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The daily worker. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1924-1958, August 29, 1925, New York Edition, Magazine Supplement, Image 14

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Follottißm, against Hillquitlam, to go
into the organization and make the
struggle there. That was a correct
policy. That’s the policy the C. I. de
cided was the correct policy but what
did the majority do. They Issued a
manifesto and a resolution which our
comrades were to introduce in the
trade unions which said “boycott the
CPPA convention.” Boycott the CPPA
convention! Comrades, that was de
leonism coming to life in the W. P.
Boycott a mass movement of workers.
Boycott a movement that is a step for
ward to progressive struggles against
capitalism. Boycott a movement of
the workers, which typified the devel
opment of the American working class
since the end of the war, the develop
ment toward a fight as a class in their
own interests. That was the acme of
sectarianism and that was the poMcy
which was offered in place of going to
the CPPA convention. The policy
offered In CEC resolutions, as a sub
stitute, was that we should ask the
workers in the trade unions to fight In
a united front struggle with the Work
ers Party! To join in a united front
struggle with the Workers Party!
What was that. An application of the
united front taetio of the C. LT No,
no, comrades, that was making the
lactic of the united front a sectarian
principle. Making it a principle to
propagate in place of making it a
tactic for action of the masses. If
we urge the workers to go into a
united front with us, we must say
“united front against wage cuts, unit
ed front against child labor, united
front against La Folletteism, the use
of injunctions, united front on con
crete issues and not a sectarian united
front with the Workers Party.”
That, comrades, was the policy in
Bittelman’s article, and the thesis of
the majority which was offered next
year, opposing in principle organi
zations between the Workers Party
and the masses of workers.
And now, comrades, we turn to the
next development of that policy. I
thought we would have this discussion
in relation to the discussion of wom
en's work, but since Comrade Bittel
man has raised the issue, I must an
swer.
WR had motions in the 0. B. C. in
regard to work among women.
Comrade Bittelman tries to tell you
that the issue was whether we should
carry on work among women in the
factories. Comrade Bittelman. here
are the extracts from the minutes of
Cowderly Tells How to Keep from Growing Old
By P. B. COWDERY.
The comrades everywhere want to \
know about touring the country in an
auto. The sign, "Frisco to Chicago—
Subscribe for the DAILY WORKER,”
inspires numerous questions, and
everyone, even strangers incidentally
attracted, are invariably friendly and
interested. When we handed out sam
ple copies of the DAILY WORKER
they have always said, “Good, we are
with you."
“We” are the comrades from San
Francisco, Oakland, California, who
have already reported in the DAILY
WORKER our meetings in Sacramen
to and Salt Lake City, also Fallon,
Nevada. At all of these places we
were treated royally. In Denver we
held a street mass meeting Aug. 16,
with 500 attending and 78 copies of
the DAILY WORKER sold, and an
other good meeting In the Labor Ly
ceum Aug. 17.
Stoppage of the oil line In our en
gine on the nineteen-mile climb ont
of Salt Lake City ruined our engine.
Temporary repairs enabled us to reach
Denver. Here comrades overhauled
the engine completely, thus ending
our engine trouble. This unavoidable
delay put us a day behind our schedule
and made it necessary for Comrade
Dolsen to proceed by train to Kansas
City and St. Louis, where he held
meetings on the dates advertised.
Fatl Into a Mudhole.
As to road conditions, the highways
arc still far from being boulevards,
yet each year sees a tremendous lot
of new construction. This year seri
ous washouts have occurred in Nevada
a ltd Wyoming. Detours are numerous
the C. B. C. which you yourself had
made. I challenge you to show any
thing In your motion which shows
work among women In the factories
and "ours which says work among
housewives. That was never the issue.
What was the Issue? Not that, com
rades, but we had in New York the
United Council of Working Class
Women. It was an organization of a
united front character; first, delegates
from existing organizations, and, sec
ond, It had, In addition, Individual
membership—and the question was,
what we were to do with this organiza
tion. Your proposal, Com. Bittelman, as
it is here, is that the United Council
of Working Class Women shall be
come the Women's Department of the
Workers Party. In other words, you
wanted to liquidate a non-party or
ganization and take a few of its mem
bers and make it the Women's Section
of the Workers Party. In answer to
that, our proposal was that we shall
continue, that we shall build the U. C.
W. W. and try to develop it into a
mass organization. And, comrades,
the minutes went to the C. L, and
here we have some letters from the
C. L on a question of party policy,
which the C. E. O. has refused to pub
lish tor the benefit and education of
our membership, has refused to give
you the benefit of this advice. (Ap
plause; “Shame! Shame!”) And why
did they refuse? Listen to this (quo
tation from C. L letter):
The Secretariat of the E. C. C. I.
has carefully examined, together
with the Women’s Secretariat of the
Comintern, the Bittelman and Ruth
enberg resolutions and has adopted
a definite attitude towards them.
Both organs have come to the unan
imous conclusion that the Bittel
man resolution adopted by you, altho
the voting resulted in a tie, is in
several decisive points contrary to
the decisions and directions of the
Comintern, The rejected Ruthen
berg resolution represents, on the
contrary, and precisely in the points
in which it differs from the other
resolution, the viewpoint formulated
clearly and unmistakably in the res
olutions and theses of the Third in
ternational Conference of Commun
ist Women in Moscow, which were
endorsed by the Executive of the
Comintern.
AND then, comrades, what next?
Well, our majority has had the
habit in the past, when it makes polit
ical mistakes, of accusing the Execu
due to construction work. Rain on
detouTs and new grades necessitates
frequent use of a towline. In Wyom
ing we went into the ditch. mere
ly attached our towline and thb first
machine passing pulled us out In
western Kansas a thunder storm
struck us at 6 p. m. We were on a
new grade. The storm so blinded
Comrade Dobkin, who was driving,
that he failed to avoid a bad mudhole.
We camped right there until 8 a. m.
Ihirlng the evening several machines
tried to pull us out hut could not got
traction. After the coming of day
light and a partial drying of the road
a big machine with chains easily
pulled us out. Fortunately our tin
Lizzie was equipped for bunking and
the three of us got a good night’s rest
which we badly needed. To make
meeting dates required that we drive
night and day. This fonrteen-hour de
lay compelled us to miss our Pitts
burgh date. We found that the storm
was local and only extended about five
miles and we had landed in the only
hole that could have delayed us. Our
schedule of ten meetings in twelve
days between Frisco and Chicago, had
we experienced no delay, was found
to be possible except the lap between
Pittsburgh, Kansas, and St. Louis, Mo.
Here we were compelled to travel two
nights and one day. Missouri roads
are stffl in very bad condition, espe
cially for night driving, being poorly
marked, often narrow and rough and
full of sharp turns without warning
signs. But rapid progress Is being
made In road building, even in Mis
souri Except for occasional delays,
motoring on the main highways is
very practicable and enjoyable.
tive Secretary of having falsified the
minutes of the proceedings, and In this
case they proceeded to say the min
utes had not correctly explained their
position and their viewpoint, and they
sent a letter to Moscow —two letters.
In fact, one on Feb. 11 and the other
on March 14—in which they explain
their position to the Women's Secre
tariat and the Executive Committee,
and here I have the answer of the Ex
ecutive Committee to their explana
tion dated May 5, 1925. They say on
the question of women’s sections, it
was not the issue between us. The
matter is cleared up, but on the main
issue, which was the tßsue between
Comrade Bittelman and myself, be
tween the majority and the minority,
they continued to say the following:
“This settles that question, but the
main question of which the Interna
tional Women’s Secretariat differed
from the majority of the C. E. C. was
the question of the role of the United
Working Women’s Council and the
party’s relation with the same.” In
other words, after their explanation,
they get an answer which says they
were Just as wrong as before that ex
planation.
WB declared that our party suffered
In the last year from a leadership
which, because of its incorrect poli
cies, could not mobilise the party nor
could It bring the masses of workers
under the leadership of the party to
any great extent We say that our
membership, which was 16,000 when
the present minority was in the ma
jority of the C. E. C. and grew to
17,000 during the first six mouths of
1924, was again reduced to 16,000 dur
ing the first six montns of 1925, so
that we Btand exactly today where we
were a year and a half ago, and we
say that a C. E. C. which comes to
the party with a year and a half of
struggle, of work, of expenditure of
our forces in the work of our party,
and cannot show progress in building
the party, does not deserve leadership.
(Applause.)
We say, comrades, that the C. E. C.
has chosen to follow the same course
te unite itself In the party with the
same elements which were the basis
of its support In the past and which
will again influence it in the wrong
direction. We say the majority group
in this convention made that choice
when it chose to use its power to over
ride the minority in the fact that it
took from it the positions of leader
ship in the party work which it won
by vote of the majority In the districts
They Drive Auto—Convention
Drive* Them.
The trip to Chicago was too hurried
to be completely successful. After the
convention Comrades Cowdery and
Roberts plan to take more time re
turning and secure many subscribers
for the DAILY WORKER and Work
ers Monthly. Comrades Dolsen and
Dobkin plan to remain in Chicago.
Much has been learned on this trip to
demonstrate the economy and effect
iveness of nsing a Ford auto in dis
tribution of literature arid obtaining
of subscribers. We expect to visit
many towns before returning to Cali
fornia and we expect to convince the
comrades in these towns of the neces
sity of circulating these publications.
In California we now have two autos
on this job year in and year out. Some
times, as on this trip, excessive ex
pense compels us to accept assistance
from comrades and sympathizers who
realize the value of our work and are
in a position to help us. We ask this
only when necessary, and only on con
dition that we are giving value re
ceived so the movement. Our only
pay is the regular commission on the
subscriptions are obtain. Plenty of
energy, accompanied by sheer econ
omy, gets us by. As an example: Be
tween Denver and Chicago, the three
of us spent just 82.75 for eats, and for
sleeps nothing. We had to save our
meager funds for gasoline. We had
iust 13 cents on arrival. But we land
ed among friends. And we could have
found friends in any town had we
stopped to look for them.
A Wide Awake Crew.
As to driving night and day: We sel
dom stopped either to eat or sleep.
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of New York, Philadelphia and Cleve
land. Our group sees In that policy
of the majority of the C. B. C. a policy
of persecution. It made Its protest. It
made Its fight against it It came
back into the convention and said, we
will not split this party. It is our
party and we will stay In It and fight
In It until it Is a party which will
continue a correct line of Communist
policy. (Applause.)
WE say that we will not split this
party. No, but we will continue
to fight against the policies which
were adopted in the past year. We
will continue to fight against misappli
cations of policies which may be dor
rectly worded and resolutions which
may be correctly stated but which the
C. E. C. majority will not apply In
practice so as to gain results for our
party. We say present conditions show
Comrade Bittelman, that you have
chosen to make the continued basis
of your support the right wing ele
ments of our party, the Finnish Fed
eration and the Loreist group in the
Jewish Federation, in the German Fed
eration and elsewhere, we say to you
that you have not any substantial
support In this party beside these
groups. We say a majority based
upon that support cannot lead this
party and formulate correct policies
for the building of this party. You
have chosen to follow a line of ex
termination and elimination. We say
while you have chosen, we made the
offer otherwise, we desired something
otherwise, we desired that you break
with these elements and joifl us as
the leadership of the party based upon
the Communist elements of this party
and having the support of these Com
munist elements.
YOU have chosen the other road,
and as you chose to be the repre
sentative of the right wing of this
party, base yourself on that right
wing, we have no other recourse than
to say that you are the right wing of
the party and that we must fight
against you. (Applause. Cheers.)
We say that this condition is not
the best solution and might have been
alleviated yet but you made the deci
sion. You give us no other solution,
and therefore there Is no other road
open for this minority to carry on a
militant struggle against those ele
ments which are not yet Communistic
ally developed and which will give
you the wrong policy and force us to
continue to fight against it, and that
we will do. (Tremendous cheers and
applause.)
Only when we became tired out did
we succeed in sleeping in the moving
machine. Three of us took turns driv
ing the machine. At the wheel we
soon became sleepy. While reclining
for the purpose of sleep we remained
wide awake. This was the experience
of all of us. We found, however, that
we obtained sufficient rest even tho we
seemed not to sleep at all. It vill be
easily possible for a crew so drive a
machine from San Francisco to Chi
cago in five days and nights in the
near future. One more year, or at
the most two more years, will find the
highways all graded and dependable.
Why do not comrades use their
evenings, Sundays, holidays and out
of-work vacation periods more for the
social process of circulating our liter
ature and less for the personal process
of mere pleasure seeking? Hunting
subscribers is far more exciting and
interesting than hunting fun for fun’s
sake. Learn to put all you meet on
record. Let your friends know how
disgraceful it is to waste their time
and money. Hold them up to some
degree of scorn and ridicule if they
fail to take the DAILY WORKER and
read It Extend your circle of friends
to all you meet Then meet all you
can. Don’t let them get away with
tho idea that it is smart and the thing
to be ignorant and wasteful in rela
tion to working class problems. Put
up a fight. Nothing short of this can
give you any real zest In life. Use
your auto to a purpose.
If you want to thoroughly un
derstand Commnnism—study it.
Send for a catalogue of all Com
munist literature.

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