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Pag« Fonr.
P 1* Washington Socialist
Knterod an second olrbs matter
March y. 1111, at the pOStofflC* «<
Kverett. Washington, under the act
~( March :!. IST!>
im> PHONE! 4:*z
S Published every Thursday by the
Tress Committee of th© Socialist
Tarty of Snoliomtsh County. 1612 Cali
fornia St., Kvorctt, Wash.
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H. \V. Watts. Business Manager
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fice. It may be months before we
can use them to advantage. THIS
IS NO REFLECTION ON THE
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TION.
NEEDS OUR PLATFORM
John D. Rockefeller was quoted as
saying, before the industrial commis
sion, that he would like to divide the
surplus output of the industries con
trolled by him with labor (those who
produce it) but he did not know how
to go about it
Will someone please hand John D.
a Socialist platform.
Thirteen coast cities of the U. S.
are exposed to "the enemy." Their
combined taxable valuation is $17,
--504,286,210. We propose that, in the
event of war, that regiments be made
up of volunteers, graded according to
the proportion they own of this 17^4
billions, the wealthiest on or nearest
the firing line. Let the wage-slaves
fall in at their "taxable" position in
the rear. What?
One-fourth of the human race die
before reaching the age of six years;
one-naif before the age of 16. Pov
erty, over-work, and child labor are
the causes.
The order of the Austro-Hungarian
government for the mobilization of
the last lines of reserves has brought
about a serious rising among southern
Slavs. The mobilization orders were
torn down and citizens and police
clashed in several towns. All persons
who refuse to submit to the decree of
the authorities are to be shot.
INDIRECT PROPAGANDA
That the Socialists of the United
States have caught on to the capital
ists' method of indirect propaganda,
through diverse mediums, is evidenc
ed by the eagerness with which the
Reds have entered into the work of
popularizing a song which, instead of
glorifying v.ar and the soldier, holdß
the horroi- of military murder ana
working-class self-immolation up in
its true ligh*. Instead of the mother
who is proud to offer up her "darling
boy" for cannon fodder, "for the
flag" and Profits, the intelligent
mother says, "I Didn't Raise My Boy
to Be a Soldier." That's the senti
ment mothers! Comrades, sing It at
them! Encourage your boy or girl
to learn the song and sing it every
where. The masters will be slow
about advertising the song. They'd
suppress it if they could . Let us sing
it everywhere. We have requested
the Everett Music House, 2932 Colby
avenue, to buy a good supply of this
really worth while song, and to make
it a point to push its sale, at 15c,
which they are doing. Order a copy
by mail.
But won't somebody, please, tell us
what "Americanism" is if not can't
prudery and blessed and hallowed Ig
norance of the mighty issues of mod
ern life? —Arturo Giovannitti in In
ternational Music and Drama.
One principle of International law
seems to be that China has no rights
that any other nation Is bound to re
spect.—St. I-ouis Globe Democrat.
The Question of Party Tactics and Platform
Discussed by Two Ex-State Secretaries
Barzee of Oregon and Bostrom of Washington
A Joint Discussion of Party Af ,
fairs and Platform Immediate
Demands Between C. W. Bat
zee, of Portland, Ore., and
Frans Bostrom, of Tacoma,
Washington.
In entering this discussion of party
affairs with comrade HoHtrom. It Is ,
understood thut Wt are trying to ar
rive at a common understanding of
the- proper means for advancing So
cialism and bringing about a more
complete unity In the organized ;
movement. This discussion suggested
itself through the publication of the (
[(H»tOtlH letter from comrade Uos
trom to .1 Stilt Wilson, nub commit
tee 0< the N. K. Com, under date of (
l-Vbnmrx 1:>. Mil.
Socialism as represented by the So
cialist parts is a social policy applied
politically to the social needs of so-
Otot] as a whole Only indirectly does
it relate to labor organizations as a
factor for accomplishing its purpose
and this same relation, to a d«Kie>'.
Is known to exist in all political par
ties as is pfOTtO by Qm fact that all
such parties claim, more or less, to
represent the interests of. labor and
this claim is substantiated by the
further fact that a l«rg« majority of
organized labor affiliates politically
with them. The Socialist party can
not, therefore, claim a political mon
opoly on organized labor.
Socialism does claim to have a poli
tical policy based on the scentific
analysis of economics as applied to
life and living which benefits not one
part only, but ALL of that social unit
that makes up human civilization. If.
then, Socialism is scientific, from a
politics] point of view, it must need
follow that it cannot be diverted from
Its final destiny and. that, any step in
that direction advances It accordingly.
POLITICAL AIM OF SOCIALIST
PARTY
In respect to its necessities, society
is a homogeneous mass having like
needs and requirements. The differ
ent economic systems under f which it
has existed has destroyed this homo
geneousness and the education, man
ner of acquiring a living, etc. As a
result, makes one part of society at
war \vith another part, to their com
mon destruction, and leaves it entire
ly out of joint in its intersocial rela
| tions. The harmonious re-establish
j ment of correct relations is the politi
i cal demand of the Socialist party.
Having thus a multitude of differing
minds to deal with, a majority of
which must be apprehended and con
solidated into one political group, viz.,
the Socialist party, it is the purpose
of the organized movement to teach a
common interest that will overcome
all erroneous education politically, so
cially and economically. It is herein
conceded that only one certain part
ef society, from an economic view
point, i. c., the working class, is par
j ticularly susceptible to a comprehen
sive acceptance of the Socialist philo
sophy. Thus the approach presents,
erroneously, from a class rather than
a homogeneous view point; hence the
appeal to the working class for politi
cal affiliation, not for the supremacy
of their class, as a claBS, but for the
overthrow of all classes and a return
to a homogeneous social relation of
our common interest. If this analysis
be correct, what then is the duty of
the Socialist party members as indi
vidual workers? Is it not to teach a
common interest as well as a special
working-claBS interest? Conceding
this, the most practical plan for ac
complishing this work should be the
plan of the Socialist party, and thus
we have arrived at the parting of the
ways,—immediate demands in the na
tional platform. We now pass to the
plan of education set forth therein.
QUESTION OF TACTICS
A little forebearance right here
might span a great chasm that is
widening and dividing the organized
movement into camps of warring in
dividuals who have exactly the same
objective.
If all minds were in exactly the
same stage of evolution that which
would convince one would convince
all. If all were of the same economic
education as comrade Bostrom and
myself, we might say that tomorrow
we will begin the operation of the co
operative commonwealth. Hut, as
stated, previous environment and the
education, that came with it, demand
that different tactics be used to bring
different-minded individuals to a com
mon understanding.
I meet a person with whom I di-sire
to discuss this question in a convinc
ing manner. There is just one condi
tion by which this may be accomplish
ed, viz., by apprehending them in the
fullest sense of that word. I must
speak in language that he can under
stand and that which Interests him.
While this person may have working-
UTOPIANT3M VERSUS REVO
LUTIONARY SOCIALISM
in khans BOITROM
In order ti> l>i' able to arrive ul any
result whatever, II Is always B«OM
unry In » debate Hint ttt« tWO oppon
•ntl start out from one common
promise. Thereafter ouch statement
[of fart made by cither must be ac-1
cepted by tinl other, before It can he
used In building up the irgWOmt
Hellers, traditions, commonly HMpt
ed optßloai have no vali'e In an argil
mi'iil, only ftiotH, scientific truths.
And the premises laid down by com- i
raile nar/.ee are not facts. Society Ih
not homogeneous, the Interests of the
Individual BMBbWI of It are not, have
iirwr been and can never be Identical.
As an entity one society may have a
common Interest as against another
society. At any rate, the. law of self
preservation applies to societies as
well us to Individuals. There is no In
stance in hlHtory of any society in
which there was not a class itTCggta.
COBUnUBiMB D«V«r prevailed In any
society. The tribe was but an en-
UUTgWDfIDi of the fumlly. 1 here con
sider tha word BOCIBTTf as identical
with the word BTATB, wliich coin
cides with comrade Itar/ee's use of
the terms.
FUNCTION OF THE STATE
The state was originally an alliance
of slave owners for the common de
fense against invaders and for the con
venient subjugation of their slaves.
"A harmonious re-establishment of
correct relations," to use the com
rade's phrase, Is therefore not our
(O&i, since we have no desire to go
backward and re-establish anything.
In all history, the class which was
most concerned in the readjustment
of the affairs of the state, was the
one which brought it about. Appeals
to the fairniindedness and generosity
of the governing class has never given
results, nor has the promise of heaven
and the fear of hell. The fact that
lenient masters have existed proves
nothing, nor millionaire Socialists.
To quote Tolstoy: "The masters will
do anything for the workers except
! getting off their backs." The work
ers, being always miserable, "having
always the world to gain and nothing
~ to lose," have always been ready for
the revolution, whenever it. suited
"their betters" to rebel, and have al
-1 ways been left in the lurch when the
victory had been achieved. It is time
for the workers to cease to be the
catspaw of another class.
"EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES"
Every revolution has so far been
for equal opportunities. In other
words, it has been a revolt of the
clever ones against the monopoly of
inherited power. Whenever in any
social developement the ruling class
has been sufficiently established to
become arrogant, it closes the door of
opportunity and refuses admittance to
upstarts. Then the trouble begins.
The slaves get leaders. The bribery
of promotion not being offered to the
more intelligent of the mob, they get
restless and demand a change. They
turn to the mutts, the .Timmie Hig
;ginses, for aid. Any Jimmy responds,
always. And when the victory is
class psychology, he may have repub
lican, democratic, prohibition or pro
gressive (I believe there are a few
extant) political affiliations; but he
must be informed and taken into the
Socialist party, if the party is to suc
ceed politically.
WAS THIS PLANK JUSTIFIED?
Too many Socialist propagandists
speak in language not understood.
They fire their shots entirely over
the mark, or fall to reach It. In eith
er case we have failed and nothing
! comes of our effort. In Oregon (1914
.election), the Socialist party put out
a measure to form a department, of
industry and public works. It was
generally conceded to be a Socialist
measure; though, in reality, it was but
state capitalism or what is 'commonly
called state Socialism. It got the at
tention and votes of about 58,000 citi
zens. Much prejudice must have
been removed and some education ac
quired to get so large a vote when the
average for our candidates was less
than 18,000. As a result, 40,000 citi
zeni favorably considered Socialist
propaganda, and many others must
have seriously reviewed it, as all the
votes cast for and against the mea
sure was 26,000 less than the total
vote of the state. Inasmuch, then, aB
thinking and study, is the means by
which knowledge must be increased,
did the Oregon Socialist party do
right or wrong in putting out that
measure? Was Huh misapplied en
ergy, or did it tend to educate the
citizens of Oregon in matters that
would lead them to a better under
standing of Socialism?
C. W. BARZEE.
in wunmcoTQir ■ooialiw
WED RATHER BE COMFORT
ABLE JUST THE SAME
lie who hath never warr'd with misery, '
Nor ever UirkM with fortune mid dis
tress,
Had had if occasion nor no field to
try
The tit length and forces of his
worthiness;
Those parts of judgment which felicity
Keeps as concoal'd, affliction muni
express,
And only men show their abilities,
And what they are, In their extremi
ties. -Samuel Daniel.
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EASY WAY TO HELP
When you have read The Washing
ton Socialist, use It as a sample copy
for your shop-mate, or neighbor; or
drop it on the car seat, or on the res
taurant table; or leave It in a barber
■hop. DBBTROT ONE, NBVSRI
Mary had a little lamb
And it began to sicken;
She lent it off to Packlngtown
And now It's labeled "CHICKEN."
won, and the door for advancement Ib
opened, the clever ones step in and
pull the door after them and leave!
Jimmio in the cold, holding the sack.
The revolutionary Socialist wants]
aqnal opportunities to earn a living, J
he wants an absolutely certain Job. i
He can not prevent the smart guy'
from becoming a leader, In fact he;
doesn't want to, but he wants to pre
vent him from selling out. His lead
er in the future will not be self ap-,
pointed, shall not compromise with
the enemy, but must let. his own em-j
ancipation depend upon the emancipa
tion of the whole working class.
OUR PLATFORM SOPS
The class struggle Is recognized in i
the national constitution and the sops
offered in the national platform to the
petty middle class is a violation of
said constitution, of fundamental prin
ciples, of common sense and decency,
and is a testimonial to the dishonesty
and inefficiency of opportunism.
To appeal to any class for fairness,
Justice, generosity or mercy, is Uto
pian. To appeal to any one for votes
lor Socialism under any other pretext
than that of absolute overthrow of
capitalism, is opportunism, which is
but a polite name for humbug. Vot
ing is but the counting of noses. We
want, to know how strong we are.
For force alone rules, now and al
ways. And we should beware from
getting a false count, hit well mean
ing gentle folks join us to satisfy
whims or ease their consciences, but
let them remember that this is OUR
movement and we must guide its
course.
WOLVES
By THODOSIA GARRISON
(Poem suitable for recitation by child)
Lean and lithe and famished-eyed,
Smarting jaws too often red;
Wol f—wol f—-wolf ~
The wolf that must be fed!
I wait beside the factory door,
Close by the thin-clad, anxious line
Of those who wait for work. The
score
That dally turn away are mine.
Beneath the little tradesman's sign,
Too small to catch the passer's eye.
Hiding my time, I scratch and whino;
The wolf that must be fed am I.
I hunt by day and candlelight,
1 trail the landlord's heavy feet;
The shopgirl, hurrying home at night,
Hears me pad after in the street.
At their suburban gates I greet
Tim underpaid young clerks who try,
To make a little home complete;
The wolf that must be fed am I.
For these my days of plentltude,
In gratitude shall I deny
That prosperous, sleek gentryhood
Who hunt beside me, tar and nigh?
Mill, mine, and merchant kings who
buy !
The souls men sell for bitter bread
-—bread—
Born brother to ye all am I;
We are the wolves that must be fed.
Wolves -wolves —wolves —
The wolves that must be fed!
BOSTROM LETTER TO STITT
WILSON
Basis of Controversy Between
Barzeo and Bostrom .
Tacoma, Wash., Fob. 15, 1915.
J. itltt Wilson,
Sub-Corn, of the Nat. Ex. Coin.
Dear Comrade: Replying to your
circular letter of January 1, in which
you request criticism and suggestions
for the good of our organization, I
wish to say:
That while- there are many very
grave errors and blunders in the man
agement of the party affairs and the
position the organization has taken
toward organized labor Is untenable,
conditions which must bo fundamen
tally changed before we can hope to
amount to much, there Is one cause
for the failure of the party to ad
vance, which so utterly overshadows
all other causes that nothing else Is
worth mentioning before that cause Ib
eliminated,
That cause Ib the Incongruous, con
fused, Inconsistent platform declara
tions In favor of every populistlc re
form ever conceived.
Were the party the political ex
pression, exclusively, Of the working
class, I. c., were all the party mem
bers worklngmen and working wor
n then there could be no other fault
to find with "Immediate demands"
than their liselessnesß. The same, of
course, holds good with any other
class homogenlous party. But since
the peculiar conditions existing in
this country, render It Impossible to
organize a political party exclusively
working class, it follows that the plat
form must contain nothing else than
what every Individual of Its heterogen
oils membership can readily subscribe
j to, if harmony is to prevail.
That single demand, Is the conquest
j of the powers of government for the
: purpose of the introduction of the co
| operative commonwealth, i. c., the re
volution. Universal suffrage and a
shorter working day would probably
j be considered a matter of course, al
-1 most unnecessary to mention, and
I would cause no disruption. But, it is
; certainly useless to expect taxpayers
to vote to tax themselves out of mid
dle class existence, and unreasonable
Ito expect any intelligent worker to
j vote for lower taxes, municipal owner
ship, etc., ad nauseam. The attempt
to perform such unnatural feats is
what has made many sensible men
I cautiously watch the party from a safe
! distance, instead of actively partici
pating in its work. It looks too much
as if our offer to serve every class
except the millionaires, were merely a
vote catching devise. The citizenship
| of America is none too intelligent, but
I it is just barely possible that while it
expects to be fooled by old party
politicians, it considers it unnecessary
to take the trouble to change parties
'for the purpose of getting the same
service from people who glibly prom
ise unattainable things.
At any rate, there can be no peace
in the party, and should be none, un
til the party becomes single minded
and consistent in its purpose and glit
tering generalities, bombast, reform
fakes and all other opportunist bun
combe is relegated into innocuous de
suetude.
PRANS BOSTROM.
THE INTELLIGENT CLASS
VERSUS THE MILITARY
CLASS
"If we compare one century with
another, we shall find that for a very
long period wars have been becom
' ing less frequent. . . . Every im
portant addition made to knowledge
increases the authority of the intel
lectual classes . . . the antagon
ism between these classes and the
military class is evident; it is the an
tagonism between thought and ac
tion, . . . between argument and
j violence, between persuasion and
'. force, . . . between men who live
1 by the pursuits of peace and those
who live by the practice of war.
Whatever, therefore, is favorable to
one class is manifestly unfavorable
jto the other. ... As the intel
lectual acquisitions of a people in
crease, their love of war will dimin
ish; and if their intellectual acquisi
! tions are very small, their love of
| war will be very great. In perfectly
barbarous countries ... no account
' is made of any man, unless he has
I killed an enemy; and the more he
has killed, the greater the reputation
he enjoys. This is the purely sav
age state, and it is the state in which
military glory is most esteemed and
military men most respected."—Pages
137-138, Buckle's History of Civiliza
tion in England.
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t Friday and Saturday will present a three-part comedy entitled, '
' GUNGLING BUNK'S BUNCE: a one-part educational feature on Rus- \
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Thursday, March 2.1, 1915.

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