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SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 1920.
THE TOILER PAGE 3. they have set the example ; they have pointed out the road. We know now, with their experience to guide us, that there can be no peace while one vestige of capitalism remains. November 7th is a sacred day. Let us ob- Two Letters On Editor, The Toiler: That "Appeal To The Labor Unions" contain ed in the Oct. 16th issue of the Toiler affords some very valuable material for showing up the Americ an labor unipns as they really are. It is too bad we couldn't have had the benefit of this expose' long ago, but I suppose it couldn't have been ap , preciated then as well as it can be now in the light of recent corroborative experience. The inference to be drawn from this appeal of the Third International is that these comfort able "respectable" old unions, that have proved to be so thoroughly part and parcel of the capital ist system, can become and are becoming revolu tionary! For myself, I doubt it, but as yet the problem has not been definitely settled in my mind and I am still considerably puzzled regarding it. Are the old unions any more worth "captur ing" than the capitalist system is worth reform ing? Then, on the other hand, I've heard a pro minent student in the movement make the asser tion that when the revolution comes, the workers will have to function through whatever organiza tion they happen to have at the time. ? This problem of the unions is a bothersome one for me, and I feel the Toiler can do a good service right now by inviting and airing views from those workers who have something sound to offer on this timely topic. H. L. Cole ANSWER BY THE EDITOR OF THE TOILER. Dear Comrade Cole: Your letter is of great interest because the questions you raise are among the most vital that confront the rebel workers of America at the present time. We ought, by all means, to have a discussion in the Toiler by informed workers in the labor movement to the end that all points 01 view may be fused together and a common plan of action worked oiit. If we will get our heads serve it by dedicating ourselves anew to the re volutionary struggle, calling upon the downtrod den workers of all lands to join in the war for liberation. The War against Capitalism is OUR war and on its outcome we will stake our lives. Trade Unionism together, the problem of revolutionizing the labor movement of America will soon cease to be a "puzzle"; it will become only a necessary job of work to be done, and we will set to it with a will. It is a fortunate circumstance that your letter was inspired by the recent publication in the Toil er of the "Appeal To The Labor Unions" by the Communist International. I say this because I sul scribe to the opinion that the strategy of the ad vancing working class must be mapped out on an international scale and because I believe the Com munist International, standing as it does at the head of the world's revolutionary movement, is the organization to which we will learn to look more and more for advice and guidance in the desperate struggles that lie ahead of us. It will interest you to learn that the second congress of the Communist Internationa, recently held at Moscow with 35 countries represented, dealt exhaustively with the perplexing question of trade unionism and, making due allowance for the special conditions which obtain in the dif ferent countries, laid down some general policies which it is our duty to consider and to see where in they apply to the peculiar problem that con fronts us here in America which' at the outbreak of the war had developed the most reactionary labor organization in the world. The A. F. of L., alongside of the most advanced and militant type, the I. W. W. Favor Work In Old Unions. The second congress arrivedat some con clusions which run counter to one of our establish ed dogmas, and I am wondering how they will be accepted by our rebel vanguard. Will we take stock and ask ourselves whether there is not some merit in their view or will we make the stereotyp ed answer that "Russian conditions do not prevail in America", and go on along the accustomed road that leads us nowhere. I am going to quote briefly from Radek's V