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SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 1920.
Now, we have absolutely no rijt to consider that
the Russian Communists have no right to extend
their propaganda wherever they wish. That is
their affair. We cannot, and should not, restrict
the activities of any workingclass organization to
special territory. We, ourselves, tall our organiza
tion, '"The Industrial Workers of the World," not
of America; and we have definitely, and quite
rightly, tried to make the workers of other lands
acquainted with our aims and objects. Why then
should we object to the Bolsheviks doing the
same, if they so wish? The workers have the
right and the good sense to reject whatever
they see lit.
Then, in the matter pf the letter on Bolshevik
"class war prisoners" and the letter reproduced
in the magazine. Firstly, we have no guarantee
whatever that the letter is genuine. There is no
address given in the letter: nothing to show
whether it was written in Russia, even. And yet
the article definitely calls it an appeal "coming
from the Bolshevik prisons." There is nothing
fa the letter to show that it comes from any
prison, and there is everything to the contrary.
It is stamped with the name of two organizations,
one called, "The All-Russian Anarchist Black
Cross," and the other, "The Union of Anarchist
Workmen," of both of which organizations we
have not heard before. Before the signature of
the two first signers, the word, "Emigrant" is
nead, as follows: "Comrade Emigrant Doctor De
eolbert, M. D." and "Comrade Emigrant Gerta
Decolbert," Does this mean these two "comrades"
are emigrants from Russia? And, if so, where
was this letter written? Also, why was English
ased? German, French and Russian were the
official languages of the Second Congress of the
We know, everybody knows, that there are
self-styled "Anarchists" in prison, in Soviet Rus
sia. Ringed around by hostile armies, with in
ternal chaos as the heritage from four years of
war and the corrupt mismanagement of the
Tsarist and Kerensky regimes, the Bolsheviks
were confronted with the most gigantic and heart
breaking task of reconstruction imaginable. In
the midst of this, with counter-revolutionary
activities from the dispossessed bourgeoisie to
fight also, there came revolts from bands of An
archists and Anarcho-Syndicailsts. What was the
Soviet government to do? Lie down and let itself
be overthrown by these people, or render their
movement harmless? The answer is obvious. We
are dealing here with hard facts, not' theories, or
middle-class liberal sentimentality.
And, we may also ask, "Who are these Anar
chists who are so cruelly being persecuted, accord
ing to their claim?" We know, from unimpeach
able sources, that the cream of the old Anarchist
and Anarcho-Syndicalist movement in Russia is
loyally supporting the Soviet Government. These
men may not be Communists, but they realize
that now is not the time to weaken the resistance
of the Russian people to their outside foes by
causing internal dissension. Men like William
Rhatoff, American Anarchists like Emma Gold
man and Alexander Berkman, philosophical An
archists like Maxim Gorky, have rallied to the
support of the Soviet power.
Our own experience and a bitter experience it
was in the I. W. W. with' Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism
should already have taught us
something. The organization was nearly torn in
two and thoroly disrupted by the decentralizing
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