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Be a Member of the Llano Dollar-Up Club? "LITTLE STROKES fell great oaks," said Franklin, so little dollar bills will buy great mills to make clothes, preserve food and construct shelter for those who are moulding a CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH. It is not our ideal that we should ask for cash to help build a true home. We had much rather not call upon the outside world for financial aid, and the time is coming when we shall live entirely off our own resources. But, as the early colonists of America were forced to buy from the mother country until they became strong enough to support themselves, so we must depend upon the old system that encircles us for that which we are not yet strong enough to produce. We need cash to pay for a larger tract of land. We need more machin ery, fertilizer, fencing, tools, clothes, flour for the bakery and paper for the printery, all of which we can not produce. Conditions are the same here as in all other localities. All we have to sell is worth scarcely anything, and all we have to buy is sky-high. Neverthe less, there are something over three hundred conscientious members here for the purpose of making a comfortable living and the past three years have wit nessed a successful and rapid progress. We are but pioneers. You who have endured the hardships of living three to seven years on a government claim in order to own 160 acres of raw land know the sacrifices that must be borne in order to build a home, in a new country. We are pioneering and building a new home in an old country. We are proving up on a claim, and our time is up when the 20,000 acres are paid for. We shall then be ready to work out our idéal in earnest and prove to the world that a group of honest, constructive people can live the Golden Rule. The sooner the land is paid for, the sooner we can have machinery to convert our own produce into finished products; the sooner we can grow two to three hundred bushels of sweet potatoes per acre, the sooner shall we be ready to build a true home. Thus, if YOU are interested in this great work, it is only YOUR duty that you should help. We therefore ask YOU in the name of CO-OPERATION and FRATER NITY to be a member of the LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB and contribute what j ou see fit, that we may the sooner set the world aright. Just a dollar a month will not lessen your purse a great deal, and every penny means time saved on the road to happiness, prosperity and comfort for all. If you believe that all men were born free and equal, that the natural resources are for the whole instead of the few, that wealth breeds injustice and strife, then you can not help being a— Dollar-Up Peer Especially if you intend to make Newllano your future home. Every dol lar tljen means bricks in your own foundation of the future civilization, be cause the past civilization is rapidly vanishing and a new civilization, based upon co-operation only, is dawning in the eastern sky. Do your duty and help make your dream come true, by joining the DOL LAR-UP CLUB. ^ LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY Newllano, via Leesville, La. DIFFERENT WAYS OF ATTAIN ING THE SAME ENDS Political Action Has Achieved Little; But Nineteen Hundred Years Ago Communal Action Threatened to' Disrupt the Roman State, and Constantine's Jesuitism. The Betrayal Alone by the Com munal Leaders Defeated the Movement By Geo. D. Coleman The American Federation of Labor recognizes or admits the legitimacy of Capitalism^ and seeks only to amelior ate. the conditions of wage slavery— that is, to obtain shorter hours and bet ter wages. Socialism, the I. W. W., and many others, recognize the law of social and economic evolution and re alize that Capitalism must pass away, as did feudalism, and another system take its place. Many call this new system the Co-operative Commonwealth Grant, for the sake of the argument, this concept, the question next in order is, "Which is the best way to attain it ?" Most of those who conceive this ideal believe that political action will be the shortest road. They would remain in and under capitalism, with the own ing class in possession of the machin ery of the state, owning the officials whom their money put in office, own ing the courts, the press, and control ling the police and army and navy, ev en if they elect their men to office, do not expect that the well-organized own ing class is going to allow them to be installed? Remember the case of the members of the N. Y. State Assembly, legally elected—they were expelled fronf the Legislature. Remember the case of Victor Berger, legally elected to the House of Representatives, but not allowed to take his seat. Remem ber that when any third party becomes strong, the two capitalistic parties will unite against it and, controlling the state governments, they pass laws that prevent a third party putting out a tick et; and, where they do, by controlling the polls, they throw out and change the votes. Coming down to the last al ternative, they stand ready with police and soldier to make it a matter of force and arms, rather than a fair elec tion. So much for political action. Is there a better way, a surer way, a way in which better conditions, security against unemployment and the suffer ings and privations that come in com batting capitalism face to face, can be avoided ? We claim there is a better way, and in Newllano, Louisiana, we are demon strating it. The better way is co-opera tion—not mere co-operation for profit, or for purchasing collectively and sell ing at cost while we still remain un der the wage-slave system of capital ism, but integral or complete co-opera tion—the collective ownership of land nd industries and their operation un der a board of managers and a general manager elected by us. To face capi talism in the political field and the re actionary bencficiaries of the system is to face a set of hypocrites and ut terly unprincipled scoundrels, with no sense of honor, capable, as we know, to subornation to perjury, and the use of the forms of law and trial by jury, and a hypocritical pretension that is known as the "frame-up." Their press prates of Christianity, and the majority of the pulpits of organized religion are either dumb and silent on the corrup tions, or blatant in their defense; while of the moral teachings and religion of Christ they comprehend about as much as a hog does of astronomy. Capital ism holds all the machinery of the state, courts, press, and political power, and a host of unprincipled parasites to act as spies, informers, perjurers, court of ficials, lawyers, gunmen and pimps, and to attempt to face them in the po to litical field is all but hopeless. It is true, in North Dakota political action took possession of the state for a short time ; but it was the Nonpartisan league bank, the state-owned elevators, and the state-owned mill, that hit the capi talist thieves harder than the political victory: it struck them in the economic field. The co-operative banks of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of the International Assn' of Machin ists, hurt the old system worse than po litical action. Labor has no concep tion of its financial and economic pow er, or it would long ago have taken possession of 'the industries and pub lic utilities of the country and demon strated that political power is a secon dary matter and unconsequential. Let those who want to amuse themselves with political toys of dolls and monkeys climbing a stick do so. Once in pos session of the industries of the coun try, court decisions and injunctions would be as effective as the Pope's bull against the comet. What labor could do, if it were or ganized and acted together, nationally, we here are doing locally—that is, get ting title to land and developing in dustries collectively-owned. The stock holder in a railroad has an undivided ownership in the property of the cor poration, which he realizes and appre ciates—with this difference: his undi vided share is in proportion to the amount represented by his stock. But is of here there is no such disposition ; as all have equal, undivided shares. When any colonist looks over our broad lands or views our town and our buildings, shops, machinery, store, stock and mules, and fields of sugar cane, rice, or growing crops of any kind, he (or she) can feel that these are h;s (or her) pro perty. We now own and have free of en cumbrance, in the name of our Colony community, some over 6000 acres of land; and the lumber company from whom we bought has our agreement to buy 14,000 acres more at a very low price, making 20,000 acres in all. We have bought other land, and have offers very advantageous of still more that is, there is every prospect that every opportunity is open to us; but despite the tempting offers, gcod man agement has obliged the setting aside, at least for the present, of these oppor tunities to expand. Over a year ago, Bradstreet's rr> cantile agency gave us a rating of $250,000; but, since then, our land possessions has probably doubled, new buildings have been installed, new ma chinery set up, our tractor power more than doubled, an electric light and pow er house installed, and industries run by electricity, the new State Highway runs 100 feet from our store, and we are building a twe-story brick building facing the highway (60 x 120 feet long), to house the best and most fully equipped garage and filling station in 100 miles. Here also we shall have the best machine shop and wagon shop within 100 miles. What rating Brad street's will give us now remains to be seen—the highway will add to the val of cur property, probably double its value. At the rate Bradstreet's rat ed us A year ago, we should now be rated for over a half million or more, as we have in the year acquired 1,000 acres of good land on the Isle of Pines, south of Cuba. Up to the present, few of the radical or reform element have known of our work; but should our management take up a campaign of publicity and acquaint the active labor movement with our work, no doubt we should grow much faster; but there is a con sideration that holds that in check, and that is our experience has proved that great care must be taken in acquiring new membership, as our system is so diametrically opposite morally and psy chologically to the ideals that perme ate through and through, even uncon sciously, those who have been born and have lived under the immoral and vile system of capitalism, that, until they are morally "born again," they are not prepared to understand and work harmoniously under our methods. This may sound to some as a sort of "holi er than thou" attitude, or an assertion of superiority; but it is in accord with our facts and experience, and we there fore prefer to grow in membership slow ly and surely. We have found that the selfishness, suspicion, jealousy, self-seeking and, in fact, all the evils bred by competition and capitalism, are even unconsciously inbred in most peo ple, and the best of them need to live here and work with us at least a year to get all the meanness of the old sys tem purged out of them. We are of the opinion that the most effectual way to defeat capitalism and institute the new and coming system, is to proceed to build up the new in groups such as we are doing; and, in the doing of it, we are assured of food, shelter, clothing, a guarantee for pro vision in old age, good education for our children, and harmonious condi tions of life and self-employment, free from the dictations and oppressions of the owning-class or their hireling foremen and bosses. As to the future of a new system of society, we can gather from history that it was just such a method that undermined the Em pire of Rome, the most powerful the world has known, and it was alone the jesuitry of Emperor Constantine and a is the corruptions of a superstitious age that prevented its success. Those su pèrstitions no longer hold sway, and we think the time has come when the col lective and communal life will take root and grow. MEN AND WOMEN UNITED WILL CREATE A FREE WORLD (By The Federated Press) Herrin, 111. — Just three months to a day after the trouble at the Lester strip mine near here, June 21 and 22, that resulted in the death of three un miners and 19 detective agency, strikebreakers, a mass meeting was held under the auspices of the newly organized Herrin Woman's Union La bel league and the local Federated Trades council. It filled the council room of the city hall to overflowing. Tom Tippett told of his experiences in the tent colony and other sections of West Virginia which he investigat ed for The Federated Press a few months ago. Maud McCreery discuss ed woman's place in the labor move ment. She reviewed woman's strüg glç for an education and the ballot, and urged women to use the advan tages they now enjoy in learning the purposes of the labor movement and in -... - . . . . . r h • aiding and joining their men folk m NEWS AND CAPITAL ISTIC JOURNALISM By Joel Henry Greene The headlines of the University news paper announces on Sunday, Septem ber 24: "Allies Grant Turks Return To Europe." This alleged grant is on the same principle that the Republican par ty granted renomination to Bob La Fol lette in Wisconsin. The subhead says : "Accept Terms of Kemalists, which is a much more honest statement. This is not written to point out the injustices of "head-liners." Rockefeller's public ity agent, Ivy Lee, gave that trick away when he testified that: "Now if you will give me the headlines, I will give you the articles and the editor ials." I might moralize on the scientif ic Iying*(propaganda) taught in schools of journalism. However, my wish is to show that there are two sides to the "unspeakable Turk" story, and that the average American citizen has never heard of but one of them. The recent death of William Scawen Blunt, one of the members of "that spiritual aris tocracy which in the salt of England," to quote the Chicago Evening Post, re moves one who was always a champion of every oppressed nation, including the (Turk. The Post says in its edition of Sept. 22: "Wilfred Scawen Blunt was a ro mantic figure—champion of Egypt and Ireland, opposer of the Boer war, put in jail for his opinions—and, withal, a poet and sculptor and architect. * * *" His "Diaries," now at last to be pub lished in cheap form, is a revelation to the common people of every nation— as to how they are manipulated, de ceived, and exploited by their govern ments and the so-called "upper class His connections were with such classes by birth, wealth, arfd position, and his wide relationship and acquain tance in nearly every country gave him a breadth of knowledge and of court gossip that is most illuminating. As an example of reference to Am erican affairs and influences, the fol lowing is most interesting to the most of us: "The Egyptian papers have been full of Roosevelt's adventures in Cairo, and the speech he made in praise of British rule. He is a buffoon of the lowest American type and rous ed the fury of young Egypt to boiling point; and it is probable that, if he had not cleared straight out of the country, there would have been mis chief. From Egypt he went on to Rome and had a quarrel with the Pope, and he is now at Paris airing his fool ishness, and is to go to Berlin, a kind of mad dog roaming the world." Vol. II, p. 299 (April 25, 1910.) "There is now to be an era of co ercion. Nationalism is no longer- to be killed by kindness. There will be arrests and deportations which will go on until one fine day the Khedive will be assassinated. * * * Grey's speech showed quite clearly that it was a mat ter arranged beforehand between him and Roosevelt that Roosevelt should make the speech he did at Gu Idhall. It was one of those little perfidies by which Cabinet Ministers sometimes force the hands of their colleagues, and it has been most successful." p. 311 (June 14,1910.) Stolypin, the Russian Prime Minis ter, has been assassinated at Kief in presence of the Emperor, while at the opera. This may lead to serious conse quences. Stolypin had been the head and front of the reaction in Russia .* * ruling by spies and secret police and ar rests and hangings and deportations to Siberia. His example has been follow ed by Morley in India, by Grey in Egypt. These modern Liberals are worse than any of the old-fashioned re actionaries. * * * the outlook for lib erty in the East is a bad one. If Ger many agrees to a Frenth protectorate in Moroco, it will lead to England's claiming a protectorate in Egypt, and to Italy's claiming a protector.ate in Tripoli. The situation seems to be that the German government is not quite ready yet for war with France and En gland, while France, tho unwilling to fight, is aware of this. Neither is like ly to give in, in any formal way, and the quarrel will be left open to be tak en up again in two or three years time. An accident, however, might precipi tate matters. The outlook for Egypt is bad any way things go; for I imag ine that at the outbreak of war Eng land would annex Egypt, or declare a protectorate as an excuse for govern-' ing by martial law and treating all patriotism as rebellion." He then adds: (Compare this with what actually hap pened in December, 1914—p. 362, Sept. 17, 1911.. His predictions are almost uncanny in their fulfillment and this is but a single example.) LUMBER BUSINESS BOOMING Portland, Ore. — The lumber indus try is booming. There are more jobs on the boards of the employment agen cies asking for men to work in the woods than there have been in years. union activities. Th e support of labor papers and recognition of their educa tional value, and especially of the work i Federated Press, was urged by the speakers.