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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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would vote for the candidate I be
lieved would best represent his con
stituents; and his party wouldn't con
cern me. If I knew none of the can
N didates, couldn't make up my mind
which was the bestman and had to
vote a party ticket, or-for a candi
date because of his party, I would feel
safer in taking a chance on the So
cialist Candidate than any of the
other party candidates.
That would be because I know
what his party stands for, and know
that his acts as a public servant
would be controlled by his party. Ex
perience has shown me that the dif
ference between Democrats and Re
publicans exists only when they are
after votes; after election the only
difference between them is their dif
ference aa men.
That would be my attitude as a
worker. If my sympathy were with
the capitalist class, and I favored plu
tocracy instead of democracy, I
would not vote for the Socialist.
I would like to see some Socialists
in the Chicago council, for the good
they would do and the educational
influence of their conduct on the en
tire community. Yet from what I
have observed of the conduct of Al
derman Merriam, I would . like to sjee
more men of his type in the council,
because of their educational influ
ence. Primarily, however, I , want The
Day Book, if it is to be an organ at
all, to be an organ of the working
-class in its entirety. I don't want it
to be the organ of union labor alone,
but of all labor.
I believe ultimately the workers
will get together in one politicarl
party, because they will learn that it
is part of the game of plutocracy to
divide them up into as many kinds of
partisans as they can. The party
may be the Socialist party, or it may
be something even more advanced
than that party is. I don't care wha
party it may be, so long as they get
together and vote for their own in
That, however. s a matter of edu
cation and evolution, and the Social
ist party is doing important pioneer
work along this line.
In the meantime I prefer to. do what
I can to get labor together in unions,
and to help workers see the folly of
fighting one another under various
banners nrovided by -the employing
class.
Most -of Us are governed by tradi
tion, superstition, 'convention and
authority. Judges on the bench pore
over musty law books to find out
what some dead-and-gone jurist said
a hundred years ago; and then say
things must be thus and so now be
cause thev always have "been thus
and so.
Newspaper editors are doing in
large measure what their predeces
sors did. In the old days every news
paper was an organ: and people said
newspapers moulded public opinion.
They told their readers what to do
and -what not to do. And they are
still trying to do the same thing, only
with less success.
One thing that prevents the Chi
cago Tribune from being a really
great newspaper is that it wants to
elect public servants and then control
their policy after they are elected. It
is a newspaper boss.
When the Tribune reaches the
point where it will tell its readers all
of the truth and let them do their
own thinking and voting, it will be a
great newspaper.
My opinion is that the occupation
of school lands under that midnight
lease, whereby the Tribune got a spe
cial privilege for Itself through its
political influence, is costing it more
in prestige, and good will and influ
ence than it saves in money. I
I want The Day Book to be some
thing different. I don't want'to con
trol votes. I don't want political in
fluence. I don't want to be a par
tisan. I want to give thfe people the
ruth and leave it to them to think---and.
act and vote as their own judg-mentdictates.
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