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SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
Organizer who delivered an address, the subject
matter of which, was the value of co-operatives
and union stores as benefits to the workers in
their struggle with capitalism.
The young man drank in the speech as tho it
was new to him. He took the floor immediately
and stated that he disagreed with every proposi
tion the speaker had made. "We should", said he,
"be organized for the purpose of overthrowing
the capitalist system, not to build co-operative
factories and stores within the system for our
members. The workers must destroy the capital
ist system and in its place erect a new industrial
system under workers' control."
His speech put his opponent in a hole from
which he couldn't extricate himself. A general
debate on the matter took place and I must say
that the young man came out the victor. The
arguments he made turned me from the mo3t
patient, conservative union man into a radkatt
who hereafter will be a better union man fur
I made the acquaintance of this young mam
whose name is Eoich, and I want to say Mr,
Editor, that with, just one Boich in every local
union the whole American Federation of Labor
can be turned radical within one year.
EDITORS NOTE:-J. C. C. is correct. The loo
union meetings are the most fertile field far
radicals and revolutionists. We must attend ifceae
union meetings and deliver the message of work
ers' control of industry. Every revolutionary
worker who remains outside the union of hw
craft or of an industrial. union is committing aa
error. Get into the unions, no matter how eaa
servative and be a Boich, a leader of the revohav
"Wrangel And The Bolsheviki"
EDITOR'S NOTE Wo have observed in silence the
recent attacks in the T. W. W. press againtt tho
Soviet Government, believing that whore editorial
authority had been mispalced in renef.;adee and
counter-r-ivolutionists. that power would bo speedily
taken away. Wo have left to the I. W. W. the task
of washing its own linen, tho in doubt at times as
to it ever doing go. It seems now that the mess
has become unbearable to a largo portion of tho
membership 3nd to even some of the officials. Tho
following answer of Roy A. Brown, nf tho General
Executive Board to an oditorial in the official I. W.
W. publ'ration, Tho One Big Union Monthly, must
speak the opinion of a large portion of the I. W. W.
membership, tho it in nowise removes tho editorial in
question from the category of an official statement
of the I. W. W. In spite of any disclaimers to tho
contrary it must remain such until such time as the
I. W. W. by some rapthod of discipline of its editor
renounces its responsibility for it.
This criticism by Roy A. Brown Is taken from
It is with a good deal of regret that I find my
self compelled to take any step that might appear
to show even the faintest amount of discord, with
in the ranks of our organization. And, if anybody
thinks that such discord exists, they we very
w rong in their conjecture. But there are times
Svhen, owing to the great pressure of work in
the general office, we are unable to exercise com
plete supervision of matter which is published in
such a manner as to suggest that it is the official
pronouncement of the Industrial Workers of the
World. Often, however, such matter is merely the
personal opinion of the writer or editor, and it at
then my duty, as Chairman of the General Ex
ecutive Bowd to make this quite clear.
I am promted to say this because a number of
complaints from members of the I. W. W. have
reached me regarding the article in the current
number of the One Big Union magazine, en
titled "Wrangel and the Bolsheviki." And I must
confess that I consider these complaints partJy
justified. For one thing, the article is unsigned;
it comes from the editor; and as an unsigned edi
torial, it may well be construed to be the official
attitude of the I. W. W., while, in reality, it '
no such thing.
Although the editorial in question is called,
"Wrangel and the Bolsheviki," it has very little la
do with Wrangel, and a lot with the Bolshe
viki. In it are many statements which I do not
think we are justified in havig the American
working class believe we opinions held by the
membership of the I. W. W. And, in certain
places, it will leave our own organization open
to harsh criticism by our enemies.
For instance, the article states, "the world
revolution will take care of itself without the
Bolsheviks trying to extend their sphere of m-.
fluence over the workers of other countries."