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SATUBDAY, OCT. 30-th 1921
The Way To Freedom
By John Lawrence
It is the policy and practice of the capitalist
class to keep the workers misinformed of his true
interests. They well know that they can remain in
power only so long as the workers remain ignor
ant, and only while the workers are ignorant will
they allow the capitalist class to rule.
The chief agent in doping, stupefying and
misleading the workingman's mind is the Press.
The capitalist newspapers permeate every corner
of the country. Their falsifications and propaganda
(see "The Brass Check", by Upton Sinclair) are
pelted against the workers' brains day after day,
year after year, from San Francisco to New
The proletarian press, on the otherhand, is
as yet so weak that you can count on your fingers
the active revolutionary working-class papers.
This explains the indifference or antagnism
of th working class as a whole when some portion
of it is on strike. The strikers are represented
in the press as going out merely to create dis
turbance, to stir up trouble. They are held solely
responsible for the rise in prices; they are sun
posed to be making "unjust demands". Actually
during the railroad strike there was a joke to the
effect that the railroad workers would be striking
for automobiles next to ride from one train to
another in. We are told of the wealth the work
ers are accumulating, of the "extravagance" they
indulge in on their wonderful increase in wages.
The Political Strike
The bitter iron of such distortions of the
truth is apparent only when one knows the actual
misery of the strikers' living conditions and the
extreme modesty of the demands they are malt
ing. But who would let this truth be known? The
capitalist press? No. If the proletarian press could
penetrate half as far as that of the ruling class
we should find a solid majority of workers back
ing up every economic strike in no matter what
The political strike that which has for its
aim a political object has only manifested it
self in America during the past year. The long
shoremen striking for the release of the mayor
of Cork, the miners of Butte making as their first
demand last April the release of political prison
ers, the longshoremen again at Philadelphia re
fusing to load munitions for Poland: these are
political strikes. In Europe, where the workers
have been driven to deeper class-consciousness by
a longer history of degradation and persecution,
and especially by their sufferings through the
great war, the political strike has been used much
As events proceed we shall find strikes in
America taking on more and more a political as
well as an economic character . . .
The Way To F reedom.
What is to be done in the meantime? Let
every class-conscious worker get on the job, set
himself more arduously to the education and organ
ization which will bring to pass the new world.
The means to accomplish this are education
and industrial organization of the working class
toward the overthrow of the capitalist system, and
the putting up in its place of a working class
government (dictatorship of the proletariat) which
will guide society into its new and better from.
Armed with this knowledge, and fired with
indignation at the abuses and hypocrisy of the
present system which he sees on all sides, the
class conscious worker is fighting with every
means in his power to awaken the rest of his class
No improvement in the unemployment situ
ation in Detroit has been noticeable to careful
observers in spite of the reasuring reports emanat
ing from the chambers of the Employers Associa
tions, Tens of thousands continue to tramp the
city streets in search of jobs.
Union molders, patternmakers, machinists
and others are hit by the present crisis. Some 400
patternmakers out of a total of 1,200 are out of
jobs. Between seven and eight hundred union
molders have also laid off the past four weeks.
The blind basket makers of London had to
go on strike for an increase in wages.
Polish railroads arc tied up by a wage strike.