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DEq. 25, 1920. THE TOILER PAGE !) A ism has xercised every expediency to correct these, itf i self-produced evils, without success. It is still attempting to alleviate its own created misery, jbiit each' step it takes but sinks it the deeper into the quicksands. It cannot extricate itself. To the workers alone, does history appoint the task of creating a new world upon the ruins which capitalism is producing. No other section of human society is capable of fulfilling this task. To no other section will this most stupen dous and historic legacy fall. The workers them selves and alone, must accept the receivership for the greatest economic, social and cultural failure of history that of the failure of cap italistic production and distribution and the whole social fabric which has been built up around it. Let us prepare now thru education and or ganization to accept this receivership so as to save the human race from needless misery. Sparks Are Needed By Acton Spiritt. In timss like these, trade unions grow. It is when st)rm clouds gather over the National Eocnomj, when Capital is hard pressed, that the thumb s :rews are turned tighter on the working class. And it is in just such periods that the work ers musti cast about for defense. The most natural and expedient course for the oppressed masses form trade unions. Not that trade unions the best weapons at his disposal; but be they think they are, and because they are always closest at hand. There is no doubt the ranks of the A. F. of L. are growing. iat the A. F. of L. has grown in size does not men that it has become more potent or powerful as a working class organization. It is the more natural that it should be; but, the Bourgeoisie have rot only declared war on the trade unions and th; closed shop from the outside: they have their iuppets within there are still the leaders. Though it is the rule that the rank and file have lecome more and more discontented; as an organization, reaction prevails. While the local Unions and Central Bodies should be rallying points of the Class Struggle; forums for discus sion wf the position of the working class ; schools in wUch is learned the process of capitalist produc tion, and the relation of the worker thereto: they are meagre gatherings at which ignorance and apathjy obtain rather than enlightenment and in terestedness. At the same time the rank and file grows more rebellious. But they have no ex pression the Leaders there's the rub. Yes, it is they, the leaders, who are mostly responsible for these dogmas; who wish to "arbi trate1"; who sit in conciliation boards, and howl "National Calamity", parrot like, when a general strike is proposed. Still the rank and file is as dry stuff, needing only the inflammable spark. Sometimes the spark comes. Usually in the form of a "red" or two. There is a flare, radicalism and rebellious ness triumph. A "red" local is bora. Then the trouble begins. The officialdom bullies and jerri manders. The "reds" fight, but gradually become intolerant. If they are not expelled, they flirt with other progressive locals and withdraw. Just here is where, in most cases, a mistake is made. Rebel elements, who now more than ever before need contact with the masses to lend them their ideas and their spirit of revolt, become segregated. There is no denying this. Excepting the Industrial Unions, the A. F. of L. contains the advance section of the American working class. If the leaders are narrow, autocratic and subsidized they can best be deposed from the inside. If the membership seem dull and con servative, they must be awakened and roused to action, and this cannot be done unless contact is had. More over, the A. F. of L, no matter how re actionary, is still, essentially, a working class organization. Though it be somewhat slow and out of date, the fact that it has represented in it the largest masses of the organized proletariat adds to the promise of its being a potent and in fluential factor in the great struggles to come. And whether it will function as a revolutionary organization or a counter-revolutionary one de pends largely upon the influence and the aggres- ' siveness of the rebels within it. In the meantime the diy stuff waits sparks are needed.