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Close Upon-tft&:'Heek of Its Supreme Trium
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Ruling Class
Civilization Plunges Into/ the Throes of Collapse and Ruin
''Whom the gods would destroy they
first make mad." Four years ago the
ruling elass of the world went violently
insane.    Its madness   and blind   fury*
contaminated   the   weak   intellects   of
those over whom its rule was exercised, I butchering,   maiming   and   destroying.
each other in swift procession across the
stage of current history, brings one to
the unalterable conclusion that, in its
madness, this ruling elass civilization
has driven the knife to its own heart
and is even now in the throes of final
dissolution.
*    *    *
i
That which has been pulled off in
Europe during the last four years, and
which waa participated in by the entire civilized wOrld, represents the. climax of all that is possible in a civilization based upon human slavery and that
is equipped with mechanical tools and
instruments of both exploitation   and
"murder. It afforded the most triumphant and convincing justification of
the beneficent role played by machinery
in human affairs. It waa a machine
war; the machine applied to mass murder and world devastation. And that
is not only the highest purpose* but the
' sole purpose to which the machine can
be applied in human, affairs. It is what
the so-called industrial development inevitably leads up to. And when that is
realised in all its' fullness, as during the
last four years, it spells the death of
any civilization based upon that so-
called industrialism. The machine itt
self is the dagger the ruling class drives
into the vitals of its own civilization in
its final suicide.
���J*    ';�� .   *
All the powers of the ruling class were
at once turned to the noble purpose of
war, from the moment of its outbreak.
The much-touted machinery of production from that moment performed no
other function   than   that   of  human
slaughter and devastation. And right
well it did its work. The good and welfare of men, women and children were
lost sight of in order to further the
w ain purpose, the noble   purpose   of
While, the respective sides to the'valiant
struggle were zealously trying to destroy each other, little did they think
that they were really destroying the
slave civilization of which they were a
part and their loyalty to which had
never been questioned. This was due
to the fact that they did not knowr that
they were mad. They" did not know
that "the gods" had thus prepared
them for the job in hand.
and whole nations became as mad as
their rulers. The earth was made hideous with the deluge of blood that followed. The fair landscape was smeared
v ith human flesh and entrails and blasted and burned with the fire and fury
of a man-made hell. Of all the mad
orgies of a centuries-old slave civilization, #iis Was by far the greatest, the
grandest, the most overwhelmingly magnificent spectacle of ruling class power
and glory, that was ever staged in all
history*
*    *    *
. This outburst of madness, of insane
fury, was interpreted by some who were
perhaps not so blind as the average, as
eing the prelude to the final dissolu-
of this civilization that is baaed
upon the enslavement and torture of the
wealth producers of the earth. It was
the preliminary act to the suicide of
that civilization. * It was its own unconscious act of self-destruction. That was
the prediction and the interpretation.
And now even the most cursory glance . ,.,.���.
at world events jw they are followin^d*^"* <i,as8' m the Processes of murder
motion aaraM'thTP*'.*** factory method, brings no profit
No sooner was the armistice signed
than signs of distress began to appear
all along the economic horizon. Everything having been turned to the noble
art of killing and devastating by
machinery, lo and behold, oncp tit^e,killing stopped somehow or other tbe-J.
machinery that had now become accustomed to turn only for war purposes
did no longer fit the purposes of peace.
And besides this so peace is yet assured
in spite of the fact of the armistice. As
the operation of the machinery of the
to its owners, its long continued operation for such purpose brings inevitable
bankruptcy. In fact the four years
struggle has practically bankrupted all
the nations that participated to any ex-
| tent in it War being ended, or at least
the wholesale killing being temporarily
stopped, there is no longer any call for
such intense activity in industry as was
the ease before the armistice. Hence
there is a swift and drastic slowing
down in all Knes of production, as practically all lines were, in some manner
or other, made a part of the war process.
* x*r    *   ��-.
There is now a huge unemployed problem pressing upon every-country'of the
earth. The chief ruling class industry,
war, being for the moment closed down,
and the efforts of the past few years
having brought all of the participants
in this'delightful business to the verge
of bankruptcy, small wonder that there
is "a most pronounced stagnation in business all along the line. The labor situation is bad in all lands. It is beconsMg
worse as rapidly as the armies are demobilized and the men sent home.
Strikes, riots and turbulence are in evidence and increasing around all industrial centres. Little or no news cornea
through the press dispatches regarding
what is going on in the European countries, bnt Ire know just enough about
'Conditions there to be sure they are even
\worse than with us. The big strikes now
on in the British Isles give some indication of the general unrest prevailing
and unrest comes only from economic
causes.
V The machinery of capitalism can no
longer be used in such a manner as to
satisfy the requirements of humankind.
The capitalists, the rulers, are as powerless in the matter as the slaves themselves. Ruling class industrialism is not
designed for the purpose of producing
those things that are essential to the
comfort and sustenance of the working
people. It has been designed for the purpose of exploiting slaves and its prcj
ceases are carried on almost in their entirety for the production of those things
that possess a use value only for the
ruling class itself. And all of this production culminates in war and the appliances of war. Now that the grand
war has, been fought, the supreme culmination of a hundred centuries of class
rule, and the ruling class reduced to
both financial and intellectual bankruptcy, its industrial civilization, that
civilization which is based upon human
Flaycry,, ifj^jjrurobli^g to vuins. The
masters of industry,, the capitalists; cannot C'lpToy all of the slaves for the veiy
simple reason that it js no ?o"��rer possible to dispose of their products profitably. Glorious were the opportunities for
so doing while the war was on and right
nobly did every labor skimu-r of that
delectable ruling class rise to tht occasion. But now it is different Everything threatens to collapse. Markets are
no longer available since Mars, the
greatest customer ever, has taken a lay
off. And out of the confusion and chaos
into which class rule has thrown the
world rises the threatening form of
revolution. Things look serious in all
lands
*    *    *
In face of this world situation the rul-
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DAVID RICKS
���
President' of Vancouver local. Federated Labor Party;. vice-president
of the Trade* and Labor Congress of
Canada; a V. N. W. of A. organiser
in Vancouver Island District.
_���  /	
ing elass stands impotent and helplc
It knows no remedy but violence in any
case and violence will settle no problem
that now presents itself. The spokesmen
and so-called statesmen of the ruling
class babble like infante; its priestly
skypilots turn pious eyes heavenward
and mumble. sterotyped prayers; its
press scatters innuendos and falsehoods,
broadcast, while its editorial columns
reek with vacuity, and peace congress
delegates impersonate the activities of
frightened hens in a henhouse when
there is a skunk around the premises,
but each and all are as impotent .rid.
helpless as was good Mrs. Partington,
in combatting the tide with her broom.
They have nothing to offer wherewith
to put new life into the patient, for
they are each and all as intellectually
bankrupt, as stupidly blind to what is
happening in the world, and as stone-
deaf to the voice of history and progress
as the bargain-hunting, profit-chasing,
labor-skinning cj
cs and spol
have nothing to
nothing to offer.     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
*~~ ���   *���    *    ���
In view of the world situation and the
port the workers of Great Britain must
and will take in clearing it up, Mr.
Jiloyd George made the mistake of his
life in being elected for another term
of office. He will, not be a twelvemonth
older until he will be convinced of that
mistake. Perhaps fie is convinced of it
now. Mr. Wilson will not be a twelvemonth older before he will have lost
the tinsel gilding he now enjoys and
stan,d uncovered as an ordinary member
of the light-weight brigade of politirianay .
ot capitalism whose'mission is, unconsciously perhaps, to enliven the obsequies of a dying civilization by the profuse use of a ponderous phraseology
that is far more resonant than profound.
Whatever is done to bring order out of j
the chaos that a ruling class has brought, r
upon*the world; whatever may be done "
to rescue human society from the ruin.
wrought by ruling class industrialism
whose highest expression is war and
devastation, will be done, and can only
be done, by the revolutionary working;
cia:<s of all lands. The term revolution- '
vrv is used advisedly, for there is J"��
other method known to humanity than
th: t-of forcing its way along the path-
w."v of progress against all obstructions
tb.nt may be placed in its way. The
| whirlwind 6f revolution clears away the
rubbish of the old in order to make way
for the new structure to follow. Aa
Marx has Said, "force is the midwife
of progress." The revolution spells
force/the force Of a new, an oncoming
order Of society, against the old and
now obsolete order. Its triumph completes the obsequies of the old, in the-
present ease the civilization that:
suicided ������*^m*tim
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PAGE TWO
THE   LABOR   STAB
THURSDAY February   ���.   1*19
a.    i,    i      ,  '   ,  ' ��� ,   ��� ;   .,
The Present Russian Situation
IN SPITE of the tall lying of the capitalist press and the plat form acrobats of class rule and plunder, it is still
possible to visualize the situation in
Russia with, a reasonable degree of accuracy. One needs but read between the
lines of the press dispatches and to note
the recent action of the alleged peace
congress officials in regard to their
changed attitude towards the revolution, to be convinced that things are not
going altogether to the liking of the reactionary elements in Russian political
life. In spite of the oft repeated assertions of the press correspondents that
the Bolsheviki is losing its grip and its
total collapse is imminent, there is much
to show that the very contrary is the
case and that it is the reaction; the
counter revolution, that ia surely approaching its Waterloo. And there are
very good reasons for it. Russia has
never yet had a powerful capitalist class.
Her ruling class has been of the same
type as that, which has ruled Prussia,
namely a powerful landholding or
Junker class. It is a pure feudal survival. It should not be forgotten that so-
called freeing of the serfs in Russia took
place well within the memory of many
now living, and the freeing of the serf
did by no means free the means where-
for the purpose of breaking once and
for all the class rule and robbery thu
t as nude of the earth a shambles and its
history but a bloody crime for the last
ten thousand years.
*    *    *   L	
For more than a year have the workers and peasants of Russia, against all of
ihc opposition that it has been possible
to develop within that country and'in
spite of all the lying and misrepresentation, tbe scheming and conniving, the
shrieking and cursing of the entire
christian world outside, have steadfastly and honorably held the proud
position of being the advance guard in
the army of a world liberation from the
age long curse of slavery and its bloody
shambles of war. eternal war
In spite of the noisy lying of the prospective press of capitalism-it is but necessary to give a little thought to the
Russian problem and situation, to be
able to grasp the significance "of the fact
that the Bolsheviki has been abb to
maintain its command of the situation
snd gain strength as the days go by.
The only source of possible opposition
against the program of the workers and
peasants is the land barons who are dis-
<ua oy no mean* iree ��.e mwuu, ����^ j possessed of their holdings and power,
by the serf made his living. The I��ndJ$j��-��^oisie whoge factoryand trade
schemes of exploitation are nipped in the
stilt remained the property of the feu*
dal baron, the familiar "von" of Prussian Junker fame. Thus the serfs, though
nominally "frie," were just as completely at the mercy of the land baron
as before. They were just as brutally
driven and mercilessly exploited. Sooner
or later revolt against such conditions
must come. .And it did come in 1905,
right upon the heels of the war.with
Japan, ,
*    *    *
A tremendously large percentage of
the big landholders of Russia were Germans of the regular Prussian Junker
typeya type that for sheer brutality and
complete lack of all redeeming qualities
stands in a class by itself. These great
land barons held countless thousands of
acres of land, many individual holdings
running from 25,000 acres up. Among
the land barons of Russia proper, and
more especially the western part thereof, the German Junkers very largely
njprominated. The revolt of 1905 was
-ruthlessly crushed. Those who took part
in it were slaughtered without mercy.
Some escaped to other buds. Husbands
and fathers were butchered, their farms
(where they- had individual holdings
either in fee or leased) were burned and
their wives and children driven forth to
starve and die. Instances are recorded
where mothers, upon their knees .were
pleading that their belongings might be
spared in order that their, offspring
might not perish, were kicked to death
by the enraged Junkers themselves
while a brutal and servile soldiery murdered their husbands, fathers, brothers
and sons. And it is not a matter of record
that any ruling elass press of those days
went into hysterics over the "awful
atrocities" that were then being perpetrated in Russia. That press has saved
its hysterics for the day When the workers and peasants should successfully
rise against their brutal rulers and be
come masters of tbe situation. And in
Russia the revolution against this ruthless rule and robbery had to conic by
violence, for there was no other road.
The tcople had no political right"* Kc
other course was open to then than that
Of seising the first favorable opportunity
that offered and breaking the stranglehold of their feudal oppressors. Out ef
the late delightful scrap between antagonistic sections of the ruling class
arose the opportunity. Seized first by
the bourgeoisie of Russia for the purpose of satisfying its longings and realizing its "national aspirations," the opportunity subsequently passed over to
the workers and peasants who seized it
}4>ud, snd generals and similar cutthroats who find themselves with neither
armies nor other serious powers of mischief. As in numbers these three sections of the community cut an insignificant figure in comparison to the immense population of the Country, it is
(.uite easy to se why there is such a frantic demand by these worthy interests
for intervention by the entente allies
and other brigand nations of the outside
world No further evidence is required
to prove.that the Bolsheviki has the
overwhelming support of the Russian
people than the mere fact of this noisy
appeal for assistance by the reactionary
elements, the remaining monarchists,
the land barons, the bourgeoisie and the
generals without armies. If the reaction,
the counter revolution, had sufficient
strength within the country to justify
its existence, it would not he necessary
to cry for help from the outside.
The stories so noisily told about the
horrible atrocities being perpetrated in
Russia will be heavily discounted by all
who have read their history. It is not
a matter of record that slaves have ever
been guilty of an indulgence in atrocities except in case of intolerable provocation. When the brutalities of masters
have been pressed upon them for ages
and until endurance has, become no
longer possible they have at times
rascals who have tortured and oppressed
upon particularly brutal and obnoxious
rascale who have tortured and oppressed
them. But even at the worst the great
slave uprisings in history have never
been marked by a tithe of the atrocities
land brutalities that have been dealt out
I daily to slaves by the master Class. The
atrocities did come however when those
uprisings were suppressed For four
years Spartacus and his followers waged
open and honorable warfare against the
powers of Rome, in the effort to break
the chains of their slavery and regain
(heir freedom. When the power of Spartacus was broken the surrendering rem-
nsnte of his army were butchered to the
last man. Each side of the Appian Way
leading into Rome was for miles upon
miles lined with his soldiers nailed upon
crosses, as Christ was nailed to the cross
upon Calvary, the ignominious death
that was decreed to .slaves under f&e
Roman law. In 1848 the French drove
out King Louis Philippe and started a
republic. The bourgeoisie got tbe upper
hand and the workers revolted This revolt was crushed by the iron hand of
the military and the gutters of Paris
ran full with the blood of 60,000 workers killed In 1871 the workmen or Paris
took tout rol of that city in the name of
the Commune and called an election at
once ratifying their acta. The Commune
was drowned in the blood of the
Parisian workmen. The government
troops butchered^ 50,000 of them after
they had thrown up their hands in token
f of surrender. The total casualties suffered by the government forces during
that struggle amounted to less than
1,000. And the identical tales of atrocities were then spread throughout the
civilized world I��y the p���a& lud.oth^r
agencies of the ruling class that are now
being so persistently .peddled about the
atrocities of the Bolsheviki of Russia.
Only a few days since M, Pichon, a member of the French government shed
crocodile tears as large as doorknobs,
in the Chamber of Deputies at Paris,
because of the "awful atrocities" being
perpetrated by the Bolsheviki in Russia.
Had the consummate hypocrite even read
French history of quite recent times he
could have saved bis tears and also experienced the consolation that no matter
what the Russian Bolsheviki might accomplish in the way of atrocities it
���would not stand much of a chance of
taking the laurel leaf of accomplishment
away from his own dear France in that
particular line. For every act of atrocity
perpetrated by the Russian workers and
peasants during the present revolution
it is safe to assume that ten thousand
have been committed during the long
land baron either killed or chased out
of the country, the old regime butchered
its thousands and drove its millions to
Siberian exile and torture. Any complaints about atrocities upon the part
of slaves in the day of their revolt come
with ill grace from that section of human society whose entire history it that
of an atrocity, and the very breath of
life in whose nostrils is brutality, violence and crime. Of course we know
what constitutes the atrocity of which
the Russian workers and peasants' are
guilty. It is the stripping from the mon-
trchists, land barons and military ruffians their power to longer rule, rob,
murder and commit all other unmentionable atrocities upon these mudsills
of civilization who produce the wealth
of the world. That is the atrocity, and
there can be none greater. It is that
alone that causes the wail of anguish
to rise from the throats of the precious
souls who are thus losing their power
and privilege to rule and rob the rest
And what greater atrocity could be perpetrated upon them than that! And
what more natural than that those who
live and rule only by violence, brutality
and atrocity, should charge these who
| may oppose them with the self same
crimes and atrocious sets of which they
themselves are guilty! They whose creed
of life consists solely of violence, brutality and atrocious -conduct, cannot
well conceive of any other code of ethics
and logically must accuse others of indulging in the same crimes that constitute the very breath of life in their
own vulgar existence. Evidently they
a to instinctively realize that nothing
can be more atrocious and reprehensible
than to kill, torture and destroy, else
why do they accuse those who offend
by fastening or attempting to fasten
upon them these crimes f And yet it
solely by these crimes that they live
and have their being. It is solely by
dkjence, by enslavement and murder,
that they live and thrive. No wonder
they howl with anguish when their ethical and moral code is violated by an
uprising of their slave victims.
'.* !* ���' *
From a careful survey of the Russian
situation, as set forth through such
avenues of information and misinformation as are available, it clearly appears
that there is no opposition in Russia to
the Bolsheviki, that does not rest solely
upon Allied bayonets. There appears to
be no centres of reactionary or counter
revolutionary purpose outside of those
points that are held by British, French,
Japanese and American forces. Vladivostok, where the duly elected Soviet
officials were murdered by a foreign
soldiery and the reactionary element is
now held in power by their bayonets;
Omsk, where a monarchist general is
kept in power by British troops; Archangel, held for the reaction by British
snd American guns; Odessa, held by
French ruffians in uniform���these constitute practically all there is of the
much touted opposition to the Soviet
1'epublic of the workmen and peasants
of Russia. Internal peace will speedily
come to Russia if the impudent and unwarranted invasion of Russian soil by
foreign troops, upon mercenary purpose bent, is ended by the withdrawal
of such troops. With such withdrawal
the much tooted opposition of the
"constructive forces" of Russia will
disappear as the dew before the morning sun. The, real constructive force of
the country, the working class of Russia
will soon perfect that order that are so
patiently furthering now, against all tha
anarchy and confusion that, the baneful
and sinister interests and influences both
inside of the country and outside .are
persistently trying to stir up. And it
should be the emphatically expressed demand of all true democrats and all progressive organizations throughout the
earth, that all attempts from the outside
to crush the revolution be stopped at once
that all foreign troops be withdrawn
forthwith; that all restrictions to free
and bnital reign of the CzarsTFor e^eryi^ercourse and communication between
Russia and the rest of the world be removed, and the settlement of the internal
affairs of that land be left entirely to
those who inhabit it The action of the
Germans in invad'ng Belgium and forcing its people to broo\ such ��� rutal vid
impudent interference with their own affairs has been justly^ and widely condemned as the one suprjir.3 rriuu- of the
age. But it was neither jot nor tittle
more criminal, more reprehensible, more
execrable, nor more to be condemned
than the invasion for similar purpose of
Russian territory by the landed national
brigands of other lands. And ���hose nations that are guilty of participation in
such a base purpose need not point the
fnges of scorn at evert the wicked
'.'Hun" for the crimes that he has been,
guilty of, for they are individually and
collectively guilty of the same crimes,
and doubtless in every particular. As
they cannot come into covrr with clean
hands, their case should be thrown out:
Hands off Russia! Her workmen and
peasants will cleanse the Augean stables
snd make the tend a fit habitation for
free men and women. Hand? rft!
It is reported that a Very large number
of so-called enemy aliens have expressed
their willingness to return to their native
countries in Europe, if the Canadian
authorities will allow them to do so, and
they are willing to pay their own pas-
t>age. It is not to be wondered at that
they should be so minded in view of the
fact that at least some semblance of
democracy has been attained in these
countries front which they came, while
military service acts, press censorship,
the gagging and even breaking up of
public meetings, persecutions because of
nationality, war time election acts,
espionage acta, and many other similar
complete denials of democracy and evidences of a low ntandard of intelligence
are still prevalent upon this western
continent. No wonder these aliens want
to get out of it. And who can blame
them!
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The Star will specialize in bundle
orders, to be placed on sale at public
meetings by various labor organizations.
Order a bundle today���3 cents per copy.
Organize public meetings and sell
literature���then organize for election
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THURSDAY February ���. 4��1��
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THE   LABOR   STAR
PAGE THREE
��� "������"���' ' ""a i�����������   i   ii ���     iiln i*
Russia as Seen in New Role
I;T IS reported that the United States
and the Allies are Wsidering the
dispatch of a commission to Russia,
ostensibly for the purpose of obtaining
reliable information upon .which the
peace conference may base its action.
Two-of the members suggested are
widely, known as friends of, tile Soviet
Government. Now it is inconceivable
that the governments concerned do not
Inow slready all that they need to know
about Russia in order to make up their
minds. A very large amount of authentic information regarding that country
baa for a long time been available. In
addition to the confidential data which
government agents have ga'Iiercd, there
is a large volume of printed material of
great importance. The Russian official
documents, selections from which have
been published by The Nation, The Dial,
and other journals, are very numerous;
end there are also the Russian newspapers, significant extracts from which
have for months been regularly published by the British War Office. The
French Embassy in Russia has to ita
credit a long list of bulletins,, covering
the revolutionary period prepared for
the information of the French Foreign
Office. In addition, a number of very
important collections of Russian material, the property of Americans who
have returned from Russia, have been
confiscated by agents of the American
Government and held for months, obviously with full opportunity for detailed examination. If a commission is
row to be sent to Russia to ascertain
the facts about that country and its
people, it is far less because the Allied
and American Governments do not know
the facts than because they have refused
to act in accordance with them, and now
need a commission to camouflage their
guilt. a      !
The suggestion of such a commission,
however, is strikingly significant of the
new turn which the Russian situation
has taken. The plain fact of the matter,
apparently, is that the United States
and the' Allies need Russia, and that
they need it even more than Russia
needs them. They are very anxious to
have Russia seated with them at the
peace table, and to give it some kind of
a share in the proceedings. Having
treated Russia with aloofness and contempt for a year or more, they now very
much want her back in the family of
nations. Having misrepresented that
country, and lied about it, and clapped
the censorship upon it and persecuted
a considerable number of individuals
and news journals which Were trying
to tell the public the truth about it,
they are now, it would seem, desirous
of "learning the facte" and "getting
an unbiased opinion" in order to set
the, whole business right. That they
are really a good deal concerned about
the Ruadan situation is further evidenced���quite convincingly, one would
think���by the reports that the troops
which were sent into Russia to put
an end to Germsn influence, extricate
the hybrid forces of the Czecho-Slovaka
and relieve the Russian people from
the oppression of the Soviet Government and the Bolshevist party, are
now to be withdrawn.
a   *   *
The immediate incitement to this
change of heart is, no doubt, the
ominous spread of the world-wide
movement labelled Bolshevism. We
pointed out last week, in an editorial
on that subject, that -so-called Bolshevism owes but a part of its inspiration to the Russian Bolsheviki,
and that the movement itself is in
reality an extraordinary and violent
outbreaking of the long-time demand
of the masses everywhere for better
living conditions, and for an economic
system and a form of government
which the workers shall control. The
main incitement however, is not Bolshevism, but Russia itself. Hateful as
the results of the Russian revolution
have been to upholders of class control
in Western Europe snd the United
States, the obvious fact is that the
new Russia, in spite of the enormous
difficulties with which it has had to
contend at home and abroad, has
nevertheless succeeded in holding its
ground This stubborn fact the Allies,
apparently, have begun to realize. In
spite of their repeated insistence that
there was ncthir? to take hold of
in Russia, and tint the people of ihet
Lenighted country would be only too
glad to welcome a deliverer, they
seem at last to have perceived that
Russia is a weighty factor in world
politics, and that there will be no world
peace unless Russia is made a part
of it Russia, in other Words, is conquering a place for herself and her
peculiar institutions; and the dark
shadow of a Russianized Germany,
with the German and Russian peoples
united in spirit, if not in-terms, to
resist the Allies and spread their own
ideas throughout the world obscures
for the moment all other issues before
the peace conference. Only superficial
reading of the daily press is needed
to show that it is not Russia which
is proclaiming its anxiety, to have
the world think well of it,, or which
is seeking eagerly for recognition at
Paris. It is the Allies and the United
States that are anxiously seeking a
way to make their peace with Russia.
* * *
Recognition of some sort there will
of course eventually be, and whether
or not it follows upon the favorable
report of a commission or is due to
some other impetus will not greatly
matter. The sobering reflection, however, is that the future relations between Russia and the other powers
will be influenced far more by what
has preceded recognition than by recognition itself. The needs of Russia
ere admittedly veiy great. In the
oiganization of its novel political system, as well as in the development of
all the varied branches of its economic
and social life, it has still a long
distance to travel before the conditions
of an orderly and enlightened civilization shall have been generally attained.
The legitimate opportunities for trade
with other countries, and for the intellectual interchange which alone can
keep a people from becoming provincial, are boundless so far as Russia
is concerned. What Russia is likely
most to remember, however, and to
cherish with deepest resentment M
that in the time of its greatest trial
is received no help, In its tragic
struggle to realize the democracy to
which the statesmen of the western
world did obeisance, and to apply the
self-determination which the peoples
everywhere acclaimed, it met ,from
other nations only ridicule, denunciation and invasion. These are the things
and not an eleventh-hour recognition
grudgingly accorded, that are likely
to bulk largest in the Russian memory,
a    *    *
One cannot but wonder that the
United States, with its instinctive sympathy for free peoples and with the
lofty sentiments of President Wilson
ringing in its ears, should have been
so willing an agent in this great
calamity. One wonders, too, how long
the peace will stand with Russia in
this mood. A league of nations may
or may not come out of the deliberations at Paris; the old idea of balances
and alliances may be repudiated or
may prevail. What is necessary, however, if peace is to endure, is thst the
free peoples of the world shall work,
together In .comradeship, organizing
their national lives, to be sure, in such
manner as they shall severally prefer,
HOW SOVIET RUSSIA CONQUERED
GERMANY
[By John Reed]
Emissaries were sent out to visit
all the German prison camps hi, _ Russia and Siberia, and encourage the
formation of socialist organizations.
For this work there were men who
spoke German, Hungarian, Rumanian,
Polish, Yiddish, Turkish, . Croatian,
t'zecho-Slovak and Bulgarian. The response was immediate. In Moscow, for
example, 10,000 German and Austrian
prisoners organized along Bolshevik
lines and started active propaganda
among their countrymen. Newspapers
for the prisoners, started up all over
Russia and Siberia. The money was
furnished by the Soviet government
and  the  whole   work  was  controlled
b7 th.  bttmu of wip prisoners ��t-"^"'ifi^.'TV"4 T���T ,h*i
��m.-��, aa-aa*** of for**. ��-  SL*SS��J! & ����� " mmt
fa?rs. This work was so effective that
when prisoners were returned to Austria and Germany they were confined
for 30 days in "political quarantine
camps," fed and treated well, and
"educated" with government promises,
patriotic literature and majority social-
democratic  propaganda.
��� *    *
We immediately began publication
of a series of daily propaganda newspapers. The first of these was in German, Die Fackel (The Torch), issued in editions of half million a day,
and sent by special train to the central
army committees in, Minsk, Kiev, and
other cities, which, in turn, by special
automobiles, distributed them to different towns along the front, where a
regularly organized system of couriers
brought them to the front trenches for
distribution.
* *     it
During the daytime, at the official
fraternization points, bundles of the
papers were ostentatiously carried and
they were always confiscated by the
German officers. But at night the real
work of distribution began. In isolated
spots there were continually secret
meetings, at which the bundles of
propaganda literature, were put into
the hands of German soldiers. At
other points Russian soldiers buried
bundles of papers in places agreed
upon, where they were dug up by the
Germans.
���    .  -.>.���*       .        :
 W   ' '   '
HOW THE NEWS IS CENSORED
Fortunate indeed is the lot of he
who lives during these grand days
when it is only necessary to pick up
the daily paper to be fully informed
of all that is going on throughout
the length' and breadth of the earth.
It is not so very long ago that months
were required for the news of the happenings upon one continent to reach
the residents of another. But now,
owing to the marvellous development
of the modern means of communica-
tioliTiatiapt^every part of the known
world can be kept fully informed of
all that is happening daily in all other
parts thereof. The cable and the wireless has obliterated oceans;, the printing press and the linotype have tremendously increased .the printed age,
along with the world-Wide news
ing agencies that have sprung into ex
Hence, have made it an easy matter
to disseminate information widely
throughout the earth, thus keeping
each and all in close touch with events
aa they occur even in the remotest
quarters of the globe. All of which is
very nice as far as it goes, but there
is another aspect of the matter that
perchance escapes the notice of many
amongst us. While it is true that the
modern press and its news gathering
adjuncts is capable of widely spreading the news of the world, it is also
unhappily true that no more powerful
means for disseminating falsehood and
error has yet been devised by the cunning brain of the human rogue. The
press has been grandiloquently referred to as the "great molder of
public opinion/' but it should not,he
overlooked that public opinion may be.
quite as ��� readily molded by the dissemination of that Which is false aa
by' that which is true.
'���"' * ��� *.' *
It is doubtful whether the press of
any other land can outdo, or. even
keep abreast of that of Canada, in
tbe matter of downright lying, to say
nothing of leaser violations of the
truth. If there has been a word of
truth uttered by the capitalist press
in connection with the present war,
and more especially in regard to the
but holding always to mutual esteem
for the benefit of the common good.
For the attainment of such an international mind the treatment of Russia
has been indeed a sorry preparation.���
The Nation.
have gotten into its columns by accident rather than by intent. The very
highest achievements in lying have,
however, been reached in connection
with the reporting of Russian events
since the advent of the Bolsheviki
upon the revolutionary stage. Every
word of truth that has been uttered
about the Bolsheviki has crept in either
accidentally or surreptitiously, and, as
a rule, has either been suppressed as
soon as discovered by the censor, or
smothered under an avalanche of falsehood concocted in the editorial sanctum of the offending publication. No
more brazen lying was ever indulged
in by human beings than daily appears in the editorial and correspondence columns of the capitalist press
of this dominion. While the censorship at Ottawa has been blamed for
all of the stifling of the truth in regard to current happenings elsewhere,
and the associated press has been
loudly condemned for its part in it,
many things are occuring to lead to the
couch sion thst the chief offender in
the miserable busvress of spreading
falsehood broadcast, is the .daily paper
itself. This is perhaps done *
ing to instructions that have been _
by those interests which ��virtually own
and control these "great molders of
pnllic opinion." Whetner this bears
heavily upon the conscience of the
cheap prostitutes who are employed
to do such dirty work, deponent know-
eth not. It seems that whatever news
comes through, over the press wires,
that does not suit the fancy of the
interests involved; is cut out, no matter how valuable it might be to those
who constitute the readers of these
vile sheets. Only such matter is allowed to appear as will so color world
events as to suit the schemes of the.
rulers and further the purposes they
may have in view. No more baneful
influence exists in modern society then
the "kept press" of the ruling class.
Its mission is to mold public opinion
in the direction of the continuance of
the present regime of rule and robbery,
by the copious application of misrepresentation, deceit, falsehood, insinuation, and downright lying to the victims of the detestable game. And right
well does it fulfill its purpose ��� right
"' does ft earn its "thirty pieces of
silver."
A petition was presented to Premier
Uoyd George, the greatest "democrat"
in the world with one exception, on
January 3, asking for the release of
1.500 conscientious objectors to partici-
patir.g in military and naval butchery.
This petition was signed by men such,
ss Viscount Bryee, Lord Buckmaster,
Marquis of Crewe, Lord Loreburn,
Reginald McKenna, Viscount Morley,
Sir John Simon, Arthur Henderson,
Augustine Birrell, and seventeen bishops. Did any one yet hear of any such
an impudent request being made upon
behalf of similarly outraged persons in
Canada or the United States? Evidently
where "democracy" really exists no
one has the courage to make such a request, or every one knows full well that
it would do no good SP^mar.
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AN INTERESTING SITUATION
Tl/tANY interesting things are hap*
XYlV^pening these &&ys  Mnch of the
sl.i.m and pretense, of former days is
being stripped from the affairs of this
busy world and the opportunity is being
ottered, to those who have eyes wherewith to see and ears wherewith to hear,
to get an insight into things as they
really are rather than what they hav<j
previously appeared to be. For instance
we were not so long ago told of the horrible state we would have been in if the
wicked "Huns" had succeeded in conquering his neighbors in Europe and
.wouldthen have turned his attention, as
lie undoubtedly would, to the conquest
of Ca.iada and the U. S., more especially
��� the former. In such case the good people
of this eminently great and prosperous
Canada would be enslaved by the conquerors and untold misery would no
doubt be their portion from that time
on. And there is little doubt that all
-of this and more would have, fallen to
our lot hi ease of such an unhappy outcome of the great war that was fought
for liberty,, the "rights of small nations," the self determination of peoples
and to "make the world safe for democracy." Fortunately the "Hun" met
with defeat, owing to the justness of
our cause and the valor of our arms.
Those who went forth to "fight for us"
gained the victory. Some have returned
to us and many more are to follow.
Thousands gave their lives in the gallant
struggle, thus being cheated by hard
fate out of a joyous participation in the
<enjoyment of that which they to heroically fought to save. But by a strange
freak of fate, however, the heritage left
in Canada for those who survived the
glorious struggle has been made all the
richer because of the awful slaughter of
�� their mates who went forth with them
to the cal} of king and country. Had all
.   returned matters would now be less rosy
, for the returned  ones because  there
would have been many more of them to
have participated in the patrimony and
' the share of each would have been correspondingly smaller. And now as to the
patrimony. '
***
There are many working men and
women in Crnada. A very large percentage of them have no means of self-
���employment. They own no means of
wealth production, that is they possess
primarily no land from which to bring
forth the food, etc., they needs must
have or starve. They possess no tools or
implements of industry, whereby they
might produce food>"efc"., even if they
did have a piece of land upon which to
operate. In fact they are absolutely he!p-
iesa; they are denied by force of circumstances over which they have no
control, any and all means of sustaining
life, except they surrender themselves
aid all of which they are capable
in the matter of the production
of wealth, into the hands of some individual or concern that does own, possess and hold dominion over land and
the implements of industry peculiar to
these times. In short these men and
women can only exist by surrendering
to others aR that slaves were ever com
pelled to submit to their owners and
masters, and that is their liberty and
their power to labor. When the men of
Canada went forth to do battle in Europe for Canada and the empire of which
ft is a part, they evidently fought to
save from destruction at the hand* of
the "Huns" Canada as it is at the present time.
a  . ��������'   * ���v.. .
Well the result of the war is that
Canada is saved. ' Those who were
fortunate. enough to escape from the
conflict with their lives are returning
to enjoy their patrimony in that which
they saved from destruction at the hands
of the fiends of central Europe. But evidently their battle is not'yet finished
The conflict is not yet ended. According to news from Winnipeg it has now
become necessary for these returned
heroes to" go over the top in order to
secure the rich patrimony they thought
they were fighting for upon the bloody
fields of Europe. They are now compelled to fight for a job in this great
democracy in order to get something
to eat. And the only way they can succeed in getting the coveted job is by
driving some other workingman out of
it, for sad to relate there are not jobs
sufficient in number to satisfy the demand. There are more slaves than there
are jobs to fit them into. The masters
cannot employ all of them and consequently some must go without sustenance, that is without the much coveted
job. And it seems as if those heroic
souls who went so valorously over the
top in Flanders field feel as though
after, having saved the jobs in Canada
from being destroyed by the fiendish
"Hun" they ought to have some of those
precious jobs for their own edification
and incidentially, for their own sustenance. In other words they want that for
which, they waged the most glorious
struggle of all history. And it would
appear to the impartial critic t-s though
they ought to have them. Who should
be better entitled to good stead/ jobs,
hard jobs if you please, than thosj -no
have freely risked their lives and limbs
for the preservation of a country and
a nation whose prosperity, grandeur and
democracy rests solely upon a foundation of jobs-and slaves to fill them. Of
course it is a trifle hard upon those
Who are driven from employment in
order to make room for the returned
heroes, but that is no fault of the
heroes. They should not reasonably be
expected to fight for any more jobs
than there are in existence, and to tell
the immortal truth there was nothing
else to fight for, at least that lay within the narrow vision of the countless
millions who so nobly fought the great
fight.
��� *    *
But the most sorrowful thing about
the whole performance is thst there
are not jobs enough to satisfy the
soulful aspirations of every slave in existence. If that were the case, however,
the danger might be that no slave would
tecome sufficiently saturated with the
necessary patriotic dope, to long for
heroism upon the,bloody battlefields of
his masters, And life would be a dull
and drab monotony if slaves could no
longer be made drunk enough to shed
one another's guts to make a ruling
class holiday.
��� *    *
, If there'is such a dearth of employment how thst returned soldiers are
forced to resort to lawlessness and violence against other slaves in order to
secure to themselves sustenance in this
glorious land for which they so nobly
f night and died by the thousands, and
but a comparatively Small part of the
survivors have as yet returned, what is
to be the condition when the thousands
still overseas have returned to tins rich
dominion of which such fairy tales have
been peddled throughout the earth?
How much, either better or worse, could
it have been had the execrable "Hun"
succeeded in his reckless venture to conquer and enslave the earth? And what
ha> been saved from his wicked clutches
other than the very social conditions
that are expressed in that vulgar fight
i'cr jobs that was not only pulled off in
Winnipeg recently, but the world struggle for the same worthy object in which
a world of slaves is continually engaged,
under our precious ruling class civilization? If the best that Canada can now
offer to its returned heroes is a fight for
jobs, what in the name of all that is good
and great was the use- of those heroes
going all the way over to Europe to fight
the bloody battles pulled off there? It
seems thst they ought to feel that they
have in some manner been swindled by
those who doped them up with patriotism for the purpose in hand We wonder
if any of them do so feel. In fact the
more the matter is studied the more interesting the situation becomes. It also
becomes increasingly perplexing. It
most certainly does.
 ��� it  . , '.
A STRANGE HALLUCINATION
T A RECENT  meeting held
A1
in
Winnipeg one of the speakers is
accredited with the statement, that
���during the four years of^war the
wealth of Canada has increased from
eight and a half billion to nineteen and
a half-billion, in spite of its being the
most destructive period in the world's
history." As the'speaker belongs to a
certain organization that heralds from
the housetops its unimpeachable scientific accuracy upon all matters both
spiritual and mundane, it ill behooves
us. to cast' a. doubt upon the scientific
accuracy of his statement. The very fact
of his appearance upon the platform of
the organization in question, for the purpose of correctly instructing tha, dull
and unscientific public.in tile way it
should go, affords ample attestation of
his capability and qualification as a
master of scientific attainment Were he
not scientific he would not be allowed
upon such -a platform, for the organization referred to abhors that which is unscientific at a greater pressure per
square inch than an entente christian
abhors a "Hun*' or nature a vacuum.
At any rate, however, it is pleasing to
know that the wealth of tins "Canada
of ours" is increasing at such a terrific
rate, or it would be so if it were true.
But unhappily it is not true. There is
no more wealth either in Canada*or elsewhere now than there was before the
ruling class family row broke out in
1914. In, fact there is convincing evidence to show that there must now be
even less than four years'ago, for during that tinte countless millions of alleged human beings have been busily
working overtime destroying each other
and incidentally destroying many other
things of real value. While engaged in
this noble pursuit they cannot be justly
charged with creating any wealth. Now
it so happens that enslaved human
beings constitute the sole wealth producing power ever known to a master class
civilization. The products they bring
forth, and which make their appearance
in the marts of valuation and exchange,
constitute all there is of the much talked
about wealth of the world
."""* .. * ���*���'���
There is no accumulation of wealth
in the world There may be an accumulation of knowledge, but in view of the
many wierd utterances that frequently
fall from the lips of alleged custodians
of scientific information, such accumulation Is evidently a very slow and'
laborious process, or it has mighty poor
soil to work upon. Wealth must consist of food, clothing, shelter, furniture,
tools and the many other products of
labor that are called into existence by
the existing order of society. All of this
wealth, whether it consists of things essential to human sustenance, comfort
and well being or merely satisfies tome
Idle and capricious Whim or caprice of
rulers and masters, is consumed t�� fast
It h either eaten up, worn out, or other,
wise destroyed from day to day and
year to year in exactly the same ratio
thst it is produced Even the most stable
buildings and built of the most durable
materials, last but a comparatively short
time and even then at the expense of
still further labor put into them in the
way of repairs and other care. The food
crop of a season is all consumed within
the next succeeding period, and so it
is with everything else thst constitutes
so-called wealth. Even the wealth thai
���s embodied in the slaves of production
���and that is the basis of all wealth���
wesrs out in time and makes way for
the next succeeding crop. At times there
does accrue an accumulation of slaves,
that is the crop exceeds the ability of
the market to assimilate, but no one ever,
proudly refers to such a condition as an*
evidence of a great increase of wealth
in the country. That sort of an accumulation is usually looked upon as a
nuisance to be abated rather than an
evidence of wealth to boast about.
* a ���
Robinson Crusoe, after being a long
time alone upon his island, one day discovered s strange footprint in the sand
The good man became filled with vague
fears. He did not sleep well at nights.
I lis dreams were disturbed by imaginary
savages'lurking in the shadows. He
could hear strange sounds in the adjacent bush. In fact he was considerably
disturbed and wrought up because of
the fancy or suspicion that, his island
was peopled by others who might prove
to be dangerous to his peace and security. But, strange to say, ihe footprint
that he discovered was not a man, a
savage. It was only the track of one who
had been there.. Crusoe's fears were
groundless. He was not encompassed by
savages. He had bean merely frightened
by the tracks they had left beluntb=Sur-
face skimmers and scientific searchlights in human form get similarly mixed
up about wealth. They see great columns
of figures supposed to represent the
wealth of the world and great is their
amaze thereat Immediately they plunge
into learned and abstruse disquisitions
about the magnitude of wealth and its
tremendous increase in volume since
'the war broke out." And all they have
been considering as wealth is nothing
but figures, the tracks left behind by
wealth that has been, but is no more
because it has all been consumed Footprints left in the sands of ignorance by
the savage rogues and robbers of the
past. Notes, bills, currency, bonds,
stocks, debentures, loans, mortgages,
deeds, judgments, investments of all
kinds are counted as wealth, and each
and all are merely evidences of wealth
that has been consumed in the past and
payment for which remains as a fixed
charge against the future. These tracks
left behind by the robbers of the past
constitute the wealth, the capital of the
present and a deadly clutch upon the
future. The sum total of this hoary old
swindle runs into prodigious figures, ft
is about tune that scientific ignoramuses
got rid of some of their wierd hallucinations.
 _~* i���
The U. H. Shipping Board proposes
to write oft* from 30 per cent, to 40 per
cent, of the value of its shipping in
order to reduce the expenses represented
by interest snd depreciation on investment, thereby making it possible to
make rates in competition witij foreign-
owned shipping. This write-off will
emount to $1,000,000,000 on ships worth
three times that amount. It does beat
all how easy it is to get rid of debt
after all. When it can be gotten rid of
by such a simple process as writing Jt
off���which is equivalent to wiping it -
off the slate���it is a wonder that the
practice does not become general. But
come to think of it that would not do,
for by the same act all the wealth of
I be. world would be destroyed, for these
figures of debt are what is termed wealth
by our great financiers.   It also seems
that the reckless manner of repudiating
as it is produced- It never accumulates, j debt adopted by the shipping  board
might act as an encourgement to iho
Bolsheviki to pay the Russian debt in
the same way. THUB8UA
iX	
February ��. Ill*
���
THIS   hABQX   *M
PAGE FIVE
THE MEASURE OF PROGRESS
+TOHE THINGS that are really easen-
JL tint to the material well being and
comfort of human beings are comparatively few. Food they must have. Clothing, although the wearing of it is an acquired habit, ahm is a necessity. The
���clothing habit has long since become so
���Irmly fixed upon us that we cannot now ^0 ^ with the. situation a* are the
But this "investment" has,now become
so great that it is becoming increasingly
impossible to longer make it bring returns and the field for investment is consequently becoming crowded. As the
opportunity for still further investments
become! narrowed it becomes more and
more impossible to keep all the slaves
employed. The ruler* are aS powerless
dispense with it although it is slowly but
surely destroying the race. That is it is
doing it in connection with other equally
as pernicious and dangerous habits, too
numerous to be mentioned here. Shelter
must also be had or we perish from cold
and exposure. This is also largely -in
consequence of acquired habit. But when
all of the real essentials of life are
totalled up it is a matter of considerable
surprise that they are so tew. In fact
they are so few and it is actually such
a comparatively v'mple matter to provide them, even by resort to what are
termed the most primitive methods, that
it tea matter of grave wonder why and
how it is that the greater the development of the method* and mechanism of
indusiW, the harder it becomes for the
producers of these essential things to
get a living for themselves and their
families. At no period in history has
it required more unremitting labor upon
the part of the producer of wealth to
make a living for himself and family
than now. And we are told that the
power of production was never so great;
that never before was it possible to turn
out such an enormous volume of wealth
with such a small expenditure of human
energy as at present. But in spite of
all of this tall'talk the outstanding fact
of today is the distress, misery, penury,
privstion, uncertainty of the future, unrest, discontent, turmoil and threatening
revolution that prevails throughout the
so-called civilized world. Either all signs
fail or the most gigantic upheaval of
the ages is about due. Capitalist industry is absolutely powerless to employ
all of its slaves. The army of unemployed
is rapidly on the increase. This boasted
industrial civilization is breaking down.
Its complete collapse is. inevitable. And
there is a reason for it. whether its collapse be catastrophic or its remains disposed of by the orderly processes of intelligent action and wise judgment depends upon the swift triumph of the
revolutionary,   forces   that   are   now
gathering in all lands where slaves are
driven under the ruling class lash of
exploitation.
*    *   ���
The reason why this industrial civilization is doomed is not far to seek. Its
mechanical factors have been devised
and designed solely for the purpose of
increasing the productive power of its
slaves along the line of ruling class requirements. The sole motive behind it
all has been, and still is, the the enlarge-
I ment of the ruling class empire of material ,things, things that are absolutely
nonessential to any part of human society outside of its ruling .class. Great
railway and other transportation systems, great factories and mills, miles
upon miles of city streets lined with
warehouses, akyscrsppers. stores, gaudy
palaces, huts of poverty, houses of prostitution and financial bagnios, wharves,
docks, tunnels, bridges, canals, gun
foundries, powder mills, poison gas and
bomb factories, arsenals, forte, battleships, submarines, airplanes, and on top
of all this a tremendous volume of governmental paraphrenalia of oppression
and repression, these constitute in part
the enormous mass of useless and even
harmful things that have been wrung
from the unpaid Bwest of slaves by
means of the boasted industrial mechanism of this age, and which is many
times srreater in volume than ever it was
possible for a ruHng class to acquire
prior to the advent of the machine into
the processes of exploitation. The vast
bulk of this junk. comes under the
euphonius title of investments snd is
supposed to bring to R�� owners a revenue, that is something gotten for nothing, just the same as was the principal.
slaves'themselves. As m provisions are
at all possible whereby the slaves may
be fed while they are out of employ-,
ment, sooner or later anarchy will run
riot and there will be the very devR to
pay. It does not require a very keen
vision to see its swift approach at this
very moment. One needs but-read-any
edition of the daily press of dying capitalism to distinctly hear the approaching tread of revolution in every land.
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All that can be termed progress in
the evolution of ruling class civilization
during the past ages has been a progress
oackward as far as the producers of the
essential things of life are concerned.
Every step in the development of the
machinery of ruling  class  production
has been a step in the higher evolution
of the art of exploiting slaves. At each
step the percentage of slaves engaged in
the production of the essential things of
life, food, clothing, etc., has been lessened and the- percentage employed in
the production of purely ruling class
junk correspondingly increased. There
Ls more of the really essential things of
life, food, etc, produced per capita now
than was the case 500 or 1,000 years ago.
There is, however, a tremendously increased amount of ruling class  para'
phrenalis and junk produced, as compared to that produced before the age
of machinery. AnoSthat, coupled with
the forcing upon the shoulders of an
ever lessening percentage of the producers the task of producing sufficient
food, etc., for all and the consequent
transference of a continually increasing
percentage of the workers to the production of ruling class requirements, constitutes the measure of progress that has
been registered since What is improperly
termed collective industry was invented
by the ruling class. It is slave industry,
though some are still so misguided or
misinformed as to persist in denominating it "'social production," in spite of
the fact that slavery is anti-social, and
eventually destructive of all social ties.
A slave civilization is held together by
brute i|orce and not by ties of social relationship.   A slave civilization must
have a police force, an army, clubs, bayonets and guns, and its slaves be driven
under the lash of either brute force or
necessity. And there has indeed been
some progress along that line during
the past centuries. We must all admit
that.
HOW THE BURDEN IS LIFTED
HERE lived in Greece some
thousands of years ago a somewhat loquacious Chap by the name of
Aristotle. He is dead now, but while ha
lived he was by no means ill qualified
to offer due and proper apologies for
the existence of human slavery. The
reason he felt called upon to apologize
for thai delightful and uplifting institution was no doubt due to the fact that
the blessed civilization of his time was
based upon it, and it thus became his
duty to offer up apologies therefor,
\ery much the same as is now done by
the preachers, professors, politicians,
press pundits and other intellectual
scum of this delightfully progressive
age. From what little we know of this
Aristotle, when it carte down to the
matter of peddling hypocritical bull con
in fluent language and uplifting phrase,
he was hard to beat. In fact it is held
by some that were, living at this day
even Woodrow Wilson would not be entirely alone in a class by himself. Be
that as it may, however, the respective
merit of the two distinguished persons
who Hvcd so many centuries apart U
not for the moment a vital matter. Thr
one now living, is amply qualified for
the immediate task in band, that of
making democracy safe lor the ruling
class world At least his 14 points point
that way.
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Aristotle is credited with having said
that "human slavery is necessary and
will prevail until man shall have learned
how to harness the fore** of nature to
do his bidding and be his Slave," That
in itself is no slouch of an apology for
the parent of all crime, or at least it
would be if there was any virtue in it.
But man has persistently pursued the
pleasing avocation of learning how to
harness the forces of nature to do somebody's bidding and be somebody's slave,
but instead of the burden of toil being
lessened upon human shoulders it has
continually been increased in exact proportion to the advancement, made in
harnessing those forces. The progress
made in this line since the days of Aristotle is prodigious. The world is now
full of machinery of a power undreamed
of during Aristotle's time.  The  most
gigantic production of Wealth the world
ever saw is now carried on as a daily
and hourly matter of fact. And the burden of toil upon human shoulders was
never so great as at present. Never were
the workers of the world compelled to
endure more unremitting toil in order
to maintain themselves and their families than during these  glorious days
when every known force of nature has
been in some manner harnessed to "do
the bidding of man and be his slave."
Every step in the advance of industrial
development in the affairs   of  ruling
class civilization has been marked by a
corresponding increase of the burden
placed upon the backs of its slaves. And
the development of a ruling class civilization could be expressed in no other
manner. Anything introduced into such
a civilization that tended to lessen the
burden imposed upon slaves, either by
lightening their  labors  or expanding
their recompense, would not measure
the progress of such civilization, but on
the contrary its retrogression. The slave
class has always gotten all that was possible for it to get out of the civilization
of which it was, and stifl is, the cornerstone.
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One illuminating illustration of the
way the burden of toil is lessened for
the slaves under the harnessing of nature's forces to do the bidding of man,
is afforded by the figures indicating the
volume of railway traffic in the United
States during the year just ended. During 1918 the freight traffic of that country amounted approximately to 400,-
000,000,000 tons moved One mile. This
would be close to 4,000 tons per person
or 22,350 tons per family, for the entire
population of the country. This refers to
railway traffic alone. The figures for
wafer-borne traffic are not at hand. It
isyof course assumed thst this tremendous haulage was necessary or it would
not have been done,o but it will no doubt
be a matter of surprise to many to know-
that the essential requirements of a family really called for an amount of haulage per annum equivalent to that of
transporting one ton a distance nearly
equal to the circumference of the earth
at the equator. Once this is realized,
however, the importance of the family
in the great scheme of things terrestrial
will be tremendously enlarged. Now if
the comfort, sustenance and welfare of
each family requires such an enormous
volume of transportation as that, implied in the haulage of a ton of freight
23,350 miles per annum and the modern
method of industry and transportation
spells an economy over the methods that
prevailed before the forces of nature
had been "harnessed to do the bidding
if man and be his slave," it becomes s
matter of wonder, both prodigious and
profound, how in the world our primitive forebears ever packed their heart
breaking load. To have packed 23,500
tons ot food,elothiqg, etc.. a distance of
one W*le per annnm upon their backs 6^
to have transported it with an ox team
and cart must have necessitated the
putting in of a good deal of overtime.
But, now that It is done for us by machinery it makes all the difference in'
the world It is an inconsequential matter. It may be looked upon as an evidence
of the ramarkable progi-ets made since
the days of our primitive ancestors.
The entire transporf.iion system of
the vorld is an instrument and incident
of the enslavement and plunder of tha
producers of all wealth, the working
people. It has no other purpose than that   ���
of taking from the producers that w'lic*
they produce and safety conveying -and
appropriating it to the'purposes of the
class that rules and robs. Along with
the balance of the   mighty  industrial
mechanism of modern society it represents the ultimate achievement of the
ages of ruling class civilization in the
art of speeding slaves to the limit and
as swiftly and  completely separating
them from the things they bring forth.
The gigantic mechanism of the modern
world performs no other service than
that of enlarging and rendering more
powerful and magnificent the empire of
masters over slaves. Not a mechanical
device ever introduced into ruling class
industry or service ever yet lightened
the burden of toil upon the shoulders of
the slaves or in any manner made their
slavery more tolerable. No such device
ever yet saved any human labor. At no
time in the history of man, of which we
have any account, did it ever require
more labor, measured by time, to produce the essential things of life than now.
Instead of the mechanical devices of
modern civilization being denominated
as "labor saving" they should be termed
labor increasing devices, in so far as
they relate to tbe production ^of the
essential things of fife such  as food,
clothing, shelter, etc. It is no doubt true
that many things can be done with a
smaller expenditure   of human  labor
than was once the  case,  but a close
scrutiny will disclose the fact that this
applies solely to the production of things
essential only to the ruling class. Many
things are now done that at one time
were impossible,  but  these   also   are
found to be as essentially'ruling class
requirements as the pyramids upon the
banks of the Nile. Prior to the-advent
of the industrial mechanism of modern
society that has been especially designed
for the purpose of expeditiously and
efficiently exploiting slaves, it was impossible to build steel skyscrappers that
pierce the clouds, cannon that  would
slaves and trading and traffieing in the
ytion more than thirty miles, or battleships half a mile long. These and many
more similar  extravagances  are  now
every day achievements, and a long felt'
want in the souls of cruelly exploited
and tortured  slaves   is thus   happily
filled. And by this token is the glory
and grandeur of this machine age made
to overshadow that of the ancient world
even as a 50,000 candle power searchlight outshines a tallow dip. But outside
of that the less that is said about the
benefit aqsruing from the introduction
of mechanical appliances into the delightful ruling class game of exploiting
slaves, and trading and trafficking in the
plunder, the better.  But  that  23,350
ton miles per family, per annum, sure
spells some economy in transportation
over the pack mule or ox team of the
long ago. But the slave does not appear
to be any better off in consequence. And
come to think of it how could he be
when the entire ruling class shebang has
been designed for the, purpose of skinning him instead of fattening him?
General Wood of the f.r. 8. A. is advocating "universal military training as
insurance against war." In view of the
satisfactory manner in which "universal military training" safeguarded Europe against war it is scarcely to be expected that the "General" will meet
with any serious opposition to his "insurance" scheme. That which Worked
out so satisfactorily in Europe ought to
���vork out right over here. \
PAGE SIX
THE   LABOR   STAB
THURSDAY.....Pebm*ry  ��.   l��lt>-
A Size-up of me World War
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By E. T. KINGSLEY
(Tals Scrto* of Articles WUl Be Issued l�� Pamphlet Form as Soon as Concluded.���Editor Labor Star.)
THE feudal survival of Central Europe
has fallen. Capitalism stands triumphant over its fallen foe. The absolutism
of open brutality baa been broken; tbe absolutism of cant and hypocrisy Is now In the
saddle. But its reign promises to be short,
for the Morning Star of Labor is rising red
In the east, proclaiming the approach of
freedom'* dawn. The Red Spectre that baa
long disturbed���the dreams of kingly_��uX*>
flans; has 'sorely affrighted political clowns
and diplomatic mountebanks and terrorised
th* bargain-hunting bourgeoisie, is looming
ever more threateningly in the foreground.
The proletarian hosts, 'awakening to consciousness, are rising in every land. Th* Red
Flag of human brotherhood Is flung defiantly'.to the breese and with the songs of
revolution upon their Up* ever increasing
, millions are marching beneath ita folds, to
th* overthrow of the ruling class state; to
the release of It* victims from the thralldom
of exploitation and torture; to th* ending
of tbe long, dark night of Slavery and the
ushering In of Freedom's morning.
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With,the signing of the armistice by the
Central Powers th* real trouble of the ruling class th* world over begins. The social
atmosphere Is already surcharged with th*
electricity of the coming storm that shall
wreck this slave civilization and sweep It*
ruins into oblivion. Th* gathering of tbe
hungry vultures of exploitation and its aftermath of trade, commerce and finance, at the
victor's banquet board to invoice th* assets
and apportion the plunder, will not calm the
Storm, but increase its fury. The disbanding
of armies and th* incitement of an ignorant
soldiery and an equally Ignorant citizenry to
deeds of violence against those who raise
their voices against tyranny, oppression and
murderous brutality, will not exorcise' th*
ghost of retribution that persistently camps
upon the trail of the callous and bloodthirsty class that still rule* and robs the
world. The frantic lying of th* scurrulous
press of the ruling class; the unblushing
hypocrisy and deceit of Its alleged statesmen and diplomats; the canting sophistry
and tiollow prayers of its'priests; the utterly
false teachings of its professors; the deliberate swindling of Its economists and financiers, and, on top of it all, tbe ruthless use
Of the military and police powers of the
ruling das* State, will not still the furious
elements nor bring peace to the troubled
waters.
*. * *
Nothing In tbe history of governments has-
been more unprincipled, impudent .vicious
and intentionally destructive of all human
liberty, than the orders-ln-councll, military
service acts, war time election acts, espionage acts, and other similarly sinister federal
���dicta promulgated by the self-touted democracies of this western hemisphere since
What a grand and harmonious chorus of
deliberate lying I* now rising full-throated
from th* kept-press prostitutes of our ruler*
and masters. In regard to world events, more
especially as they appertain to the actions
of tbe enslaved working class of th* earth.
Alongside of such achievement* old Ananias
himself belongs In th* George Washington
class of falsifiers. It Is doubtful, it is much
more than doubtful. If a single word of truth
la regard to the so-called European Bolsheviki has Intentionally found it* Aay into
th* columns of the lying pre** or capitalism, since the Russian Revolution occurred.
Although the term "Bolsheviki" means
nothing more dangerous and dreadful than
th* "majority", and ha* bean adopted to
signify the majority faction in the Socialist
movement of Russia, it ha* been magnified
and distorted Into a word of terror by the
defenders and stool pigeon* of the ruling
class, and is especially used' to arouse the
prejudice aad incite the ignorance of the
unthinking mob to deeds ot violence against
those who battle against autocracy, tyranny
and oppression, and on behalf of real democracy, and freedom. In loyal response to
the Incitement ignorant blackguards and
cowardly ruffian* answer tbe call and are
acclaimed as heroic souls who spontaneously
rose In defense of king and country and
chastised tbe seditious. Any brutality and Infamy may be safely pulled off at a moment's
notice, provided It be done In the name-of
patriotism and Its victims be accused of
"sedition.- ,
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In spite of all efforts of the apologists and
defenders of the present order, to Justify its
existence and bolster up its regime of slavery
and rapine, its perpetuation becomes more
and more impossible. It becomes more and
more unsteady upon its legs. No sooner Is
tbe bloody deluge of war halted by an armistice and the certainty of peace assured,
than there sets in a veritable financial and
commercial delirium tremens that threaten*
t<�� culminate in an industrial collapse, and
bring our boasted civilisation tumbling In
ruins about our ear*. Even the greatest financiers stand appalled at the impending
bankruptcy of tbe capitalist world. The accursed thing that has grown from tbe shackling of the first slave and the rise of the
first master, to the stupendous world-
dominating and world-terrifying force that
now ao sorely afflicts the earth; the slave
civilisation that has made of tbe earth a
shambles and a torture chamber for the last
'ten thousand years, has now become a veritable Frankenstein Monster, that is destined
to destroy its creator by tumbling In one
common ruin both th* ruling class and It*
enginery of exploitation, slaughter and
rapine.
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Torn which way they will tbe rulers of all
lands are faced with overhelming disaster.
They can neither maintain great standing
armies nor yet disband them. To maintain
them spells the swift completion of the bankruptcy that is already imminent; to disband
them brings immediately in its train the
greatest'industrial collapse Imaginable with
its accompaniment of huge armies of unemployed, that are almost as costly and far
more dangerous than armies of war. In
either case bankruptcy and collapse will
quickly ensue. The liquidation of slavery Is
inevitable; th* maudlin and meaningless
tt-lk about "reconstruction"; the utterly impossible speculations about huge Indemnities
to be collected from enemies that are already bankrupt; the blind fury of the military maniacs and the insipid vacuity of th*
utterances of the   alleged   statesmen   and
tbe breaking out of the ruling class family* ridiculous diplomats of these glorious days.
row In Europe in 1S14. Never were more
deadly blows struck at democracy.' Never
were more complete and sweeping repudiations of all liberty and democracy registered
among nations. Not even in the black aad
bloody history ot the British Isle*���and
candor compels the admission that it has
been black and bloody enough���has anything
ever been recorded to equal in Infamy the
"espionage act" in the U. &, or the "orders-
ln-councll" wiping out and desteoyipg the
freedom of speech and press in ffanada. The
banning of scientific literature, much of
which ha* been long and universally acknowledged to be of the. utmost value, is a
extinction in intellectual bankruptcy aad
vulgar reaction without other Justification.
that has been left to the brilliant statesmen
at Ottawa, who hold their high office by virtu* of their deliberately concocted "War
Time Election Act," and not byTh* freely
expressed will of the Canadian electorate. It
to but fair to acknowledge that even the un-
���crupulous and brutal kaiser of Germany
aad hto autocratic school of "kuliur," never
put anything oyer that was :,',aay'... mora
viciously criminal and destructive of ay, lib-"
-irtjr and democracy, than haver our ^wn
precious political tools of the ruling class.
eta continent may Justly lay claim to being
in that, as in most everything else, this west-
In the lead.
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heralds to the world that this slave civilisation is already on the rocks of adversity and
pounding to pieces under stress of a storm
it can not weather. As the rotten old hulk
has neither chart, compass nor rudder, and
tbe crew can neither navigate nor swim,
small wonder that signals of distress aire
being sent up and wierd calls for help are
heard.      '
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What I* slavery? It to that social condition
wherein one part of the population to robbed
of that which it produces, by* the other part
of the population. Chattel slavery, feudalism,
and the present so-called system of "free
labor," are identical in that one respect
Under each the producer* of wealth were
robbed by their, master*. Nothing was left
to th* producers beyond Just sufficient
upon the average to keep them in working
condition. The slave was the cornerstone of
civilisation down to.the collapse of the Roman Empire. Feudalism rose from the ruins
of that Empire, and slavery wa* Its cornerstone. The slave was termed a Serf. .Capital-
toni was born from the loins of feudalism,
and the slave was, and still to, Its cornerstone. The slave is now termed a free laborer
or an Independent producer, but he Is none
the less a Slave. He Is more completely and
ruthlessly exploited than ever wa* chattel
slave or feudal serf, for the gigantic industrialism of this age represents the very apex
of the development of human slavery, the
highest achievement in the exploitation of
slaves for the profit and glory of their
owners aad masters. It represents the ntmost
that It has been possible to attain during
the ten thousand or more years of the evolution of human slavery from its primitive
beginnings to Its now well nigh perfect state.
What to freedom? It is the opposite of
slavery. It to that social condition wherein
there Is neither exploiter nor exploited;,
where ther* Is neither robber nor robbed.
It to tbe complete negation of all that exists
under this civilisation. It to th* message of
the Revolution. And that message will be
delivered.
CAPITALIST CIVILIZATION
IF WE are' to believe what the spokesmen and apostles of the present order
tell us, civilization has been saved from
the forces of evil that sought to destroy It.
It seems that while tfo death of one man
upon the cross was all that was required
to save humanity from paying the penalty
ot Ita trangressions and sins, it has cost th*
Uvea of more than ten million, the mutilation of probably twenty million more and the
misery and agony of a countless multitude
besides, to save this glorious civilisation
frqm the fell designs of a certain Mr. Hohen-
sollern, who, however, has thus been happily frustrated in his wicked purpose. Now,
If It be true that this glorious civilization has
beea. saved. It would perhaps be well to know
what it baa really been saved from, and for
how long a period that salvation, may be
assured.' -,M   ;  .     " - "���.;.���'�����,
"*,*'*;
Capitalist civilisation to the third stag* In
���he evolution of human slavery, that form
of human society that has followed In the
footsteps of What has been termed barbarism. The first stage of that evolution is .com.
t.ionly referred to aa chattel slavery. During
that period, the slave was owned openly
and outright by the master, just like a
horse, an ass, or an ox. For thousands of
> ears that type of slavery and the civilization built upon it held sway. Its reign extended over practically all of the then known
world. Great empires rose from the toll,
sweat and agony of the cruelly-driven slaves
of those times, and each in turn crumbled
to decay. All fell to ruin through the corruption and rottenness bred 'from th* foul
crime of slavery upon which they were
built. .Human institutions, human society,
a civilisation based upon that parent of all
lesser crimes, slavery, can be. bo* less criminal than that from which they spring. That
which is based upon crime cannot long survive.' It will Inevitably perish from It* own
poison and corruption if not sooner brought
to its end by other means; it will eventually
meet dissolution by its own hand if it be
not otherwise destroyed. Practically the last,
trace of chattel slave civilisation has long
since passed away.
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Ot it be noted that the- next succeeding
form of slavery was not born from the Womb
of chattel slavery. It rose from the ruins
of Roman civilisation when that rotten old
slave empire had fallen to complete decay.
Out of the ruin and chaos eventually arose
thf new slavery, out between the downfall
of the old and' the birth of the new a considerable period elapsed, that to all but a
blank in human history. The new slavery
was not a child of the old, but was rather
a resurrection of its spirit garbed in more
deceitful habiliments. Though changed in
outward appearance its essence was the
same. The slaves were either trimmed of
the result of their labor In times of peace
or fed into the furnace of hell in times of
war, by ��� their overlords and owners, Just a*,
had been the lot of their predecessors the
chattel slaves.
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The second stage of slavery is known a*
feudalism. The slavery of the toller*-was
thinly camouflaged under the guise of being.
attached to the land and bound by ties of
fealty to the lord thereof. Feudal serfs were
not sold from hand to hand as were chattel
slaves.,, They remained within their lord's
domain, however, and were not allowed outside thereof without proper permission.
Within that domain they were allowed certain privileges and so-called rights that were
unknown to their, chattel slave predecessors.
But like the latter they'were compelled to
'Work, for their feudal lord without payment
therefor. OUt of their unpaid toil and sweat
the pomp and magnificence of feudal civilization was built. In time that Stage of
development of human slavery passed away
and th* erd of capitalism followed. The
tote delightful ruling class family row in
Europe, and which is perhaps not yet entirely fiinlshed, to but a part of tbe cleanlng-
up process-that to sweeping away th* surviving remnant* of th* old feudal regime
that preceded capitalism.. Th* mid-European survival of feudalism having been
tumbled to ruins under the lusty strokes of
the child of its own loins, practically clears
-the world stage of the last feudal rubbish,
with the exception of an oriental remnant
that to now courting the same fate. Capitalism to now supreme in so far as Its erstwhile feudal parent to concerned. Capitalist
civilization ha* thus been saved from being
strangled by its wicked progenitor. All this
talk about France and other allies having
"found their "souls" in the late bloodfest is
pure nonsense! but they did at last find the
requisite stranglehold to prevent tbe wicked
parent from destroying Its virtuous Offspring,
It has been left to the third stage of
stovery-r-capitaltot, civilisation���to put the
last and finishing touch to th* art of exploiting slave* to the supreme limit. Alongside of the achievement* in this line of the
last hundred or so years, those of ancient
chattel slavery and the feudalism of th*
medieval age appear like the work of unskilled amateurs. Never before were such
f gigantic undertaking* accomplished; never
were such tremendous fortunes garnered;
never were such magnificent and luxurious
military spectacle* of slaughter and rapine
possible; never before was it within th*
power of the ruling class to recklessly and
deliberately cast ton million slaves to.th*
slaughter and cripple and damage probably
twice as many more, without suffering any
material loss. The highest efficiency of a
civilisation based upon human slavery la
measured by th* stem repression and exploitation of slaves In time* of peace and their
wholeaale conscription and slaughter in
times of war. Ruling class efficiency can be
expressed in no other manner. The high-
water mark of achievement in this line has
easily been attained- by the splendidly-efficient ruling class of this most glorious age.
Never in all ot its bloody history did a ruling:
class ever succeed in pulling off such a magnificent spectacle of blood, guts, gore and
devastation as that staged'during the past
tour years. And there to every reason why-
it should have been a grand spectacle for
it represent* all the knowledge the ruling
class ha* been enabled to acquire during the
last hundred centuries In the noble art of
human butchery, rapine and devastation. It
to a splendid display of the full flower and
fruitage of a crime ten thousand years old.
That countless millions of slaves could thus
be made to go gaily forth to kill and be
killed, for no more noble purpose than that
of perpetuating their own slavery and Incidentally composing the quarrels of their
bloodthirsty and unscrupulous owners and
masters, speaks volumes for the efficiency
of the ruling class in training slaves to act
as good slaves ought to act, when the word
of command to spoken by authority. Under
no form of slavery were the slaves mora
docile and wenbe~h*v*d than under capitalism, and at no period in history were they
so productive of wealth and grandeur for
their owners and master*. Especially Is this
true of the slaves of this western continent.
All of which is no doubt due to the tact that
their slavery is so completely camouflaged
with the outward appearance ot freedom
that the slave* actually believe they are free
Indeed,
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WEALTH PRODUCTION UNDER   <
CAPITALISM
THE SO-CALLED wealth of th* world
today ia estimated in figures that are '
staggering   in   their  magnitude.   It  la
a common boast that the power to produce
wealth has been multiplied, many times within the last couple of centuries and that a*
compared   to  our  forefathers of long ago wa
are Infinitely better off in ><> far as obtaining
the necessary things of life Is concerned. In
fact the history of tbe past, and more especially that ot the last few centuries, is commonly spoken of by thos*.who pass for tha
economic wiseacres of our time, as the story
of the uplift of the human race from th*
penury of slow and laborious production Of
the thing* of life by the primitive method*,
once In vogue, to that lofty pinnacle of affluence that has now been reached through
���,h�� advent of power-driven machinery aad
socially-organised labor into the productive
processes. And, according to the wis* one*, .
��is the present capitalits system of property
in slaves and driving of these slave* in production for the sole purpose of bringing gain
into their owners and masters, th* capitalists,
K-ew out of th* preceding, or feudal system
of slavery, It logically follows that the next
succeeding . order  of society  must  likewise
i,rew out of .the present on* and carry on tha
glorious work of evolution and uplift of the
race to still higher planes of civilization. It
to particularly noticeable that almost without exception, if not entirely to, tbe advanced
thinkers of the world along economic lines,
look   upon Chattel   slavery,    feudalism    and
capitalism merely aa evolutionary stages in
the growth and development of the human
race' from the so-called savagery end  barbarism ot th* past,  to something  Infinitely
higher and better In the perhaps dim beyond, and whether we term it Socialism or
"Bolshevism" it must   b* baaed   upon   the
method of production In vogue today,  I.e..
the giant industrialism of the capitalist retime. Lenlne, the present bead of th* Rus-
fian Soviet Republic, bas ao stated the cas*
quite recently, had no objection thereto has
jet been heard.
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There is one weakness that is universal
among th* sons of men, aad that to to accept
the average plausible statement as the gospel
truth, and having learneir to parrot It nicely,
ptoceed to promulgate it a* an indisputable
fact We are altogether toe prone to parrot  -
the conclusion* of others rather than to be
put to the bother of doing a little thinking
on our own account But however, if we ,
do thus fall into error and such error ha*
eventually been disclosed to us either through
our own efforts or by that of others, It Is our
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flrat duty to acknowledge our mlsUkes and
be henceforth more careful where we tread.
He who takes the precaution to weigh most
carefully th* premise* and conculsions of
others before accepting them, will stand a
. riuch better chance of not getting lost in
the fog and confusion that blind ignorance
���often stirs up around matters and problems
that are in themselves quite simple.
* * it
Chattel slavery, feudalism and capitalism
are, no doubt steps or stages of evolution,
put it to the eyoluuon of human slavery from
the crude and simple to the efficient and
���complex. There to no clear connection between tbe two former stages, other than that
they are In essence alike. As has already been
mentioned, the one did not issue from tbe
v.omb of its predecessor, but rose from It*
ruins and ashes at a considerable period after
its dissolution. Capitalism, however, to tbe
direct and legitimate child of feudalism, it*
foundation* were laid in the bosom of tbe
parent and the child came forth in due
course and has carried forward the development of human slavery to what appears to
be the very zenith of its growth and power.
But that the evolution of slavery has anything to do with the attainment of freedom,
���except that It may sometime crumble to ruin*
localise it can evolute no farther, as was evidently the case with' the ancient slavery of
Roman days, or be destroyed by a slave revolt and thus enable the race to regain its
ancient freedom, to so ridiculous as to scarce
be a matter for discussion. That a society
of tree people, call It Socialism or what we
will, can be based upon the methods and
mechanism of production that have been designed and brought into being solely for the
purpose of exploiting slaves and erecting a
ruling clas* empire of material substance
out of the plunder, is, to say the least, a conception bordering upon the grotesque. Under
any form of society based upon the explolta-
., t'on of robbery of the wealth producers,
���every institution, whether economic, political,
spiritual or educational must have for its
life principle the same motive and purpose
of that from which it springs. Th* method
af industry must be made to conform to that
purpose. Nothing which could in any manner
lessen the slavery of Its exploited victims
and, thereby, enlarge their freedom, could
be for a moment Incorporated into the mechanism, methods, and Institutions of such a
Civilization, for to do so would be equivalent
to allowing that which would eventually nullify the very purpose of such a civilization
and destroy it Institutions,, methods and mechanism of industry calculated to serve tbe
-purposes of a ruling class; cannot be made
to conserve the interests Of a society of free
men. Slavery and freedom are direct opposite*. The one Is the complete dental and
negation of the other. Consequently the Institutions, of whatever character, the meth-
���eds of industry, the very mechanism thereof,
the morals, the ethics of the one, must be
an equally complete denial and abnegation
of the institutions, methods of industry, th*
.morals and the ethics of the other.
ww     *
Every institution in ruling class civilization, as weU as-that of civilization Itself, la
a complete denial of all liberty upon the part
of the wealth producers of the worid. Every
institution, whether it be government Itself,
that Institution into which all others merge,
or those of power subsidiary thereto, 1* a
complete dental of freedom and an emphatic
affirmation of human slavery as the corner
atone upon which they all rest. And this to
i no less true of the method and machinery
1 of capitalist industry than of any of the balance of the paraphernalia of the grand process of ruling and robbing slaves. In ever}'
sense of the term Wealth production under
the present Or capitalist regime la production
carried on by enslaved human beings for the
enrichment, and aggrandizement of rulers
and masters. Nothing la or can be produced
under such a regime that -does not In some
manner conserve the Interests of those rulers
and masters and add to their power over
their victims, the slaves, If perchance something, along educational lines for Instance,
does surreptitiously creep In, it is soon expelled by the censor. Not a mechanical device has been invented, adopted aad incorporated Into the Industrial and murder mechanism of ruling class society sine* Its-birth,
that did not add to the power of rulers and
Intensify the slavery and misery of their exploited victim* It has evidently been the mission of th* capitalist era to bring the development'of slaves by machinery to Ita highest possible stage of development Let our
revolutionists, who expect to base their
Socialism upon the gigantic industrialism of
today not overlook the fact that this Industrialism, with all of Ita powerful and complicated machinery and method*, ha* been
designed from Its very Inelplency fon the
specific purpose of exploiting slaves, aad not
for the purpose of emancipating them from
���heir chains.
PRODUCTION OP 188ENTIAL
THINGS
THE ESSENTIAL thing* of life, those
things which are actually requisite to
, tbe comfort and welfare or every human being, and which must be forthcoming
before the production and enjoyment of
Superfluous things may or can be realised.
So not really constitute a very lengthy Hst
Food, clothing, bousing, household utensils
and furniture and the tool* and animal* requisite for their maintenance pretty, well
cover the list. With the knowledge long since
acquired by the human race of bow to
domesticate, breed and car* for th* useful
animate, tilt th* soil and convert ita product*
Into article* of domestic use, and with a
suitable allotment of land upon which to
operate, tbe matter of providing aa ample
and healthful living for the average family
would be an extremely simple and easy matter, it It could be done without tbe family
being compelled to surrender any part Of ita
products to others who take no part In the
production thereof, in other word*, if the
production of the essential things of Ufa was
carried on solely forth* purpose of providing tbe producers thereof with thos* essential things, all that I* or can properly be Implied by the term human freedom would be
realized. The freedom enjoyed by our primitive savage and barbaric ancestors, before
the glorious Institution of slavery was born,
consisted solely of freedom from exploitation,
which is but a polite way of saying, freedom
from being robbed. Exploitation and robbery
are synonymous terms, but the former is lea*
shocking to the ears of the class that exists
only by ruling and robbing slaves.
*'    *    ������    ������"������''
Now there to something that to strikingly
peculiar to'the production of the essential
things Of life, that seems to have been overlooked by the average student and Observer
of things economic, and that is, that there
has been but little If any improvement in the
production of such essentials during the last
five hundred or more years. Qf course the
surface skimmer wUI Immediately be thrown
into high. dudgeon at the assertion, but let
him calm himself for a moment and make
at least a cursory examination of the facts
before passing Judgment as to tbe sanity or
otherwise of he who makes the assertion.
It Is a fact easily of demonstration that
horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, vegetables, fruits, etc., are not and cannot be
raised by machinery. It i* also a fact that the
production of wheat oats, rye, barley, Corn,
I'jckwheat. cotton, wool, leather, etc., is expedited only to an Insignificant extent
tl.rough the application of machinery to the
productive process, and it can be clearly
proven. beyond all reasonable doubt that
w:th the application of machinery, the cost
of production Is increaesd rather than
lessened. If the production of these essentials wa* carried on for use instead of for
the present ruling class purpose, the use of
complicated and costly machinery Would be
absolutely barred because of the tremendously . increased cost of production that
would result therefrom. As an illustration Of
tbe case In point the following may be of use.
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Thirty-five bushels of wheat will considerably more than bread the "average family
for one year. In fact twenty-five bushels will
amply suffice, but it to better to be sure than
sorry. Thirty-five bushel* is a small crop to
be gathered from two acres of ground In any
wheat country. To plow two acres of ground
to an easy day's work for a man and team.
The plow Is a simple, and consequently cheap
tool. It used Jo be made by the village blacksmith and It Was never mad* more cheaply
by any other means. To sow the seed and
harrow it in, is about half a day's work, the
seeding being done by, hand and harrowed
In with a horse or team. The harrow is a
tool that can easily be made by tbe farmer
himself without any cost other than perhaps
an hour or two of hto time. To reap and
bind two acres of wheat with a cradle and
a hand rake to two ordinary day's work for
one man. To haul the crop into the barn
would require a half day, and to thresh it
\wth the flail, the threshing machine, used
even unto this day In many parts of the
earth, would require another two day's work.
For six days labor the producer would have
at least six barrels of flour, 600 lbs. of bran
and shorts and two or three tons of straw
for bta stock, and that too after allowing
for the grist miller's toll of one-eighth for
grinding the wheat The average wage slave
cannot purchase that amount of flour alone
In any pact of this western continent at the
present'time for less than four or more
week's wages. The farmer who to now producing wheat with the modern machinery in
use, and sells his wheat and buys bis flour,
doe* net get off amy easier, that to If ha doe*
hto own work. If he hiree slaves to do it for
him he then," of course, passes it on to them.
But the difference between the cost of raising wheat by the producer for his own use
and by means of what are now termed oat
of date tools and methods, and the cost of
flour when produced by the capltalL-. method
tell* the whole title of the economy that ha*
really remitted from the application of capitalist machinery and method* .to that Itoe
of production. And what l* true In regard to
tbe production of wheat and flour Is also true
of practically all of the essential things of
l'fe
* * *
A pound of anything like good woolen
yarn will cost in Vancouver today from
three to four dollars, and a yard Of men's
suitings of first quality will cost close up to
ten dollars. Just what the producer of wool
got for his product th* poet season to carefully bidden from view, but it to a safe bet
that he did not average fifty seats per lb.
And yet the old time weaver With hand card,
spinning wheel and loom, would have soon
accumulated a fortune could he have gotten
RUBAIYAT OP LOST CONTENT
Sitting at eve within my desert tent,
Mine eyes on ancient lore and legend
bent;    '
There came upon the sir a mellow so.��,
A song of love and wine and merriment.
A hermit I no more will dwell I thought;
So love's abode with joyous" steps I
sought;
But love would none of me, for I
Nor name, nor fame, nor wealth had
brought ."' .jfe '.
Then to the distant palace haste I made,
And at the Sultan's sendee placed my
^,.  blade;       �� ' Jf
And by brave deeds and noble struggle
won **'
Fame, favor,-wealth���all I assayed.
Love then again I sought and spent
My days and nights with mirth "and
merriment;
Until full fed with love and pleasure, I
Again bethought me of my desert tent
i s       ii -���n-*"ir~*'
But,now my tent is ragged and my lore
And legend old���by which such store
I set���is stale and musty, and the
wilderness
Has lost its solitary charm of yore.
So now where is love, laughter, wine
and merriment?
And where is wealth, where fame and
whither went?
And where the wise philosophy of other
days,
Now to requite me for my lost content?
���D. G.. McKenzie.
aj^Jjta also with equal accuracy des-
!U. XI
but on* quarter of th* difference between
City cents and ten dollars for converting each
pound of wool into a yard of cloth. It Is ao
doubt true that a modern textile mill can
turn out a much greater quantity of cloth
in a given length of time with a given number of employees than could be turned out
by   a   similar   number   of   hand   spinners
and    .weavers,      but     it    should, not     be
forgotten    that    the    present    method    of
producing cloth and other thing* entails the
services of a vast umber of staves outside
of those directly employed in tbe cloth mills
and, other factories. A vast number are involved in the making of the machinery and
the   transportation  and   handling  incidental
to the factory processes. If all the labor that
to involved in the making of cloth to. counted
in it would no doubt be made plain why the
cost per yard is greater than It was in the
days when its production wa* merely a hand
process. At least in so far as tbe production
of the essential thing* ot life are concerned
the introduction of machinery into the probes* ha* had the opposite effect to that of
economy.
*    it    * .
It to a perfectly safe conclusion that there
has as yet been   no way   devised   by man
whereby the essential things of life;  food,
clothing, shelter, eta. can be more easily and
cheaply obtained by the producer than  by
confining himself to the production of that
which to necessary to satisfy hto own needs
and that of his family, and doing so by the
use of only such tools and  Implements as
lie may be able to operate with  his own
hands. At no period in human history has the
producer so easily   supplied   himself   with
these essentials as he did before Slavery was
born and machinery Invented. While it to
true that a man.could dig up the ground and
plant potatoes to bettor advantage with a
spade and hoe than he could with a sharp
suck, It i* by no means true that he could
t-t.ll further Improve upon his methods by
equipping himself with a steam plow and a
high power* potato planter, that Is If his purpose was to raise spuds for hi* own use. It
v.ould cost far more labor to thus equip himself than it would to raise ail the potatoes
he would require during a lifetime. And ao
It to with all other essential production. The
amount of labor required, that to provided
the laborer be hot robbed. In order to produce all the essential things for himself and
family to ��o small, that he can 111 afford to
expend a greater amount of tabor In providing himself with tool* and machines that can
only make his task the harder. Just who invented the term "labor saving*^ for the ma*
chines of capitalist exploitation to not known,
but he at least must have possessed * certain sense ot humor. He evidently knew the
peculiar psychology of the stave, and fully;
realising his overmastering propensity to ab-
f^l^���<iw!!LeWK^,T2^M^t.ll' ^fiHanctum of Editor Kingsley,  is  now
tors and machinery Invented, While  It  is   -
rather that. the poeaibta and the true, our
inventor dubbed   his   contraption a "tabor
saver" which It to not rather than a labor
waster which it usually to. The real purpose
of machinery and th* part It plays In the
capitalist   empire   of  plunder,   magnificence
and slaughter, to not generally understood.
According to press dispatches there is
great-. alarm among the "constructive
elements," the "upper classes,'' in {Siberia over the possible withdrawal of
Allied trops from that country in the
spring or summer. "Prominent men of
many shades of political opinion declare
there will be a carnival of murder" inaugurated as soon as the Allied troops
are gone. "War of extermination between the upper classes and the Bolshe-
^jjriki" is predicted. It will not be difficult to specify the various "shades of
political opinion" among the affright-
ees. There will be a few land barons of
the regular German type, thougn they
will probably have dropped the "von."
The 4X10 of them who were very carefully conveyed by the British navy from
Riga to Denmark not. Jong since, did
drop it anyhow, although it is to be
supposed they are still Germans and of
course alien enemies, saved by the British from the bad Bolsheviki, Then there
will be found a comparatively small
number of that bargain-hunting, profit-
hungry tribe of vermin known as bourgeoisie���some of them big and some of
them little, or as the French would sayV
petty. A joblot of monarchists of the
old Czarist regime and everybody ought
to know by this time what sort of vermin they are. The balance of the
"shades of political opinion" will no
doubt consist of generals without armies
the ragtag and bobtail of old Romanoff's military circus and bawdy show.
Tbat would constitute about all there
could be of the opposition to the Bolsheviki, the working people and the
peasants. A war of extermination between the two would indeed be an interesting nght. But what would be far
more interesting would be to see what
the "upper classes" of these varying
"shades of political opinion" would live
on in case they should exterminate the
Bolsheviki. Could lice live upon the .carcass of that which they had killed, or
otherwise exterminated? Hardly. Lice,
human and trench, live and thrive on
live nrnmals, hot dead onvs. -^i
*   *   *   --**wswtr
Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler is
credited with saying, in a speech at New
York recently, that "under the Bolshevist system neither the man who works
nor the man who has saved can expect
any quarter unless he accepts the degrading, anarchistic doctrine that might
makes right and that the least competent shall organise the government and.
set the pace for the state." Butler is
president of Columbia University, one
of the most noted brain-embalming institutions in the U. S. As the learned
Dr. in thus accusing the Bolsheviki has
very accurately described the basis upon
which the state of the present is built
cribea^jhe personnel of the state, and
has done all of that evidently without
knowing it, we beg to suggest that in
case the "Bolsheviki system" wins out
he should stand a very good chance of
being appointed to "organise the government and set the pace for the state."
He clearly shows thst he possesses all
the requisite qualifications.
* * .:.*. '.
It may be remembered that one of the
happy results of the recent fracas in
Europe is that "Prance found her soul"
in the great conflict At least it. was so
affirmed by numerous writers and
loquacious jawsmiths who were there
at the time and supposed to be in the
know. Late developments at the peace
congress confirm the find, and also disclose the interesting fact that when
"Prance found her soul" it was dis-
covered to be wrapped up in the Russian loan. Hence her ill feeling against
the Bolsheviki.
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PAGE EIGHT
T.BE   LABOR   STAB
AT.....February  ��,   1*1*/
By DR. W. J. CURRY        ���
Many well-informed people consider government synonymous with
social administration, and any suggestion of a community of people
without the strong arm of the law,
the policeman's club and the Judge
and jailor, at once calls up a vision
ot mad anarchy and destruction.
So much for training and education fostered for generations by the
agents of that class whose very
existence depends on a perverted
mentality and a distrust of human
nature and the laws of life and
happiness, (
That sin which the same privileged etas* teaches through their
theological agents to b* the first
And greatest. Is "disobedience" and
they tell us that the cause of all
death and suffering was through
disobedience and the desire on the
_part.of Eve "to eat of the fruit of
the tree , of knowledge." For ages
privilege through its priests, editors
aad teachers, have taught the
masses the stave virtues of Obedience, contentment, diligence- and
humility, from the cradle to the
grave. Is there any wonder we are
afraid of the light?
Our race has been governed so
long and so thoroughly tbat some
who even read this will be shocked
at the Ideas here expressed. Free
thought even today is something
to shun, and free thinkers are objects of suspicion in the opinion of
our "best citizens." Government
and social administration, although
intimately associated, are nevertheless distinct functions, and we will
. have more of the latter a*, we have
Jess of the former. '"He governs
beat who govern* least," and under
true democracy government as we
understand it, will be conspicuous
by ita absence. But there will be
tocial service and co-ordination and
���van force to protect society from
vicious and reactionary individuals
or classes. Any attempt to administer socially, to run institutions
such as industrial schools humanely* or to -enforce prohibition acta
honestly, must fall today, more or
lea*.    .
Humanity and honesty cannot
grow out of a system based on fraud
and farce, cannot be administered
by a class or by officials supporting
such a system.
"Men do not gather grapes or
thorns or figs of thistles" under
British Imperialism and universal
wage slavery any more than they
did under the chattel slavery of
Imperial Rome. Christmas carols
may be sung by white-robed choirs,
Insipid and pharsacal sermons may
be preached by modern priests
whose Intentions may be excellent,
but there can be no peace or brotherhood on earth until th* government of a parasite class to overthrown and administration by the
useful members of society takes
place.
The lower animals, not possessing
the divine attribute of reason, cannot be molded by. precept, as. we
< are, and 'the difference between a
hand of wild horses, clean and
strong, with flowing manes and lustrous eyes, galloping Joyfully over
the plains, and the dull and broken
pack mule, or spavined stage hack,
Is government, and that alone
Government to the science of
coercion, or of persuading people
aad animals to do what they would
naturally object to and what nature
and the laws of life and happiness
forbid.
Rulers imply subject*$ and subjection and the effects of ruling
class education are evidenced every
time an assembly of loyal and respectable citizens is about to disperse.
No knowp animals would willingly submit to subjection, proving that
Darwin's theory of the descent of
man to more than a theory, and it
ta owing to our brain power that we
have in some respects descended so
far from our prehuman ancestors.
The wild horse resists capture and
servitude. The North American Indian preferred death to slavery.
Both rulers and subjects of ail the
great empires of antiquity, such as
Babylon. Egypt and Rome, sickened
gad died through government and
exploitation, just a* the Industrial
classes of today, the people of the
slum*, the workers In tbe sweat
shop, are today declining, and Just
a* this civilisation to slek unto
death through war, famine, toll,
disease, prostitution and government. Consider the fine type* of
men and women, the Maori of New
Zealand and the Zulu* of South
Africa were before gitf ligation, with
|t�� white man's burden, cam* and
destroyed them. Fifty, pear* ago
th* Hyda Indians of Queen Charlotte
Islands were steadily advancing upward; today their village* are almost deserted. The women are
. mostly prostitutes and the few men
Who are left are even more pitiable
subjects of disease and exploitation
than the white workers.
Government Only Means to An End.
Our barbarian ancestor* did not
capture wild horses, cattle aad hogs
merely for the *ak* of ownership,
but in order that they might serve
and supply food, and these animals
were the staves of men even before
certain wise men discovered that
the lash and club could also b* used
on the backs of men and women, to
force them also to toll and to deliver to the wlelder of the lash the
product* of their labors. And thus
was born government and the
power* of state.
There were neither classes nor
Individuals to, blame for this. Slavery was a necessary stage'In social
evolution, and therefore, good In Ita
way, and the various stages of exploitation . and government have to
be traversed ere men knew enough
to enslave the forces of nature and
so make it possible to free the
bodies and minds of an from toU
and poverty. Today we have reached that point. Man has been enslaved through his Intellect, through
hi* ability to comprehend the-Ideas
of others, and this Is the power that
will ere long make him free.
What the police, the Judge and
Jailer are to the body, the theologian teacher and editor are to the.
mind. We have been told that
Christianity must be divine, for It
to ao universal. By the same rule
many very desirable institutions of
society must also be divine The
fact is that religion to one of the
greatest: auxiliaries of government
and exploitation. It possesses enormous economic value to the masters. If horses and cattle Could
understand as we do and were
taught aa our children are taught,
there would be little need of fences
or tethers, Christianity followed or
preceded our industrial systems to
all lands for tbe same reason tbat
traders, politicians. Judges, jailers,
teachers and editors did, because of
t.ieir value to property rights. No
ruling class could long rule through
physical force alone.
We must, however, remember
that conventlonaal Christianity Is
not that social gospel of communism taught by the Naxarene, for
which he Was hanged for treason
by the authorities of Rome, but it ��
rather that type founded by Paul,
the Roman citizen, an endorser of
slavery and slave virtues. Paul's
commands were "inspired" by ruling class interests, and through
them Christianity became the
state religion of Rome They are
even today worth millions of clubs,
baybneta and penitentiaries in keeping the harness on the back of
labor and in protecting property.
"S'avea obey your masters and be
content with your wages." Even
Canadian statesmen and the B. C\
Electric will subscribe to that faith.
"Servants be subject to your masters." No wonder that In many
countries the church ta directly
supported by the state, and that the
clergy so largely controls th* Institutions of learning. No wonder
that Rockefeller and Morgan, and
the ex-kaiser are devout Christians
and support home and foreign mto-
rions.
Social  Injustice Makes Government
Essential
Government Is today Indispensable. When a minute fraction of
the population owns' most of the
nation's wealth and controls the
moans of .life of nations, when the
masses are never free from toll and
poverty, tbe powers of the state to
protect property and the owners of
property are Imperative.
Anarchy must result when government Is t abolished in a social
vystem based on exploitation. It to
simply a stampede of famished and
enraged cattle into the green field*
after the fence ha* been thrown
-down.
Why do we not have a policeman
to keep order and prevent theft In
our homes? Because there to usually an equality and fraternity
there. The weaker children are not
abused and starved, but are accorded special car* and protection.
On two occasions I spent some
weeks ia Barkerville, up th* Cart-
boo Road. There were several
hundred people In that town, four
saloons open day and night, no
preacher, and one policeman with
nothing to do and the jail 'empty*
No one ever locked their doors in
those days.. Why was this? There
was no poverty or real struggle for
existence thereat that time. The
men all worked in the placer mines
at good wages, there were no rich,
aad no drone*, although conditions
were far from ideal, yet human
nature had a chance. The people
were kindly and peaceable as people
naturally are.
All normal men and women love
love, and hate hate, and the discord
and hate and hell today rampant
hi our "glorious Christian civilisation" to because the law of the
tangle still prevails in. human relationships. At one time not long ago
in countries such as Germany - or
Turkey, for instance, one was In
danger of being arrested for treason, for even diagnosing, a* I am.
the case of society and tracing the
symptoms back to the cause. Because in the** countries especially
the real traitor* to humanity con
trol the situation and rule through
ignorance and brute force, Of
course we have none of that in Canada or the U. 8. A.
Some of us are proud of our Imperialism, 'but how do empires
grow, except by invasion and annexation? Does the lamb ever ask
to be devoured by the wolf? Are
the weaker nations ever consulted
In the matter by those empires
which love them even as a lion loves
a lamb? A few weeks ago our
daily press, always true to Ita master's interests, lauded the Idea that
the gift of self-government would
soon be bestowed upon portions of
Britlah India. Just think of the
unconscious humor of the situation.
A simitar privilege will com* day
be granted Ireland, and it to now
being thrust upon Russia, which
Apparently preferred to do without
class, government, having had about
enough of the old one.
It now appear* that through
economic stress and tbe rising of
Labor throughout the world the
great crista of etas* government is
at hand.
It appears that when peace to
declared the returned soldier will
demand a settlement from those
who made <and managed the war
and stayed at home to make money.
What will happen to the labor
market when millions cease producing munitions and come home
from the battle field? /
Here is where social administration must replace government.
It looka as if privilege and profits
must go down, and production for
use and self-government begin.
That self-government will not be.
granted by an exploiting class as a
gift to shackle the brain and blind
the understanding of Labor, but
will be a victory won by th* united
powers of the common people In
the great class struggle now approaching Its culmination.
Only through this can the establishment of true democracy and
permanent peace be secured.
10 Per Cent. Off to all Soldiers aad Their Families
The Cost Of
Dental Work-
v
CONFTOENTIAL CHAT
In Vancouver alone 2110 copies
of the first Issue of The Star were
actually sold by, Circulation Manager Michaeison. This besides a fairly representative 'mailing list sent
out under the handicap of no newspaper mailing privileges���as yet.
though application wa* made to the
Ottawa authorities two weeks ago.
' *   *   it
The Star will specialize in bundle
orders, to. be placed on sale at public meetings by various labor organizations. ''Order a bundle today
���$" cents per copy.
it   it   it
Th* business office, and editorial
sanctum of Editor Klngaley, is now
located at Suite 510 \ Dominion
Building, corner Hasting* and Cam-
He streets. Sey. 4933.
*   it   it
Address; "all   communications   to
The Labor Star, Suite 510 Dominion
Building. Vancouver. B. C.
ir^it   it
Organise public meeting* and sell
literature���then orgainx* * for election day!
������ j^-ft '
Socialism and
Don't put off having attention you know is
needed given your teeth because of fears as
to cost.
Come to me and let me examine your teeth, I'll
give you expert advice and an estimate on the
work. My prices are not high���they are aa reasonable as reliable and satisfactory work can be done
fOr.     ._.;..���" ""
Call on me. You're probably making more of this
"coat" question now than yon will after yon get my
advice.
DR. BRETT ANDERSON
PHONE SEYMOUR  3331
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Republicanism
[Toronto Daily Star J
One of our correspondent'! disagree* with us as to the manner
of dealing with the social-democrats. We say that their opinions do
not constitute a crime, and ought
not to be the cause of criminal
pprosecutions. He say* they commit a crime in trying to force their
opinion* on the people of the world.
Very well, if they try to use physical force they will be met with the
physical force of the State But
they have a perfect right to advocate their opinions, right or wrong,
and to try to persuade others to
join them' in bringing about the
economic changes they desire. Their
platform does not advocate physical
force.
Our correspondent thinks the
socialist* have designs upon the
king, and would overthrow the mount chy and substitute a republic.
There is no republican plank in
their platform, and it could be carried out just as well tinder a monarchy as a republic. Besides advocating the abolition of capitalism
they stand for reduction of hour* of
labor, elimination ot child labor,
universal suffrage, the Initiative, the
referendum, and the right" of recall.*
There to more socialism and more
free expression of socialist opinion
in monarchlal England than in the
American republic. There to more
radical legislation In Australia and
New Zealand than in the United
States. Socialists aim at economic
rather  than  political  changes,  and I
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If   your   dealer   hasn't   got   them,   write
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would probably just as soon work
with monarchist as with republican
institution*. An individual socialist
may of course be a republican also,
as he may be a prohibitionist, but
republicanism is not an essential
pari ot the socialist creed.
. -.ft. 1���
"It was shown during the debates
in the U. 8. Congress on the revenue
bill that the great American corporations have made more than six
billion, which to six thousand million dollars, out of the War���an
amount equal to $400 per family for
evory family in the United State*.
And remember that these are war
profit*���profits In excess of the normal profits In time of peace."
DR. W. J. CURRY
DENTIST
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HA VINO REMOVED FROM BIRKS* BUILDINO
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scientific work, the direction of the Institute is now in the hands
of Dr. Arthur Fiercy, F.8.M.C., London, Bag., who has for some
time been studying Dr. Jordan's methods/
f Patients desiring the personal attention of Dr. Jordan must make
special appointment.
f The following work*, by A. McKay Jordan, can be obtained at th*
above address:
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(Postpaid)
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