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SATURDAY, NOV. 27th, 1920.
THE TOILER PAGE 9 trolled production run before the workers' eyes are opened to the only solution workers con trol? The slogan for labor in this crisis must be: DOWN WITH CAPITALIST CONTROL. ALL POWER TO THE WORKERS! o The Community Chest- Why? The annual Pharasitical gathering of alms in all large cities is now on full blast. Every capital istic publicity agency is tooting of the virtues of giving. All charity organizations have combined their forces for a huge drive for funds for the "needy", that is, the workers, who, exploited of the greater part of the product of their Jabor are forced to rely upon the pitiful crumbs of charity for an existence. The best that can be said of these capitalistic charity organizations is that they feed some in nocent children. The worst is that they camouflage the robbery of the workers by the wages system, degrade both workers and parasites and cast over the hideous, criminal features of capitalism a man tel of so-called good deeds. As capitalism has developed it has made more bitterly necessary the establishment of these char rity agencies. They may be likened to hospitals upon the battle front, where the victims of war may be cared for and made able to again enter the carnage. So with the workers, exploited, de nied the right to earn their livlihood, they seek refuge at the door of these organizations where they are prevented from wying in the streets until the industrial system can again employ them. Needless to say, the causes which produce starvation and need in the midst of enormous pro ductive ability are left undisturbed. That is one purpose of charity organizations to prevent dire necessity from driving the workers to revolt, to pacify them with crumbs when the loaf is snatched away. Whether the workers realize it or not, the present profit system does not and cannot keep the workers well fed. clothed and housed. The capitalists themselves realize this fact well enough, therefore the establishment of charity organiza tion, Community Chests. They willingly, even anxiously foster them. They know that un less some means are provided to care for the wrecks which capitalist production is turning out continually, they will eventually become object lessons to all workers. Charity prevents this. It at the same time gives many "good" people an op portunity to Work off their sentimental emotions and pacifies a distrubed sense that somewhere there is injustice. It would be too much to expect that the cap italists are furnishing all the millions required to fill these Community Chests. Capitalists are not those kind of geese. They compel those who remain employed to furnish the funds. This is accomplish ed by a system of pressure which is brought to bear upon every employee. If the Chest still re mains unfilled at the end of the drive "generous"' capitalists and exploiters make their donations with a blare of trumpets. These too howevir, re present the product of exploited labor. Labor pays it all. - It is a great game. The starved, the crippled, the mangled, the decrepit, old and diseased are kept out of public gaze. Capitalistic production for profits, the cause of it all, gets the credit for be nevolence. The workers pay the cost. "The bourgeoisie will do everything for the workers except get off their backs". o Who would be a lawyer? St. John Chrysostom said of the law profession : "to take a fee for making the worse appear better, seemed to me to be bribed to a lie; to take Satan's wages, to sin against one's own soul". He could not see that the moral prostitution involved in selling one's mental ability to a client for money to commit an immoral act was in the slightest degree less evil than to sell one's body for the purpose of lust. Bob Minor says that the laws of the workers' government of Russia are so new and so strange that the lawyers cannot understand them, so they have become clerks in the government commissar ies. Sam Sadlor, of Seattle, has been released at Mc Neil Island by order of President Wilson, after serving 17 months. He was arrested under the old Dick military act for distributing anti-conscription pamphlets before the draft bill was passed. As an asylun. for political refuges, the Unit ed States has ccisod to exist except for reac tionaries and counter revolutionists.