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Red International Message toLW. W.
(Continued from page 2.) the political consequences in the cir cumstances of production—the social relations between classes and the struggle of each class for power. We think it obvious, as we said at the beginning, that when the forces of production produce something be sides commodities—a social crisis, the working class is a part of this crisis and must act or perish. We repeat Marx —“Every class struggle is a political struggle”—a struggle for power, in which both classes, to a greater or lesser degree according to necessity, turn aside from the forces of production and the manufacture of commodities, to the political struggle for power, to gain by seizure of gov ernmental authority, the prize—the ownership of the machinery of pro duction. With the conflict taking this char acter, we contend that the unions, while positively necessary to the struggle thruout its course and neces sary to “carry on production when capitalism shall have been over thrown,” are not sufficient by them selves to accomplish the overthrowal —tho in the heat of class war their co-ordination with the revolutionary political organization is imperative. This is true because the unions, if they are really unions, must be in clusive of all workers of every shade of opinion, both advanced and back ward, and cannot by this diversity at tain the needed unity of every mem ber in aim and action in the long, sacrificial and complicated struggle which requires a strict but voluntary discipline for an ideal all unionists do not comprehend. A REVOLUTIONARY party is ab solirtely necessary to fulfill this distinct faction, to weld together that part—and only that part—of the working class most conscious of the aims and tactics of class war, those in the unions necessarily among thesr. * Moreover, - the revolutionary party of this character views the in terests of the working class as a whole, while unions incline to stress their sectional interests—as we see by the so-called “industrial union pa triotism” even in the revolutionary I. W. W. There is no question of “domina tion” of one necessary organization by another equally necessary. "Poli tics is concentrated economics” —and the necessary co-ordination, not or ganic unity, now existing between the Communist International and the Red International of Labor Unions is a firm strengthening of revolutionary labor unity against the world capital ist class and should be no bar to the affiliation of the I. W. W. to the R. I. L. U. A strange misunderstanding has ariSen, diligently cultivated by the anarchist element, that if the I. W. W. affiliated to the R. I. L. U., members would be forced to join the Commun ist Party and vote in elections. Such is not the case. But we do not mean to say that we oppose participation in elections on principle. R is_only one and not always the most import ant one of many useful tactics to stir class consciousness among the masses. THE I. W. W. was justified in its opposition to the "politics” of the yellow socialist parties, which regard getting elected as an end in itself. Communist workers, on the other hand, have repeatedly made clear in action that they reject the servile and futile dependence upon capitalist par liamentary forms as a means of eman cipation. They enter elections only to expose the sham of capitalist de mocracy to its trnating dupes. They enter parliament only to discredit and destroy it from within. That great strategist of class war, Vladimir Len in, has made clear that the struggle is centered outside the parliament, and that Communist parliamentarism must serve only as an auxiliary to revolutionary direct action. We wish to point out here the dis tortion of facts by anarchlßts (and capitalists, too) when they refer to' affiliation with the Red International of Labor Unions as "liquidation” or •accepting the dictators of Moscow.” This argument about “Moscow dicta torship” comes straight out of the stock propaganda of the Berlin An archist International, and it is used wiftiin the I. W. W. by those anarcho syndicalist elements who either went over to the emergency split or who remain in the I. W. W. to serve the interests of the Anarchist Interna tional, whose propaganda, by the way, is just as much directed against the “dictators of Chicago"—meaning you, fellow workers —as against the “dic tators of Moscow.” rpHE anarchists perform only a dis integrative work in the labor unions, which they hare no more use for than they have for the workers’ state, and sometime the I. W. W. will have to disentangle its correct theory on revolutionary industrial unionism CZECHOSLOVAK DELEGATION IN SOVIET UNION MOURNS DEATH OF SOVIET WAR MINISTER, FRUNZE MOSCOW, U. S. S. R. (By Mail). —One section of the Czecho-Slo vak workers delegation that is now touring the Union of Soviet Re publics, recently arrived in Moscow, and took part in the memorial ceremonies in honor of the late Soviet war minister, Mikhail Frunze. After the burial the delegates had a lengthy talk with Kalinin in which they compared the conditions of the workers in Czecho-Slovakia with that of the workers in the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics. Go to Leningrad. The delegation left for Liningrad later in the day where they will study the various factories and see for themselves the progress made in the greatest industrial establishments for the care of the workers. The delegation while in Moscow addressed a letter of sympathy to the Executive Committee of the Union of Soviet Republics upon the death of Frunze, in which it points out that after having teen the strength and spirit of the Red Army they were convinced that despite this great loss the Russian workers would close their ranks in a stilt more determined manner to carry on the work which their Red Army leader left unfinished. Raps Social-Democrat Press. The head of this section of the Czecho-Slovak workers’ delegation, Tatirek, declared to the workers of Kharkov, after viewing their in dustries, before leaving for Moscow that “I am ashamed to confess that under the influence of the social democratic press I had always regarded Russia as an economically and culturally backward land. But I have now come to the firm conclusion that the social democratic press reporting is a slanderous misrepresentation of the real situation in the Soviet Union. What we have seen went far beyond our expecta tions. There are perhaps countries in which the workers are materi ally a little better off than those in the Soviet Union, but nowhere in the world is there a more progressive, really proletarian legislation than that in Soviet Russia, nowhere in the world is the cultural and economic development advancing so rapidly as here.” from its incorrect anarchist views on the state. To anybody but an an archist it should be clear that the rep resentative rights and powers of the I. W. W. inside the Red International of Labor Unions would be similar to , the rights of the industrial unions represented at this convention in the L W. W. —and only the anarchistic emergencies call this arrangement a “dictatorship of Chicago.” As to the already disproven charge of “liquidation” would someone please point out a union anywhere in the world that was “liquidated” by the Red International? ITtHERE is, however, ground for the -*• charges made by both the I. W. W. and the Anarchist International against each other over liquidation or absorption. On one hand the I. W. W. paper Solidaridad, issue of October 17, 1925, page 2, column 3, charges the Mexican section of the Berlin International, the Confederacion Gen eral de Trabajadores, with trying to —“absorb the workers that were not affiliated with a particular union,’’ — the C. G. T. But —take note —among those the Anarchist International was trying to absorb, were four members of the Mexican section of the I. W. W., which, according to the resolu tion passed by the last convention of the A. W. L U. No. 110, are required to uphold In foreign lands the prin ciple of "absorption” and —"initiate workers, singly or in bodies, into the organic union known as the Industrial Workers of the World.” This given ground for the charge I made by the Berlin anarchists that the I. W. W. is "dictatorial and im perialistic.” But —this same Berlin group, meanwhile, thru its U. S. sec tion, the emergency split, is busily trying the "absorption” principle on the members of the LW. W. Fellow workers! Is this not enough to prove the folly of "absorption?” This sort of unprincipled and futile making of war on the labor movement of the world with a force of less than 20,- 000 members to "initiate U singly or in bodies” should get a definite repu diation from this convention. The only feasible program is that pro posed by the M. T. W. I. U. No. 510 for the I. W. W. as a whole to co operate In the international field with all unions based on the revolu tionary class struggle. A NOTHER case. In Chile there is an organization, founded upon this dangerous policy of "absorption,” affiliated with the I. W. W., calling itself the Chilean administration of the I. W. W., using the I. W. W. label and the 1. W. W. preamble, yet affi liated also to the Berlin Anarchist International, which is stabbing the I. W. W. in the back with its brand new section, the emergency program split. We declare emphatically that such a situation calls for this con vention to state its attitude towards the Berlin Anarchist International of union splitters—otherwise the I. W. W. remains affiliated byway of Ber lin, with its own split! Moreover, it is astonishing that some I. W. W. pa pers support every policy of this treacherous crew, Goto* Truzenika, the Russian paper, for example, could well be the official organ of the Ber lin International anarchist group, instead of going under the label of the I. W. W. as It does. Thus we show that “absorption” is fatal and futile, and prove that co operation is the only policy the I. W. W. can propagate and practice. But the most complete and effective co operation will come only when all nnions of the world are willing to en ter Into one great International based upon the class struggle for the goal of proletarian revolution, and the I. W. W. would do well not to lag be hind history, but begin and keep con tact and correspondence with the Anglo-Russian Committee for the world unity of all unions, and thus show that the I. W. W. has not for gotten how to lead the American workers along the pathway to power. 7 ■piELLOW workers! Already over "-one-sixth of the land area of the earth the workers rule, and have ruled for eight years. They have gone thru unbelieveable hardships in battle against the entire capitalist world. Under the Soviet or workers’ council form of government the workers of Russia rule the nation. The founda tion of the new society within the shell of the old is being laid with the 6,590,000 industrial workers organized in twenty-one great industrial unions of Soviet Russia. Capitalist and anarchist “news” agencies have continually lied and distorted facts about the conditions of workers under Soviet power. But now the Russian unions are driving these liars to retreat. They go to the workers, the plain worker* of other countries and invite large delegations of them .straight from the shops, to visit Soviet Russisa and investigate thoroly, without obligation or hind rance or limitation, the conditions of workers under the Soviet republic. We hope that the I. W. W., if the oc casion should offer, will join in the response to such an invitation. WE know that when the I. W. W. fully understands ths Russian revolution, which it will eventually in spite of the anarchists trying to prevent it, the Red International of Labor Unions will be honored by the presence at its council table of dele gates from the I. W. W. In the meantime, in the name of the executive bureau of the Red In ternational, we invite the seventeenth general convention of the L W. W. to name a delegation, representative of the important industrial unions of the I. W. W. to visit the next world con gress of the Red International of La bor Unions. Analogy By H. C. FILLMORE. (Worker Correspondent^. Ice is my name —cohesive, united, strong— Ride I the river. Master am I. Make me bigger, oh drops, Build up my power! Water is slave, mine non- and always, Made but to serve; Might is right, steel-like is my body; Rule I forever! * e * Moves ou the water, southward its course— Nor answers the boast; Rises one day, irresistible, mighty; Smites the bold braggart— Smashes and crushes, bears to obliv ion, Ice-power no longer; Sunshine-lapped, runs now in freedom forever, Slave turned to master. Chicago Civic Opera Artists Render ‘Faust’ and Are Much Praised “Faust,” at the Auditorium Theater this week was thoroly enjoyed and fully deserved to be for it was one of the finest presentations of Gounod’s masterpiece. Charles Hackett made an ideal Faust. He gave much feeling to his performance. Miss Edith Mason’s beautiful soprano voice and personal charm created a Marguerite that reached a high mark. Virgilio Laz zari’s delivery of the role of the devil a part often taken by Chaliapin, the famous Russian singer, was rather unique and truly refreshing. He was a good natured cynic with a fine sense of humor. His bass voice was deliver ed with a purity of tone that was en tirely delightfulL Young Bonelli's per formance as Valentin was so excel lent that he deserves as much praise as the rest of the leading artists. His voice was good, he used it with ease and with a fine musical sense. That worker next door to you may not have anything to do to night. Hand him this copy of the DAILY WORKER.