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American Capitalism steps across the sea with the program of a world imperialist combine against the toilers of all countries.
The immediate answer of the American workers must be—WORLD TRADE UNION UNITY! WORLD TRADE UNION UNITY THE question of the unity of all organized labor of the world is before the American trade union movement. The American trade union movement faces a crisis of a sort that has never been faced before. The labor movements of every other country face this same crisis together with the American labor movement. It is a crisis precipitated by a world wide attempt to break down and destroy the trade unions, to break down the standard of living of all workers in the world, in the process of attempting to consolidate world capitalism. The disgraceful sell-out of the anthracite miners by John L. Lewis this week accentuates the crisis. The action of the British miners’ union to prevent the mining of Welsh anthracite coal for shipment to America, was the most significant incident of the strike, except for the betrayal of the American miners by their president, Lewis. We have only to refer to the coal strike of 1922, when union-dug coal was brot from England and France by union seamen and dumped in America by union railway men to break the strike of the United Mine Workers of America to show the simple, concrete need of a systematic and permanent basis of international action. The open shop drive in the United States is not a “local is sue,” nor is it even solely an American issue. The concerted drive to smash and destroy the labor movement is world wide. The phenomenon of international scab herding and general repression of the working class, is openly revealed in the league of nations and its world court, in which the Wall Street oligarchy of the United States has now openly taken the lead. Ominous as is this attempted construction of a world capi talist government, seeking to extend itself over the earth—even to the crushing of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics—this attempt has one useful by-product: No longer can any of the smug hypocrites of American cap italism keep a straight face when they speak to American work ers about the necessity of being “purely American.” Even the Second Section: This Magazine Section Appears Every Saturday In The DAILY WORKER. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13. 1926 United States government is no longer a “purely American” af fair. There should not be any need for argument on the neces sity of international unity of the organized trade unions of all countries. But such arguments are nevertheless necessary. Why did William Green insult the fraternal delegate of the mighty British trade union movement at the last American Fed eration of Labor convention? The loathsome conduct of Green was explained by Green himself as a rebuke of Purcell for the fact that the great British trade union movement be represented demands a unity of all trade union movements of the world. Why is Green opposed to the unity of the trade unions of the world? Is his opposition based upon the interests of the working class? Certainly not. Is his opposition based upon even the narrowest particular, monetary interests of any group of the skilled crafts which take the lead in the American Federation of Labor? No, not even this, any more. All pretenses that the movement for world trade union unity is not to the benefit of American workers, is cowardly hypocrisy. Even local situations where workers are disorganized qnd where dual organizations show the chaos of disunity—even these local situations will be helped by the moral effect of this movement for the principle and practice of world unity. The first step of the trade union movement of the entire world for common resistance against the international capitalist offensive, is unified action of all. The British trade union congress at Scarborough four months ago joined with the powerful trade union movement ot the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, in issuing the call to all. The question now faces every union in the United States. Every trade unionist in the United States owes the duty of work ing night and day to bring the American unions into this move ment and for world solidarity. R. M. 1 «SB>-290