SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 1920.
crumbs of comfort will prove of questionable
nourishment to the American workers in the four
years to come.
. One Clue Uncovered
A clue to much of the "red scare" that
the capitalist press has thrived upon these past
months is found in the arrest and indictment of
Albert (or August) Bailin by a New York grand
jury last week.
There are ten counts in the indictment, each
of a violation of the postal laws. Bailin is charged
with sending letters to various government of
ficials threatening and warning of bomb ex
plosions about to occur. These letters were signed
with the forged name of A. Wagenknecht, former
National Secretary of the Communist Labor
Attorney General Maclay Hoyne, of Cook
County Illinois was one recipient of such letters
signed with Wagenknecht's forged signature. It is
claimed that Bailin's purpose in the forgeries was
to provide a demand for spies and Department of
Justice agents. Bailin has applied for such a job.
We hope the government's case against this
precious rascal is a good one and he gets what he
should have. But we by no means concede that he
is the only one either employed or unemployed by
the Department of Justice capable, pernicious and
willing enough to carry on such nefarious work.
Not by a long shot!
A Tactic That Is a Boomerang
One of the "first aids" which the bosses apply
to a condition of radicalism which he discerns
among his employees is to "fire" the more
outspoken, the leaders and those who appear to be
possessed of insurgent qualities.
Of course the action is based upon the false
supposition that depriving a man of his job is a
sure cure for "discontent". Having thus rid his
plant or job of these insurgent elements, the boss
ascends into a fools paradise wherein no such thing
as disturbing labor conditions present themselves
to trouble his dreams.
But a slight analysis of actualities will con
vince even an unthinking employer that this tactic
is in reality an absurd boomerang. In order for
the employer to complete the first step toward at
taining the object of his desire is that he find
new employees of a satisfactory lack of insurgency.
However thouroughly he may comb the labor
market, he is by no means certain that the new
employees he hires are of less insurgency than the
old ones. Radicalism and discontent are universal.
The percentage is constantly increasing.
A second condition that also confronts the
employers at this point which helps to turn his
assault into a boomerang is this. These fired work
ers do not i-emain outside the ranks of the employ
ed. Somewhere, they again enter industry, car
rying their radicalism with them, "contaminating"
their new acquaintances and fellow workers. They
may now be likened to missionaries who enter new
fields with an increased zeal for agitating due to
an aroused enemity against the employing class.
Thus the war is carried into new quartes and new
fronts are opened up where the class struggle is
given a new and virile impulse.
A striking instance of this is seen in the cir
cumstances attending the striking railroad workers
of France last spring. Since the strike 22,000 of
the leading spirits of this national strike haveVen
weeded out of the ranks of the employees. These
militant workers have been displaced by other
workers, not all of whom can be said to be satis
factorily immune to radical tendencies.
These 22,000. railroad workers have not starv
ed to death however, nor migrated. They are still
in France, and altho they have endured many
hardships on account of their loss of employment
and also because they were denied cards of "good
conduct" when they were fired, nevertheless, they
are in industry and he would be shortsighted who
would assert that they have ceased to be radicals.
As a matter of fact they have at thousands of new
points begun new assaults upon the citadel of the
enemy. They have carried the war into new quart
ers and there begun Hew "contaminations" of con
If the amount of conservative labor was an
unlimited quantity it might still be a feasible
policy to keep industry free of these insurgent and
radical elements, but such is not the case. Employ
ers have combed the earth in search of just these
ignorant and unclass-conscious workers. The only
result has been that larger armies of workers
have learned the need of class action. Fireing the
radical can never be less than a boomerang which
strikes the employing class with increasing force
as it in viciously applied.
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