to the external
and incidental surroundings. But that is
exactly what has not happened. Soldier
after soldier has. felt Jhe soul-tide  of
him   being   gradually   immersed,   his
susceptibilities   have   been   deadened.
Henri Barbusse in the one honest piece
of fictipn this war has produced, draws
with an immense sympathy the moral
and intellectual degradation of battle.
Individuals Politicians   may
talk of the ideals at stake but to the
iheir fine phrases are without
pink,  but  soon
U die,
And still the war  goes  on,  he don't
know v
in that spirit that men have gone
!     eir death,   dazed   and   miserable,
nly of their own suffering,
irid" longing for the
urage sank to an habitual
jyard of danger; they came to sec,
as the ordinary course of things.
, They merely transported their old val-
nditions; they were
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PAGE THREE-
(of all- the first time a man goes into
battle he is horrified by what he sees.
Through the cold of a wet night he
stumbles along a ducl^board track, on
all sides of him are strewn signs of
conquest, broken dugouts, half-buried
guns, men. bits of men, horses. And
with morning comes the blind terror
of the barrage; the whistle and he
plunges forward, frightened and gasping, among the unburied dead. But he
will get used to it; sooner or later his
nerves will go, he will jump at the least
sound, will duck when an "Archie"
goes over, but that horror will pass. He
will look at the dead body casually, in
a cold-blooded sort of way, wondering
how long it took to die.
There is no sadder experience than
to stand at night a few hundred yards
in the wake of carnage. The landscape
presents its invariable sense of desolation, the very lights fling across it unreal, fictitious shadows. The brown
stretch of waterlogged shell-holes seems
unending, Among the scattered bodies
of the dead, dim figures are seen foraging the broken bodies, searching for
souvenirs, diving their hands, into
pockets, preying on carrion. They are
no longer shocked by* the conditions of
war, but are turning them to their own
advantage The scientific slaughter of
human beings has become the natural
setting for their daily life
And it is because the horror passes
so quickly, because the susceptibilities
are so swiftly deadened, that we have
so little literature and art that express
the soul of war, that hold up the mir-
ror to its immeasurable squalor. Mr.
Siegfried, Sassoon has written a few
vivid poems, Mr. C. R. W. Nevinsori
has painted several significant pictures
and some other artists have dealt faithfully with their material. The psychology of the soldier is still an untilled
field. And the courtly ministers and.
courtlier priests may still weave their
fine web of words round this world-
suffering. They can still talk of the men
who went to death laughing gaily. They
have never been undeceived. What
little war they have seen has been from
the safety of brigade headquarters. They
still believe that men went into action
aflame with the sense of a just cause,
their blessed banners flapping against
the storm.
But war is afways~wa>r, and no collective emotion is strong enough to
support for very long the individual
who is sick for peace and home It has
always been the function of history to
cover over the crime of war with tales
L of chivalry and romance. The siege of
Troy comes down to us as a succession
of heroic contests. Save for Euripides
and his "Trojari Women," we hear
nothing of the sufferings of the individual soldier, of the weariness snd
nostalgia, of .the hunger for the white
cliffs of Ithaca.
We learn nothing from out experiences, that is the saddest message
history can bring us. A war is over in
which the youth of Europe has been
means as it was before Those "who
made the war, and those who continued the war, have seen nothing of
it. and the soldier, his susceptibilities
of it.
___ -BBJ
 l| ��� ���V 1...   ,1 ' vu.
titer*'was in 1914. ''The War of Righteousness/' "JFhe pride of dying in a
just cause^'^he Blessed Banners*'--
the.old catchwords, are being rolled
out; already the events of the last four
year? have begun to take their place
in the stately pageant of international
feuds, and already the way Is being
paved for another and more disastrous
contest. If only it were realized what
is the true effect of war upon those
participating in it, if only it were seen
how its conditions degrade and deaden
the spirit of the fighting man, if only
psychology of the soldier were understood! But it is still believed that the
armies fought for four years with an
undiminished eagerness, and that every
soldier was ennobled, by the knowledge
of the justness of his cause
We have yet to learn the lesson.���
Alec Waugh. in Tbe Nation, London,
���-. 1���,���~�� i   ,'    hi..,.
On with the social revolution!
.'���.*. ���    ���    ���
What Labor in "Canada needs immediately is more "business agents"
ta the> legislatures.
���    * ���    '
The Irish problem, like the world-
workers' problem, can but be settled
by the Irish themselves.
* *     it    . \
Workers should remember that "gov-
ernment" is the revolutionists'-^-after
they have won. Moral: Always win.
* *    *
A working class Organized industrially alone is only half organized.
It must pay more attention to political
action.
The world's workers are now to be
let starve because they have produced
too much wealth. Here's hoping they
will refuse to do so.
V *    *    *
Slowly but surely the workers are
realizing    that    hi    wealth    production for use, instead of profit, lies the
solution of their problem.
���*, *   *
During the period of the war, Canada was advanced J79,OOO,OO0^by ^he
Imperial Government. Some "promise
ro pay" that! Mosf of the amount,.it
can safely be presumed, went to create
those 135 new millionaires.
* *    *
The   solttRFRr'".' 'widow*   in   Canada
would probably prefer ready cash to
the value of the proposed "crosses of
sacrifice." And riot as the recipients ,
of charity, either, but as a slight "com-1
pensation for losses sustained.
it    *    *
All the Russian news coming to the
local daily press comes from a London,
England, news agency, owned and controlled by British capitalists. Hence
the whiehly. Ask the printer. He
knows.
*,   *    ���*
If the B. C. government would do
for the workers what the C P. R. did
for Shaughnessy Heights it would-be
possible for large numbers to provide
for themselves on lands adjacent to
Greater Vancouver.
- i * ''.*'    *
had to assume control of the G. T. P.
why not "acquire" the C. P. R., and
make it unanimous? The s_me administrative machinery could handle the
whole as easily as a part, and a great"
-That "nationalisation" reconstrue-
tion programme, said to be due in the
Old Country, covering coal mines snd
railways, is still hanging fire. -Why not
hiake similar action unanimous ths
world over about May lstt
* ���  * ���".' jpf -
The returned men.' too, are 'rapidly'
learning that' the way to get things
is to demand them. That old- "and-
your-petitionel���8-will-ever-pray,, stuff
ha? gone into the discard. Even the B.C.
Federation of Labor, now in session St,
Calgary, has apparently taken a tumble.
* *    *
The B. C. Federation of Labor has
decided, in convention last week, to
seek no more legislation at Victoria
but will rely on using its own power
to enforce the result of its own decisions. The membership generally, it is
presumed, will affiliate with the Federated Labor Party politically.
* * '   *
The Chicago food, speculators, ably
assisted by the governments of both
Canada and the United States, hope to
maintain or increase present prices by
Arranging for the exportation of ths
"surplus" to the. "poor" in Europe.
Good old Democracy! What an Old
lag you are, to be sure.
* *    *
i
Ontario will initiate a provincial
movement for the suppression and*
cure ot venereal diseases and for ths
education of young and old in regara .
���to. it. JJP*t" should assist Major (Dr.)
Skeltftosh at Victoria in his agitation
along! similar lines. It is a move btthj
propejr direction. Better to teach the
yonng to know themselves than to
figure out ..the rent, interest and profit
on a given number of "promises to
pay."
* *    *   ���
And now th- Russian Dolshcvifct
government is going to drop leaflets
over Great Britain. Aircraft is to be
uaed for the purpose. While literary
bombs will -not be so terrifically destructive of life and porperty as those
once dropped by the hated "Huns,'!
it is safe to say that they will spread
greater terror among the rulers and
ii.asters of the slaves who therein do
attempt to escape starvation.
"COME ON 'VERMILLION' RED"
In reporting the proceedings of the
B. C. Federation of Labor now in convention at Calgary^ the hash-writer has
credited some of the delegates from this
city with making some weird admissions. Thus; Delegate Pritcbard declared that he belonged to a school of
thought which was prepared to readjust
its methods and to use every means
available to attain its objects. Sirifee the
appearance in the Vancouver Trades
and Labor Council of those who held
such views the policy of that body had
changed from a pale pink to vermilion
red,
"Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
And foolish notions;
What airs in speech and gait wad leaje
us,
And e'en devotion!*' PAGE FOUR
./
THE   LABOR   STAB
CAN'T} CRT AHEAD
ft   OF THE GAME
(By L St Woodsworth)
"I^^tTi^'-aUmost everything but do
my best I can't get ahead of the game."
So declared one of the workers as he
reviewed his years of effort and failure In that brief se-stcnce be summed up not merely his own experiences
but the experience of the great majority
'of the working class.
In this country the idea that every
man has a chance, that if a man fails
it is his owja-fault, has been so instilled
into us, that if we fail at one thing we
try again, and yet again. The man who
has failed on a little ranch up country
finds a job in the city; the man who
has failed in a trade often is induced
to see if he cannot become independent
as a farmer. Of course a few individuals are fortunate and are able'to-rise,
out of their class. But the class remains
down perhaps lower down because of
this rise Slowly it is being borne in
upon the workers that something is
fundamentally wrong���that whichever
%*way they turn they are faced 4>y a system which bars their progress.'
�� Some of the workers are addicted to
drink. Some grumble, ,some ate lasy,
but the most careful students confess
that individual failing accounts for"a
>^S��ety finall proportion of our social
evils.
Take the question, vof unemployment
which is again becoming serious. The
majority of men are not ioTe^bfcause
they will not work, but because-they
cannot get work.
uler present conditions a man is
really barred from work. He would like
to farm, but he finds that farm" lands
anywhere near the railroad are claimed
as private. If he buys machinery he
mortgages-, his crop to the machine mari.
When he sells his produce the railroad
Charges him all" that the traffic will
bear-���thai is up to the point at which
if they went further the man would
throw up the farm. So our farmer finds
himself up against a powerful and re^
lentless system. He has, of course, a
certain margin to work on, and by dint
of hard work and good management,
may get a. bit ahead. But this is becoming increasinglydifficult. i
Suppose our man wants to cut timber
Again he is barred. The timber limits
are controlled by the big corporations.
He may perhaps lease a few acres.
Again rentals and interest and transportation charges. So with mining.
If he resorts even to the most primitive manner of obtaining a livlihood���
hunting and fishing, he will find that
he is debarred by a license and closed
seasons and all sorts of regulations
nicely adjusted to enable him simply
to eke out an exi stence.
If he would attempt to go info iriod-
ern industry he finds himself helpless
without capital. He is in competition
with unlimited capital. Suppose he tries
to start in a small way, say, to make
shoes, he soon finds that he is deficient even for the leather or wholesale
firms that will not sell to those outside
the trade or sell at rates that make it
impossible for him to compete with
larger firms. Then if "he should get the
shoes made he finds the markets so
controlled that be is helpless.
If he starts a little business he soon
finds he is little more than an agent
of the big concerns. The system is
every where Little wonder that the ordinary man can't get ahead of the game.
Yet this conclusion need not lead to
���hopeless despair. It may be the beginning of better things. We live in a
social age An age of social production.
We have not yet learned that social
production inevitably involves social
ownership and control. Private ownership of the world's limited national resources means monopoly. These natural
treasures must again be open to the
people Private ownership of the great
public franchises means that the people
are disfranchised. Public services must
be available for the welfare of the people, not as a source of private gain. It
is as hopeless for us as individuals to
fight a world organization, as it would
be for a savage armed only with bows
and arrows to fight an army with modern artillery. Individual action is an
anachronism. We must have united
action. We must organize. We must
control the system that crowds us back
and keeps us down. Then and only then
will the workers get ahead of the game.
 \ ; �� '' ,,i���:
THE CLASS WAR IS NOW OKI
'l_',iasW*'S. I *NsF*    ������"
(Continued from Page One)
for "liberty, democracy and the rights-
of small nations."
The interests of capitalists are alike
in all countries. Capital ia international.
The ousted capitalists and landlords of
Russia have the heartfelt sympathy of
all of their precious breed and ilk
throughout the world. They are all
blood, of the sanre blood, and flesh of
the same flesh. The' aid that is now
being given by the capitalist and landlord governments of western Europe
and this continent to the monarchist,
capitalist and landlord remnants of the
Czarist regime, affords ample proof of
the fact. Were it not for that aid and
support, by bayonets and munitions,
the peasants arid workers regime of
Russia would be swiftly completed
over the entire country and the bloodthirsty and rapacious remnants of, the
oJd tyranny would be swept intq
oblivion where they properly belong.
As capital is international, so is labor
international. The interests of labor
are identical all over the earth. The
workers are no less slaves in Britain,
France, Italy, Canada and the United
States, than they are in any other land,
in spite of the loud-mouthed asserya-
tions of "democracy" to the contrary
notwithstanding. No matter whether
they are exploited by capitalists of
their own race and tongue, or by aliens,
they are skinned to the quick with
equal contempt for their squeals. They
are as mercilessly ruled arid robbed by
their own countrymen as by any others!
*    *    *
An injury, to the workers of one land
is an injury to the workers of all lands.
A shot fired at the peasants and work
ers of Russia is a shot fired at the
working class of the world, no matter
if that shot be fired by a Canadian
tt orkingman in the king's uniform, or
r. renegade Russian workingman under
command of a Kolehak or other mon-1
;��t remnant who is struggling to j
reinstate the old regime!. All workers (on
are equally ^guilty in being used as
tools to crush their fellow slaves into
subjection, it matters not what uniform
they wear or whose orders they obey.
It is up to the workers of all other
lands, that is if they are worthy to
become men, to make imperative demands upon their precious governing
authorities to withdraw such troops as
they may have in Russia at once, and
leave the settlement of the internal
affairs of that country to those who
inhabit it. And the workers of all countries have upon occasion laid down
their tools for far less worthy put*
poses than for the enforcement of such
a demand.
��� 4t    *
��� It should not stop there. A similar
and equally emphatic demand should
be simultaneously made by the workers of all lands, that all troops should
be withdrawn from other countries immediately, arid that without exception.
A halt' should be. called at once -upon
ell such ruffianism as the occupation
of any country by the uniformed conscripts or volunteers of another.
* *      * aaVaa-
The elass wsr is oil, and all the talk
cf veroW magicians \ of reconciliation
ahorit bringing harmony and understanding to Capital and tabor is so
much moonshine. Oil and water cannot
mix. The elements of cohesion are not
there. Neither can the slave and his
master be reconciled. Their interests
are always in opposition, no matter
how much verbal oil may be poured
upon the troubled waters. It is wsr
to the knife and the knife to the hilt
between them. There can be no peace
until the slave is free, his shackles and
the authority of his erstwhile* master
thrown into the discard of oblivion,
never to be ressurected.
��� ��� * ,,>**, ^
The class war centres Around the
control of the state, the rulers to maintain it for the purpose of perpetuating
tr-eir rule and robbery of slaves; the
latter to gain control of it for the purpose of spiking its guns as against
the working class; and using its powers
to effect the transformation of civilization and society frpm slavery to freedom, WJth such transformation comr
pleted tmj state, as a repressive and coercive force, will die out, being resolyedi
merely into an adininistratiye process
of the common affairs of a free people,
ft people no longer exploited by rulers
and ruling classes.
��� ���    *
Let no misguided disciple Of "One
Big Union." or other similar conception, delude himself into fancying that
the hold of the\ ruling class can be
broken without first stripping from its
harids the control of that instrument
{the state) soiefar by means of which
if maintains its mastery over the working class and its products.
:':**;-. *��� .* '' '- ������>���-���
The class waeis on. Line up, oh ye
slaves, for the battle 1 Use the legal
weapon of the franchise where snd
when ye still possess it. Where you
have it riot, struggle to get it. If that
be denied you, then take whatever
weapons the o<"��a<ri*on may warrant and
eireumstanees pla^e within your reach/
��� ���*���    ���
'ar is now
10 per Cent. Off to All Soldiers
and Their Families
Removable
���an advanced type ef dental
work which pen-its you to remove a "bridge" at pleasure-
just as a dental plats is removed.
Keeping right abreast of the advance of dental scieriee I offer
expert serv'fye in this form of
work. Let me examine your teeth
-it is possible thst by the use
of the removable, bridge I may
be able to meet your ease better
than in any other way.
I will be glad to explain ths
"removsble bridge" and its
advantages to any parson in need
of bridgework. Feel perfectly
free to consult me.
Dr. Brett Anderson
CROWN AND  BRIDGE
SPECIALIST
602  Hastings Street West
COR. SETMOUR STREET
omce Open Tuesday and Friday
Evenings UmU 8:00 o'Clock
PHONE SEYMOUR JS31
Victory   Bonds   taken    in    exchange tor dental  work.
X-Ray Filths . taken ��� 10-year
guarantee given.
CASCADE   BEER
ONE OF THE FINEST TONICS:
Good for Health
Improves tits Appetite
CASCADE BEER
is produced   from   the   highest
grade    materials    procurablt
Cascade   is   a   UNION"   prod
from start to finish.
VANCOUVER BREWERIES
LIMITED
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