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World-Wide Significance of International Red Aid
White reaction holds the working masses of the world in its bloody grip. In Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Roumania, Letland, Esthonia and Fin land, in Java, India, China and Japan, in Spain and France, in the United States, Canada and South America— tens of thousands of the best work ers are languishing in prison. They have been sent to these hell-holes for daring to light in the front ranks of the workers against the brutal ex ploiters. In the interests of the work ers they have defied the authority of the capitalist State, and today are pay ing the penalty of their heroism. Post-War Annoyance. The World War filled the interna tional bourgeoisie with great pride. THEY had won the war; they were well armed, the working class was split into warring camps. Despite the fact that they had accumulated bil lions of debts; created values to the amount of more billions had been shot to pieces; and despite the fact that the workers and peasants of Soviet Russia had taken from them one of the most fertile lands for exploitation, they felt strong. Many capitalist go vernments were on the verge of ruin and collapse; many shuddered before the menace of the working class. The International bourgeoisie felt safe; they would not allow the proletariat of another country to seize power. To gether they would drown the workers in blood. In Hungary, the workers might at tempt to establish their Soviet power; in Finland they might declare parlia ment their own; in Italy they might seize the factories and fight for State control; in Germany they might over throw the Kaiser and proclaim the country a republic—the bourgeoisie did not fear. The war taught them the necessity of standing together. However much they may fight among themself for the spoils of war and for the right of exploitation— against the working class and the militant pea sants they are a unit. The Black International Hence the workers of Hungary, Italy, Finland, Roumania did not fight against their bourgeoisie alone. Be hind the bourgeoisie of these coun tries stood the mighty capitalist go vernments of France and England, aiding them with guns and ammuni tion, with millions of gold. Just as they had tried to throttle the Soviet Government with guns and aeroplanes from England, France and the United States; just as they sent American, English and French boys to shoot down Russian workers and peasants who threw the bourgeoisie out of their land for ever —so, too, they aid the bourgeoisie of every other country in beating down and crushing the work ing class. The capitalist system of production is truly anarchic. But the capitalist mind is clear. The capitalists very well understand their mutual interests and they are organized to protect their interests. Armies are not creat ed by one capitalist government only to beat another capitalist government in the race of profits, for sources of raw material and fields for investment. Armies are created in order to shoot down rebellious workmen and militant peasants. They are to help other ca pitalist governments in subduing their workers. We have returned to ‘peace’ yet the standing armies of the world are larger than before the war. The capitalist world is preparing not only for another world war, but also to curb the revolution. The Bogeyman of Capitalism The capitalists have operated well to befuddle the minds of the workers regarding the meaning of revolution. 1 They have held up to them the “bles sings of democracy,” the "splendors of civilization.” They have calumni ated the revolutionists, the “Reds”, the Communists. They have pictured them as bloodthirsty ruffians bent upon destroying the world. Under the pressure of the press, the school and the church, the workers have yielded to the influence. But the spirit of re volt cannot be curbed in this manner. Capitalist exploitation and capitalist government—upon which the power of I the bourgeoisie rests —are teaching the workers a better lesson. The struggle for existence against the pil lage of the capitalist class and the brutality of all capitalist governments are pounding into the head of even the most stupid worker the fact that as long as there is a capitalist there will be a capitalist government, and its function is to crush the working class and keep it in subjection. The shrewd - minded capitalists have succeeded in keeping the work ers apart. They are well organized, but in every country they have car ried on vicious campaigns to destroy the organizations of the working class. Trade unions, cooperatives, peasants organizations —all of them have suffer ed under the blighting hands of the capitalists and the capitalist govern ments. In Italy, Mussolini, the idol of the international bourgeoisie, whose methods they are copying in all capi talist countries, has obliterated the unions and cooperatives and has turn ed them into organizations against the workers and peasants. In Germany Stinnes, Thyssen and Wi.lff have car ried on one vicious campaign after the jther with the aim of destroying the unions. In France, Spain, Norway and Sueden, in England. United tSates Canada and Argentine, in Japan, In dia and Australia, —in all the coun tries of the globe, the capitalists, or May Day Apparition ganized in their associations, and leagues, have left no means unused in their campaigns to exterminate the last remnants of labor organization. Betrayers of Workingclass In this brutal onslaught, they have been aided by the reactionary trade union leaders and the reformist poli ticians. These "labor leaders” and re presentatives of the working class” —Ebert, Leipart, Turati, Modigliano, Jouheaux, MacDonald, Thomas, Gom pers, Lewis —stand for “social peace,” which means working class surrender. It means the acceptance of hunger and starvation, of wages that will not keep body and soul together, of pros titution and child labor, of hours and conditions of labor that crush the very life of the worker. AND ALL FOR THE SAKE OF PROFITS! This is the meaning of “social peace” which is preached and practiced by the reac tionary, reformistic "leaders” of the working class. The militant workers revolt against such conditions. In every country of the capitalist world, the workers are rebelling. For five years in Germany they have fought against the com bined attack of the German bourge oisie and the French imperialism, who are aided by the upholders of social peace. Poincare, Ebert and Stinnes — these are the bloody triumvirate' which has strewn Germany with the corpses of German workers and filled the prisons with ten thousand work ers who have dared to rebel. In Bulgaria, five thousand workers and peasants have been slaughtered, five thousand more languish in prison, live thousand have been sent into exile for fighting against the fascist government. In Italy and Poland thousands of the bravest workers and peasants are rotting in the dungeons of capitalist prisons. In Spain, France, Holland, Finland, America, Canada, Japan, China, Java and Korea, the best fighters for the working class are tortured in the pri sons; many are driven to madness and suicide, others are murdered. The largest number of the workers who were massacred and imprisoned are Communist. The masses of India have been told by the MacDonald Go vernment of Great Britain that if they dare to light for their freedom, the' full force of the British Government will crush them. But the masses fight on, altho their leaders and their best comrades are in prison. Thousands Doomed To Death. Tens of thousands of the world’s most courageous fighters will die in capitalist prisons. Tens of thousands more must face capitalist courts to be sent to decay in the pest holes of pris on, others to be shot. Tens, yes, hun dreds of thousands of women and chil dren are doomed to hunger and death by the savage hand of capitalist "jus tice.” The international bourgeoisie could not succeed In its diabolical plans were the working class not disorga nized and disunited. The capitalist class will succeed still further if the the workers of the world do not unite in defending their fighters. The capi talists do not ask about color and com plexion. They are indifferent to race or faith; they do not ask about politi cal affiliation. Militant workers are a menace and must be removed; prison torture and death are their reward. President Wilson first heard of Tom Mooney when the workers of Lenin grad demanded his release. Dato was released from a Spanish prison after the workers of France had demon strated. INTERNATIONAL RED AID IS THE DEMAND OF THE HOUR. International solidarity la the strongest weapon of the working class in the fight against the bourgeoisie. The working class must learn to stand together as the internationalist capi talists stick together. With this wea By ISRAEL AMTER. pon they will free themselves from capitalist tyranny... They must stand solidly behind the militant revolutio nary workers in prison. They must aid families. Tbey must help the imprisoned peasant who are paying the penalty for their heroism. I The white terror in Europe and Asia demands that the workers of the whole world unite in defence of the imprisoned comrades and their fami lies. It demands that the workers of countries where the hand of reaction does not yet press so heavily, form their Red Aid organizations at once, before the guns of capitalist soldiery and gendarmerie mow down the best fighters of the working class. SELF HELP AND INTERNATIONAL SOLI DARITY MUST BE OUR SLOGANS! The International Red Aid. The barbarous torture of the W’hite Terror caused the formation of the INTERNATIONAL RED AID one year ago. The need of it is apparent. In this short period, the International Red Aid has sent tens of thousands of dollars to aid the fighting working class prisoners in Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Hungary, France, Esthonia, Lettiand, Finland, Lithuania, Roumania, Java, China, Palestine. Where has this money come from? Chiefly from the Russian workers and peasants. The Russian workers and peasants cannot forget the solidarity that the workers of the whole world manifested towards them when they fought against international reaction in defence of their Soviet Government. They cannot forget the aid that the workers and peasants gave them when famine threatened their land. They cannot forget how, in the times of the czars, their political refugees were aided by foreign workers. Russian workers have given of their earnings. They pledge themselves to aid their fighting comrades abroad, and their starving families. They know that the CAPITALIST GOVERNMENTS HATE MOST OF ALL THE POLITI CAL PRISONERS, BECAUSE THEY ARE THEIR BITTEREST ENEMIES IN THE CAUSE OF THE WORKING CLASS. Russian peasants give of their grain; their last trinkets they contribute. FIGHTING WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, NO MATTER WHERE, MUST BE SUP PORTED. THERE IS NO MORE GLOWING TESTIMONY OF INTER NATIONAL SOLIDARITY THAN THAT OF THE RUSSIAN WORKERS AND PEASANTS! Four hundred Russian workers and peasants are in the organizations of the International Red Aid. Their slo gan is ONE MILLION MEMBERS by May 1. The workers and peasants of other countries should take an exam ple from these workers. There is no more urgent task than that of the International Red Aid. It is a powerful weapon of the working class against the White Reaction. PHILADELPHIA READERS, ATTENTION! Demonstrate Your Solidarity With the Starving Ger man Working Class Attend the INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY May Ist, 2nd and 3rd KENSINGTON LABOR LYCEUM 2nd and Cambria St. Tickets 25c for one day; 50c for three days On sale at 521 York Ave. and at 840 So. sth St. Auspices: INTERNATIONAL WORK ERS’ AID, Philadelphia Conference.