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SATURDAY, NOV. 20th, 1920.
Pogrom Agitation Directed Against Jewish
David S. Reisz.
If you don't like it in this country, why
don't you go back to where you came from?" is
an opinion often expressed by those considering
themselves Americans. This question, this opinion,
this command, if told to a foreign agitator, criticiz
ing economic conditions, is but one of the leamed-by-rote
opinions of the average worker consider
ing himself a fully privileged American.
Yet this same American worker will express
his dislike also of foreigners in general. "Foreign
ers," he will say, "are willing to work for lower
wages and so reduce the standard of living of the
It never occurs to the American workingman
that if he objects to the immigrant who is willing
to work for lower wages, then he ought to make
common cause with the "Foreign agitator" who
strives for higher wages, or even for more than
higher wages: for the full value of his toil.
And conversely: If he objects to the im
migrant agitator, he ought to welcome those for
eigners who give greater service in return for
The treatment usually accorded to Jewish
worker revolutionists all over the world, is similar
to that acorded to imigrant agitators in general
in this country.
In Hungary, (the country attempting the re
surrection of Capitalism) just now pogrom agita
tion is mainly directed against worker revolution
ists that are of Jewish extraction. This movement,
however, seems to be so all-inclusive, as to com
prise not only communists of Jewish descent, but
also Jews in general, for "is not every Jew a po
Whenever and wherever a pogrom agitation is
carried on againstJewish worker revolutionists,the
capitalist Jews will issue a declaration asserting
their loyality to the capitalist institutions, and at
the same time disclaiming to have anything in com
mon with the "renegade" revolutionary Jewish
workers. Such declaration is only to be welcomed
by the working class, for it tends to make the class
The advocacy of pogroms of capitalist Jews
also helps to make the class issue clearer. The dis
possessing of capitalist Jews of their property in
decaying capitalist countries, such as the former
Czaristic, now antisoviet Russia, Poland and Hun
gary, do not dishearten the worker revolutionist
of Jewish extraction. The dispossessing of cap
italist Jews of their property is a harbinger of the
time when the worker will dispossess all capital
ists, not because they happen to be Jewish cap
italists but because they are CAPITALISTS.
In the previous article it has been stated that
the interests of the worker Jews and of the cap
italists Jews are diametrically opposed and that
they have nothing in common but racial descent.
It will be well that this fact should be noted by
the non Jewish workers as well as the Jewish.
We cannot emphasize too often that the work
ingclass of all races, be they of the white, yellow,
black, or any other colored race; be they of the
American, European, Asian, African or Australian
continent; be they of Gentile, Jewish or any other
descent; be they of Austrian, Polish, Bohemian,
German, American, Persian, or any other disap
pearing "nationality ;" have equal claim to the pro
ducts of their labor.
Pogrom agitation directed mainly against
workers revolutionists of Jewish extraction, may
be an attempt to make the non-Jewish workers be
lieve that the paramount issue is race antogonism.
Those of us who know that pogrom agitation
directed against Jewish worker revolutionists has
a slightly different capitalistic motive from that
directed against Jewish capitalists; those of us
know that the paramount issue under capitalism
is the Struggle for the Product.
When the struggle for the product the
struggle between those who produce and those
who appropriate will be relished; then pogrom
agitation against Jews, against Negroes, as well
as all other national religious and race-wars-to-the-finish,
will also cease.