OCR Interpretation


The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

Image and text provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045487/1914-06-22/ed-1/seq-7/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

I PtT "' lm' V'" ''R' "' S"
qnf 'aqygy-fTify
WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR THE AMERICANTVlAtf
AND WOMAN WHO LABORS?
that the I. W. W. divides the society
BY VINCENT ST. JOHN,
Representative of the Industrial
Workers of the World.
We expect tto cure the grievous
mal-adjustment between capital and
labor by organizing and educating
the working class into a knowledge
of economic position for the purpose
of gaining REQUISITE POWER to
ADVANCE their interests, DEFEND
their interests, with the ultimate ob
ject of placing the control and oper
ation of industries into the hands and
under the jurisdiction of the organ
ized wage workers of the country, so
that the result of their efforts the
WEALTH PRODUCED BY THEM
and by THEIR COLLECTIVE EF
FORTS will accrue to those who
are responsible for its CREATION
without having to PAY TRIBUTE to
any employing class or any other
PARASITICAL class whatever!
It is proposed to accomplish this
by organizing ALL THE WORKERS
in such a manner that it will be pos
sible for them, through their organ
ization, to CONTROL THE LABOR
POWER .which is simply THEIR
brains and THEIR muscular energy
that is used from day to day and
year to year, in the operation of in
dustries, which, today, is just a COM
MODITY sold on the labor market
under the same rules, governed by
the same conditions, as any other
commodity; and the Industrial Work
ers of the World propose that the
wage workers organize in stlch a way
that they will control a SUFFICIENT
amount of this COMMODITY to oper
ate the industries so that THEY will
be able to DICTATE the terms upon
which IT IS USED!
We must educate the workers in
KNOWING that the workers of. this
and every other country constitute
a distinct and separate economic
class in society, with interests that
are DISTINCT and SEPARATE from
of today into two broad classifica
tions the employing class ON ONE
HAND and the working class ON
THE OTHER! .
To put, our panacea into effect we
may resort to various things the
strike, for instance. This involves
the withdrawing of the labor power
from the establishment in question,
or from the ENTIRE industry in
question.
Second, we might, use "sabotage"
this involves the slowing up of pro
duction in a factory by the workers,
the turning out of poor work in
fact, the interference with the pro
cess of production so as to destroy
any possible chance for revenue or
profit accruing to the owners from
that particular industry or mill.
If the DESTRUCTION OF PROP
ERTY would gain the point for the
workers involved, we would consider
it reasonable. The fact that PROP
ERTY would be DESTROYED would
not have ANYTHING to do with de
termining whether we adopted a cer
tain plan or not!
EXACTLY the SAME reasoning
applies to PERSONS human be
ings! The employers, as a class, are not
at all particular whether they'injure
our property or not. THEY take US
into the mills before we are able
before -we have even a semblance of
an education, and they grind up OUR
VITALITY, OUR BRAIN AND OUR
MUSCLE into THEIR PROFITS, and
whenever WE cannot keep pace with
the machine, speeded to the highest
notch, they turn US out-onto the road
to eke out an existence as best we
can or wind up on the poor farm or
in Potter's field. And we think what
is good for the employing class- is
CERTAINLY good for the working
class!
When we once get control of a suf-
the employing class; that is to say, Ificient amount of the labor power to
tWiiiSf4-
3a&,ik -

xml | txt