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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 1921.
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What To Do About It
The cartoon on page one despicts a problem
with which American workers are now face to face.
Not only in America but in the whole world with
the exception of Russia, are the workers searching
for the answer to the question which is so forcibly
propounded by the artist.
He who controls your job, controls you, your
bread, your life. He dictates the terms by which
you live, your vages, your hours, your amuse
ments, your family life (or lack of it). He is the
ruler over you. He is your Dictator.
His control over you, his dictatorship of your
Bfe and that of your family, is maintained by the
power of the State. The State legalizes his owner
ship and his dictatorship. Unless the State pro
tects him in his ownership of the tools and machin
ery of industry, you, the workers, would soon oust
him and cease to bow to his dictatorship and
would sieze the industries and run them yourselves
in your own and your families' interests.
But the State protects him in his power over
you. It protects his ownership with guns, soldiers,
cannon, bayonets. The State power stands between
the workers and the means of life and says: Hands
off, this is capitalist private property. In short, the
owners of industry control the State and the State
power is used for them and against the workers.
As long as the State power remains in the
hands of the owners of industry, THEY will be the
dictators over the workers. No seizure of factory,
or mill or mine by the workers will avail anything
for the workers as long as the power of the State,
the guns, soldiers, bayonets, the political control,
remain in their hands.
The only thing to do about it is to capture
the State and become the Dictator.
We wish you a RED New Year!
. What Will Come After?
The far-flung challenge of capitalism to the
A. F. of L. and its announced determination to
replace the Union Shop with the Open Shop in
American industries has raised a plaintive
questioning from some of its own worshippers
as to the wisdom of such procedure in view of
"What," ask these supporters of capitalism,
"will come after the A. F. of L." Apparently,
these bourgeois questioners dimly sense in a
nebulous sort of way that perhaps all will not
bo so calm on the industrial field alter the de
struction of the A. F. of L,. as is anticipated by
Gary and his gang. And some of them even
have the temerity to suggest that it is better to
let well enough alone.
And the question IS timely from whatever
angle the matter is looked upon.
It is inconoeivnblo that labor, in the face of
such an overwhelming defeat granting that
capital is successful in setting up the Opou
Shop, should cling to tho weapons that had
turned to putty in its hands. It is likewise in
conceivable that labor should give up in
despair and sink into a state of impotency.
On the contrary, every impulse, individual
and social will drive the workers to forgo now
weapons more fitted for the conquest of tho foe.
Those will bo weapons hammered out on tho
anvil of CLASS interests instead of craft inter
ests. The Industrial as opposed to tho Craft
form is the future form of labor organiza
tion that will emerge from the ashes of this