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FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 1920.
bloodshed that is bound to come out of the con-.
fusion now rampant in Italy. The Communists
were voted down in the decisive conference, by a
3 to 2 vote. They were betrayed by the Yellows
who had been elected to Parliament on a Com
munist program, only to use their prestige against
the very program to which they stood committed
dictatorship of the proletariat under soviet rule.
The conflict is not over, not by any means.
But there can be no doubt that the Yellows will
cause the workers to pay some of the price ex
acted by the German Socialists from the Spartac
ides. The Italian working-class will have to face
in deathly struggle the Yellows of their political
and industrial organizations. The capitalist cause,
as in Russia and in Germany, will present itself
henceforth primarily through the "sane" men
of the labor ranks, the men who are specialists
in handing out opiates to the workers.
It is even yet unbelievable that a working
class so thoroughly class-conscious, so powerfully
organized as to take over the whole industrial life
of the nation on the instant, so intelligent as to
set up management which intensified production al
most immediately that such workers could be
thwarted by Yellow betrayal. But that seems to be
the momentary outcome of the Italian revolt.
Italian Capitalism Bankrupt
Costly as the delay may prove, it can only ha
delay, not defeat. Italian capitalism, even with the
aid of the Yellows, is beyond resource by which
to extricate itself from its mire. It is bankrupt
and without real political power. The police and
soldiers will not answer to its call. It will no
doubt resort to desperate measures, perhaps cal
ing for intervention of the colonial troops of in
ternational Imperialism. It will play up the con
flict within the labor ranks. But on the other side,
the Italian workers have had their taste of power.
When they find they have been betrayed into
illusions as to "co-operation" where there is no
basis for co-operation, they will not again listen
to those fearful vf "immediate difficulties." They
will understand that if revolution is not without
hardships, it nevertheless leads to social re-organization,
while the policy of waiting solves no pro
blems immediate or fundamental.
AND THE LOAF VOL TAKE TO YOUR OWN