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SATURDAY, NOV. 27th, 1920.
THE TOILER ?AQE 5 Another Letter on By H NEED FOR REVOLUTIONARY CONTROL. The insurgenit element in The American Trades Union movement is growing. The "Left" expression is gaining in popularity and is being subscribed to daily by ever in creasing numbers of formerly deluded Craft Unionists. Such rebel movements in any organization are eventually forced to face the necessity of finding means to achieve unity of action. In time to come", no doupt, there will be a national organization of the insurgents in The A. F. of L. for just this purpose. So far, however, this movement is restricted largely to guerrila act ivity or mere assent to the correctness of its position. But already there is considerable thought being given to tactics and methods of control. Chief among these is the question regarding the efficacy of capturing executive office. Some, arguipg from the premise that the structural Organization is antique and ineffi cient, claim that the first point of control should bo the legislative organs of the trade unions for the purpose of correcting its organ izational disadvantages. To be sure, the con ventions are fortresses that must be stormed and captured before success is assured, but this does not prove that executive offices COMMUNISM and CHRISTIANISM jj ; Analyzed and Contrasted from the Viewpoint of ; Darwinism ; By Bishop William Montgomery Brown. D. D. j The author, an Episcopalian ecclesiastic, has suqare- ! ly renounced all theology and unreservedly accepted ' i ; the Marxian philosophy of economic determinism. Jn i ! ! ; this book, just out, he approaches the subject from a ! ! ; new angle and has produced a propaganda work that ! ! ; ' will be of Intense interest to all students of social- ; 'i , ism, especially to those who are still in clese touch ; ; ! ' with church people. Paper, 184 pages, 25 cents, ; ; ! postpaid. 1 1 j THE BRADFORD BROWN EDUCATIONAL CO., INC. 1 BROWNELLA BOOK SHOP, QALION, OUIO. j Trades Unionism. tm. should not be taken wherever possible. The executive offices in the A. P. of L. are vested with almost autocratic power. In view of the enormous and widespread influence of Grompers and his crowd, it is apparent that what restrnctions there are were made to give the offices a tirit of democracy. One of the principal means used by the present leadership for retention of control is, a la bourgeois, strict and watchful regulation of the channel of information and protest L e. control of official publications and committees. What valuable work could be done in such places by a radical who would reverse the in iquitous methods, used by the bureaucracy! Many instances have come to attention where, though the left movement is not suf ficiently developed 'to control the labor coun cils, there is a possibility of electing one of their number to an executive place. There should be no hesitation in taking advantage of such opportunities. If the elected can do noth ing also he can alt least use his influence t expose the underhanded methods of the so called leaders and to make popular the ideas for which the insurrectionists are fighthing, to wit: the transformation of the A. F. of L. from a loose federation of docile and conservative Craft unions into a revolutionary movement for the over thro of Capitalism. MOSCOW An electric train invented by the Russian engineer Maklonin has beaten the world's record for distance. It covered the 150 versts from Petrograd to Moscow in about twelve hours without recharging. The superior court at Seattle has granted a restraining order against the local police depart ment enjoining them from interfering with the publication and circulation of the Industrial Work er, organ of the I. W. W. Suit was brought by H. S. Kane, former editor when the police placed a padlock on the plant where the paper was printed.