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The Future in Politics By nRUCE ROGERS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MOMENT The supreme moment for So cialism It ap proaching. If the ! workers are cap- j able of playing the political game then proof of that fact must be had in the forthcom ing political sea son. Never again may we expect to sit at that grimy board with the cards so fay- orably dealt for our success. . Our Party Different. We have the advantage in organiza tion. We are in fact the only genuine political party functioning as such at all' times; the only party with thor ough going permanence and stability. All other political parties organize for the political season only, for looting. and then vanish before the light of the gray dawn of the morning after. It is significant that the Socialist party is the only party with printed bank checks, with financial credit and liquable assets. It means much that we are the only political party with ■ pay roll, with clerks, secretaries and committees transacting the national,1 state, county and even the precinct business of the party, on duty at all '■ times. We are the only party with a distinct literature. Shelf after shelf1 of our books are in the public libra ries; but, unless the journals and broker's ledgers of Wall street may be considered literature, one would go a long way to find books of the re-J publican and democratic parties. We are the only political party with a science, and with such a science that makes it necessary for the colleges and universities to have separate de partments teaching it. Moreover, we j have students and teachers of those! institutions organized into the Inter-' Collegiate Socialist Society; but who ever heard of an Inter-Collegiate Re publican or Democratic society? Not to enlarge, we are the only party with a hearty emotion, with high resolves and a historic mission. Individual Socialists Do Not Acquire ;/.';: i Offices to Which Elected. Not the least political difference be tween the Socialist and other parties is the attitude toward public office. 1 Vith the old parties such positions We regarded as properties in which' the individual acquires a tenure for a term of years, just as one acquires a leasehold in realty, a patent right, or other property privilege. The indivi dual office-seeker looks upon his cam paign as an investment of time and money for which he expects to reap adequate returns when he lands the job. Sometimes he borrows the money needed in the form of "contributions" from Interests who expect him to re pay them when he gets in; and he does, manyfold, and then makes what he can out of it for himself. Periodi cally the people at election time de-! cide to turn the scoundrels out of: these properties, but, unfortunately, they decide at the same time to turn another set of scoundrels in, likewise for a term of years. It is simply un avoidable that the new set must make what they can out of their newly ac-1 quired properties. WHEN A SOCIALIST IS ELECTED When a Socialist is elected, how ever, it means the acquisition of the office by his constituency, for them •elves; or, to state it differently, lt; means that the people decide not to vest the most valuable properties they have in individuals. The office-holder under the Socialist system becomes merely the caretaker of the property; ! and with enough powerful offices in the hands of Socialists to carry out our regulations, the unfaithful would find himself peremptorily ousted for disobedience or malfeasance. This is j accomplished In two ways: First, his acceptance of the nomination is an acceptance also of the condition that he file his undated resignation from the office to which he is chosen; sec-' We're Going to the Big Socialist Picnic at Beautiful Hall's Lake, July 4th~-Sr^king7Dancin2 Music and Refreshments. Interurban Service and Good Auto Roads to Picnic Grounds _n_M A LA | ana o _ AY LATE NORTHWEST WORKER -ond, bound not alone by a platform but by our party constitution under j the provisions of which he must con duct the office under She direction of his organized constituents, . the So cialist party. This works no hard ships upon him; for, in the first place, ho is permitted to make no "Invest ment" In the property, — lie docs not finance his own campaign. In truth, i he Is permitted to have no campaign of bis own; and when specially se lected for active campaigning, he la paid wages by his party to run for of fice! When these facts are carefully explained to the people it should af ford us a distinct advantage in a pure ly political way. NON-PARTISAN FALLACY The history of the present as well as of all hitherto existing societies is one of class struggle. The Issues I raised by 'he Socialist party must end j in a revolutionary re-constitution of society, else the struggle will never, never end; for ' the reason that labor | on its part can never be wholly crush ed and beyond hope of revolt. With the material Interests of the voters in implacable conflict, the very words "non-partisan politics" are a parodox, a contradiction in terms, an absurd, piebald lie! THE PARENT "NON PARTISAN" SCHEME, AND ALL ITS LITTLE SCHEMELETS, ARE A STRICTLY PARTISAN EFFORT TO ESCAPE THE RISING TIDE OF SO-1 CIALISM. No Socialist worthy of his card will be beguiled In this fashion, j no matter how pleasingly and -with | what show of righteousness the trap- j pers set their snares. Confessedly j there are prominent schemers in our own party, some of them with reputa tions as slicksters and for treachery, who keep edging up with non-partisan | proposals. The time approaches when ; we should denounce them by name and j kick the' traitors out without ceremony and without regret. Then there are | the plain boobs, —but of opportunism . later. OUR GREAT OPPORTUNITY The Enemy Hopelessly Divided Never before have such deep and fundamental currents of opinion so riven apart the opposing political parties as we shall witness In the ap proaching campaign, and this It is that affords us the supreme opportun ity. It follows of course that to take I advantage of it we must keep our So cialism on straight lines, and not al low the issues we raise to become , confused in the witches brew of state l capitalism, new nationalism, single j tax and similar fakes, progressiva™, 'prohibition and Utopian anti-mili tarism. I shall mention a few of the rocks that promise to render capitalist poli tics asunder and afford us the special opportunity I am harping upon. The War and Militarism. This will un doubtedly continue to be the chief topic of public and private discussion for some time to come and will af ford the chief provocation of factions, at least in the democratic party, which ■ it has already torn in twain, as will ! be seen when the yawping! of the hysterical press and its support of President Wilson are withdrawn; un covering the duplicity and hypocrisy1 of his administration, to say nothing L of its stupidity and incompetance. ' The democracy, essentially and tra-) ditlonally the party of reaction, will then be revealed as a party of two op posing camps. For eighteen years Bryan has been the strongest man i n bis party, whether in public or private life, and still is. No matter how much fun is poked at him, the fact that the admin istration double-classed him Is sure to disgruntle that large following which has stood by him since his "cross of gold-crown-of-thorns" speech, which standing by at Baltimore enabled him to dominate the last democratic na tional convention. Profiting by the inevitable reaction from the Wilson ! regime and what with his grape-juice ; proclivities he will emerge stronger j than ever, dividing the party press and sentiment. Hence it will be seen ! that the democratic party will flound er hopelessly through the campaign i without a common opinion on its larg ! Continued on Page 4. r.™_* S7>e WASHINGTON SOCIALIST DEVOTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL, POLITICAL, AND EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT OF THE WORKINQ-CLASS The Declaration of Independence Brought Down to Date By Maynard Shipley f When in the course of human events It becomes necessary for one class to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and superior func tion to which the laws of economic development entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind re quire* that they should declare the causes which Impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created with divergent capacities; that they are all endowed by nature with certain needs; that among these are life, liberty, and the attainment of happiness; that to secure these fundamental desires, governments may rightly be Instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; THAT WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DES TRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS IT IS THE DUTY OF THE MAJORITY CONCERNED TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT, LAYING ITS FOUNDATION ON SUCH PRINCIPLES, AND ORGANIZING ITS POWERS IN SUCH FORM, AS TO THEM SHALL SEEM MOST LIKELY TO EFFECT THEIR COMMON SAFETY AND HAPPINESS. Prudence Indeed, will dictate that governments long established shall not be allowed to outlive their usefulness, though all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing Invariably the tame object, the exploitation of the workers, evinces a design to crush them under an absolute industrial despotism, IT IS THEIR DUTY, TO OVERTHROW SUCH GOVERNMENT, AND TO PROVIDE NEW GUARDS FOR THEIR FUTURE SECURITY. Such has been the patient suffering of the American wage-slaves; but now necessity constrains them to alter or abolish the bourgeois system of government and exploitation. The history of the present ruling class is a his tory of repeated Injuries and usurpations, all having for direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over those who produce the wealth of the world. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. The owning class has refused its assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. The masters have forbidden their governors and legislators to pass laws of Immediate and pressing Import ance, unless suspended in the operation till their supreme court shall have declared them unconstitutional; and when not legally suspended or abrogated they have been complacently ignored by those in authority, who have utterly neglected to attend to them. ■»' Then have refused to allow to be passed other laws for the accommodation of large numbers of worker* unless such laws still left the trading class in full ownership of the mean* whereby the working-class must live— concession of no benefit to them and of use to grafters only. The masters have called together their legislative bodies at convenient places, entirely comfortable, and not too distant from Wall Street, THE REAL SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, for the sole purpose of enacting laws in support of their own economic needs, regardless of the welfare of the workers. ,-"s - They have declared law* unconstitutional repeated which opposed firmly invasions on the rights of the working class. They have refused to allow to be passed other laws'ment to allow others to be enacted, thus the legislative power*, held in their own hands, have not been returned to the people at large for their exercise; the country remaining in the meantime, exposed to all sort* of graft'", from without, and to frequent panicky convulsions from within. ii '-'A. • They have endeavored to prevent the further development of these states; for that purpose making laws granting the lands to non-resident exploiters, refusing to P as» other* to encourage actual settlement of the same and raising conditions preventing the establishing of ho me* thereon. They have obstructed the administration of justice, by causing creature* of the corporations to be elected or appointed to judicial seats in courts of law. ;■?*A- - i->_—--• •- ->..- They have made judges dependent on their will alone for th» tenure of their office* and the amount and payment of their salaries. They have erected a multitude of new offices, and *e nt thither swarms of new officers, to harass the wage slaves and eat out their substance. They have kept among us, In times of peace, with out the consent of the people, standing armies and state militia to assist their fellow exploiters in grinding the faces of the useful workers. They have succeeded In rendering the military indef,endent of and superior to the civil power. They have combined with other* to subject the work ers to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and un acknowledged even by their own class-made'laws; giv in - assent to acts of anarchy and violence In the Interest* of members of their own cfass: — -.'-*'->-X v/: By quartering their hired assassins, under cloak of c ourts martial, protecting them from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of tne states; By depriving us of jobs by means of the lockout and b'ackllst; By imposing taxes on us through the mean* of wa9 slavery; By depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by i ur And by packing the jury when the workers are so tr,ed' By transporting us to other states to be tried for pre tended offenses; , By abolishing the right to peacefully assemble mooru r own or a neighboring state, establishing therein an arbitrary government, substituting post-mortems for ha beas corpus, tramping on the pretended constitutional rights of citizens, enlarging the scope of the state* mill tia ' so as to render it at once an example and fit instru ment for introducing the same arbitrary power in other states; By taking away our suffrage through capitalist electiotl ,aws' abolishing our most valuable means of politi cal expression and altering fundamentally the forms of ci v" government; By suspending working-class laws and declaring themse,ves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. The masters have abdicated popular government he re ' by d-daring the workers out of their protection their policeman's club having grown bigger than the consti 4-1' 0"1" "" They have plundered our cities, ravaged our homes, deprlved us of the means of self-support and destroyed the lives of our people; ' *' " .' The master-class is at this.time creating large arm les of mercenaries to complete the works of death deso lation and tyranny already begun In the days of Cleveland- with circumstances of cruelty and suffering scarce ly paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally inexcusable In a civilized nation; ; They have constrained our misguided fellow wage-slaves '*° Join the army, militia and navy to bear arm, against members of their own class, to become the execu tioners of their friends and brethren in toil or ,„ , i, mayhap, themselves by unwilling hands; ' ' The masters have excited domestic Insurrections amon9 st us, in the mad struggle for profits and have c deavored to bring on the workers of our mills, mines and stories the merciless gunmen whose known rule of warfare is treachery, secret assassination, incitement to violence and undistinguished destruction of all =,„»_ sexes and conditions. a9~s, In every stage of these oppressions we have petition ed 'or redress in the most humble terms; our petitions have been answered only by repeated "investigations." * class whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to rule over a people determined to be free. Nor have we been wanting in patience toward our industrial masters. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts made by their legislatures to extend an unwarranted jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our working and living here - '" a country of potential wealth and abundance for all who labor. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common humanity to discontinue their usurp ati°ns, which would inevitably lead to working, class re volt and final supremacy of the proletariat, marking the end of all classes and of class rule. But they have been deaf to the voice of justice and reason. We must, there fore' acquience in the necessity which necessitates our separation into two distinct classes, the exploiters and the exploited, the wealth-takers and the wealth makers and hold the master class of this country, as of all other countries, our enemies in politic* and industry in nothing friends. _--iry in We, therefore, the representatives of the worker* of a" nations, in mass meeting assembled appealing to th highest sense of justice for the rectitude of our intentio" 8' do, in the name and by the authority of the worked of the world, solemnly publish and declare that the use ful wealth producers, now held in the bondage of wa"' slavery, are of right, and must of necessity become, free and independent citizen* of a new industrial world re" public, in which economic equality, justice and fraternity may become a glorious reality, Instead of a concatena tion of empty words, a delusion and a snare to the exploited and economically enslaved workers- we further declare that the wage-earner* of this and all other countries are morally absolved from all allegiance to the capi talist class, and that all pretense of community of Interests between them is but a wicked and intolerable fiction designed to hold the greater and better part of the human race in degrading bondage; and that the workers,' __________________________^^_ Continued on Page 4. i EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY. JULY 1; 1915. Turning Out Patriots IP A SINGLE MURDER IS A CRIME, IS WHOLESALE MURDER PATRIOTISM? By PROLETARIA BILL Why does the ruling class so zeal ously promote and maintain an effi cient wholesale ; murdering machine? A machine composed of - hired men who are prepared and , expected ' to murder men by thousands in a well calculated and premidated manner, whenever the big traders, who rule the country, have a quarrel with the big traders of some other country, over markets for surplus products; or to protect their hoards of wealth ex ploited from the working class at home and "patriotically" invested un der some other flag, Mexico for" in stance; or when the workers whom they exploit, make an organized at tempt to secure more of the wealth they produce by going on strike for better wages. ' These great "patriots" of the ruling class are a very circumspect lot. They determine what shall be taught in the schools. Not only that, \ but they have laws passed quietly to com pel school children to; perform ; "pa-, triotic" stunts, etc. What are these patriotic stunts, and what does this capitalist "patriotism" really consist i of? Here is a sample from '■ the schools of the state: Children in the primary grades were drilled I with wooden guns, as soldiers, and taught to "ready, aim' fire." This was done to prepare them for •' Washington's birthday in the Centralia schools. We now have a law to COMPEL the children of this state to salute the flag and go through the motions and repeat the "salute" as soldiers are drilled. Children are being doped with this kind of training under the name of "patriotism." But the i true intent is only too evident. Now, fellow work ing men and women get this: Remember the big trades and in dustrial kings rule this country, thro their economic power. It matters not who is president, nor whether the government is democratic, republican or bull moose. "Patriots" for Profit*. " These big traders and industrial kings are all "patriots." Do you ever hear of them going to the front when battles are fought? No—but— but—these big "patriots" are very anxious to have our children taught "patriotism" in I school, and they 'are! having it done . It is done by putting the soldier idea Into the tender minds of the kids. ' •'.-'-,-> ' . | You know that it is not practicable to get all of the boys into the Boy Scouts as readily as they can put the military spirit into all of the school children, both boys and : girls. We find such, methods now being use% as a recruiting ground for future soldiers in the wholesale murdering machine. This is done under the name of pa triotism through the orders of our big "patriots" who want an army of hu man automatons who will shoot in stead of think. A NEW MOVE Owing to the extension of our activities to the states of Idaho and Oregon/and for other reasons, the Washington Socialist board of control unanimously decided to change the name of the paper to the Northwest Worker. We hope our readers will work as hard for the paper under its new name as they did under the old. The field open to us is large; has only just been scratched; and if everyone will do his or her best during the next twelve months we shall have put a kink in the ranks of the old parties that their hope of retain ing their power in the law-mills of these states will have gone forever. THE PRINTING PLANT The matter of purchasing the printing plant for which we have been asking funds has been drop ped, owing to the failure'of getting the funds in the specified time. All money received will be return ed immediately. There is 'no doubt -, but that». the Dick Military law and the Washing ton State Military law were passed in SILENCE as a result \of ; a well-laid conspiracy on the part of the big capi- : talist "patriots" -and their politicians, and that this j, school « training '.' under the name of "patriotism," is designed ; to fit the provisions of those : military ' laws - later on . . Why? As the big "patriots" are having these things done, we wonder why? - ■■'.'■ A.' Surely it cannot be intended so that we would have peace, because if that logic was good everybody would \be justified .in carrying a good ; gun in'; their belt so we could have peace! :' Certainly the ruling class of other " countries have no ; reason ■' to } invade i this country with an army,-j: because ; they ;• have already". Invaded It in a more effective way Millions of acres of • "our * country" is owned ;by them.. Many, many millions in stocks and bonds of the industries of this coun- ' -*:-**.-—»-*-pi*«V- ■---- •-■• ■■ y .-: .., - ji..-.-- -_-JjM try are owned by them Including the Czar of .'; Russia and other ruler*. These foreign capitalists are drawing millions in interest and dividends from the sweat and j blood of the working class of this country each year. Do our/big;"patriots" raise Ned about this? No! . . ; ' A You : have 'just noted how the "pa- ' triots" of other countries are drawing our life blood through the mystic sign of ownership. They are just like our own big "patriots" at home. They merely assist our "patriots" to skin ■ ■ us, and they ■ want to keep us that ',. way so they can keep skinning us but ;I of; four-fifths 'of the wealth we pro duce by. our labor. , Our big "patriots" want Va good , murdering machine. To get material • for that machine jthey * have the kids trained in the school and In the Boy '•: Scout i movement, and have the ; mili tary laws already, so that we of ] the working class can be shot to death if we undertake to claim the wealth we produce by organizing together toll; do it by our collective economic might. ■ The big . "patriots" 'want to keep us in subjection as has ■ always been done iin ' past history, ■■■' so they can'■' - scientifically extract more and more and invest it in Mexico, China, Africa, Central America, South 'America and other foreign countries under other flags, and in turn exploit the workers of these countries until a few big "pa-. ' triots" own the whole earth. 'A' If we want to be patriotic, there is a higher and nobler patriotism than to boost the ownership of the entire earth into the hands of a few property owners.' . A, Human life is the basis of the pa triotism of the modern working class*'\ not property. Our" patriotism con-' sists in being loyal to the working class as opposed to the interests of the exploiting capitalist class. It is so. broad that the sun never gets on it. ;It encircles the globe. "Workers of all countries, unite." We demand that human life shall have first consideration above all things, that each human life shall receive and enjoy the equivalent of all the wealth produced by its labor. "NIGGER IN WOODPILE" Official figures show that there is* a total of $200,000,000 Mexican gold invested in Mexican oil wells. ; Of that sum $100,000,000 is Ameri can capital; $75,000,000 is English capital, with the puny $25,000,000 re maining divided between French, Ger —and Mexican capital. Bundle orders of the Northwest Worker, one cent a copy. The Montana Socialist is still in the field. The dynamiting of the printing plant that was owned by the Butte Socialist Publishing company and which resulted in a loss of about $2,500 can be laid at the doors of no other than the dominant mining inter ests who have carried on a ceaseless war against all those that were op posed to them. Send in the news of activities in your burg. No. 234