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THE TOILER PAGE 7
SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
evident that even a 200 American ought to be
able to see it.
Why does the worker continue to be his own
enemy? Why does he take the side of his boss
the slave driver when a strike is declared?
Is any worker so stupid as to kick his own self?
Several months ago the whole transportation
system of Brooklyn (an important artery of N. Y.
City( was tied up like a drum. Not a car stirred,
not a wheel budged. For the first three days the
.strike was one of the most successful demonstra
tions of the power of Labor in the history of
New York. What did the men demand? They
struck for an 8 ohur day which our capitalist
Congress said should be the universal law in
America; for recognition of their union and a
little more money to purchase a little more bread.
The capitalist Press, the organs of the Bosses,
bellowed like crocodiles about the poor "Public."
And the workers, bound hand and foot by their
antiquated craft divisions and suicidal individual
contracts, heeded the lies of the Bosses' press and
refused to give active support by means of a sym
pathetic strike to their fellow wage slaves. Of
course the International Fakeration Officials re
fused to call out the power house men and the
motormen, who belong to unions others than
those who declared the strike, with the con
sequence that the Union was broken up and the
The damned and yellow capitalist Press is al
ways the worst enemy of the workers. In time
of a strike it always plays up the "public game"
and the workers "like asses fall for it. I ask again
"Who is this damned Public?" Reason and ex
perience answers, there isn't any such thing. Th'3
"Public" is a fiction of the capitalist to fool the
workers. It is nothing but a trick and a subterfuge
to throw dust in the eyes of the working class.
Go wherever you ilke, in any city or country and
see whether the animal, the Bosses' press calls the
Public, exists. You can't find it.' All you can find
is Workingmen and Businessmen Proletarians
and Capitalists those who work for a living and
those who work the workers, and who live
off their unpaid for products. Forget, therefore,
about, this fiction of the Public. It is a lie and
does not exist.
But it is the duty of the worker to support
his fellow worker just as the parasitic capitalists
support each other. When a strike occurs, always
get your union to actively support the strikers,
so that when you strike the other workers (who
belong to the same class as you do) will support
you too. In this way and this way only by
sympathetic strikes will Labor realize its over
Realize, workers, that you are ninety-nine per
cent, of the human family and that the other one
per cent is your enemy; therefore, unless it is
willing to call itself the "Public" it is a mathe
matical certainty that none exists.
STANDARD OIL SLAVE EFFICIENCY.
Seeing so many good things in your paper
prompts me to write of conditions down here at
Sistersville, W. Va., under the rule of Standard
This billion dollar corporation controls every
thing in sight. Even to the employees' union
which is not theirs but one of the Standard's
own a real bosses' union. To such an extent is
this true that the bosses give the employes the
names of the committeemen they want elected,
and we are told to vote for them.
We are blessed with a plan of company in
surance. But in order to get its wonderful bene
fits we must be so physically fit as to not need
them. This outfit has set a physical test which
cveiy employe must pass before he can go to
work. The commercial ventures of Holy John D.
do not employ either the halt, the lame or the
blind. His religion is not allowed to interfere with
business and profits.
5,000 new readers are paying five cents
for The Toiler every week to agents, news
stands and book stores in all parts of the
United States. Uncle Sam will deliver it at
your door cheaper besides your agent may
be sold out. Subscribe and be certain of your
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