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SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 1920.
day, who voted for the war credits ; the 'So
cialist' Legislators at Albany who declared
openly against Communism; the 'Socialist'
District Attorney of Milwaukee, who impris
oned workingmen for breaking up a religious
meeting; the 'Socialist' officials who called in
the Chicago police to expel the Communists
from the 1919 convention all these 'comrad
es' are still members of the Socialist Party of
the United States ; in fact, they controlled the
And these pink-pale-pill Socialists voted for the
resolution favoring affiliation with the clean-cut,
revolutionary, fighting Third International, whose
avowed object it is to crush capitalism and estab
lish Communism thruout the world!
What Must Be Done.
What must a Socialist Party do, seeking mem
bership in the Third International ? They must act.
They must translate Socialist principles into Soc
ialist deeds ; Socialism, the hope of the world, must
be made a reality. The class struggle must no
longer be a thing to toy with, but a real struggle
of the working class against the exploiting class
for supreme power. "All Power to the Workers."
No compromise with the enemy.
Socialist Deputies, Congressmen or Alder
men if such are ever needed must "consist
ently denounce bourgeois democracy and so
cial patriotism and also the falsehood and
hypocrisy of social pacifism ; they must sys
tematically demonstrate to the workers that
without a revolutionary overthrow of the ca
pitalist state no talk of disarmament, no in
ternational arbitration, no League of Nations,
can save mankind from new imperialist
Eugene V. Debs, Revolutionist.
"It will be pointed out that the selection of
Eugene Debs as presidential candidate proves
that the American Socialist Party is a re
"It is a characteristic tactic of centrist
parties to make use of revolutionary phrases,
of revolutionary personalities, to deceive the
working masses, to persuade them to follow
"Comrade Debs has a fine revolutionary
record. All the more shame to the 'Socialist'
leaders of the American party, who have ex
ploited the imprisonment of Debs for their
own selfish, non-revolutionary purposes, and
who, in nominsting him for President, once
more attempt to cover up and justify their
compicmising and cowardly attitude at the
snme time refusing to consider Comrade
Debs' proposal for unity with the Commun
ists. "If the majority of the American Socialist
Party endorses the decisions of this conven
tion (held in May 1919), then we have but
one thing to say to those honest workers who
still may remain within the party:
"You are being deceived. The Socialist Par
ty of the United States is not a working class
party but an auxiliary organization of the
American bourgeoisie, or world imperialism.
It is not leading you toward Socialism it is
betraying you to the counter-revolution."
The foregoing extracts are taken from the docu
ment published recently by the New York Call of
November 30, 1920. The "docurrnt" in full was
first published in the Russian Press Review, Oc
tober 1920, No. 5. "It is the first evidence we have
observes the Call, that the application of the Soc
ialist Party for affiliation reached Russia and was
considered." "Whether," the Call continues, "this
is intended as an official reply we do not know."
(Subsequently The Communist, official organ of
the United Communist Party, published the "doc
ument" as an authentic, official answer from the
Third International.) Editorially the Call expresses
the hope that other Socialist Party papers will
publish the document so the membership may
know the facts.
Certainly the membership should know; they
should be told the truth ; if those in charge of So
cialist Party affairs are really interested in the
working class and sincerely desire Socialism So
cialism in its working clothes, which means Bol
shevism they will blanket the United States with
the "document" now under discussion. As the
Butte Daily Bulletin recently observed editorially:
"With the coming into power of the Republican
Party, British propagandists will be unable to func
toion. This does not mean that the liberties of the
American people will be made more secure nor that
their standard of living will be increased. It does
mean that the world stage will be cleared of its
obstructions and the issue set clearly before us.
The two great nations of the world America and
Britain will fight for world supremacy. We shall