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World with soft gloves," and capital, wherever it can control government
which is nearly everywhere is attempting to handle it with guns and
Undoubtedly the people generally are not ready for anything so radi
cal as the I. W. W., which is more radical than trades unionism ever dreamed
of being, and so radical, in fact, that even progressive Socialists wouldn't
go along with it.
The newspapers are not helping the situation by their extreme con
servatism in handling the news. It would be better far to analyze its mean
ing and give the people all the news there is.
There is a feeling among a large class of workingmen, especially the
unskilled, that trades unionism takes care only of the skilled workman:
and the long hours, short pay and
slave-driving tactics of organized em
ployers in trust-organized industry,
are marking hundreds of thousands
of men desperate.
Men must be desperate when they
resort to violence to get what they
believe to be then rights.
Men must be desperate when they
lose their fear of prisons, and are
ready to meet the guns of soldiers
with other guns.
Whenever there is an effect there
is a cause; and there is some cause,
in the minds of desperate men, for
their desperation; even though it may
be only in their Imagination.
And all of us owe it to ourselves
to get at the cause which is respon
sible for so violent an effect; for
whatever affects a part of human so
ciety inevitably affects all members
It matters not that labor's ranks
are divided, and that the working
class Is organizing in groups. They
may fight among themselves, with
one group bitterly opposed to anoth
re. But in thje end they must get
We are rapidly becoming, interna
tional in all lines of human endeavor.
However much we may segregate
groups of men because of color, race,
language or creed, still industry is
Evolution points to the United
States of the world an universay
democracy. Worltingmen who can
talk to one another only through an
interpreter are finding their human
interests are common. Already we
have international trades unions.
Only the other day, right here in
Chicago, the glove makers decided
that their American unions would ac
cept traveling cards of foreign unions
that would reciprocate by accepting
American traveling cards.
Others will follow along the same
Last year the American Federation
of Labor did what it has been doing
for some time, sent a delegate to the
congress of labor organization of the
world in Europe.
In time we will have our universal
strikes, and possibly our universal
lockouts; for one is the answer to the
other in the world-wide industrial
I am tpuching only on a few high
spots here, but the point I want to
make is that every citizen who is
interested in the future, is interested
in all the news about labor.
Th big dailies devote pages to mar
kets, to financial, industrial and com
mercial news, but consider mainly
only the physical side. Little or no
space is given to the human, side
the side that affects the destinies of
men, women and children.
I intend to give attention to the
human eide. And wjthout being the
organ of organized labor, I intend to
give the news about ALL labor. And
I want to do what I can to see that
the labor army in the industrial war
gets a square deal.
There may be many who have
thought the news I have been print
ing about the Chicago Building: