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THE VOICE the PEOPLE
(Formerly "The Lumberjack.")
Education *il Freedom in
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NOTHING IN COMMON.
By Covington Hall.
The more one looks into the facts at the base of the labor
movement, the more he is compelled to render homage to the clear,
keen insight, the dauntless courage, the glorious genius of Karl
Marx, the greatest and grandest intellect of the nineteenth century,
a man without fear and without reproach, without guile and with
out superstition, a man fitted by every quality of heart and mind to
be, what he is, the captain general of the social revolution. "The
working class and the capitalist class," he declared, "have nothing
in common." This, like all else he said, is true. Labor has never
disregarded, save at its own peril, the fundamentals laid down by
All the ships of compromise and revision alike have been
wrecked at last upon the rock of his truth-founded reasoning,
which reasoning builds from the facts and not from the fancies of
life. And so the working class and the capitalist class have NOTH
ING in common.
Hear it, you "Bergerites," hear it, you "Gomperites;" hear it,
you "Christian Socialists;" hear it, you politicians, priests and
preachers of all creeds and kinds; hear it again, lest you forget it.
The working class and the capitalist class have NOTHING in com
mon. NOTHING IN COMMON.
All the self-interest of the working class is opposed to ALL the
self interest of the capitalist class.
It is to the self-interest of the working class to raise wages
ever and ever higher; t6 the self-interest to the capitalist class to
press them ever lower and lower; of the working class to shorten
and ever shorten the hours of toil; of the capitalist class to ever and
ever lengthen them; of the working class to keep its children out of
the sweatshlops, of the capitalist class to keep them there; of the
working class to produce food, clothing and shelter to the utmost
limit of abundance, of the capitalist class to restrict the production
thereof, not to allow an abundance, lest that very abundance wreck
their .yst.emn and ruin their thrones.
It is to the self-interest of the working class to allow science a
free hand everywhere, to the self-interest of the capitalist class to
cripple its hands, to see that it serves only th famine-producing
game of profit.
It is to the self-interest of the working class to unchain the
mind of the teacher and to force secular education through modern
schools on all children, to the self-interest of the capitalist class to
prevent this at all hazards, since, in free schools, the truth always
As in the domain of self-interest, so, too, in the field of ethics,
the working class and the capitalist class have nothing in common.
Their gods are not our gods--their God is nothing but the chief of
police, the Pinkerton of the skies, a brutal and incarnate fiend--our
God, the one that gave us birth, from whom comes all things we
have or ever will have, who is punishing us now for our violation of
her shrines, is our MOTHER NATIURE.
Their morals are not our morals, for to the working clias the
restriction of the productive forces of nature or the wasting thereof
must forever be a criminal operation, since it spells for us but want
and hunger, yet is it moral to the capitalist class since it conserves
profit and tends, by hungerfying the workers and otherwise, to bol
ster up its reign. So, too, child labor, and any toil that saps the
mother-strength of our women, is immoral to the working class,
since it violates the love-instinct and by so doing weakens the class
in body, heart, soul and mind, yet it is for this very reason moral to
the capitalist class, since it makes the work of exploitation easier.
Nor is their law our law, their legality our legality, and for the
reason that We cannot make a move anywhere, in any direction for
the protection and advgt at et r at udiss ae h I(
cal, without violatirng theisir, see the law, IInbp g
born of neessity and is aleaps writtmby the Odi'e k is t I
safe-uardin atf its phaier. Wherefore It Is mpoel s lbra
union to make a contract with Me capitaist dibs wkioed tein.
ting treason against th w elss, alas k s a
must violate a tim interests and tbhererte al the law othe It
ing class. The "SACRED (OOTRACT" ed the Ishe ftch i ad l
their ilk is in reality but apsl am e et suabbery, and a u ry
is and must be, as trem ever es, the ormes wof e wel , &%
Immortality of imaertaMhi, the sin at a - amA AAbib
sins, to the working class, w se he or the union thUt smits It
and always will be "re.pmeaas," "safe sad ame" and "bemisc
the capitalist lass. The attitude of the two dma tewad the ase
shows more clearly than asn other ame th inj tf they hafe
NOTHING, materially or ethically, in emm , for to e he is
vilest traitor, to the other he is a "hero." As the warkerbs and
despise the individual seab today, so they will ar to far rames
hate and despise the scabidng union to morrw. And at the lost,
their STATE and our UNION have NOTHING in COMMON, for
the STATE is a PLUNDERBUND and the UNION a COMMON- a
The STATE is of, dals with and is the servant of property; I
the UNION is of, deals with and is the servant of MAN. One is the
legitaimate child of robbery, the other at industry.
The STATE is a political orgwanidtin t property holders S
evolving toward a world-k de INDUSTRIAL DESPOTIrSM the b
UNION is a social organisation of workers evolving toward a werld
wide INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY. d
Their organisation interests, arms, hopes, laws, morals and
gods are antagonistic to each other everywhere and at all point a
even to-day, and as time goes on the breach betwea them must
widen and deepen with every hour until at last they chaleage each i
other on the field of revolution for supremmacy and the ownership of
the earth and all the wealth that the gemals of labor has placed p
Hear it again, ye who seek to revise and compromise the ma.
ter's teachings-the WORKING CLASS and the CAPITALIST a
CLASS HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON. t
Everywhere, in tones of thunder, aneessity is proeelain th
need of the industrial unity of the working class and, in prepagat- t
ing the mandates of necessity, the I. W. W. becomes the voice of the t
living truth, which is why no power on earth has bern able to crush k
it or ever will be.
Hear it again: THE WORKING CLASS AND THE CAPITAL. d
IST CLASS HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON.
BATTIL HYMN OF TOIL.
By Covington HaUl
Omward! Onward! Omward!
'TI te theteers a are free
Forward! Ferwar Frward! t
Death! Death! BMath or Liberty! t
I.! the little childred hagring midst the plenty it the earth;
Lo! the methers agsmising that they ever gave theim birth;
Lo! the slasughter of the lbvely and the murder of the jst,
And the binding da the sek-sight by the lords at Greed and Lust.
Onward! Onward! Onward!
'Tin the tellers aare freet
Forward! Forwardl Forward!
Death! Death! Death or Liberty!
We, the miracle performers, working weoders with ear teil, n
We are strangers in our eeuntries, we are aliens em their sell;
We are hoboes, tramps and vagrants and we live and die a slave,
The the treasurieseare bursting with the wealth eur labor gavep
Onward! Onward! O vwardi
'TIl the tellers are freel
Frwrdl Perwardl Phrward!
Deathl Deathl Death or Libertyl!
It aus rise ad march, my eurades, to the suan that Freedem f
Let as hurla a MAN'S deasce in the ashes face of aKings;
Let us risem us ome and gather 'reand er war lags eu, red,
'Till the whole wrld dshkes and trembles to the thunder et ar
trea d . . .,
Onwardl Oawardl Onward!
'Til the teGers all asre free!
Ferwardl Ferwardl Ehrwardl
Death! Death! Death or Liberty!
THE INTERNATIONAL SYNDICALIST CONGRESS.
By Caroline Nelaion.
It was feared that the congress would have been a failure on
account of its poor managanent. But when it opened in Holborn
Hall fourteen countries were represented, viz.: Argentina, Austiria,
Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Holland, Poland,
Sweden and Denmark.
Jack Wills of England was elected chairman. He is a member
of a city council, and when that was found out there were several
representatives who wondered why a politician was chairman over
a convention called by workers who wanted to free the workers
from politaical influence. Michelet from France wanted to know the
why of this. It brought on a lively discussion that lasted nearly all I
the forenoon. Wills explained that the council he was a member of i
had nothing to do with politics, that he did not believe that the
workers could gain their freedom by voting members into the par
But he had to leave the chair by a majority vote. This brought
jthe congress to a crisis. The delegates from Holland declared that 1
a i s stetl hadMl4 the -i
thrwoIthe, ugId -
sary outeum of -pe wt the. -o $ad
thissuessri '- - ebv' sued d
the ha dmrlese twhr e the ugbdhg m **wIr.4960 t er or -
mis matl , a m in hamm tahMaehire, a t dh * the,
'neet t t eh whmile asih m. -
4. The'nso em delmd tem t tewe s a.hla se-e
isa liam a ail=e tg .mt W a t qemsed
to stand . amut ts-_q h4n ag pd b. rla hedM dat
paroletariae a eagwlii aA ailualdus meet tihrae tlteroh
direst aotwor -n,
4. e nThe l a sm eli tn .her am labi,
5 .t=d e1 m !w as e ra ds mds w n who Ien an
Itoh stald ar hes s~atYga h b gA IAll #hA In
eamtries o -amise th .alrwe.s iatehi iuirie . ianl eor
gmhetltmso ad.4 hl a t al adodly a irqmeh hael ree
kdm from the weet pewmr.
Itwis new 1ta t thre ismitteeU.halit its we had
p itelf oa thsfre l.daereatgs g-a' by oins the Lphraes,
politall as was -s -es whi thes dill* Mh that p0
litica tymay r dwLr E asem e~nem of the sawta , aid the
congress fhud ealy rd er d aglh the nsiatrlal dwry, thereoe
the commaitte had to oseat s itae a peagrapu 1,.,
Paraaph 4 was ehapd So read: The ao delame that
the laterastioal labor ag1 tm esle y aulin this under
taking wheq ther sene to stand spert thruh l ad retlig
ions views, and explai that the Ight is e oemoam ight, which
mes that it is aerss to es t-o the goveasueat or its offi
de, as. ly the wore thr O gh their direct ppwer can free
themselves em the om. ie leMd through their organized strength.
Thenm came the diumsisa about the building Up of a new In
ternatiopaL The German and Holland delegates wanted a new in
ternational, but most of the delegates had no deflnit instruetion a
that subject. Demoualin of Belgium was agains fosains a new In
ternatioeal secretariat, as against the one now sitated In Berlin,
Spain wanted to put the formation over to netcongress, and to
form an international emmiasin now. The Fdcsts or
ganist belongs to the old international ad could not
join in with the new one. In England and in m$n other ecuntries
the sylalists bore from within the old unions, which eclude
them pofrm joining.
Bernado of Argentina was anxious to have a new international
formed now.- The whole of the South American movement would
join it, and before very long they would be in the field with a mem
bership of six hundred thousand.
After much debating it was finally decided to form an inter
national bureau in Ho'land. This bureau may be called a syndical
ist corresapondence bureau. Its duty is to regularly keep up a cor
respondence with the different countries, and to publish a Bulletin
giving statistical information about the movement and other no
tices of interest, and to co-work in all movements for international
solidarity, and to organise next congress. Its expenses are to be
met by fve francs for each 1000 of the belonging membership.
So the world's workers have laid the foundation for a new, red
international. All luck to the new-born child I
NEW IN-VENTION TO WORK RVOLUTION IN COTTON
Barcelona, Oct. 25-A public trial has been patisfactorily of
fected of a machine simplifyol g otton-spinnig, invented by a
workman at Sabadell The invetor claims that li device aoys
the material to proceed direct frim the stnbbin-frkne to the self
actors, thus dispensaing with two and sometimps three intermedi.
rieas. Experts consider that the invention will Irevtolutionize cotton
machinery and will effect economies in capital, spame, time and ma
P. S-Also it will increase the army of unemployed. The only
way to save YOUR (?) job is togetin the L W. to-day.
ENDOF L W.W. i
"When all our monuments are dust.
When there's an end of every trust,
When al viation's safe and sane,
Whe bankers zease to work fom gain,
When justice and the law agree ,
And get along in harmony,
When strikes and lockouts are no more
And there's an end of bitter war,
When all of us shall have our share
Of food and clothes and pure, fresh air.
THEN the L W. W. will "die," but not before.
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