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THE PUBLIC FORUM I
TO -FEDERATION OF LABOR.
The other day I read in the Bohemian
Union paper, Danny HIasatel (daily
paper), a proclamation to all Bohe
mians to vote for the enemy of
unions, Mr. Huttmann.
The signatures were: Anton J.
Cermark; Aid. Tomau, both Sabaths
Mr. Cermak and Weiner are the
leaders of the United Societies, the
same gang that put over Robert
Schweitzer for Thompson to beat,
the same bunch that did the same
trick with Ed Dunne for Busse.
Now is the time for every union
man, Socialist and I. W. W. to get
even with this booze gang. This can
be done only by every labor man
voting for an honest liberal man, for
lieut-governor, and I believe a So
cialist lieut-governor would be in
harmony with Ed Dunne for gover
nor. I am a born Bohemian, but before
would vote for a crooked Bohemian
I would prefer a good and honest
Irishman. In religion I am a Jew,
but I prefer a liberal Catholic against
a rotten non-Catholic if he is a Jew,
Protestant, Lutheran, Baptist, etc.
A QUESTION OF MODESTY.
Allen Steven's right to speak for all
men in regard to love, marriage, re-,
ligion, politics and everything else
may well be disputed. It would have
been more modest and just as effec
tive to remark that few men under-1
stand a mother's love for her child,
and that among the few Allen Steven'
stands at the top and is entitled to
Instruct the rest But some of us
must object to being included in the
all embracing symbol of "we men."
The loose-jointed, wild-eyed phil
osophy preached by Allen may have
a fascination for people who feel qp
pression, but have not learned to
think, and may lead some of the un
thinking into trouble, but there are 1
men who object to having the leader
of the cult include them in it with
out asking permission.
"We men" certainly don't regulate
everything. A good many of us find
it all we can do to regulate ourselves.
Steven may be among these and," if
so, he should be careful about trying
to regulate everything else. ft
The spectacle of "we men" gather-
ing at the bedside of mothers whose
children have no fathers to assist in
bringing up the children may be fas
cinating to , perverted moral intelli
gence and may lead weak intellects
to violate the moral law, but it is
probable that the majority of men
and women can see the weak and
lustful 'ana sensual that is concealed
in the proposition. George V. Wells.
INCENTIVE. The commonest ob
jection to socialism is that it will de
stroy incentive. To make one's ar
gument understood, it is best to il
lustrate. Two men are in the gro
cery business. They are rivals, fight
ing each other for trade. After a long
spell of antagonism and uphill work
they conclude it is best to go into
partnership and work together and '
cut out the time, energy and money
they have wasted fighting each oth
er, and devote this waste to schemes
to increase their trade.
Nobody. will contend that they
have lost any incentive by going into
partnership. Suppose that instead
of two grocerymen there are three or
more. The same principle applies!
Now socialism proposes -to make us
all partners in business the same as
we are partners in government in a
It is carrying on business demo- . 1
cratically instead of monarchically fft
or aristocratically. Again, socialism is '
team work. Take a ball club where
the players are working for individual
records only the club will never win
a pennant Social action is what
counts. What is the real incentive
for action? The good things of life,
to feed, clothe, amuse, enjoy and de-i
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