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SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
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For two years now, we have listened to a great
din created by all sorts and varieties of capitalist
apologists about getting back to the old status
that existed before the war. One would think that
the sole purpose of human existence was to move
backwards instead of forwards. One, unacquainted
with the real facts as they exjsted before the war
might conclude, from some of the rosy pictures
painted, that "them was the happy days" the
Golden Age of human existence. We have always
taken in this propaganda with sufficient quanti
ties of proletarian salt and have arrived, at some
conclusions of our own.
The "return to normalcy" has been attempted
by various routes but each one in turn leads
apparently in the opposite direction. At least
there has been no return. Certainly we are much
farther from the place we started from four years
kgo than we were when the armistice was signed.
That is, we are farther away in our methods of
thinking and the conclusions we arrive at thru
the exercise of these new methods which have
some how or other displaced the old ways of
thinking about industrial and social phenomena.
We might stop here for a moment before going
into what these new methods of thinking indicate,
to review the past, the glorious and "golden" past
which our capitalists are so anxious to get back
A glance will show us an army of a million un
employed as one of the outstanding features of
this past. A million workers constantly reduced
to the stage of semi-starvation. Besides the
chronic starvation endured by the unemploymed,
we must also see the tragedies of the employed,
the slavishness of their conditions of employment.
And we must not overlook other tragedies, Lud
Iw, Bisbee, Everett, a whole host of holocausts
pei-petrated upn the workers by capitalism for
profits. These few conditions epitomise the gen
eral ensalvement of the masses to the overlords
,of industry which obtained in this much vaunted
past to which we are directed as the goal of
Intelligent workers do not want this past. They
&re thinking in other terms than of enslavement,
degradation, unemployment amd despair. They
are thinking in terms of workers' control of in
dustry; of the expropriation of profit-taking
capitalism; of a real human life for workers in
stead of that of the subjection of the masses to
the dictates and will of a robber few. And they
are organizing consciously with this new ideology
in mind, purposely organizing for the utter de
struction of capitalism with its every horror.
It is precisely because workers are thinking in
these terms that capitalism views the future with
fear. With workers in this mental state, together
with the impossibility of capitalism providing the
necessities of life, omincus indeed, must be the
outlook to it. Capitalism's grip upon the thinking
apparatus of the workers is slackening. Its ges
tures toward the past are as futile as they are
Labor is going forward until complete control
crowns its efforts.
New tannery operations have also started up
employing 5.000 people. While Americans starve
under capitalism they may look upon the workers
of Russia providing necessities and comforts for
themselves and under their own control too.