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LABOR'S ATTITUDE TOWARD SOCIETY
If the action of the Chicago Federation of Labor on the im
prisoned officials of the iron workers' union expressed the real sen
timent of organized labor and we believe it did then the dele
gates did exactly the right thing in passing the resolution.
It is better for labor, for capital and for all the rest of us who
are in danger of being ground up between them, that labor honestly
and fearlessly express its convictions. .
No permanent good will be accomplished bv covering up the
real feelings of the working class. It is much more bitter, deter
termined and desperate than the great majority of us understand.
It is not confined to Chicago or to the United States. It is
world-wide in extent, and the same determination of the working
class to be free and to live decently is found in the human mind
everywhere, no matter what the color of the skin or the language
of the tongue.
We tell our children that this is a free country a country of
free speech and a free press. Yet we know that it isn't.
We know there is a Money Power that laughs the people's
government to scorn and that Uncle Sam is afraid to tell some big
policeman to grab Bill Rockefeller by the scuff of the neck and the
slack of the pants and yank him before congress.
We know that many of the newspapers are owned, controlled
or subsidized by the Money Power, and dare not tell the people
We know that the people have abandoned many of the churches
because the preachers are afraid to fight the battles of the poor for
fear they might offend their heaviest contributors afraid honestly
to love God and worship Him lest they get in bad with Mammon.
We know there is actual war between Money and Men, a war
to determine whether money will enslave and rule humanity, or
whether the people will be free and rule themselves.
It is a class struggle, and all of us know it.
And it is better for all of us to find out all the truth we can.
It is better for all of us that Labor step forth boldly, and fearlessly
tell us what it demands and what it is determined to get.
It is better for each, of us to find out to which class he belongs.
When the honest man finds out which side Justice is on, he
will know which side he himself belongs on.
By Justice, we don't mean man-made Law.
That they are not the same, is evidenced by the fact that there
is universal love of Justice in the heart of humanity, and well-nigh
universal contempt for money-made Law and Courts.
That's because the capitalistic class, controlled by the Money