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SATURDAY, OCT. 23rd. 1920.
(Translated from "Umanita Nova" by F. A. Blossom.)
"More production!" say the reformers.
And we, too, say "More production."
But we want to know first for whose benefit
it will be and what things we are to produce. And
we want to know, also, why there ;.s not enough
produced for everybody.
Some people say that there cannot be a revolu
tion because production is insufficient and we
would be in danger of starving to death.
We say there must be a revolution, so that we
may be able to produce and put an end to the
chronic semi-starvation of the greater part of the
No one will deny that production, especially of
the things of prime necessity, is insufficient to
satisfy the needs of all. This is a 'universal and
permanent condition, inevitable under the Capital
ist system, and it can be remedied only by chang
ing the system.
The Waste Of War.
The war, with its enormous waste of wealth
and labour, brought the scarcity of available pro
ducts to such a point that the Capitalists themselv
es are alarmed over it, realising that the workers
are no longer inclined to resignation. The Capital
ists are now demanding that the situation be sav
ed through thv"! efforts of the workers.
But the workers are tired of toiling for others.
They remember that, when they used to submit
meekly to being exploited without limit by the
bosses, they were no better off than they are at
There have never been enough of the good
things of life even in normal times, even when
there was said to be an abundance, even in those
so-called over-production crises which threw the
workers out of work.
The poor, hungry, the ill-clothed, the homeless,
when they see the stores heaped with food and
clothing, when they gaze at the spacious mansions
of the wealthy few, are easily persuaded that
there is an abundance of everything, and that,
if it was shared in common, there would be enough
But the fact is that, if you take into account
the countless masses who are insufficiently
nourished, who are clothed in rags and who live
crowded in filthy hovels, it at once becomes clear
that this apparent abundance comes solely from
the fact that the vast majority of the people do
hot consume enough.
It is natural that this should be so.
Production For Profit Only.
Since the means of production (land, machin
ery, factories, etc.) belong to a small number of
persons, who use them to employ others and get
a profit off their labour, it follows that production
increases as long as profit increases and that it
is arbitrarily stopped when its further' increase
would tend to diminish profits. In other words,,
the employing class allows production only of as
much as they can sell with profit, and shut off
production as soon as their profit or hope of profit
That is why the entire economic activity of
society is regulated, not by the desire to satisfy
the needs of all. but by the interests of the own
ers and their competition in older to keep up
prices, for the strange spectacle of unemployment
even when there are still urgent needs to be filled,
for land uncultivated, for the misery and subjec
tion of great masses of working people.
Under such circumstances, how would it be
possible to produce enough for all?
The Workers Must Save Themselvs.
Even to-day, when the Capitalists for their
own salvation have every reason to sacrifice their
own selfish desires, their greed, in order to try to
calm the wrath of the people by satisfying the
most urgent needs of the masses, even to-day,
when the most intelligent of the Capitalists ci v
aloud the need of increased production, people
are out of work, land is poorly cultivated or not
cultivated at all, labour is wasted on many things
that are useless or actually harmful to the public,
the better part of the national budget is sunk in
expenditures for war.
Capitalism cannot save the workers, and can
not even save itself.
The workers must save themselves by taking
over the management of production and, in order
to do this, they must take possession 'of the
machinery of production.
Therefore, there must be a revolution.