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There are those who honestly believe that the war now on
between capital and labor is the world-old war between God and
Mammon, humanity and money, human brotherhood and selfish
greed and that union laborers are fighting for the very existence
of all labor, the right to live decent lives as free, justice-loving
human beings the right to marry good women and raise children
as they ought to be raised.
Let us go back a little. When the steel trust was organized,
it extended that organization to every branch of that industry. It
organized to eliminate competition and establish monopoly.
And the moment it felt strong enough in that industry, organ
ized capital declared war on organized labor yes, war to the death;
and it destroyed the labor unions, reduced wages and lengthened
the hours of toil and increased dividends.
As the tobacco, beef and other trusts wece organized by the
money trust, the war against organized labor was extended, and the
battle-cry of organized capital was the open shop.
But organized capital' didn't use dynamite. It didn't blow men
up. That method was too coarse and brutal. And organized capi
tal was cultured and refined. It had been" to college.
It was easier to starve labor into submission, to kill men, women
and children by inches.
Every intelligent labor leader knew that the destruction of
unionism meant industrial slavery for him, and for" his family. He
knew that if he raised children he was only raising more industrial
slaves to be ground up into dividends.
He wanted justice and got injunctions.
He saw capital organizing on every hand, and labor enjoined by
kept judges from organizing, from striking, from trying to induce
others to join unions, from urging others not to take his job and
the bread from the mouths of himself and family and he saw
honest, peaceable law-abiding working men sent to jail by judicial
prostitutes for contempt of contemptible courts, and without a trial
by a jury of their peers.
He saw organized capital all-powerful with presidents, con
gresses, governors, legislatures, and with courts; and several mil
lions of free American citizens came to look upon the army and state
militia as toqjs of this all-powerful organized capital.
Hfe didn't know that Justice, though she travelswith leaden
heels, is bound to reach the end of her journey. His' imagination
didn't run that far. He saw or thought he saw, that whichever way
he turned law and government were in the hands of the enemy and
Justice deaf, dumb, blind, hand-cuffed and beyond his reach.
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