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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1920.
the boycott of the polling-booths should be
advocated, in addition, of course, to Communist
If you are out to destroy the system, you
cannot begin with taking the oath of allegiance
to the symbol of that very system. The People's
Army must have its own flag, and not de
ceitfully salute the flag of the enemy as a pre
paration for striking it.
But at the same time there are many who
believe that Parliament can still be used for
propaganda and other purposes. Whilst firmly
convinced myself that Communism would de
velop quicker by a complete boycott of Par
liament, if all energy is thrown into work out
side Parliament, I shall defer the question of
resigning my seat until after the Communist
Party discusses this matter at the inaugural
meeting, which is being held on July 31st.
If I leave Parliament it will be to con
tinue the work with the revolutionary Com
munist Party outside, and should I return, I
trust it will only be with the Red Guards at
the time of the Revolution which I see is ap
proaching. That Revolution will finally overthrow this
system which allows 5 per cent, of the popula
tion to own two-thirds of the wealth produced
by the remaining 95 per cent,, and which is the
cause of an innumerable amount of evils, threa
tening the European races with destruction.
Only the social revolution can begin to
make Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity real
ities, and not mere election cries of the Parlia
I am, etc.,
Cecil L' estrange Mai one.
July 24th, 1920.
Ed. note: The Communist Party of Great
Britain has now officially stated its position for
the boycott of elections.
. . WORKERS SHOP COMMITTEES VS. . .
4 (Continued from page 1.)
do is to get together the most active group of
workers in the plant. Organize them to con
duct the propaganda for a shop organization
and a shop committee to represent that organ
ization dealing with the management. "When
enough workers have been won over to the idea
a committee should be elected, either by re
presentatives from each department' being
elected, either by the workers in the depart
ment, or from the shop as whole.
This committee should receive all com
plaints in regard to the conditions in the plant.
It should be empOwerd to make investigation (
and then submit the workers demands to the
management, It must seek to encroach upon
the power of the bosses in every way possible,
transferring the right of decision to the work
Of course, such a shop committee will soon
come into open conflict with the bosses. There
will be a showdown and in such a case the
workers must be prepared to stand behind
their committee as one man.
It is through such tactics that the workers
will gain the training and discipline for the
management of industry after the class strug
gle against the capitalists has been one and
their power wiped out, amd not through the
fraudulent "industrial democracy" which
some of the bosses are now ofering them.
POLE COMMUNISTS HAIL RUSSIA AS
Continued from page 4.)
The criminal war policy of the government
brings it about that Poland, after having con
sumed its last stores, is a bankrupt and ruined
"The factories are not running, a million
workmen are wandering about unemployed, the
proletariat is only partly concentrated in the
great industrial centers, the greater part of
them being scattered about in remote corners
of the land in hunger and misery or having
"All the power and means of the state are
concentrated by the government on the military
and police organizations. For education there
is applied only 2 per cent of the state budget.
In Warsaw alono 100,000 children of school age
are going without education. The masses of the
Polish people are deprived of cultural influence."
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