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NO. 117. 7ublished at Cleveland. Ohio. C3Ei3E2l BE A BOOSTER Get a Subscription CLEVELAND, OHIO, FRIDAY, APRIL 30th 1920. Addiiss all mall to 3207 Clark Ave., Cleveland, 0. $1.50 A YEAR CAPITALISM MORTALLY! WOUNDED. WASHINGTON. A. remarkabb study of the mortal wouh.. sustained by international capitalism in the world war was written by Karl Badek last winter and printed in the February 7 issue of Die Zukunft. Badek was at that time the repre sentative in -Germany of the ' "ussian Soviet Government. During its familiar nervousness, the ty. 'v ornment seized Radek and thy into prison, wnue in prison wrote a good-natured address "To, rt ti m mi . .T.i v :iTiii:iii bourgeoisie. me ceieorav German liberal edtior, Maximilian Harden, printed the article in full in his paper. Radek 's evident purpose was to show the German business classes that tho Europe, are so near the abysis of bankrupcy that nothing could be gain bankruptsy that nothing could be gain ed by a German policy designed to carry favor with London and Paris. "He who studies the internal eco nomic and political disturbances in the Entente countries, " says Radek, "not according te the German press, which has never been as worthless as now, but in the 'Times', the 'Temps' and in the 'New Republican', and the reports of English banks and stock companies, will see the 'Post-Waritis' in these countries also manifest itself in de eounrties also manifests itself in do- "During the present winter this condition will produce social crisis and cause, probably in England and France, a coalition between the right wing of the working class with tMWeft wing of the bourgeoisie as a transitory r.tago in tho world crisis. "These conditions will oblige En tente capitalism to abandon its effort to overthrow the revolutionary move ment in Central and Eatsern Europe, and be followed by efforts to negotiate with the revolutionary governments, in the hope, naturally, of cutting ont the inner core of the revolutionary movement to persuado or compel the revolutionary governments to adapt themselves to the capitalistic syBtera. 'ar-sichted capitalist elomantekaa already telt their way ahead in this direction. For example, Davison, leader of tho Morgan Bankers, is one of tho brakemen who stopped the aggressive movement against Russia. "If the ground temblos under the reet oi entente capitalism more ana,.mse society. That is why thov arn more violently, then capitalists wilLing cuffed in succession from tho soon realize that, just as there wore .right and from the left, and cannot 1 . . 1 1 P J .1 . t commercial relations ior many uecaoos between the old feudalism and its snccerssor, capitalism, so must the capitalists reconcile themselves to the existence of proletarian states. And this reconciliation is only hastened when the proletarian state shows itself awaTO that the capitalist sharks must be allowed to make their profit until they are finally strangled by tho pro letariat of their own countries. "The loaders of tho Russian Re public understand this problem of the relationship botewen the Socialistic State and the capitalistic states, and that It existed even before tho first modem Socialist existed witness Wisteuly in tho Seventeenth Century. Pending tho time when social revolu tion shall seize all capitalistic states and (that cannot occur at one and the same time), the Socialistic states are compelled to seek a modus vivendi in their foreign relations, for both political and economic reasons. "Now the effect of this social crisis, which mitigates the pressuro of world capitalism upon the Socialist State, is that capitalistic production decreases and the capitalistic states arc not able mwlmmm The New Declaration of Independence! American Capitalism Anxious to Establish "Order" in Mexico. WASHINGTON The Carranza Gov ernment of Mexico and the Ebert Gov nrnmcnt of Germany are being rocked in the same boat. Both regimes have tried to straddle between the old cap italist order and the new ' working last. In every headline, news story and cartoon the invosting classes of tho United States proclaim their ardent support of the revolution against Car ranza .vhich began in the American border state of Sonor a fortnight ago. Theso classes are readv to dismember Mexico or to create such "anarchy there that fereign (American) nrn'ies may plausibly be sent in to re tor capitalist order. This latest Mexican revolution is not a pure and simplo capitalist nf fair, however. Tho land below the Bio Grande contains a large proportion of workmen and peasants who charge tho Gamuts regime with having failed to carry out the program of the great revolution which overthrew Porfirio Diaz and Hverta. The uprising now on is certainly supported to a consider able extent by that disappointed elo meiit of native 'Mexicans It lias been said at Washington for a long time past that General Alvaro Obregon is the candidate picked by "left wing" Mexicans to succeed Car ranza nt the Julv presidential elections. to . produco theso goods the lack of fit has further been reported that in which is also ono reason why the rev olutionary countries nre compelled to seek a modus vivendi with the op posing economic system. "When one beholds tho strango hopo of the German bourgooisio of obtain ing a lot of beautiful things from the Entente after the dragon of Bolshe vism lies helpless on tho ground, it takes one's breath away. "Why docs the German and Austrian bourgooisio not study the real economic plight of tho Entente countries! Why do they not nsk themselves at least this question: If the United States and England are so rich in clothing, ma chinery and other good things, why do they allow Italy, through her shortage of all theso blessings, to be driven to ward revolution and tho social crisis in Poland nnd Czocho-Slovnkia to have got a start if Carranza Had kept his hands off the election raaeajB ory through which the people next Jul might have expressed themselves. Wljil not publicly endorsing this revolt advance of the balloting, thej ss exist f That is to say, why do they permit the very countries which wero to constitute a sanitan cordon against J lie Bolshevist plague to grow woakor ay by day!" o LONDON A Communist party which has ns its primary aim tho establishment of an Irist workors re public, has been formed in Irnland, according to announcment at tho Lon don headquarters of the British Com munist partv. I. 'i'li McLoughlin, ex- i. resident of" the Socialist party of reluid, leads the new group, which claims to recognise the need of freeing Ireland from England, but which wishes to establish working conditions witll the English Communists. Tha Irish Socialist party is working on the policy of obliterating all class distinctions in its fight for freeing the countrv. Although the party SC eepts the principles of the Moscow In tcrnational, it is In realty working on the S'nn Fein basis. case disorders should occur to furnish a pretext thon President Carranzi would postpone the elections indefin itely, ?n which cvont the "left wing" would certainly resort to arms to over throw the present administration. With such explosive material to work with, business imperial ists in the United States looked upon the Mexican situation as ideal. A single spark, they perceived, would bo sufficient to envelope Mexico in the smoke of battle any time such smoko wero most needed or likely to covor the long-delayed invasion and conquest by the Unite Stntes. The different native Moxican fact ions represented nt Washington aro so suspicious of each other that a re liable interpretation of the Sonora uprising is hard to obtain. And, until the sympathies and probable policy of the American Government pre an nounced, theso factions are slow to express thomselvos for publication. Tho important outlines of tho struggle, however, thoy describe freely enough in private. On behalf of President Carr.nnr.n it is strongly denied that be feared the result of a general election and is pint ins, to remain in Office by hook or crook. It is conceded that nil the promises of the first revolution have not been realized, that foreign and nativo capitalists still hare a strong hold on the economic resoarces of the country, and that the government has dealt moro drastically with strikes, for example, than with the corpor ations which it set out to render harmless. Cirrsnr.a'i friends say of (lie Sonora revolutionists that they aro being used as eattpaws by the inter ventionist psrty of tho United States. Tho anti Csrrk-jta Mexicans hers declare the Sonora uprising would never came only wtra pit wore jinsuad' acts that the cannon must become the voice of the masses. As for the danger that foreign im perialists will take full advantage of the new uprising, Carranza's crit.es lemark bitterly that it were as well for Mexico to risk all in another fight for economic freedom as to remain quiet while native and foreign can italists complete their reconquest of tno country, which is already far ad vanced with the consent of Carranza. intervention by the United States would mature moro rapidly if this were not a presidential year. Enough strango things have happened since tho fighting in Europe stopped to make politicians uncertain whether a fresh war would re-elect the Democrats or damn every public man who shouts to bring it 'about. Unless the super-government in Wall Street shall decide on immediate action, the prospect is good that politicians will send no American trops across tho Bio Grando until after he November election. Both tho old parties look upon tho militnry conquest of Mexico by the United States as "inevitable", but neither ono of them is going to let tho other have a monopoly this year on that "kept us out of war" slogan. At the very longest, however, Mexico has only another year left of self dotormination, as the interventionists soc it. After having their say in No vember tho American people arc ex pected to shut up and take orders for another fonr.yoars. And the principle order will be "On to Mexico!" How Would You Like This? LONDON One hour's ride mm hero is Lctchworth, tho model garden town of England, where 12.000 workers livo among beautiful surroundings. Tho town is planned according to tho most nrtibtic and modern methods; no hous es are more than two stories high, each is surrounded by a garden, and tho rear yard is as well kept as tho front. Although there are some 30 industries in Lctchworth, there is no smoke, for they are all run bv oloetricitv Th stores are confined to two stroets- and very soon they aro all going to bo cooperative stores. The village was built by tho Garden Cities Co., which realizes cent on tho investment. The plan is to lave the town buy itself out, and eventually run completely on tho co operative plan. The houses aro so arranged that no maid service is required. Some of the houses, and appartmcnts for un mar ried workers, are built near a municip al kitchen, where well-cooked meals arc provided at a low rate. o BEAD THESE THREE The Bed Bubjr. The trial of Benja min Oltlow at New York. Gitlow's speech. Clarence Darrow's speech an artiele by Giovanitti make The "Bed Ruby a mighty Interesting contribu tion to revolutionary literature. 10c The Soviet of Deer Island. The aton al the life 'of radicals while held for deportation at Doer Island. 16c. Truth about the Lush Committee. Contains much valuable information to ali thinkers. 25c, Adress Ths Toils. Washington News Letter. WASHINGTON. Louis F. Post " fo"ad.v tr resign as Assistant Secretary 'Thahoi: "rather than retreat, from the stand he has taken on the deportation of aliens. And if the Secretary of Labor and President Wilson give him their sup port, Post is prepared and anxious to go before any committee of Congress and piove that his handling of the deportation cases has conformed strictly to tho law. The prospect is said to be more usually good that President. Wilson means to side with Post rather, than with Attorney General Palmer in the treatment of aliens charged with com munist leanings. For such an attitude there is both political and legal justi fication. Palmer is more detested by organized labor than any man who has held office at Washington in the past twonty years, not excepting Post master General Burleson. Tho Presi dent knows that be cannot clasp hands with Palmer on this issue without mak ing an enormous sacrifice of his po litical strength. Legally considered, Post '6 stand is said to be unassailable. He has not failed to doport any man whose guilt under tho law cculd be shown by tho department of justice. He has rofused merely to accept denunciation as a substitute for evidence. It is this determined call for evidenco that has irfuriatcd Palmer and the white guard terrorists in CongTess. The point is well illusrtated by the present status of the cases pending ngainst Lndwig C. A. K. Martens, re presentative of tho Russian Soviet GoV anient When Martens' case carao be fore the Labor Department Palmer agreed to furnish counsel for tho ac cused with a copy of the Government's brief. Weeks have passed and still Palmer begs for more timo to gather ovldenco against tho man for whom ho demanded a deportation warrant as long ago as January. It must bo romombered that Martens hns boon shndowed by Palmer's agents for more than a year; they have copied his speeches, rifled his mails and raid ed his offices. They declare Martens should bo deported, but they ask for moro time to find out why! Against tho moro obscuro aliens whom tho Attorney Genoral scoopod up in thousands during the past win tor, the ovldenco is similarly incom plete. Great numbers of them have nevor oven read the Communist plat form, for tochnical approval of which they aro termed guilty. Many of the others were victims of arrest and search without warrant, after which they were h.'ld incommunicado and put through the "third degree" by hostile interpreters in the absence of their own counsel. ' ' By such treatment of an obscure and friendless class of aliens Attorney Gen eral Palmer arrived at his celebratod "2,000 perfect cases" for deporta tion. Acting entirely within the law, Mr. Post has proceeded' to examino these cases individually. In this exami nation he has been guided somewhat by sevoral recent federal court de cisions, which set forth that "evi dence" procured ip violation of a prisoner's constitutional rights is not evidenco at all. 1'pon those divisions, and upon tho wholly incomplete evidenco furnished by the Attorney General, Mr. Post is ready to face a Congressional investi gation and show that his administra tion of tho law has been scrupulously impartial. .. At, t!o Csbisei-Jtiuiz xa'-kd week by President Wilson this whole issue was vigorously debated by the respective heads of the Labor and Justice Departments. 8everal persons who witnessed tho encounter carao away with a distinct impression that Mr. rainier has very much over-reached himself by carrying his personal po litical campaign against radicals to tho point of an open attack upon the Department of Labor. It has come to the Presidential ear that middle class liberals and avowed Socialists aro not the only classes em bittered by the ultra-Prussianism of the Attorney General. Tho American Fed eration of Labor has never boon more solidly arrayed on one side of any issue than it is today in ita hostil ity toward the man who twice within six monthit has termed tho striko a felony and striven to poinson the pub lic mind with belief that evory movo by labor to obtain higher wages is a plot against religion and tho flag. Thanks to the Attorney Genoral, the American Federation of T.ubnr 5 nh. ligod to join hands with tho vanguard of social and economic pioneers who foresaw tho rape of political freedom that would follow the war, and those courageous warnings have made them the targot for reactionary fire those many months past. If Mr. Palnior can not make the President his ally In this crisis then he must go it alono to certain disaster. Ask Wilson. "Of the 260 men in my company when we landed in Russia, only 80 returned. The others were either killed or froze to death." Hhu ft the statement of Captain H. H. Mead, Detroit, recently returned from Russia. "We were sent overseas to do duty in France," he said. "But after a stay of several months in England, we were sent aboard a transport bound ior Kussia. .."We don't know how we happened to go there nor why we were sent." O NETT YORK "The victory of the Red Army of Russia means a social revolution and a soviet Japan, just as tho Japanese victory in 1904 brought tho Russian constitution and the revolution of 1905" is one of the remarkable statements contained in a public protest issued here against the Japanese occupation of VlmlivnatnV by Japanosc Socialists in America. NORTHHAMPTON. TT.ninn,i ffk - - ii(uu A UU power of -the Labor Party has in creased bv nearlv 100 Tier rnnl in fhia district, judging from the poll at the iijr election just neia nere. miss Mar garot Bonfield. nrnminent T.nlinr .,-.rti- candidate, rolled up 13,27!) votes against Minister of Food Charles A. McCurdv. who Won with nnll nt 18 010 McCurdy was strongly supported by the coalition-liberal forces. Miss Bondfield is well known in the United States as well as England for her activities in the Labor She was a member of the British de legation to the International Labor Congross in Washington in thn full nt 1919. Three Stingy Little Hoars. SKYGAC. "For Christ's Sake, Advertise;" soems to bo the belief of the Holy Name Society of Detroit. "Has De troit room for Christ f" asks the society in full page advertisement in the "Free Press", and then again, "Is Detroit Too Busy Buying and Selling to Honor Christ ?" followed by the instruction's: "DON'T BUY! DON'T SELL! 13 TO 3, GOOD FRIDAY." Bolievo you me, folks, if I took th-3 religion of Jesus Christ seriously, I would net be so stingy with the tit i allotted for His worship. As it is I cannot believe that those who DO profess a belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, really, truly, way down in their innermost consciousnesses, actually do believe it. Tho little time that we are herci !B this vale of tears is so t icily small just a speck upon the boundless ocean of time and time aud a half and time wbon timo shall be no more, that if one really did believe tho storios of the pulpit-pounding sky pilots, we wonld waste not n moment in buying aud soiling and other diversifications of tho world, the flesh and the devil, but wonld spend all our time grovtl ling In tho dust in an effort to pre pare onreolves for the awfulness of nn endless etornity. When professing christians ask for only three short hours from business to ponder upon tho tragedy of the story of Calvary's Hill, it is evident to tho thinking mind that business occupies more of men's minus than ghost worship, no matter in what form it may appenr. Tho same advertisement informs us that "The Gospol of Christ has a so lution for every problem," which is a mere assertion not capable of being proven. There is the problem of war between the nations, and the biblical injunction, "Thou Shalt Not Kill". We Ju emergen irom the bloodiest debacle the eivilixell world baa ever known, and all of tho nations partic ipating thcrin, with the sole exception of Japan, profess a belief in the Gos pel of Jcsns Christ. It was a war of Cristian Nation.. sort of family scrap in God 'a gti-nt household. Bcmembcr that the butchery and the slaughter was far greater than in any or all previous wart. The verv sume persons who so loudly proclaimed tueir wiief in the Gospel of Christ, turned their so-called houses of wor ship into recruiting halls, and did all In their power to further the slaughter. (Continued on page 4.)