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SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 192
tific initiative. At the instance of the representa
tives of Russian science, a number of scientific and
educational organisations, technical societies, and
lalwratories have been established.
The Soviet Government is doing away with the
system of favouritism, official servility and flat
tery, career hunting, intrigues, etc. Now the door is
wide open for every energetic worker of science,
and there is no need for one to depend on influen
Imperialism, which is the torture of the masses
of the people, compels modem technique to serve
the purposes of destruction of man by man and
directs the creative and inventive faculties of the
engineers to the shedding of human blood. Our
activity, which may turn our earth into an in
dustrial hive of buzzing machines engaged in use
ful production, is now diverted to its mutilation and
destruction. Our science is corrupted, and becomes
destructive: armoured trains, torpedo boats, am
munition factories, military aeroplans, dynamite
on which gluttonous Imperialism feeds half the
guilt for all this falls on us, engineers. Some of us
have sold our professional conscience for comforts
of life, others, out of fear, obediently canned out
the murderous orders. The results are cemeteries
as large as whole countries.
Only the Soviet movement will liberate science
from the necessity of serving criminal designs. The
victorious proletariat leads us into a sphere of use
ful social production, into wide regions of peaceful
conquests of the human mind.
Capitalist oppression has made technical science
not only unmoral, but has brought it to stagnation
and degeneration. Shutting out the wide field of
invention, it drives our powerful work into the
small channels of refining and perfecting the
trifles of Capitalism. The efforts of the engineers
are not directed to the erection of great, hygienic
proletarian centres, but to serving the appetites of
High Society for luxury and this is the sign of
The Russian engineers were at one time the
enemies of the proletarian revolution. They were
in error. Events have proved to them the right
ouaness of the cause of the revolutionary workers
Now the Russian engineers have become convinced
of the fruitfulness of the economic measures of the
Soviet Government, and are now glad to contribute
their share of work o the social endeavours.
Engineers' sections have been formed in the
large industrial unions of Russia Thoy do not
pursue narrow professional interests; these are
sufficiently well looked after by the Soviet Gov
ernment. Their main aim is to unite closely the
industrial body of manual and intellectual labour
by distributing the highly skilled human labour in
the given industry and carrying out scientific and
practical measures on a large scale. Among others,
the engineers of the Russian Riverside Workers'
Union formed a section which is devoting muck
energy and time to the spreading of scientific edu
cation among the workers, by organising lectures,
conversations, exhibitions, excursions, etc. The
work of an engineer is immeasurably more pleas
ant and fruitful when under his guidance are
people who work with enthusiasm inspired by con
sciousness and knowledge.
The Soviet system is instilling this conscious
ness into the masses, and thus helps us in our
Comrades, the capitalist order compels you t
be the slavedrivers of hordes of factory workers,
compels you to be their executioners. A wall of
estrangement is artificially erected between yos
and them. The long-suffering workers have lost
patience. The workers are preparing for the revo
lutionary storm. Like dynamite opening for itself
the shortest way through a rock, the workers opes
their shortest historical Soviet road towards s
happy state of society.
"We hfnr sounds of approval not in the sweet
i words of praise, but in the wild shouts of rage."
These words describe
Premier of Soviet Russia.
All tlio Multilist statesmen, diplomats, financiers,
I ! "great iron'' rape it t icnin To Icniu, it is the
greatest prajw- for their rnge showi how well he kt
jj serving 'he interest" of the workers.
HIS LIFE AND WORK
By G. Zinovieff
is more than a character iketeh of I.cnin the ouw.
! it is alio a skoteh of the revolutionary character f
the learns' and stntesman of the Soviets, eontaiakf
many pages of leasonc on tactics nnd principles tf
the Prol Marian Kovolnticn.
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