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THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST
Formerly THf. COHMONWCALTH I
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at Everett, Washington, under the act of March 3. 187!)
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MOVING PICTURE CENSOR
SHIP ENDANGERS FREE
DOM OF EXPRESSION.
Frre Picture House as Important as
Tho bill to establish a federal cen-
BOrahll o\er SMTiag pictures is more
fSjßgetOM than would bo v bill eslub
lishins a censorship of the press. Of
ficials of the government OOUM'WOTk
in darkness, and suppress .ill films
such as Sinclair's 'The Jungle," now
doing such excellent educationnl work
for the proletarian class.
Naturally the consorship Of plot -
has bean indorsed by many clergymen,
eftaoatOn, and even by some mov iug
Other exhibitors oppose it on the
ground that film makers censor their
product, and that federal censorship
would interfere with the business, An
other objection urged against the bill
is that its passage might serve as a
precedent for legislation abridging the
liberty of the press.
They also argue that if the federal
government undertakes to censor mov
ing pictures it may extend the author
ity to printed matter.
Those who advocate federal censor
ship of moving pictures do so on the
plea that these exhibitions are hurtful
or beneficial to the youthful mind ac
cording to their character. It is
claimed that many crimes have been
traced to children who had witnessed
harrowing scenes in moving picture
houses. For this reason it is urged
that competent inspection and effect
ive censorship of films are needed.
The two sides of the story were told
to the house committee.
While it cannot be denied that some
pictures do barm, they nevertheless
do far less mischief than would in all
probability develop out of this first
step toward suppression of what office
holders might not happen to like.
POWER OF THE MOVIES.
The power of the press we have all
felt and understood only too well.
But we are just beginning to realize
the tremendous power for good or evil
that lies in the "movies."
The capitalist class are taking ad- |
vantage of the moving picture theatres
to inculcate and perpetuate capitalist
class ideals and trading-class rule.
The working-class must likewise use
the movies to inculcate proletarian
ideals, to show up the many horrors
and unglinesses of wage-slavery, with
its attendant unemployment, economic
servitude, poverty, crime, prostitution
and disease. Let the workers demand
plays and "movies" that show up the
selfish brutality of capitalist-class
rule, and a long step toward industrial
freedom will have been taken.
WE SHOULD DO LIKEWISE
The labor educational center of the j
Socialist party has established a spe
cial branch to exten dthe use of the
moving pictures as a means of edu
cating the working class.
In Holland the Socialists have made
successful use of moving pictures. At
Berlin a central library of educational
films has been formed, which has pre
pared more than 70,000 feet of films
for use in the schools.
The Cinema Hevue of Paris has
published a list of the principal edu
cational films which have appeared in
1912-13, and which includes the work
of fifty-nine firms.
The news films contain much that
is of value. The funeral of August
Bebel, the German Socialist leader,
has been shown to millions in the
moving picture houses. The Bohem
ian Socialists have made use of the
moving pictures in their co-operatives
to expose the horrible scenes of the
Balkan war and have thereby been
able to conduct a very effective anti
Some thirty Belgian co-operatives
give moving picture exhibitions.
These are now at the mercy of priv
ate film exchanges, which permit no
choice of subjects.
To meet this situation the moving
picture section of the educational
center will purchase films and arrange
programs mltable for working class
organizations. Those programs will
be varied with comic, dramatic and
Boclalllt films interspersed.
bange arrangement* will be
made with educational film exchanges
that already exist in France and Ger
many, and the films will then be
rented to the various Belgian co-opera
10.000.000 SEE MOVIES EVERY
DAY IN 18.000 THEATRES.
The Immeasurable power of tin"
■movies" for molding public opinion
ami nraetlni prejudice pro or con can
be better appreciated when it Is known
tluU not less than sixteen million pet
sous daily attend the 11,000 mOTinfl
picture theatres now in operation in
the United Btates. \ targe propor
tion >>f tha patroni are children. There
arc approximately 10(000,000 school
children in the United States. The
attendance of the picture shows there
ton represents four-fifths of tha dailj
enrollment of the public IChOOIS and
far exceeds that reported by churches,
libraries and oilier Institutions of hu
These facts, or what are represented
to be facts, were brought out before
the house committee on education.
The committee has under consider;!
tion a bill to establish a federal cen
sorship commission over moving I>ii"
lures. The measure has Strong sup
port and the chances are it will be
enacted into law at this session of
LUNCH AT HEADQUARTERS
Are you coming to Everett to visit
the Kla-How-Yah? If so why not
BMUn the Socialist party headquarii is
YOUII headquarters? You will find
rest room, reading room, a place to
visit and the comrades hero will be
.Khul to become acquainted with you.
Besides which the woman's commit
j tee will serve a substantial luncheon
consisting of sandwiches, beans, coffeo
and cake. If you have never eaten
our women comrades' cooking then
you have missed a great treat. The
proceeds will be divided equally among
i the different department! of the or-
Declaration of Independence Brought Down To Date
By imposing taxes on us through the means of wage slavery:
By depriving US, in many eases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
And by packing the jury when the workers are so tried;
By transporting us to other states to be tried for pretended offenses;
By abolishing' the right to peacefully assemble in our own or a neighboring state, estab
lishing therein an arbitrary government, substituting post-mortems for habaeas corpus, tramp
in": on the pretended constitutional rights of citizens, enlarging the scope of the state militia,
so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same arbitrary
power in other states:
By taking away our suffrage through capitalist election laws, abolishing our most;
valuable means of political expression and altering fundamentally the forms of civil govern
By suspending working-class laws and declaring themselves invested with power to leg
islate fur us in all cases whatsoever.
The musters have abdicated popular government here, by declaring the workers out of
their protection, their policeman's Hub having grown bigger than ihe ('(institution;
They have plundered our cities, ravaged our homes, deprived us of the meant <>f self
support, and destroyed the lives of our people;
The master-class is at this time creating large armies of mercenaries to complete the
works of death, desolation and tyranny already begun in the days of Cleveland, with circum
stances of cruelty and suffering scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally
inexcusable in a civilized nation;
They have constrained our misguided fellow wage-slaves to join the army, militia and
navy, to hear arms against members of their own class, to become the executioners of their
friends and brethren in toil, or to fall, maphap. themselves by unwilling hands;
The masters have excited domestic insuri tions amongst us, in the mad struggle for
profits, and have endeavored to bring on the workers of our mills, mini's and Factories the
merciless gunmen whose known rule of warfare is treachery, secret assassination, incitement
to violence and undistinguished destruction of all ayes, sexes and conditions.
[n every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble
terms; our petitions have been answered only by repeated "investigations." A class whose
character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to rule over ii people
determined to be free.
Nor have we been wanting in patience toward our industrial masters. We hare warned
them, from time to time, of attempt! made by their legislatures to extend an unwarranted jur
isdiction over us. We have reminded them <>!' the circumstances <>l' our working and Living
here, in a country of potential wealth and abundance for all who Labor, We have appealed to
their native justice and magnanimity, and we hay injured them by the ties of our common
humanity to discontinue their usurpations, which would inevitably lead to working-class re
volt and final supremacy of the proletariat, marking the end of all classes and of class rule.
I'ui they have been deaf to the voice of justice and reason. We must, therefore, acquiesce in
the necessity which necessitates our separation into two distinct classes, the exploiters and
the exploited, the wealth-takers and the wealth-makers, and hold the master class of this
country, as of all other countries, our enemies in politics and industry— in nothing friends.
We. therefore, the representatives of the workers of all nations, in mass meeting as
sembled, appealing to the highesi sense of justice for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in
the name and by the authority of the workers of the world, solemnly publish and declare
thai the useful wealth producers, now held in the bondage of wage-slavery, are of right,
and must of necessity become, free and independent citizens, of a new industrial world re
public, in which economic equality, .justice and fraternity may become a glorious reality, in-
Btead of a concatenation of empty words, a delusion ami a snare to the exploited and ecu
nomically enslaved workers: we further declare thai the wage-earners of this and all other
countries are morally absolved from all allegiance to the capitalist class, and thai all pretense
of community of interests between them is but a wicked and intolerable fiction, designed to
hold the greater and better pari of the human race in degrading bondage; and that the
workers, as members of a common world brotherhood, should have full power lo declare for
freedom arid international peace, for the common ownership of the earth ami the joint con
trol of the greater means of product ion ami distribution; I hat the workers have full power to
contraci a world-wide alliance, to establish international transportation facilities, to estab
lish methods for an equitable exchange of products, and in do all other acts ami things which
will further their mutual interests. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reli
ance on the continued progress of the human race, we pledge to each other our lives, our
soles and our cherished honor.
sanitation, to I" uhiml for llli> further-
MUM Of Hi'l OHM, i»h each department
sees fit So, comrades, lirhiK your
Mends ami come. If you MUST buy
your dinner or lunch, keep your money
In the. family ho to Bpcak. Every cent
you ■pud will lie lined to Hti'i'iif.ilii-ii
MARK TWAIN ON REVOLU
It whs with revolution U lii1 theme
Unit Mark Twain's soul drank deep
Fran the fount of Inspiration, II In im
mortality will rest at last upon this
royal trlbutt to the French revolution;
" Tile ever memorable mid bleßßod
revolution, which swept v thousand
years of villainy away In one n\vlft
tidal wave of blood one; ■ settlement
of that hoary dobt In the proportion
of half a drop of blood for each hogs
head of It that had been pressed by
alow tortures out of that people In
the weary stretch of ten centuries of
wrong and shame and misery the like
of which was not to be mated but In
hell There wero two Reigns of Ter
ror, If wo would but remember II and
consider It: tha one, wrought murder
In hot passion, the other in heartless
cold blood; the one lasted mere months,
the Other lasted a thousand years; the
one Inflicted (loath on ten thousand
persons, the other upon I hundred
millions; but our shudders are. all for
the horrors of tho minor terror, so to
■peak; whereas, what is the horror of
swift death by the axe compared with
lifelong death from hunger, cold, in
sult, cruelty and heartbreak? What
is swlth death by lightning compared
with death by slow fire at the stake?
A city cemetery could contain the cof
fins filled by that brief terror, which
we have all been so diligently taught
to shiver nt and mourn over, but all
Prance could hardly contain the oof
I fins rilled by that older and real ter
ror which none of us has been taugiit
to see In its vastness or pity as It de
The Carpenter and the Rich Man
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My Country, 'tin of time,
I.hikl of \Vnj;<> Slavery,
or tii«'<. i slug;
Land whore the workers toll
For profit monger'! spoil, '
Even lltllo children moil
I>lvill <■11 < 1 In bring.
My bourgeois country theo,
Land of plutocracy,
Thy wealth I lovo,
I 11>vi• thy roaring mills,
. Thy niliii'H mill timbered hills;
My heart with avarice fills
Where'er I rove
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Wnr bonds I buy;
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'rinse i mpply.
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Or shorter flay,
Let flailing Quni awake,
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Lot Baldwin thugs partake
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