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Array WESTERN
OWNED L ) CONTROLLED BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF CANADA
CLAR
PUBLISHED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORKING CLASS ALONE
NUMBER 6601
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1912
Subscription I'rIce
PER YliAK
$1.00
WE MUST W
I
WORKER EXPLOITED
AS A PRODUCER
THE LAWS
Look! The em-ill is fruitful, the
harvests abundant, tho flocks and
herds count loss, the waters teeming,
the bowels ol* the earth  strewn with
mineral. Our labor is the most pro- he objected
duotive ever known or conceived. By| have nothin
the nhl of giant machines we can produce wealth as never before could
men produce; all the good things ot
life, till the storehouses are full to
bursting. .More than sufficient to supply the every need of every man, woman aiid child alive. And what have
we?   What have you. got?   A job.
Of all that
and  ours,  we
This word should be writ large
and pasted in every Socialist's hat.
livery time he Is in doubt as to what
stand he should take on any question
no should look in his hat.   But it may
The Socialist Ticket
that  the    question   may
to do with exploitation.
Well,  the  chances are  ten  to  one  it
has nothing to do with the Socialist.
'that  the   hanks   are   unsound   may
interest the depositor, hut it  interests
the   worker   who  has  money   m    the
hank no more than it does the master
who lias money in the hank,   Ciutt in
politics may concern tho taxpayer, hut
iiii  produced hy ns it concerns the master who pays taxes
can  touch  nothing  but more than  the worker who has prop-
the meagre price of our toil; the mess1 erty on
of pottage for which we sell our man- so with
hood, womanhood and childhood, 'lie
tween you and that  wealth stands i
class, mortals like yourselves, bul
vested   with   the   magic   vestilurc
ownership.
The earth that you have made fruitful, the powers of   nature   you   have
harnessed;  the mighty machinery you
have devised and built, they own. And
by virtue of that ownership the
compel mpu to pay to them loll in the only thing
coined product of your sweat and toll an ability
thai thej  may live in luxury
he  is assessed.     And
he rest of the "crying evils."
xploitation, however, is  the  chief
vrn   of    the    working-class,    and
ln-1 concerns the working-class more than
of' anyone else.
;     Many   tilings,  "natural   resources,"
''mineral   wealth,"  etc.,  aro  exploited
—in the Press.   In fact, however, only
one thing Is exploited, ever was exploited,  over  can   he  exploited;   that
can is,  a  slave;,     because  a  slave  is  the
ou  this footstool  that   has
id produce  wealth    cora-
tnd idle-1 binad with an inaliility lo keep it.
J..A. MacDONALD
W. A. PRITCHARD
WM. BENNETT
JNO. REID
J. P. LORD
—Vancouver
GEO.  HEATHERTON
—Greenwood
P. WILLIAMS
—Newcastle
V. MIDGLEY
JACK PLACE (S.D.)
—Nanaimo
—Victoria   G. B. CASEY
!,. ; Ai their hands you must sock a For the worker tho beginning of
lob. By their leave von labor and sop wisdom is to know that he is exploit-
by their leave von live. And yon arc ed. Once he has grasped that lie has
not slaves?       ' [found, th.e clue to the maze.    If lie Col-1
Before them and between them and, lows it he will soon find out by whom[
ns BtandB the Law, guarding and pro- he is exploited, how he is exploited,!
■ octing them in their ownership that! why he is exploited and how to Sto])
we  touch  il  not.   Seek ye redress of. It.
Ihe Law? .Not against them. It isj He is exploited, as a producer of i, |
their Law. .Made hy those who oheyi wealth, by the capitalist class, byjh
their holiest. means of the wage-system, because he'jj
Hence, If we are to achieve aught,! has no property in the me'ans of hi
we must write the Law, By sending! wealth-production. He can stop it byl'
men of our own class to the Legislu-i making the means of wealth-produc-,1 j
tares, bearing our mandate; obeying tlon common property, thereby abol-.jj
only our holiest. When we know this ishing the capitalist class and the
we can do it. We are many, they are, wage system,
few,   and   our  need   is   greater    than      'lids   is   the   essence   of    Socialist
W. W. LEFEAUX
— Comox
GEO. OLIVER
—Esquimault
WM. DAVIDSON
— Fernie
—Rossland
R. P. PETTIPIECE
—Ymir
A. W. HARROD
—Nelson
JOHN McINNIS
— Cariboo
I —
A. SHILLAND
-Slocan
GEO. F. STIRLING
—Okanagan
THE CO-OPERATIVE
COMMONWEALTH
By virtue of the fact that the political power of Ihe State is in their
hands, the owners of the machinery
of production and distribution of social wealth are enabled to maintain
their economic domination over the
rest of the people, the wealth producers; that is the key to their supremacy and at the same time It is
their most vulnerable point. In
constitutional countries, such as
Canada is, they are maintained in
power hy the votes of the very class
upon whose exploitation, degraga-
tlon   and   misery   they   thrive.    That
i being so, it is useless for the working class to look to the capitalist political parties, Liberal, Conservative
or Reform, for relief. They are
composed either of the capitalists
themselves or I heir hirelings and
their class interests or the interests
ill'   the   masters   whose   willing tools
\ they are. It is only by class conscious political   organization    of   the
, working class,    "distinct    from    and
■opposed to ALL parties of the capitalist  class,"  that the  workers  can
■ever hope to throw off the! yoke of
subjugation    under  which   tliey   are
'now  suffering.    Kno'i relief  can  only
CAN SOCIALISM
DESTROY THE HOME?
This Ticket Stands for the
abolition of the Wage System
theirs.
WAGE  SLAVES.
propaganda, so, "shoemaker, stick to
your last," there Is little else worthy
of attention. If.the propagandist, will
devote himself to eternally pounding
the above into the heads of the un-
Home is a heavenly place. Such a
halo of sanctity has become woven
around the word that the mere assertion that Socialism would destroy it
is sufficient to rally cohorts to its defence. .More especially does this
home-thrust appeal to women, why,
"Cod knows."
It may be all very fine among the
wealthy or even the well-to-do, whose
homes aro their private dwellings,
where the household duties and cares
are shouldered by hired slaves and
slaveys,' where they may eat, drink
and be merry, entertain their friends,
enjoy solitude or do what they will.
But what does the workers' home
hold that tbey should be solicitous as
to its preservation, more particularly
as regards the worker's wife? What
is her homo but her workshop? In
the country, a shelter wherein she
may cook and feed and wash, when
she is not in tbe stable or the field,
by day, by night, but a rude stall for
sleep, in the city, when not a fullblown hoarding house, with roomers
Inhabiting all rentable corners to help
pay the rent. While she lives in the
kitchen and sleeps in the dining-room
wiih her lord and their brood.
Before she married, perhaps, she
sb,veil for some capitalist for a minimum wage.' and with uncertainty of
employment, Married, she has a
steady job- for her board and
clothes. Her job is steady enough,
if that is any recommendation. To
rook    and   wasli  dishes,    sweep and
be obtained by the workers wrestingj *--r-"bi wash and ,r0I1( mena and darn,
the political power of Uie Slat* EroBl .„,-,- Jn alii* llay oui; Cxceyt \U'''* tne
the  capitalist class anil  Using it  to
put  themselves  In  possession  of  Hit-
one  ot    his
•What is a wagd-slave?-A person nd b
who works lor a wage, and gives all ^ wi„ Uok
he earns to a capitalist. I
What   proportion  does a wage-slave; '	
receive   of   what   he   earns?—On   the      A   WORKINGMAN'S   PARADISE,
average about  a   fourth l —_—
Have there always boon capitalists.    So   'ong .1S tho machinery  can be
and   wage-slaves?—No.      Wage-slaves, ,th ,;„nu.i(.nt  profit t0 t!l0
are descended iroin sons. | '     .     ,. .
What was a serf?—A person who owners Ine worker gels Ins living
had lo work In bondage to a Baron ■ But the machinery of wealth proas lord of tfie manor, and waB forced Unction is E0 Immensely productive
to earn sufficient for himself besides
enough to help keep his lord
will  achieve   results
n'   tree  himself
position?-   NO.      He
from
was
Ion by the power of lhe
that   it   pours   into   the
products in such volume
serf descend  from?—,
idly
cills:
fast
that the ;
, tuo woiker
enough   with
markets i.ts
and  so rap-
rcatest    consuming
i, cannot, buy it cp
the wage they re-
; celve.    Although tl
, ii   by   their   labor,
it     belongs    to    th
If    Ihey    want    it
oy bave produced
It is not theirs,
•ir masters, and
thoy    mutt   pay
Could  th
his   servil
kept in BUbje
sword.
Who did  i
From the slave.
How did men become slaves?—
They were taken in battle, and made
to "work for their masters. Their
wives and children were also taken
and made slaves.
How were'they kept in subjection? unsold products of their labor keep
—Bv force. As they grew older, on pmng up, gales dwindle, and the
however, they recognized it was im-, f  „le maohlnery   falMng to
possible   to  escape,  and   so  accepted
theii   servitude. I rei:,ii*e a  '"'°m  on  ltB  "l"-*™-10'1'  ■><-*
How did they ultimately become
serfs?—Ly progress of civilization,
and the knowledge of the master that
by giving them certain liberties they
I for It.    Being  unable  to  do
the
clde to close down. The workers,
suddenly thrown out of employment,
in a very short time lind themselves
face to face with starvation. This is
where we are at today in II. C. The
situation Is further aggravated by
Hie presence of cheap labor de'lbur-
■ileiy imported from the Orient, altil
i induced Immigration from Europe
'leceived by lying statements as to
the  cost  ol  living and  wage?,  ctrcu-
REVOLUTION.
Probably   no   word,   no   term,   has
been  more  misunderstood,  its   meaning   more   distorted,   than   this   one.
Language is a  vehicle for the inter-
change   of   ideas,   the   expression • of
thought,   etc,     Language   has   to   do
->iih things.    We knov- of iftin-s on:;.
through our sense perceptions. Things
that we cannot see, hear, taste, smell
or touch, are  to us non-oxisteni.    All
thangs  that are.   we  must  name—all
processes thai occur, we must be able
Lo  describe.    Following out  this  rea-1
soiling,  the   word   REVOLUTION,  its
Use and  its origin  aro easily  understood.    Every observer knows that all
'hings  are  in   a   state   of  constant
"hange.   It is agreed that Ihe totality
if  the  matter  in   existence  does  not
■ary,   but   the   forms   In   which   this
matter is manifested are continually
varying or changing.
tion   may   be  called
• hange   very   greatly-
given   object   or  institution   may   be
called   a   REVOLUTION.     The   word
is inileed of the most
Ion.   It may not O'.iiy be used in con
nee ion  with
WORK  AND  WORK.
I
"Socialists don't want, work," they
sneerlngly remark, and by the Lord
Harry it's true, only the sneer is on
the wrong face. Work to us has
come to signify everything that is
vile.    It is a low-down, degrading, re-|*ngined.
Isivo and unhealthy occupation, and
everyone    knows It except    some of
those who work.    No animal   but   a
I slave would do it.    Only the most de-
j based  human  could  glory  in  it.     To      What
work   is   to     carry   an     inobliierable, cuit   to
I stigma in the eyes of all who can lay
machinery of wealth production.
The ownership thus being transferred, the benefits derived from that
ownership naturally go with it. Instead of producing for the profit of
a small and useless portion of society, the workers will then produce
for their own use and benefit, under
a democratic organization of industry, a Ob-operative Commonwealth.
The benefits to flow from such a condition   of   society  can  be  easily  Im-
OUR RIGHTS.
right?
produced more, and did not require
so much watching and looking after..
How did ihe serf become a wage-
slave?—By the masters finding It
more convenient to give him money
on the condition that he produced a
given  quantity of work.
What did that lead to?—To the
present    system   of    capitalism    and
"'whaT'is common about slaves,' luted by fraudulent employmenl
serfs and wage-slaves?—That they agencies, trim; portal ion companies
are all servile, mid have to work ..,,(| g0Ternment agents, all of them
lmrd and live at the lowest standard t, |n tl,e interests of the capi-
VhafeVu^hTwage-slave subject tallsl class to Hood the country
lo Hun the slave and the Bert did not with cheap labor and bring wages
suffer? -Unemployment, The slave rt)1| lmv01. |,V increasing the compe-
and  serf  always   had   food,   '•Iiilliing ,-,;,,,,   |„   the   ranks  of   the   working-
risHlou:"oV wort ^TuT^o. Cass,   Tho inevlta, -es,,,, is a low-
or  go  Into    the  workhouse    and   bo or Btandard   or   living, Increased unmade miserable, or commit suicide.     COrtatnty   of   employment,  Increased
What  is the  remedy  tor *»•**■«;''• lri,„,y ani* destitution, son,, kitchens,
ery?—Socialism, whicli will allow all ■
lhe  neces- uroaa
any claim to be human. Even to
dwell in a working class district Is
I to be scorned. To wear overalls and
carry lunch in a nosebag is to he
shunned as a social leper. Those who
ioil not, neither spin, even be they
genteelly poor, assume an air of conscious superiority. The toilers cringe
and cower habitually. They are both
right. To work is to be a slave; not
to work is to be free.
Ages long it lias been so.    Of old,
when   naked    might   made    mastery,
there was no concealment of the contempt  in   which  workers   were   held.
In the present age, with the cowara-
ice  that  goes  with  commercial    pursuits, duplicity and deceit have taken
meral anuliea-11'"3 place of the sword and the lash,
' '       '   'work  ls  praised,  paeaned,  pedestaled
in theory.    In practice it is, as of old,
man,  the  state,  human [abhorred and despised.
A small varia-
a change. A
affecting    any
institutions, but may be . applied to j why not? Look at the workers,
anything existent In the material I gaunt, gnarled, miss-shapen, starved
universe. From our standpoint, as i ?f body and stunted of brain, foul of
ttumam, very  low of the revolutions
hat occur are of any great practical j my-lady sniff?
mportence —  countless    revolutions | Honest sweat'
ake i lace daily, hourly .even momentarily, In the realm of nature,
ind they effect us little or nol al all,
lener ligations as to the laws of revolution we must leave for the scientist. We are nol particularly inter-
" ' : K : ji bi now with the revolutionarj
changes in quartz crystals or blades
of grass, or cats we are not quartz
crystals, or grass, or cats. We are
human animals; we live In human vo
clety.    Whal   we are  principally con-
i language and bestial of habit. Work
i has made them so. Why should not
They stink of sweat.
Bah. It is the tears
of a prostituted body. They are
slaves, selling themselves piece-meal,
from day to day to the end of thelrl
miserable joyless, servile existences.;
Most assuredly we do not want work.
Bul not always will it lie thus.
lhe day comes when the curse ot
work shall be lifted from the earth,
When men, not slaves, shall labor to-j
gether for their common good, Each
elvlng freely that which is hosi in
him. Under no compulsion but thai I"-, J"!!6**6,8
of providing their own wants. Enjoying their labor for it. will be for
Ihem  to make their conditions of la
erned In, then, is the human animal bor as enjoyable as possible, and the
to work and all  to enjoy
sarics  and   enjoyments  of  life  which
I heir   labor  creates.
Who is opposed to, and tries to prevent this?—The capitalists, who get
rich by exploiting the worker on the
land and sea, in the factory and workshop, in the worker's home, and the
sweater's den.
■How do Socialists propose to circumvent capitalists?—By getting
control of political power and controlling Hie making of wealth themselves,
in the interest of all the people.
Hurrah for Socialism, and may
wage-slavery and capitalism soon
cease to he!—The Red Catechism.
lines,
ncial    riots,    hold-ups,
cf
filers
revolt
and   suicides,  and   li
spirit
WHO   GETS  THE   JOE,'
Vo you honestly think that you were
born into this world to work, while
the capitalist was born to shirk?
Propaganda   Meeting
THE ELECTRIC
THEATRE
Sunday, Men. 24 8 p.m.
Speaker:
E. T.   Kingsley
The machinery for the production
of all social necessities is in the possession of a small minority of human society-the capitalist class.
They do not make that machinery,
they do not operate it. In lhe case
of the typical capitalist concern of
today—the trust—the owners (the
shareholders) may never have even
seen it. Still, they own it. How
they became possessed of it Is not the
purpose at this time to enquire. Being owners they naturally claim the
benefits accruing from the operation
of that machinery. The workers,
the wealth producers, being a propertyless class, are compelled to go to
the owners for permission to get access to tho means of life. Permission Is granted, but the owners, the
capitalist, class, confident in the
knowledge of their superior position,
impose conditions. Shortly they are
these: "All the wealth that you produce over and above the cost of your
subsistence belongs to us. The
cheapest man gets the job."
and human Bociety. What '■'■• waul
to know is "What are the great, the
Important revolutions in human society? To answer this Intelligently
we must first ask ourselves what is
the Important fo itor In existence, In
society—upon what does life depend?
The basis of Htm is material. Man
is an animal. He must have food to
support, life. The important, proposition for us is food, the necessities
of life. Now all things iii human
society must be produced. The fundamental in human life—In society—
then is production. If production be
the important thing, then is naturally
follows that changes In production;
or, to he still more explicit, in the
method of production, will bo the important changes in so far as human
society is concerned.
This is Indeed true. .lust as the
system of production determines what
society ls, so will changes ln the system of production bring other changes
in all departments of human thought
and activity. Changes In the method
of production are, so to speak, the
great parent changes from which all
others spring.
Revolution—Political   and   Industrial.
To understand revolutions in human
society  we  must  understand  society
fruits of it also will be
Jo; ment, nol   Cor anothe
for their
d-.ir-
do-
'; he suffi ring of the vol ;ers
Ing these times of industrial
pression   is   the
class mus! pay for remaining In allegiance to a system of property that
I has outlived Its usefulness, and can
no longer conserve the needs of human kind, it Is ill" price, or a part
of the price, ihey must pay for thqlr
enslavement., it. is only when ii becomes actually unbearable, when It
becomes beyond human power to
longer tolerate, that the workers
will rise in their might and sweep
it. out of existence,'
We find it difli-
frame, in so many words, a
definition expressing its significance
fully. Roughly, a right is that which
we may do or have without let or
hindrance. That which we can do by
right is that which no one can prevent us doing; what we have by right,
is that of whicli no one can deprive
us. A right which we are unable to
exercise  freely and fully  is no right.
What rights have we, the workers?
Have we any measure of those "inalienable rights of Man" that were
the slogan of eighteenth century republicanism—the right lo "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?
To Life? Penniless and jobless, let
us see you assert the right to live. To
Liberty? Why then do you cringe so
slavishly before the boss? Why surrender into his hands all the product
of your toil in return for a slave's portion—stall and fodder? To the pursuit of happiness? Well, If your happiness is compassed within a job, you
have one right, anyway; you may
chase jobs, in fact, you must.
."The right to work"? Glorious
right. Exercise it you unemployed
millions. The right of free speech?
Try it on Spokane. Free press? Not
on your life. You have only that
privilege. This paper can lie supress-
ed tomorrow if the rulers are not too.
wise.    What  would you do about  it?
Bights? We have no rights, be-
cause we have no might, or know not
our might, which amounts to the
same thing.
In a elass society only the ruling
claBS has rights. The Bubjeci class
can have none. H may lone -ome
disguised as rights of
whicli ir is not policy lo deprive it
except in extreme cases. Bul the nil-
Inn class has rights, absolutely Inalienable or bum as It is a ruling class.
It has a rlghl to the product of our
toil. Tn take our lives. To imprison
ns; deport us; vug us. To do whal
II will:    For il bas the might
And thai is all there :   to a rlghl
might.     Of   course    we    have    always
rice the working been taught the contrary "Might is
not right," thej huve told us, since
we could listen. As Post of neanut-
shell [odder fame would say. "There'i
a   reason.'
, femes  to
; the might
and why.
Lord  Is  delivering her
"blessings."
Slave? The man Is slavo enough,
but after his day's slavery and his
supper, he can throw up his feet and
revel in the perusal of his favorite
purveyor of fiction and perverter of
fact. The wife has yet the dishes to
wash, the brats to scrub and put to
bed, the floor to sweep once more,
stockings to darn, and what not.
He, when he has delivered up his
quota of labor-power where it belongs, is, for the time, free. She is
free only when she sleeps, and is free
then only to store up energy for the
next day's slavery.
Destroy the home? Cheerfully, it
Capitalism leaves us any to destroy.
And the wife-slaves will owe us a
hearty vote of thanks.
ARMED   FORCES.
Armed forces, whether naval or
military, regular troops, volunteers,
militia, police, or whatsoever branch
they may pe, are the miking arm of
lhe ruling class. Their first and primary function—which is covered up at
all times as much as possible—Is the
keeping of the working class in subjection. The secondary function is
to assist tho ruling classes of various
countries In the conquest of fresh
markets for the goods of which said
ruling classes desire to dispose and,
also to protect capitalists of our country against encroachments of capitalists of other countries.
The present system of class ownership of the means of life is international, and in face of any great emergency the ruling class of the whole
world may be pretty well depended
upon to act together, throwing aside
all national or racial differences in so
doing. In "normal" times, however—
that i? to ray. when the workers are
not very rebellious or making any
move which necessitates Hie bosses
using their strength in that direction,
the armed   forces Und  I miiloymenl. in
various national fights (or, as we prefer to call them, family squabbles),
of the railing class. The modern
State is a complex thing. There are
ul is within wheels. Administration within administration, Pan of
armed raaj  be directly at
the dlspoi al . say, a Dominion or
National governmental body; pari at
that ol "■' tn • :atIon;   part
under lhe autl orll | ol m municipality
even, and so on, Thl gives rise
sometimes to amusing ini Idents, The
in lard of rlghl or wroi 'aries according to "whoBe ox Is being go i A,
or whoi a cla       itoresl    assailed. Wo
Thej  know  thai  when it  ;.;,■.,.  seen,   for   Instance,   a   speaker
< tesl  of strength  we have ,        , f„0     .,,, „,,.,.,.,    „, ,„„, ,0.An
if we knew how to use it, , ...
So their salvation lies in by the police for certain utterances,
itself. We Socialists are political
revolutionists. Why are we political
revolutionists? Because we want, what
wo produce, and we know- that without a political revolution we can't, get
it. Political revolutions in human
society follows as a natural result of
industrial revolutions.
Society today is run along class
lines. The difference between the
classes is one of economic position,
To do away with economic classes we
must have a political revolution—a
change   of  ownership.
"HIDERNICUS."
teaching  us  thus.    But   tell   us.  you and wlihin a tew miles be allowed to
wipe ones, if rich! is not might, Whal say   the   sane-,   and   worse,   wlthoul
Ib it? interruption.    The reason  for this is
' obvious,    in   the  An i   Instance,  the
European and A rlcan  capitalism powerB (.,„.|, ft,  the} worn had been
is now confronted with the crisis of |i|.|(l,(| ,|V ,,„. .lV<)l.|(f.,s ,„ the bands
Its life.    The mechanism of Industry oJ |h(.ir ,.„,,,„;,,,.   ln ,,„. other, they
has   li. come  so  powerful   thai   It   can
had  realized   the
no longer be utilized under capitalisti)tl,   |)l(,m   .
control in such a manner as to assure
social   peace,   order    and    well-being,
Unless some drastic action be taken
in the ".ear future by the class Which
now especially suffers because or tiie|
inability  of capitalism  to longer ad-|
minister Industry In  the Interest of;
social     health   and    peace,   capitalist
civilization will perish in its own rottenness,   the   stench   from   which   is
oven now so nauseating ns lo make!
that arising from ancient Roman civil-1
Izatlon In Its decay scarce worth men-j
Honing ln comparison.
theii
Importance of keep-
own.
LOCAL   VANCOUVER
Propaganda
MEETING
Every Sunday Evening
Empress Theatre PAGE TWO
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SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1912
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the squirrel that gathers nuts or any
other form ot life that lays by a stock
and prepares itself for a rainy day.
The real estate parasite may be
amusing, the industrial capitalist may
be entitled to admiration, the financier to a foremost place In society,
but to what is entitled the proletarian, the wage slave, the common
working   class?
There are times and situations in
which language falls to express one's
feelings, and surely when one considers the proletariat we flnd ourselves ln just such a condition.
And the working class are a hundred to one of the other. Nothing
can account for their slavish acquiescence to present-day conditions but
the fact ot their thousands of years of
slavery, which condition has produced a fluid in their veins commonly known as the "blood of a slave."
And this blood through generations
of toil and slavery has become of its
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  present    consistency.    Sluggiuh    and
fifil —Wa<ch th0 label on >'t"jr p"**Lr- "ithick it oozes through the veins of the
***, ■ this  number  Is  on  it,     your  sub- ' m*^^^mBm^^^^^^^^^^^^^
■crlption   expires   the   nfxt   isBue.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1912
THE  ONLY  SCHOOL.
The school of experience is said to
be a dear school, but it is the only
one in which mankind will or can
learn anything. With the average
man the experience musl be bitter in
the extreme and long continued before he will abandon his previous
habits or depart from old established customs. Just now the working
class is receiving a most drastic lesson In the school of experience.
Hundreds of thousands of them are
out of employment, and suffering
the many privations and discomforts
that this implies, because the present masters of industry cannot see
their way clear to profitably employ
them. This condition arises solely
from the present system of property
in the means of wealth production, ]
iind out of the purpose for which'
production must be carried on under it. The purpose of capitalist
production Is profit. The products
must be disposed of at a price In advance of their cost. This implies a
market in which they may be sold.
If at any time the market should
fall short of the requirements a halt
must be called to production. This
means that the labor force must be
reduced by laying off some of the
workers. Then the most pronounced
and glaring evil of capitalist rule
expresses itself in the misery and
Buffering that spreads like a plague
throughout the ranks of the workers. A cry of distress is heard
throughout the length and breadth
of the land.. Though they were actuated by the best of motives it Is
absolutely Impossible for capitalists
and their defenders to offer a solution for the difficulty, without destroying their own system of property and overturning in their entirety thoBe social institutions which
conserve nnd defend It.        , y —
A   RAILROAD   POLICY.
The Import of a railroad policy
to the working class or proletariat
is one of those amusing diversions
to which those in power are treating
the observant in these days of capitalist development In British Columbia.
Some day the awakened workers
will relegate such bait to the rubbish
heaps along with outworn phrases,
such as "our country," "our natural
resources," "our mills, mines, factories, etc.," aa applied at elections in
times of capitalist prosperity (?).
Let us Imagine for one moment that
we have railroads galore. Supposing
that we had as many railroads in
our cities here as they have In New
York, London or Chicago. What
then? What Is the direct reBult of
easy and plentiful means of transportation   to   the   propertyless   work-
proletariat, very insufficiently feeding
the brain, hence their indifference and
apathetic submissiveness to modern
industrial slavery as long as they
cun get three meals per day and a
bunk at night.
But cheer up, there are to be more
railroads, more construction camps,
more logging camps, - more bunk
houses, and, best of all, more work!
Wage slaves shall be permitted to
build more roads that other slaves
may haul their products to market
thereon or tramp in search of a master.
By labor and labor ONLY will railroads be produced. Labor will cut
the right-of-way, produce the steel,
lay the track, manufacture the equipment and do the work; in return for
ill of which the workers will receive
their wages, the whole of which it will
take to keep them and their families
alive, and the master class will own
the railroad, The coal miner will
Continue digging the coal from the
earth, and he will, as now, receive his
wages, the whole of which will be required to keep him and his family
alive. The farmer and small rancher
will continue to coin their labor power into farm products, which they will
sell for as high a flgure as the market will permit. This will be, as now,
their wages, and they, too, will, as
usual, just manage to live.
Some small farmers seem to be
obsessed with the idea that they are
free and their own masters. In this
they betray the same slavish instincts
as the industrial proletariat that are
content with the position into which
it has pleased the gods to call them.
By the time that Into which the farmer has coined his labor power becomes a finished commodity (ls face
to face with the consumer) the
amount of value he has handed higher up will not vary very greatly from
the amount surrendered by the industrial wage slave. And the game
waxes faster and faster. Miner, farmer, railroader, miliman, lumber-jack,
•"■Ifirlt, all ekeing out a scanty existence and struggling harder than ever
to scrape together a few dollars so
that (he finishing years of their miserable existence may perchance be less
uncertain, less unbearable than their
present round of anxiety and care.
And the farce of it all. Por sheer
duplicity and colossal hypocrisy this
modern social system has all previous
records beaten.
The present-day working class have
been diligently taught to believe that
they are free. They have been taught,
and in most cases actually believe,
that they are privileged members of
a Christian State and that modern
industry benefits them in some undiscovered manner.
The modern wage slave actually
believes that he is being specially,
favored because he does not starve
to death and can usually get sufficient
jobs to keep his head above water.
And this state of hypnotic ignorance In the face of the modern ma-
of food and clothing to keep them
alive, seems to be effectual in the
matter of keeping the aforesaid
slaves blind and oblivious to their
real condition. The simple matter of
allowing them to handle the periodical pay check seems to work the
oracle. But the development of modern industry has brought the end in
sight. Socialized production and modern machinery are fast causing the
industrial barons to dispense with
the services of large numbers of
slaves.
To day the slave is, and henceforth
will be, a drug in the market
No more will the demand for human
labor power enable the slave selling
same to have much to say about the
price of it.
Trying to sell one's labor power, or
in other words, trying to get a job
or a master Is today no easy matter.
Exchanging or selling one's labor
power for gold at so much per week
or month is now a cause of perpetual
worry and trouble, for today the gold
is not worth what it was a few years
ago, and next year will be worth still
less,
On every hand and from every direction the racking strain and tension on the wage slave class is becoming day by day more intense.
Soon the slave will not get sufficient to keep himself alive and will
die off or he will revolt and shake
the system off entirely, taking society's well-being into his own hands,
together ^ItL the entire product of
bis own labor.
.May the gods speed either alternative! |
W.   W.  LEFEAUX.
applied it to the present state of affaiirs
where, through their own ignorance as
a class, the workers were contented to
allow McBride and Bowser to dispose
of the product of their toil at their
own sweet will. Continuing, the speaker referred also to th* influence exerted by McKenzie and Mann in railway legislation. When a matter concerning the building of railways was
brought before the directors of the C.
N. R. It was always moved by one,
seconded by the other and carried unanimously. The last speaker of the
evening was Com. .1. A. McDonald, who
review the program of both parties in
a brief and concise manner, also analyzing the present system, showing
how the workers were robbed at the
point of production.
j. a. Mcdonald.
Socialist   Party   Directory
DOMINION  EXECUTIVE   COMMITTEE
Socialist Party of Canada, meet-l second and fourth Monday. Secretary,
E. T. Kingsley, Labor Temple, Duns-
nniir St..   Vancouver,  11.  C.
LOCAI. SOUTH POST GEORGE, B.C.,
No. 61, meets every Friday nlKlit at
8 p.m. In Public Library Room. John
Mclnnis, Secretary; Andrew Allen,
Organizer.
BRITISH COLUMBU P80VHTCIAI.
Executive Committee, Socialist Party
of Canada, meets second and fourth
Mondays in month at Labor Temple,
Dunsmulr St. 10. T. Klngsley, Secretury.
ALBEBTA   PBOVINCIAI.   BXECUTITE
Socialist Party of Canada, meets every nlternate Tuesday, at 429 Klghth
Ave. Knst. frank Danby, secretary,
BOX CI", Calgary.
FIVE  CANDIDATES SPEAK.
Crowded Theatre Listens to Aims and
Objects of Socialist Party.
Although it, is generally conceded
that the "Solid Five" who have sworn
Allegiance to the MeBride-Bowser machine will again represent the interests of the capitalist class in the provincial parliament; that a determined
and effective protest will be made by
the working class of Vancouver was
clearly demonstrated at the Socialist
propaganda meeting held at the Empress theatre on Sunday night. The
five candidates, all of whom are members of the propertyless proletariat,
briefly yet clearly exposed the fallacies
of the Liberal and Conservative parties, showing that since their first ap-
FOR   SALE.
What? Why,- everything! And
what isn't for sale is for hire, which
amounts to the same thing. Provided
you have the price you can buy anything or anybody, and dirt cheap, at
that, despite the generally expressed
opinion to the contrary.
But first, you must have the price.
"Nothing for nothing and damned little for sixpence," is the motto of commerce.    So you must have the price.
Where do you get it? To have the
price wherewith to buy you must first,
if begging or stealing successfully is
not in your line, sell something.
And what have you workers to sell?
Yourselves? Well, everything is for
sale, biit everything is not saleable.
You can't sell yourselves in this civilized society of ours. It Is against
the Law. Also, nobody would give
two-bits a gross for you. (That's the
main reason why it's against the law,
by lhe way). That waB all very well
in the bad old days; but not now. In
this respect, at any rate, the capitalists practice a bit of the thrift they
.ireach. You are absolutely worthless, so Ihey don't buy you. Your power to labor is all there is about you
that is worth anything, and so they
buy that. The rest of you is only meat
and bones, and quite valueless meat
and bones, for our present high ethical standard will not permit us to eat
you. Moreover, you are tough, stringy,
and generally too lean to make anything but a thin soup.
So that is how you get the price
to buy with—by selling your power to
labor, your physical energy. You have
to   sell    it,    too,   not   having   any
MANITOBA PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE
Committee: Notice—This card Is Inserted for the purpose of getting
"YOU" interested In the Socialist
movement. SOfcyALISTS are always
members of the T*arty; so If you are
desirous of becoming a member, or
wish to get any Information, write tbe
Secretary, J. D, Houston, 493 Furby
St.,  Winnipeg.
SASKATCHEWAN PBOTXXCUX Executive Committee, Socialist Party of
Canada. Meets every first and third
Saturday in the month, 8:00 p.m., at
headquarters, Mahl Street, North Battleford. Secretary will answer any
communications regarding the movement ln this Province. L. Budden,
Secy., Box 101, North battleford, Sask.
MAHITIME PBOTINCIAL EXECUTIVE
Committee, Socialist Party of Canada,
meets every second and fourth Sundays In the Capo Breton office of tho
Party, Commercial Street, Glace -say,
N. S. Dan Coohrane, Secretary, rok
491, Glace Bay, N. S.
local owxaorwoon, b. c,  no.   a
S. P. of C, meets every Sunday evening ut Miners' Union Hall. Greenwood.
Visiting Comrades invited to call. C
Prinicrlle, Secrotary.
LOCAL VANCOUVEB No i, S. P. of C	
Business meeting every Tuesday evening at Headquarters, 213 Hastings St.
East. .7. A. Maedonald, secretary, 1724
Alberni St.
LOCAL     COLEMAN,     ALTA.,     NO.     ».
Miners' Hall and Opera Hou e. Propaganda meetings at 8 p.m. on the flrat
and third Sundays of tbe month. Business meetings on Thursday eve-ilnga
following propaganda meetings at 8.
Organizer, T. Steele, Coleman, Alta.;
Secretary, Jas. Glendennlng, Box 13,
Coleman, Alta. Visitors may receive
information any day at Miners' Hall
from Com. W. Graham, Secretary of
U. M. W. of A.
of
"LOCAL  EDMONTON,  ALTA.,  NO.  1,  ».
P. of C. Headquarters 622 First St.
Business and propaganda meetings
every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Our reading room is open to the public free, from 10 a.m. to It p.m. dolly.
Secretary, A. Farmilo, 622 First St.;
Organizer, W.  Stephenson.
LOCAL OALOABT, ALTA.,  NO.  4,  S.P.
of C.—Business meeting every Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the headquarters. 429 Kighth Ave. Fast, between Third and Fourth streets. F.
Tipping, Secretary.
LOCAX BEOINA NO. e, SASK., ME3TB
every Sunday, Trades Hall, S p.m.
Business meeting, second Friday, S
p.m., Trades Hall. B. Simmons, secretary, 1909 Garnet St., P.O. Box_1046.
LOCAL    FESNTE,   S.   P.   of   C,    HOLD
educational meetings In the Miners'
Union Hall, Victoria Ave., every Sunday evening at 7:30. Business meeting first Sunday ia each monlli, Miners' HaU at 2:30, W, h. Phillips, Secretary, Box 604.
LOCAL ROSSLAND, NO. 25, B. P. of 0.,
meets in Miners' Kali every Sunday at
7:30 p.m. K. Caaipls»ll, Secretary. P.O.
Box 674. Roawlaad Finnish Branch
meets In Flnlanders' Hnll, Sundays at
7:30 p.m. A. Sebble. Secretary, P.O
Box 54, Rossland.
LOCAL  BRAHDON, MAN., NO.  7, 8.  P.
of C. Headquarters, No. 10 Nation
Block, Hussar Ave. Propaganda meeting, Sundav at 8 p.m.: business meeting, second and fourth Mondays at S
p.m.; economic class, Friday at 8 p.m.
Secretary, T. Mellalleu, 141 Third St.,
Brandon,  Man.
LOCAL  LETHBRIDGE,  AXTA.,  NO.  IS,
S. P. of C. MoeLs first and third Sundays ln the month, at 4 p.m., ln
Miners' Hall. Secretary. Chas. Peacock.   Box   19S3
LOCAL   MICHEL,  B.   0.,   NO.   16,   S.   P.
of C, holds propaganda meetings
every Sunday afterneon at 2:30 p.m., In
Crahun's Hall. A hearty invitation is
extended to all wage slaves within
reach of us to attend our meetings.
Business meetlag* are held the firs;'
and third Sundays of, each month al
10:30 a.m. In the same hall. Party
organizers take notice. A. S. Julian,
Secretary*
LOCAL   NBLSON,   S.   P.   of  C,  MEETS
every Friday evening nt 8 p.m., in
Miners' Hall, NelBon, B. C. I. A. Austin, Secretary.
LOCAX PBINCB BWPEBT, B. C, No. 53,
S. P. of C, meets every Sunday In
hall ln Fnyu-ftss Theatre Block nt 2:00
p.m. L.  H.  Gorham.  Secretnry.	
LOCAL   BEVBLSTOXE,   B.C,    NO.    7,
S. P. of C. Business meetings nt Socialist headquarters fourth Thursdays
of each month. B. F. Gayman, Secre-
tary.	
LOCAL SANDON, B. C, NO. 38, S. P. Or
C. Meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
in the Sandun Miners' Unlor Hall.
Communications to be addressed
Ornwer K. Sandon. B. C.
LOCAL MOOSEJAW, SASK., No. 1, S. T.
OV C.—Propaganda meetings every
Sunday, 7:30 p. m.. In tne Trades Hall.
Kconomlc Class every Sunday, 3 p.m.
1). .McMillan, Sec. Treas., South Hill
P. 0., Sask.; A. Stewart, Organlier,
South Hill P. 0., Sask. All slaves welcome.
LOCAL No. 1, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA,
S. P. OP C—Headquarters 628% Main
Street. Winnipeg, room 2. next Dreamland Tbentre. Business meeting every
Sunday morning, at 11: economic claas
Wednesdays, at 8 p. m. Secretary'*
address, 270 Young Street. Propaganda meeting every Sunday evening
in ni-Mlnilnnd Tlieatre. Main Street, at
8   o'clock.     Discussion   invited.
LOCAX  OTTAWA,  NO.  S,  S. P.  of C	
Business meetings  the first  Sunday in    ]
the  month  nt  3  o'clock  p.m.   at  headquarters.      Secretary,    Sam   Horwith.
Headquarters,    36     1-2
Phone    27".      Address,
Ave.
Itldenu   Street.
322   Gladstone
pearance In history up to the present
time they have both alike been nothing I'" "*"' '"' '—■ —
more than the pliant tools of the mas-!tning else to sel1 and not havlllS any
ter class; and telling them that It was|otner way to get the "Price-" Besides
high time for the workers themselves Iyou lher6 are millions of others do
to realize their abject position in human society and refuse all further advice from a class whose very existence
depends upon keeping them in submission.
At eight o'clock sharp the meeting
was called to order Comrade J. Pritchard in the chair. The first speaker
of the evening was Com. W. A. Pritchard, who spoke for about thirty
minutes on the Paris Commune, graphically picturing this great historical
event, the causes that led up to its
existence, the combined efforts of all
branches o£ the aristocracy, the resolute and determined resistance of the
Communards, In such a manner that
the attention of the audiece was riveted on the speaker from his opening remarks till the last word was spoken.
One point forcibly brought out was the
international character ot Capital, not
only in the days of the Commune, but
at the present time aB well, and the
speaker concluded  with an  eloquent
LOOAX VICTORIA NO. 2, 8. P. of 0.—
Headquarters and reading room, 1319
Government St., Hoom 2, over Collis-
ter's gun store. Business meeting every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting  every  Sunday,   S   p.m.,   at  Crystal
every
Theatre.
lng the same thing, or trying to. But
the buying end of the market Is never
so brisk; sometimes it is extremely
"dull." And you and your mates have
got to sell; the one who sells cheapest makes the sale. Consequently the
price of your labor power is very "reasonable," very. The least you can
sell for is enough to keep you chewing. There being plenty of you selling, the price doesn't get far enough
away from that so you can write
home about it. You couldn't be a
much cheaper bunch of skates than
that, could you?
What does anyone want to buy your
labor power for, anyway? Wait, maybe you'll see it this way:
Long ago they used to buy slaves
and put them to work. They worked
with tools we wouldn't look at, unless
we had to pay a dime to look at them
ln a museum. They ploughed with
oxen and wooden ploughs. They wove
by hand and spun by foot-power.
They mowed with a sycthe and thraBh
LOCAL  VEBNON,   B.   C,  NC.  38,  8.  P.
of C. Meets every Tuesday. 8:00 p.m
sharp, at L. O. I,. Hall, Tronson St
W. H. Gllmore, Secretary. 	
LOCAL  OLACE  BAT,  NO.  1,  OP  N.  8.
Business and propaganda meeting
every Thursday nt 8 p.m. ln Macdon-
ald's Hall. Union Street. All are welcome. Alfred Nash, Corresponding
Secretary, Glace Bay: Wm. Sutherland,
Organizer, New Aberdeen: H. G. Roes,
Financial Secretary, olflce In D. N.
Brodie Printing Co. Building, Union
Street,	
LOCAL    SIDNEY    MINES    NO.    7,    Of
Nova Scotia.—Business and propaganda meetings every second Monday
at 7:30 ln the S. O. B. T. Hall back
of Town Hall. Wil'inm Allen, Secretary, Box 344.	
LOCAL   VANCOUVBR,   B.    C.    NO.    45.
Finnish. Meets every second and
fourth Thursdays ln the month at 2237
_Main Street. Secretary', Wn*._Mynttl._
Local Vancouver, S. P. of C. No. 58—
Lettlcb meets every first Sunday In
the month, at 512 Cordova St. K.
Secretary,  Ad.   Kreekn. 602
UXBAINIAN SOCIALIST FEDERATION ot the S. P. of C is organized
for tlie purpose of educating the
Ukrnineun workers to the revolutionary principles of this party. The
Ukranlan Federation publish their own
weekly organ, "Nova Hrorrmchi" (New
Society), at 443 Kinlstlno Ave., Edmonton, Alto. English comrades desiring Information ro the Federation,
write to .).  Senuk, Fin.  Secretary.
appeal to the workers to likewise or-j threBhed wlth a fall,    Tlley 6melte(i
ers?   Why did we come out West if!chinery of production and the hrarness-
we wanted plenty of railroads?
Why not stay East and In the Old
Countries if these were what we
wanted ?
The fact of the matter is that hardly one propertyless worker will be
benefitted in any way If the whole
country were honeycombed East and
West, North and South, by railways.
That interesting and hysterical class
of modern parasites known as the
real estate fraternity will be the chief
beneficiaries by the proposed legislation and it is a question if the most
successful of this fraternity do not
deserve the admiration with which
the average wage slave Is usually
quite ready to regard them. Nobody
can license these purveyors of rocks
ing of the natural forces of the world.
This state of mind in the presence
of luxury and wealth untold. And
Ihe wage slave resents being called
a slave.
If not a slave, what Is he? With
all those things that the people must
have access to ln order to live ln Ihe
hands of a small class known as the
capitalists, the balance of the people
must be slaves; no other term will
describe the situation.
If as one of a certain class in society I am absolutely compelled to
work for a member or members of
anolher class, I can be nothing else
than a slave.
If thlB working class, which is compelled to work for another class, out-
and stumps of not being alive to and|mlmbers  the  other  class  by  tenth
one, then we have no other alternative Ihan to classify them as a docile,
spiritless  bunch  of  slaves   that  are
only fit to be in the position they now
1 occupy.    The    Blave    system    under
j which we are working is veiled by the
p^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^I methods of exploitation and made to
industries    down    to    the appear   to   be   one   of   voluntary   ar-
smallest non-use-prpduclhg    parasite, rangement. Bul we find that the slave
«.'   haw    i   wing   tin,'   know   where!cU,Sfi are compelled to work  for th"
conscious of their own Interesls.
When necessary they will gather together like a threatening storm-cloud
and besiege governments, shake city
administrations and moke the whole
press of a country do their bidding.
From the leading financiers am
heads   of   Industries   down   to   theiappear
their interests lie, and, what Is more
to the point, look niter ami protect
flicse InfovestS hy every means in
their power.
Why should nol society admire and
honor this class, even as we admire
other i lass, or, to put it more concisely, thty the compelled to sell their
labor power to the capitalists. Al-
though absolute slaves to the master
tdass, Hie arrangement of paying
wages, In the place of direct supplies
ganlze and join hands in a great International movement. Comrade J. P.
Lord, who next took the floor, chose
as his subject the ancient and modern
slave revolts, dwelling at some length
on the efforts of Spartacus, Eunus,
Tyler, Ball and other revolutionists of
whom our conventional bourgeois historians have nothing to Bay, to accomplish the freedom of themselves and
their class. Some of the more recent
events, such as the Chartist agitation,
the French transport workers' strike,
the present coal miners' Btrike in England and the Industrial strife In Lawrence, Mass., were also touched upon
and ably dealt with. Getting down to
the present campaign, Com. Lord briefly reviewed-the platform and promises
of the McBride administration, showing the workers the utter futility of
any longer giving their sanction to a
party whose whole function was to
cater to the wishes of the master class.
Com. W. Bennett, the next speaker,
humorously referred to the railway
policies of both the Liberal and Conservative partieB, and strongly advocated the institution of a railway system where the ties could be placed at
a regulation distance of thirty-three
inches apart, and that cushions should
be placed on the brake-beams to insure
the comfort of the wage slaves whose
only recreation was running round the
country looking for jobs. Taking the
Liberal platform, plank by plank, the
speaker then showed how little benefit
would accrue to the workers by the
adoption of government, ownership, woman suffrage, single tax or local option, and that only through their own
"■mblned efforts could the workers
achieve their emancipation. Com. J.
Field, who followed, referred to the
=lgn on the package, "Let the gold
dust twins do your work," and aptly
with a furnace that wouldn't heat a |
modern hotel. In everything they'
were slow as the second coming. But
in spite af that these slaves produced
ao much wealth that they fairly glut
ted their masters, whose tastes were
quite expensive. Over and above that
they produced enough so that their
owners were able to afford to feed
them a sight better than the modern
worker on the average feeds himself.
It paid to feed them, too, for lt cost
money to replace them.
Today production is quite different. With modern machinery the
workers can now produce more
wealth In a minute than thoBe slaves
could think about in a week. And
as we have suggested, the worker of
today doesn't get rations that make
him noticeably fat as a rule. Stands
to reason there must be considerable
"overs." That is whey they give you
jobs, or, buy your labor power. You
get the price of your feed. They get
the overs. That Ib where they get
the price wherewith to buy things.
It is a beautiful syBtem. Everything Ib for sale and you dig up the
price . Your bosses take it out of you
and you take it out of yourself. Keep
right on. That's the way you voted.
Go  sell   yourself.
PRICE LIST OF SUPPLIES.
(To Locals.)
Charter    (with    necessary    sup
plies to start  Local) $5.00
Membership  Cards,   each 01
Dues Stamps, each 10
Platform   and   application   blank
per  100    25
Ditto In  Finnish, per 100 50
Ditto In  Ukranian, per 100 50
Constitutions, each   20
Ditto, Finnish, per dozen , ""
PLATFORM
Socialist Party of Canada
We, the Socialist Party of Canada, in convention assembled, affirm
our allegience to and support of the principles and program of the revolutionary working class.
Labor produces all wealth, and to the producers it should belong.
The present economic system is based upon capitalist ownership of the
means of production, consequently all the products of labor belong to
the capitalist class. The capitalist is therefore master; the worker a
slave. ,
S^i long as the capitalist class remains in possession of the reins of
government all the powers of the State will be used to protect and
defend their property rights in the means of wealth production and
their control of the product of labor.
The capitalist system gives to the capitalist an ever-swelling stream
ot profits, and to the worker an ever-increasing measure of misery and
degradation.
The interest of the working class lies in the direction of setting
itself free from capitalist exploitation by the abolition of the wag*
system, under which is cloaked th* robbery of the working class at th*
point of production. To accomplish this necessitates the transformation
of capitalist property in the means of wealth production into collective
or working-class property.
The irrepressible conflict of interests between the capitalist and
the worker is rapidly culminating ina struggle for possession of th*
reins of government—the capitalist to hold, the worker to secure it by
political action.   This is the class struggle.
Therefore, we call upon all workers to organize under th* banner
of the Socialist Party of Canada with the object of conquering th*
public powers for the purpose of setting up and enforcing the economic
program of the working class, as follows:
1. The transformation, as rapidly as possible, of capitalist property
in the means of wealth production (natural resources, factories, mills,
railroads, etc.) into the collective property of th* working class.
2. The democratic organization and management of industry by
the workers.
3. The et*«blishment, as speedily as possible, of production for
use instead of production for profit.
The Socialist Party when in office shall always and everywhere
until the present system is abolished, make the answer to this question
its guiding rule of conduct: Will this legislation advance the interest*
of tho working class and aid the workers in their class struggle against
capitalism? If it will, the Socialist Party is for it; if it will not, th*
Socialist Part yis absolutely opposed to it.
In accordance with this principle the Socialist Party pledges itself
to conduct all th public affairs placed in its hands in such a manner
as to promote the interests of the working class alone.
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THE WESTERN CLARION VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
PAGE THREE
CORRESPONDENCE
EMANCIPATION   BY THE  BALLOT.
Whereas, the discontent and unrest
of the TextiU* Workers of Lawrence,
Mass., compelled the law-making
body of Massachusetts to pass a law
reducing the hours of work from 56
to 54 per week;
Whereas, the Woolen Trust reduced
the pay of the workers, thereby precipitating a strike, involving 25,000
people, mostly women and children,
who have been grossly mistreated by
the police and soldiery:
Be it resolved, that we, the members of Winnipeg C. P. R- System,
Division No. 1, Commercial Telegraphers' Union, in body assembled,
protest against such barbaric actions,
and extend our moral and financial
support, herewith remitting as our
first instalment the sum of $25.00, in
support of the Textile Workers of
Lawrence, to assist in their struggle
against a reduction of their already
low standard of living.
Editor Western Clarion, Vancouver.
The above resolutions passed by
Local C. P. R. of Winnipeg in meeting Sunday, March 3rd; $25.00 as first
installment forwarded today to Bro.
Jos. Bedard of Textile Strikers' Com.,
9 Mason St., Lawrence, Mass. More
to come. Kindly give publication.
Fraternally, ~*
FRED FIX,
Chairman    Soliciting    Committee.
Winnipeg, Man., March 7th, 1912.
INFORMATION WANTED.
.lack Corrie, sixteen years old, left
Calgary Jan. 23, 1912, with the intention of going to British Columbia. Description: Tall, dark and slim; sallow
complexion. When he left he was
wearing a black cap, navy blue pants
(serge) and short brown coat. Anybody knowing of his whereabouts will
greatly obilge his parents by communicating with them at 324 6th Ave. E.,
Calgary, Alta.
Sincrely yours,
JOHX CORRIE.
and the thousands of others in a
worse position belong to the working
class.
For five unmarried ladies we have
columns of sympathy; for the thou
■amis of others—silence, broken only
by the resounding whack of the policeman's club or the crack of the
soldier's rifle, when they pitifully ask
for a few cents more.
But this is as it must be, because
the present economic system is a
system built up with the working
class at the bottom; those at the bottom get the dirt, and the workers will
remain at the bottom till they change
the system and classes are no more.
Thanking you for your space, I am,
Sir, yours truly,
ED. FULCHER.
345 Twenty-second St., Brandon, Man.
HERE AND THERE.
(By Watts.)
Barons, Alta., March 13, 1912.
The Western Clarion,
Vancouver, B. C.
Dear Comrades:
As we have just received a visit
from the old war horse, Comrade
O'Brien, we held two meeting, one
at Comrade Wilson's and one at the
hall at Barons. We are making application for a charter to start a local.
We have some of the real red scattered out In this district, as we hustled
six new subs, for the Clarion on the
pledge that Comrade Wilson made last
summer.
Yours in the fight,
MRS. M. G. ANTRIM.
HOW THEY COME
Judging by the way subs, are coming in, there are very few comrades
who are anxious about the revolution.
The revolution is bound to come, but
not until the slaves want it, and when
they want it, it will take a lot of
hustling to educate the rest to get it.
Get busy right now.
Here are the hustlers for the week:
C. 51. O'Brien, Alta  7
M. Lightstone, Calgary, Alta  6
E. Simpson, Victoria, B. C   4
A. H. Greenar, St. Catherines, Ont. 4
W. Allen, Sidney Mines, N. S  3
A. Red, Queen Charlotte Is., B. C... 3
K. Johnson, Montreal, Que   2
E. Russell, Victoria, B. C   2
W. Gribble, Cumberland, B. C  2
Singles:
W. W. Lefeaux, Cumberland; G. D.
Smith, Sandon, B. C; G. N. Hintsa,,
Gibsons Landing; J. Watson, Winnipeg; A. E. Faulkner, Conjuring Creek,
Alta.; A. H. Maclsaac, Shandllla, B. C ;
G. A. Barber, Stopplngton, Alta.; G.
Worth, City; C. Mulcahy City; C. C.
WeTlerman, Lumsden Mills, Que.; Wm.
McQuoid, Edmonton; H. C. Besant,
Hed Deer, Alta.
NOT ACCEPTED.
The following was sent to the Brandon Dally Sun, but was not published.
The reading of It will disclose the reason why it could not be accepted:
Editor Brandon Dally Sun.
Dear Sir:—In your issue of Saturday last you have a pitiful account of
the privations of Dickens' granddaughter. Your paper ls no exception
to the rule, as In almost every paper
there are similar articles.
Now why should the Dickens' family be singled out, and such pitiful
accounts be written of their misfortunes? Are there not many in England in a similar or worse predicament?
Wo are told in your columns that
Cecile Dickens Is struggling along on
ten dollars a week. Ten dollars Is
over two pounds, and that as a weekly salary for a single woman Is not
too bad In England. In fact, many, a
great many, English families have to
live on considerably less. I know of
English families living on but little
over three dollars per week, and some
of these families numbering ten persons.
When these people complain, they
are told to be more contented with
their lot, and each and all are paid
according to their ability, and that
this is a competitive system and that
"the race ls to the swift, and the battle to the strong."
And when these people strike in an
endeavor to better their condition, all
the forces of government are used to
hold them down.
Why this solicitude on behalf of
five unmarried ladies, and not a word
for the other suffering thousands?
It is because the Dickens' family
belongs to the so-called "better class'
The once great Liberal party have
no free authomobile rides, no free
beer, no cigars and no cash to offer
you for your vote in this election.
What is the reason, are they reforming, or have all the monied men deserted them?
* *   *
McBride's gang will supply the railroad policy and you will supply the
railroad.
McBride's gang will ride on the
cushions, you will ride on the rods.
McBride's gang will figure out the
prosperity of B. C. and you will make
the prosperity.
McBride's gang will get the prosperity, you will get .
* *    •
The Capitalist class boasts of their
usefulness, the working class boasts
of the dignity of labor.
* *    *
The Capitalist class owns and controls, the working class are owned and
controlled.
* *    *
Which do you prefer, slavery or
freedom? By voting the Liberal or
Conservative ticket you vote for slavery; by voting the Socialist ticket you
vote for freedom.
* s    «
Before you mark your ballot think
hard, try to think whether it is more
likely for a working man to remedy
the conditions of the working class or
more likely for a capitalist to.
* *   •
Many politicians remind one of a
deaf deacon who doesn't know whether it is a collection or a funeral sermon which is coming.
* *   *
When the German government is In
trouble with the striking coal miners
"the Christian trades unions" (where
did they steal that name?) will oppose
the strikers. Oh, the international solidarity of fake!
* *    *
Socialism Is the greatest political
fact in existence today. By which
we mean it ia the only conception of
society that even pretends to understand its structure and account for
its phenomena.
Reform spells reaction. It is poison
to the revolution. So long as the majority remain with faith unshaken in
the efficacy of reform the revolution
halts. It cannot proceed until the futility of reform becomes recognized by
the majority. The revolutionary program will then proceed to a finish.
How long, O Plug! How long will
and can you endure this belly crawling that ends always In your own undoing?
How long will you submit to these
priests of capital, you whose labor creates all their luxuries and comforts—
you, whose reward ls no more than the
market price of your physical energy?
You, whose reward is old age and
poverty.
You, whose reward when sick or injured is merely to be replaced by another who ls sound in wind and limb.
If the working class arises to the
situation and takes the action that
should be taken, this rotten capitalist regime may be brought to an
end and all the social forces worth
while turned to the comfort and
well being of all, and the consequent
uplift of the race to a saner and
more decent civilization.
Capitalist dominion over the means
of production, and the consequent
enslavement of labor, must be
broken at all hazards. It cannot be
broken too soon for the common
good of the world's workers. It cannot happen too soon for the good of
the race.
We camp on the ground we have
won through the day, and we're
ready to march In the morning. And
what a camping ground for the cosmopolitan army of men resolved to
be free is furnished by the Socialist
conception and plan of action! Here
the best of every race find common
ground ln their common human Interests in fighting the common enemy of all—the capitalist system
that exists and follows them like
the pall of death in every civilized
state.
Prlmatlve man, in primary days,
with his rude weapon and crude
methods of living, enjoying the fruits
of his labor to the full extent, and
with his chosen councils and sachem,
or chief, settled all their little matters
amicably between them and for the
common good, but when we reach
that stage of human development
when man substituted beast of burden for that of human prey, the scene
Is changed. The division of the
classes, a ruling class and a subject
class, was the result of man's intellectual development in discovering
how to stir the earth's surface with a
stick. The ruling class have all along
the line of humanity's progress controlled governments, seized the judicial and juridical courts, made laws
and passed measures all in the interest of themselves. The laboring or
subject class have repeatedly appealed to those of their oppressors for
relief from their sufferings, but have
always  been  ignored.
The Board of Trade deputation from
Edmonton to Calgary for an eight-
hour law for workers and the abolition of child labor has been treated]
with silence. The Government investigation of the Bellevue mine disaster
nas resulted in a fizzle, the workers;
receiving the usual reward—'ihe
Promised Land!"
It is now twelve months since that
little band' of agricultural toilers
knocked at the door of the Alberta
Legislature, humbly pleading for an
outlet for the products of their toil,
but uii to the present not a word have
we heard, never a whisper in reply,
everything is as silent as the grave.
Premier Sifton can see the justice of
the case, but he cannot serve two
masters; he cannot servo both capital and labor. In the speech from the
throne we hear the voice thundering
with all the power of eloquence available, praising to the very heavens the
incoming of Canada's new Governor-
General, but no, never a word do we
hear in reply to lhe many deputations of labor. There is no room in
the vocabulary of those servants of
capitalism for the elimination of the
ghastly and relentless conditions that
have for ages and ages cursed mankind. Never in the history of governments have the workers been
treated to anything but contempt.
The workers, both manual and intellectual, have been for ever despised
and rejected, - robbed, starved and
cheated out of their just and honest
dues. Yet it is labor that has brought
us to where we stand today.
From the tiny craft to the huge
super-Dreadnought; from that roughly
formed implement to the gigantic oil-
pull plow; from that minute little colony on the Delaware, across a vast
continent dotting here and there majestic cities with their magnificent edifices and numerous millionaires have
all been the result of labor. Labor
has harnessed the water, it has harnessed the air, it has snatched the
lightning and plundered the inanimate all for man's use. Labor has
increased the productive power of
man a thousandfold; it has brought
the world to the threshold of humanity. Labor conveys to the very mouth
of the wealthy the spoon that feeds
them. Yet they will shrink from its
very touch as if it were some venon-
mous reptile.
To wander to and fro, from place
to place, from city to city, and from
nation to nation, heartbroken, weary
and footsore in search of work, to eat
bread, bent down in grey hairs, with
sorrow to a premature grave, is the
reward of the creators of the world's
wealth. Despised, shunned and: rejected, the workers have become extremely poor, and as Aristotle said of
the ancient artist, they have become
so poor that they are too poor to be
good.
When Governments tolerate conditions whereby the people have become so poor that they are too poor
to be good, they have arrived at the
brink of decay and death.
The poor, Ignorant, and innocent
workers of ancient days were driven
before the mighty power of greed and
cupidity, forced to burrow into the
ground and live in a subterranean
world. They were despised and rejected by the official religion, denied
the right of marriage and the family;
damned before and after death; deprived of manhood and recognition,
just the same as they are doing today.
The ancient, aristocratic element,
with their perverted gluttonous appetite for profits, to rid themselves of
the increasing votive power of the
workers, a power that threatened
their citadel, smeared the living bodies of their victims (working men, of
course) with petroleum, rolled them
in grease and tallow, set them alight
and made a torch In that horrible
procession demanded by Nero.
The procession of humanity today
is but a reflex of that ghastly scene
in ancient days; mine explosions igniting its victims and roasting them
beyond recognition; arsenal disasters
scattering the human in fragments; a
world of degradation and poverty,
with Its millions of babes lhat continually tug at a mllkless breast, and
dispersion of peaceful workers by
clubs and modern murdering machines, all figure in this horrible modern procession of a hell-like scramble
for gold.
The peaceful Socialists are unceasingly striving to plead the laboring
masses Into their own created possessions. They are circulating literature
In the form of menial dynamite, dynamite that will more than equal all
the explosives that fill tho capitalist
arsenals and magazines of today.
Oh, ye workers! "Why not read
and ferment the human brain with
facts? You have been induced In bygone days to manufacture the weapon
that reached your own heart, and In
order to live you are compelled to do
the same, today, but the weapon
wherein lies your own salvation is
your pen. A weapon that has always
been advocated by Socialists. So
think and act and when the time
comes round use this peaceful weapon at the ballot box, return men of
your own class to power—men that
stand for labor, control of the tools
of production, and the complete overthrow of the profit system. Then and
then only will you have full recognition in the legislative assemblies.
GEO.   PATON.
Lawrence, Mass., March 13.—The
great textile strike practically came
to an end at 11:30 today when the
sub-committee of the strikers accepted
a schedule of increased wages, offered
by William M. Wood, president of the
American Woolen Company.
The strikers announced that they
had gained virtually every concession
asked when the strike was declared
nine weeks ago.
In some instances the mill owners
have offered increases of 20 per cent.
In actual salary the increases offered,
which are those under consideration
by the strikers' committee of the
whole, run from $1.08 per week down
to 54 cents per week for highest paid
skilled operatives.
The notice of increase, which will
be posted Friday in the mills here, is
as follows:
"All employes formerly receiving
9% cents and less per hour will be
given an increase of 2 cents per hour.
"Employes formerly receiving 9% to
10 cents per hour    will    receive    increases of 1 % cents per hour.
"Employes formerly receiving 10 to
11 cents per hour will receive increases
of 1% cents per hour.
"Employes formerly receiving 11 to
12 cents  per  hour  will   receive   Increases of 1% cents per hour.
One Cent Increase.
"Employes formerly receiving 12 to
20 cents per hour will receive increases of 1 cent per hour. The same
increase will be given all those who
formerly received over 20 cents an
hour.
"All job workers- will get an increase of 5 per cent. All overtime
work will be paid for at time and a
quarter."
The terms of settlement here will
probably be applied to the entire tex
tile industry throughout New England
and New York state, and the increases, In that event, will affect some
300,000 workers.—Daily Socialist.
Wouldn't this make you weep. All
these weeks of suffering, loss of pay
and brutal treatment for a few cents
increase. Look to the wages now being received and the time, struggling
and expense to get it, and ask yourself if you can ever expect to get a
decent living wage by means of the
strike.
CALGARY LOCAL.
These be strange days indeed. Each
passing moment sees some new burden added to the already overtaxed
legislative bodies. Those who stand
at the helm of state, though, Spartanlike, refuse to budge although bowed
down with legislative toll, their brows
stern bent to face the stress of business, show only eagerness to do more,
whose Visits to the speaker's room
(there resldeth, coyly, like a maid untried) the Black and White, and eke
the Club Special) are but to draw
from the bonded warehouse ol information there installed, fresh weapons
for the conflict. These, we say, martyrs in the common cause have been
more sternly tried this last sesBion in
Alberta than ever before. And
amongst the freakish bills presented
none more foolish than the proposed
censor for moving pictures. What
next? Those black-coated shepherds
whose flocks have all but deserted,
nauseated with the line of dope they
carry, must perforce do something to
earn their salary. Hence, casting an
eagle eye around and lurlhermore
well acquainted with the darker side
of life, they see more in the moving
picture shows than ever the writer
has seen. A nauseating travesty ot
Love is about the extent of their
"harmfulness" from a common point
of view, but these champions of public decency see more, they observe
quite plainly the ways of the "adversary." So far as being Immoral, they
appear to the writer to be all that can
be desired from a stand point of master class morality. The good man always proves the winner, he always
wedB the maiden "all se-cne," and the
bad man always gets his. The thoughtful maid who saves her pennies and
invests in garments for the poor, is
always a howling success. Love and
tho struggle for females by the males
always ends correctly. "Sho" holds
out seductive arms to "him" and one
hears tho joy bells In the distance.
There ls weeping Bometlraea over
Papa's grave lo slow music. Trie nou
and then the slaves are treated to a
leg show, a litlle dancing In short
frocks and gauzy coverings, but (here
Ib always someone to cry shnme anc
remind the assembled ii1u;;b i hat work
and not such evil pleasures are their
natural bent.
Religion also is served. Christ is
made to come and go with an agility
quite startling in one so long dead|
The displaying of the Passion Play is
perhapB one of the most striking evidences of the modern commercial
spirit. To tear from the vitals of
Christian faith all the Christian holds
sacred, to display before crowds of
callous slaves, this, the utmost mystery of the modern mental opiate, at
the price of 25 cents per head, is playing the game too coarsely. The women wept as women will; the men
swore as men have a habit of doing,
the owner of the show collected "2
bits" and smiled. Religion by the
yard! Shades of Saint Cyril! The effort to "popularize" dogmas dependent
upon the antithesis of popularisation,
mystery, spells death to that religion.
Already a "dead dog," this sort of
thing will dismember the remains, and
our moral reform league get not busy.
If, however, our M. R. L. were as
smart as they ought to be, they would
direct their attack upon those plays
that display the extremes of our social system. One sees the wealthy
disporting themselves, amid delightful
surroundings. Beautiful women, manly men, noble halls* all the charm and
splendor of our masters' HveB is displayed before us. They revel, they
dance, they feast, and all look happy.
Joy riding and pie-girl suppers are the
order of the day. They glide through
the dreamy waltzes and foot the gay
quadrille. Later is displayed a beaten
wage slave, his pen a back garret, his
starved wife and forlorn children look
pleadingly to him for bread. He rises
and with a tragic look around and
a muttered curse upon his hopeless
condition, embraces his she slave and
forth once more to gain a job. With
the kisses of his children still hot
upon his lips he contemplates finding
profound rest from an all too weary
life, in the dark waters of some muddy river. Of course just at this moment a capitalist comes along and
changes things. But the slave knows
that that which has gone before is
true and that 'tis harder to find a
job than to lose one. He can mentally separate the grain from the chaff
and we are content to leave it to him.
The censor also might get after these
films where stripes are introduced and
slaves shot. This more than anything
is likely to destroy public morals. The
slaves might see through the game,
might discover the source of that
wealth, fragments of which moral reform leagues fatten upon.
All this is an aid to our propaganda.
Our chief aim after all is to make the
slave realise that he is a slave and
that he wants the wealth he is creating. The picture shows are aiding in
this and censor or no censor the result
will be the same.    ALF BUDDEN.
nowned Internationally for Its fearless
advocacy of labor's cause—It Is a duty
you owe to yourself and  your fellow
workers to become one at once.   Read
it carefully week by week and get others to read lt.   You wlll be surprised
how soon those problems which now
seem  so hard  to you  wtll  appear ■
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IN THE OLDEN  DAYS.
The coal miner, bo strenuous in his
demands just now, was among the laBt
of the toilers to discover that he had a
soul of his own. There was the Scotch
miner, for instance, whose woes are
summarized by Mr. Hackwood In his
"Good Old Times;" "From about the
year 1445 until 1775 the miners of
Scotland were bought and sold with
the soil. It is stated In old chronlcleB
that bloodhounds were kept to trace
them if they left their employment,
and to aid in bringing tbem back. By
statute law minors were bound to work
all days in the year except Paschal
and Yule, and if they did not work
they were to be 'whipped in the bodies
for the glory of God and for the good
of their masters.' Not until 1775 wai
the first law passed in an attempt to
better this Btate of things, but lt wat
1799 ere the law gave the working
miner of Scotland his complete freedom.—London Chronicle.
So in 1799 the miners got their complete freedom. Freedom to what?
Freedom to go from one boBB to another to work. Freedom to wait long
weeks in idleness for the opening up
of work; freedom to strike for a living
wage only to be turned Into targets for
legalized murderers; freedom to Btarve
long years for a parisitlcal class, to be
thrown on the scrap heap when too
old to produce profits; freedom to produce part of the wealth of the world •
and receive in return leBS than a slave
of 1445 got. ...
READER, ATTENTION.
This paper—The Western Clarion-
is published by the Socialist Party of
Canada. Its mission is to point the
way to a remedy of the many evils
which afflict that great class in society
known as the working class, as distinguished from the non-working class.
Week by week it discusses in an intelligent manner some p-irt of the
great problem which presses ever
more and more forcibly for solution.
Its object is to get you to begin and
study out how best you and your class
can deal with the great questions of
the day. Working men will have to
work out their own salvation, no one
else wants to do It or will do It for
you, so you must begin to do it yourself—the sooner the better. If you
have a vote you can begin your work
on March 28th by voting the Socialist
ticket. If you have no vote It is your
just duty to become a citizen of the
country you live in by putting in at
once your application to be placed on
the voters' list. If you are not a subscriber  to   this   paper—a   paper   re-
Capitalist expansion has not been
entirely confined to this western
hemisphere. In the Oriental countries a rapid transformation from
older forms of production to the
capitalist method has taken place.
ThlB has been especially marked in
Japan and territory over which she
has control. Up-to-date factories
have been builded and equipped
with the moBt modern and powerful
machinery. While for a time this
machinery was Imported from Europe or America it is a well known
fact that the Orientals are now
building It upon their own account.
An outlet that wus formerly afford;
ed for Europeans and American capitalists to dispose ot the plundet
taken from their wage slaves is thin
being closed, most seriously aggraval
ing the situation in those countriei
Ab the Oriental countries move U
tho front In the capitalist procession by arming themselves with the-
most powerful Industrial appliances
and methods, they become powerful competitors for the trade that has
previously afforded, to a large extent, a safety valve against industrial
depression and the turbulence and
even revolution that are liable to result from it in the older capitalist
countries.
Hardy Bay
PORT HARDY
Farm Lands and Building Lots
CHINA AND JAPAN un DEVELOPING AN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM
to supply the world from their mills, mines anil factories; the captains
of Industry all over the world have spent [pillions to help wake UD the
Orient; the same men Indirectly caused lhe building of me Panama
Canal to handle the slow freight and resources of the Orient for tha
markets of Europe.
The same captains of Industry are to make lliinlv Bay the terminal
for all the passenger Bervlce. mall anil faxt freight, are now soenn.
Iuk fortunes on preliminary work In  the district.
HARDY UAV IS Till-: NEAREST HARBOR TO CHINA AVU
JAPAN ON THE PAIFIC coast, which wlll connect the three -Seat
trunk railroads with  the Oriental anil Ahi.sknn  licet.
PASSENGER SERVICE, MAIL SERVICE AND FAST FREIGHT
CAN BE SHIPPED rBOM HABDY BAT BT RAILROAD—THUS S\V
TWO A Tote* HAT'S TIM**! OVER ANT OTHER PORT ON TOE
PA CT FIC •
HARDY BAY IS Till-; NEAREST COALINd STATION- ON Till-
PACIFIC TO THE ORIENT, Mammoth coal and Iron depoiits have
been discovered nciir tbe harbor. Well-known financiers are contemn at.
ini? building one of the largest Steel plants In  the world     Thev also
Intend to liiilld a I'ulp Mill that wll be second lo nor n the continent
Hardy Hay Wll also capture the Alaskan trade, and Is Hie only natural
gateway or the Pacific Coast —and Is destined to become the Matrooolla
of the North. '
40-Acre Farms City Building Lots
GROUND FLOOR PRICES AND EAST TERMS.
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THE WESTERN CLARION VANCOUVER. BRITISH COLUMBIA.
8ATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1912
WHAT WE WANT
(By Wilfred Gribble)
It's very [simple, Whal the Socialists want is all the means
of production for all the workers- The Socialists want all the
'•mil mines in order llml the workers may dig all lhe coal they
waul | all i In- railways, in order that they may convey that coal
to where Ihey need it.
[Nothing puzzling about thai, is there?
The Socialist*" want all the iron mines for the workers, in
ordi P thai the workers may produce iron to turn into steel in
ordor to build railways. Locomotives and cars to convey coal,
Iron, wood, food, and, in fact, everything, to wherever these
tilings tire needed, In Eacl the Socialists want the workers to
own all the mines, all the railways, all tho forests, all the factories, all the mills all tbe means of life—in common, so that
they, the workers, may produce plenty for themselves, because
they need to and el se to, and not because a certain few (as
at pri'sonl give them permission. Nothing hard to understand
iiliiiiti ihis proposition, is there?
This world is a world of plenty,   No denying thatl   Why
■ li i all the human race have plenty?   Can you answer that
question, fellow worker? Wo Socialists say it is because a
small class own the mines, the railways, factories, and so on,
ami when it siiils them, they allow the miners, the railway
men, the factory hands, to work, because it suits them, and for
nc other reason, nol because these workers want work in order
to get wages in order to buy rood, but because the owners can
trcl profits In allowiug the workers to have a job. When tbey
no longer ran make profits out df a worker's' labor, they dis-
ehargo him.   "Right to work" to the contrary notwithstanding,
lie has i hoice iii the matter.   They have the power to dis-
charge him.   Why.'
The? wners,,these  capitalists, are bul   human  beings,
with n head, a hody, two arms, and two legs, just: the same
as the workers, no bigger, if as big, as the workers, certainly
not as bodil} strong, on the average; from a useful standpoint,
not as intelligent, and in point of numbers, pitiably insignifi-
eanl to thp working elass.   Yet they are up and the working
class are down; yet they  trol and the working class are at
their mercy; yel ihey "toil not. neither do they spin." and live
in seeiu'ii', en the best of everything, while producing nothing
bul trouble for the working class, and the workers, who produce all useful things, livevlives ol* anxiety, insecurity and want,
in a world of plenty. Can you say why, non-Socialist fellow
worker?   We Socialists can.
II is I ause the capitalist class owns and does not work
and the working duss works (when given permission), but does
not own.   On th ie hand we have the owners, who hy virtue
of their Ownership, are born to enjoy, bred to enjoy, educated
to enjoy, und enjoy the best of everything throughout their
lives. On the olher hand we have the working elass, who are
born (bred like cattle) to work, bred to work, educated to
work, and go on working, or looking for work, all their lives.
All this, mark you, in a world of plenty-
Conic now, what's the remedy for poverty in the world of
plenty'.' Does it, lie in the hands of the ruling elass? Oh. no;
they don't suffer from poverty, and therefore have no incentive
to do anything effectual for the workers. Does it lie in lhe
church or its (various) teachings?
Oh. no: lhe church, the handmaiden of the ruling class,
has been chloroforming the workers too long; for hundreds of
years, many hundreds, they bave been fooling tbe workers
with a celestial mirage "Look up. brothers and sisters." its
priests have said; wc have been looking up. and the ruling
elass have grabbed everything in sight.
No, the hope of lhe working class does not lie in the
church, its teachings, or its "priests in slavery's pay." Does it
lie in the Liberal m- Conservative parties?   If so. how is it, that
as both  parlies have been in office many ti s. they did not
settle the matter for good and all when they were in?
How li ng, yuii workers, will you trust to these broken
reeds? We Socialists, who have studied the matter, we Socialists who are enslaved workers like yourselves, tell you lhat your
only hope is in yourselves, that, you have .to study, you have
to train, you have to organize for the definite, avowed, uncompromising, unmixed purpose of depriving the capitalist elass of
their class property in the means of life, converting tbat property into social property, so that we may all be citizens, equally
owning and equally controlling tbe means of life, all with an
equal right to work, and an equal.right, to enjoy.
ITow shall wc do this? Well, what stands in the way?—
the powers of government, which stand as guarantee for the
present form of ownership, behind that government stands your
vote, behind your vote is your ignorance of your class interests.
What other explanation is there? You nre far. very far. tbe
more numerous. You are. potentionally, far stronger than the
capitalists. Hut you don't- know how tq use your strength.
The way to use your strength is to get together and act together to dispossess lhe ruling class, lint you will not do this
unless you educate yourselves on class lines. Suberibe for the
Western Clarion. Read it carefully, and we Socialists know
what the results will eventually be.
PLAIN TALK TO WORKINGMEN.
Xo matter how insignificant the workingman may appeal'
to he. as nn individual, the fact remains that the wol'king class
constitutes tic only use! ul pari of human society.
li is ihe working class alone ih.it makes any form of
human society possible, because il is solely by labor that the
resources of il arth ine converted to human use.
It is ihe working class that produces all woalth, as the
term is used iii Hie world of coiiimei'ee and exchange.
It   is the  working  class  that   produces  the> vast  store   of
commodities wiih which the world's markets are continually
supplied.
!t is ttie vcrj presence of a working class that gives even
to land ami tl ai'th's resources an exchange value-
All uf lhe boasted wealth of the world that, is expressed
in money terms is ihe product of labor, and of labor alone.
In Spite of nil this, Ihe working class is practically without
wealth,
Though the working class builds all human habitations, its
members arc either homeless or merely tenants at the mercy of
landlords.
Though the workers produce all the clothing, they are, as
a rule, either shabbily or cheaply clad.
Though Ihey prodi the food of ihe world, they at no time
have more than n Very limited quantity of it in their possession as their own.
Even during the best of times theii' hold upon even the
actual necessaries of life, or the means of obtaining tbem, hangs
by the merest thread,
Time and again do these workers, driven by sheer desperation, revolt against tin: miserable conditions arising from low
wages and unsteady employment, only to Bud themselves victims of the grossest brutality at the hands of the police and
military machinery of the capitalist class.
And what sort of a creation is this capitalist elass that
wields such crushing power against; the workers if they dare
to revolt against conditions well nigh intolerable?
The entire expense of its establishment and the cost of all
of its pomp, power and vulgar magnificence is drained from
the toil ami sweat of the working class, without conscience,
ticruplo or payment.
The capitalist class is made up of that portion of human
society that exists because of its ownership of the means of
production—resources of the earth and the machinery of industry—upon which the working class depends for its sustenance, p
Under such circumstances the means of production function as Capital.
In a material sense Capital produces nothing.
Its sole function is to absorb tbe wealth produced by Labor.
By their ownership of the means of production the capitalists absolutely command the services of lhe workers and obtain the product of their toil.
As Capital neither produces wealth, nor assists in its production, the owners of Capital, as well as their entire army of
apologists and retainers, constitute an entirely useless portion
of human society,
The Capitalist Class and its entire retinue of boosters,
apologists, sky pilots, politicians, police, judges, soldiers, detectives and similar nondescripts are purely parasitic.
The eosl of the upkeep of the whole delectable aggregation
is sucked from thi- lifelilond ol' the useful portion of human
society—the Working Class.
The rule of Capital has now become a fully developed and
withering curse to humanity-
It has reduced Ihe working elass to the condition of slaves
who are at no time sure of purchasers and condemned to starvation without, them.
It has made the world's industry a shambles in which the
workers are ruthlessly slaughtered for the profit of an idle and
useless class.
It lias covered the earth with penitentiaries, jails, workhouses, poorhouses, insane asylums, bull-pens, hnsliles and
brotheis.
Every land resounds to the tramp of its drilled and uniformed murderers as a menace to enslaved Labor a^'ainsl any
disposition to break its chains.
By ils Hoy Scouts and other equally iniquitous schemes it
is busily engaged in beguiling lhe youth uf all lands into the
weh of its military net t" he used attains! unarmed and defenceless workingmen who in lhe hour of theii- agony cry too loudly
against the brutal exactions of conscienceless and unscrupulous
masters.
Every sea is plowed by its ruffianly naval engines of death
and destruction ready lo deal out savage vengeance upon any
interference with the right to rule and rob.
With the most powerful and effective method of wealth
production the world lut.s ever known the rule of Capital has
spread poverty, misery, destitution, vice, crime ami degradation
broadcast in its wake until modern civilization has become a
synonym for all that is low. mean, vile, rotten and corrupt.
The continuation of the rule of Capital means still further
degradation and misery for the working class, with its corresponding evil effects upon the entire structure of civilization.
The rule of Capital must he broken in order that human
society may move forward to a more wholesome and decent
existence.
'   Tt is the working elass alone that can break that- rule and
bring the iniquities of capitalism to an cud.
By virtue of numerical strength the working class can call
a halt to the further utilization of the means of production for
the enslavcnvtn.t of Labor, whenever it acquires the intelligence
to direct its energies'toward tbat purpose.
The State is the instrument whereby Capital enforces its
right to rule and exploit tbe working class.
By tbe use of the powers of the State—Legislative. Executive and .Judicial—the Capitalist Class legalizes its ownership
of tbe means of production ami enforces its scheme of slavery
upon the workers.
The State is the keystone of the arch upon which rests the
economic power of the Capitalist Class and the consequent
enslavement and degradation of Laboj",
The conquest of the Capitalist Stale by the Working Class
is the only pathway the workers can travel that leads lo theii'
emancipation from the galling chains of bondage to Capital-
With the control of the Stale in the hands of its representatives tbe Working Class can assume command of the held
of industry and the distribution of its products in its own
behalf.
Then, and not till then, will Labor he free-
Tbe issue at stake during this and all succeeding elections
is plain.
Shall Capital continue to rule and Labor remain enslaved.
or shall Labor assert the right to its product aud the present
brutal exploitation cease?
This is the issue and it will remain the issue until human
slavery is forever abolished, or has been sunk into oblivion by
tbe festering rottenness that is ever bred by the enslavement of
Labor.
Tbere is no issue between Liberals and Conservatives, only
that one is out and the other in.
As to the right of Capital to rule and rob tbe workers, they
are a unit.
Until the working class invades the Houses of Parliament
and the Government chambers the brutal exploitation of Labor
will continue unchecked.
If the exploitation of Labor is ever brought to an end it
will be. and can be, only at tbe hands of the Workers themselves,
I'm' there is no other part of human society that has any interest
in bringing about such a result.
In fact, every other interest inhuman society can he conserved only by Hie perpetuation of Capitalist rule and the continued exploitation of labor.
Ii is. therefore, up to you of the working class.
If you would he free from the exploitation of Capital and
lhe consequent miseries it heaps upon you. it is you who must
si i'ike the blow.
The result, of the pending election will show how many of
you have acquired the intelligence and developed the courage
to strike the blow in behalf of yourselves and your class.
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