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are constantly reaching out for for
eign markets and trade. Suppose in
so doing we come in conflict with
another capitalistic government and
the conflict culminates in a clash of
arms? The other government does
not believe in religious tolerance, free
public schools, universal suffrage. If
we fight and win the working classes
will have to pay the cost of the war.
If we fight and lose we may lose
these institutions which we hold so
dear. 'Are these things worth de
fending? If they are we must pre
pare to defend them. How will we do
so, so as not to create a Franken
stein to destroy us?
Should we not first of all strive to
see that all war material be made
by the government and none by pri
vate capital? Private capital has a
way of making causes for war to cre
ate a market for "their product. Here
is a beginning for state socialism.
Now as to men for army and navy.
The most unjust and wicked of all
systems is the volunteer system. By
this system the very ones whose
ideals are the highest whose man
hood is the greatest and whose will
ingness for sacrifice Is the strongest,
are the ones to pay the greatest price,
while the indifferent and careless
ones remain at home to enjoy the
blessing of peace without paying the
price. Besides, strange as It may
seem to some, the compulsory sys
tem is the most democratic system of
national defense. Switzerland and
her citizen army is a case in point.
Preparation for national' defense is
Only to retain the ideals we have
while we are working for a revolu
tion of our social life. Revolutions
always come from within, and they
can only come when the people are
ready for them. By constantly work
ing for state socialism, which is the
road to the co-operative common
wealth, we will be able to bring to
pass those higher ideals of right and
justice for which the working class,
'- These-two horns.of a dilemma pre-1
sent themselves to us either to de
fend our government as it is or be
prepared to cheerfully stand Ijefore
a firing squad because we refuse to
It is worse than foolishness to be
always crying out against war, make
no preparations for -war,- and lien at
the last moment shoulder a gun and
march away to the slaughter.
C. F. R.
A TEACHER'S VIEW. Mr. Max
Loeb, one of the appointees of the
board of education, states in one of
our daily papers that the Teachers'
Federation in joining with the Feder
ation of Labor is unique for the fol
(a) "The teachers are outside of
the competitive wage field."
Yes, but we are not- outside of the
our schedules set aside.
(b) "The teachers are working for
an employer who is amenable to pub
Public opinion Is widely divergent
Then if our board of education is
amenable to the consensus of public
opinion they can heed the voice of
labor when they plead the cause of
the children, schools and teachersjjf
our city. t ??
(c) "There is an ethical and moral
element In a teacher's occupation
that is present in no other."
I am proud of my teacher's profes
sion or labor as I am pleased, to call
it I know that if our teaching is not
moral nor ethical it is nothing. Edu
cation that reaches merely the mind
of a child is a menace. It must touch
the heart of a child. But I do not
want the teaching profession to be
set on a pedestal apart from the
Labor unions are moral and eth
ical. What are the labor unions do
ing? Down at Springfield at every
legislature they may be found fight
ing for child life.
Take the children out of factories,
place them in schools. Give them
parks and playgrounds. Oh! there 3