pleading to union labor to cave you from- the I. W. W- or something even
more radical than that.''
Men will demand 'what gjey Believe to be jtSeff fights. If not given
them, they will take them-f they can. TTtob weak to take them on the
first attempt, they will try again. Ultimately the power of numbers will
Haywood's organization, the Industrial Workers of the World, didn't
come into being because labor wasn't fighting for its rights through the
American Federation of Labor, but because, the A. F, QfL. wasn't fighting
hard enough to suit the most radical, and was getting licked too often.
Besides that, different unions in the same trade, and working together
in the same plant, fought too much an sparafe. units Each Egfitfng
selfishly for Its own membership. Experience cqnytaeed some leaders that
labor couldn't win this way, but that it would lave to- preheat an "United
front to a thoroughly organized and ell-disciplined opposition. .
Again, too little attention had been given the unskilled laborers the
so-called common labor. And the impression grew that labor had its high
brows and exclusives, its snobs and its .plutes.
Then came the I. W. W., which thus far, by its extreme radicalism,
had served one useful purpose in arousing the A. F. of L. from its slumbers.,
and making it get busy. It has served another useful purpose in making
organized canital have some resDect for labor unions.
II' It ought to be easy for anyone who understands much of human nature
to understand what happens to the manhood of the individual units of a
labor "union when the union is crushed "by organized capital They may be
beaten and they may be scattered, bat the manhood and the yearning for
justice in the individuals have not been conquered or killed.
Crushing his union doesn't make him believe that he was wron, that
joining with his fellows for collective bargaining was wrong, or that the
superior force that beat his union was right.
He may go to work alongside a scab- -for he must work if he and his
family will live but there is more hatred In his heart than there was be
fore. He may wait, but resentment keeps boiling inside and when the op
portunity comes again he will fight again, and he wilLfight more desperately
than he did before.
The less he has besides the clothes on his body, the less he will fear to
fight He will risk his life with less dread than "most men risk their money.
I haye talked and written this way for yeare and have been, accused
of stirring up class hatred. Yet all the time I believed absolutely ia the
brotherhood of man and was doing all I could to make the dream of Chris
tianity come true.
Jn all that I write now, I aim to help men to see the light, to get together
in peace instead of apart in war, to replace class hatred with universal love,
to make the law of humanity the Golden Rule.
I do not hate a human being on earth. Possibly it is because I fear the
hell on earth instead of the hell of the hereafter. For I know that any man
who hates another, punishes himself instead of the man he hates.
Hatred reacts upon the one who hates. If I should hate any man, my
hatred would embitter me and make me unhappy and the man I Ija.teij
would doubtless be happily unconscious of my hatred. For" hatred isn't like
a deadly bullet that speeds to its mark it is a poison, that acts on the mind
where it exists.
Once when a brilliant corporation lawyer, who happened to -be my
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