Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH
Newspaper Page Text
tassion of the anniversary of the October Revo
lution last year, it was pointed out that the first
far of Soviet rule was devoted chiefly to grap
jjBng with the factories and works, that the se
twnd' year was occupied in establishing the machin
ery of economic administration, and that the work
if the third year should" be to prepare the ground
br greater changes revolutionising the relations
of every-day life. And here we pee gradually
amerging before us one such radical change the
taney, reduced to the vanishing point and money
itself being abolished.
The beginning was small. The question was
first concretely raised early in 1919 at the town
taoference of the Moscow organisation of our
wrty, which unanimously approved my report and
wgnized the necessity of dispensing immediately
with all payments in connection with provision for
children, supply of clothes, apartments and food
to workers. It was evident, however, at the time
that the psychological conditions for this innova
tion had not sufficiently ripened, and its realisa
tion went on slowly. In April the decree was adopt
tf concerning the gratuitous feeding of children,
which, from the originally fixed age of fourteen,
was gradually extended to the age of sixteen. Some
toe after, the free distribution of clothing for
wkmen was instituted, and subsequently the
flree distribution of soap. At certain intervals fol
lowed the abolition of payment for postage of or
dinary letters, etc. Of great importance was the
institution of payment in kind as part of the work
men's and employees' wage, which became one of
the bases of the distributing policy of tiie Govern
nent. Finally, all these measures are now being
wpplemented and complemented by the above
lentioned decree. Money will shortly only serve
the workers and the urban population as means of
parchasing on the "Sukharevka" (market) as
long as it exists.
But the unification of the various parts of
Stoaia (Siberia, Turkestan, Caucasus, Ukraine)
accomplished by last year's military campaign
should serve to accelerate the elimination of the
peculator. We are already getting cotton and fuel
frwn the formerly isolated regions. We have had
even times mure cotton in the centre by October
1st than wo had in January, 1920. The Ivanovsky
jfid other works are beginning to work ; and with-
a year the peasants will find it more advan
tageous to hand his produce over to the State in
wrhnnge for textile goods than to hide them for
SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 1921.
the speculator who will pay him in paper,
It is difficult to give a comprehensive idea of
the importance which the gradual disappearance
of money will have for the whole course of social
life, for the psychology of the average person.
The man in the street has been accustomed from
time immemorial to the idea of money as the most
habitual phenomenon of social relations, and per
haps even of nature itself.
And now the ancient pillars of the commercial
system are coming down like a house of cards be
fore the first organised efforts of the victorious
proletariat. Looking at th.s first display of creative
effort made in the first and most difficult period
of the existence of the new order, we can imagine
the progress which will be made in the future
when, after the final wars, we shall be able to put
to better effect the resources and man-power of
one-tenth of the globe which is at our disposal.
Our children will grow up, and money to them will
be a reminiscence, and our grandchildren will learn
of it from the coloured pictures in their history
books at school.
Do You Go to Church?
Have You Friends Who Do?
If so, you and they should read
COMMUNISM and GHMSTIANISM
ftiahop William 7ontjome,y SSrown 7. 0.
To banish Gods from the skies and capital
ists from the earth is the purpose of this
book by Bishop Brown, formerly of the
Episcopal Church, now turned Revolutionary
Socialist. The modern "Age of Reason" is
what some call this book. If you are a church
goer or have friends who are, then this is
the book you should read and have them
read. It is not an attempt to reconcile Scien
tific Socialism and the Christian religion but
is a call to Christians to discard their theo
logical dogmas for Marxian Communism.
Eighty four ages 25c.
THE TOILER, 3207 ( lark Ave.