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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 1920.
Americanizing French Capitalists
By Max Worth,
European Staff Writer of The Federated Press.
"That is the great danger here in France
the French capitalists are becoming American
ized!" Henri Simile, railroad worker and prop
agandist, discharged and imprisoned for his
part in the May strike, emphasized his words
by striking his fist against his open palm.
"That is it," he repeated "Americanized!"
"You see," he went on, "the tradition here
in France is for the employers to gouge their
employees wherever that, is possible. Conse
quently it is easy to get the workers to see that
the employer is exploiting them. That has been
the situation here for generations, and it is the
thing to which we are accustomed. Then came
the war, with its intimate contact between the
capitalists here and in the United States.
"What has been the result? Our capitalists
have begun to practice the American method
of handling the labor problem not all, of
course, but the bigger and wiser ones. They
have stopped fighting labor, and now they are
everything in reality, they get nothing.
"In short, the workers of France are to be
bought off a little extra money; a comfortable
factory; a recreation centre; a share in the pro
fits, but the one essential thing the control
of the" industry, and of the surplus, will remain
where it is today, in the hands of the owning
class. Is not that the American system?"
"But, will this succeed in France!"
"Not for long. The workers arc too class
conscious. They are too old in the struggle.
Then, too, they have ever before their eyes the
example of "Russia. This is a stage in the con
centration of capitalist power. It brings us ona
step nearer the control and direction of in
dustry by the workers."
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going to the leaders of the big unions and offer- hand. To give the paper punch and variety it
takes the work of many people.
Make it a point to send in something every
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"I do not mean this in a bad senses the lead
ers are not bought with money but they are
offered jobs and preferments of various kinds.
They get social attention. They are told that
the interests of labor and capital are the same.
Thoy are granted increases in wages and the "PedaBy wanted. Judging from the reports
eight horn day without having to fight for
"The employers appear to be yielding every
thing, and they are yielding a good deal, but
they are holding the power, and they are using
this new methtvd to get the workers en their
! ide. This far it has succeeded remarkably. The
workers arc taken in by it because they do not
know what it means.
"Take the Millerand ir verhmenl it is held
in power on exactly that principle. Milleirauid
understands the workers it is only a little
time since he was an extreme Socialist and he
knows that they can be deceived by appear
ances. Consequently, he apparently gives them
we have already received, this is the most
effective kind of propaganda.
Drawings are also greatly appreciated as it
is the plan to use several small ones each week
in addition to the cover cartoon.
Many workers who have never had any
practice in writing hesitate 'about making the
start. But you will find it is mainly a matter
of work, and if you stick to it you can get
your ideas across so that they can be under
stood. Don't worry if you don't happen to bd
Familiar with all the rules of grammar and
composition. Good sense makes good enough
English, Besides nearly all the readers of the
Toiler are Workers and they will understand
what yon mean if yon talk their language.