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Enlist or Die! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
Enlist or Die! I ? m ? ?-? (The following poem was written in an American Socialist newspaper 1 at the time the United States was threatening to intervene in the Mexl- 1 can War a few months ago. Of course, as will be seen by the text, it I has no reference to the present war in Europe) : — I By E.D. 'Tis Shoulder Arms and March along, and Slaughter at Command, To work the will of Millionaires on Mexico's fair land. ; 'Tis 'Please enlist, or if you don't you're Drafted anyhow; For Men we've got to have, you know— you've got your orders now.' 'Tis Question not, and Keep the ranks, and Clasp your Gun just so, j And Worship every Officer— or you to Prison go. j 'Tis not for common Folk to think, for th' Government knows Why j Old Mexico is War-accurst. . . . 'tis yours to simply— DIE. j Perchance the Princes-of-this-Earth are some mistaken, though; J YE COMMON FOLK, REFUSE TO FIGHT, THOUGH ALL WAR'S 1 BUGLES BLOW. j Five years of War, they say, 'twill take; and five years after that | ...
EAST WEST RAILWAY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
EAST WEST RAILWAY. The Editor, 'Direct Action.' Fellowworker, — The days oi' the roaring navvy ganger are gone, thanks to the precedent set by the militant nav vies on the East-West Line. Ten slave-driving gangers have been tramped per medium of direct action on the part of the men during the past eight months. The departmental heads have just concluded an inquiry into the dismissal by the men of a slave driver, one Asche. Of course the inquiry was quite farcical from the standpoint of the men, as their decision could not possibly make any difference to Asche 's Hash. The heads were quite stubborn in their refusal to remove Asche, and it was not till five hundred men struck work and the construction works were completely stopped, that the drones woke up to them selves. It was a great victory for the men although a bit expensive. There is a good sprinkling of rebels here, but hardly a sufficient number to bring into play our more effective, and to ourselves, cheaper weapon,. Sabotage...
The Economics of Labour. The Way Out. The Loyalty of Labor Politicians. Capital. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
The Economics of Labour. The Way Out. The Loyalty of Labor Politicians. Capital. One of the greatest objections the average worker has to the I.W.W. is that it aims to overthrow the capit alist class and control industry by and for the workers and for they alone. If we abolish the capitalists, they ask, who is then going to pay our wages, buy new factories, ma- chines, etc., and manage and control the industries? So reconciled have we become to our slavery that the majority of toilers are unable to con ceive of any system under which we will be free from a ruling class. The great heritage or slavery hand ed down to us by our ancestors from Lhe very dawn of history has left its impression on the psychology of the working class, in its slavish submis sion to authority, and in its inability to realise that because we have al ways been slaves is no logical reason why we should remain such. Before we can understand capital, or the capitalist system of production, we must first of all und...
"One Big Union" Sirens. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
'One Big Union' Sirens. The One Big Union idea, declared to be so impractical and Utopian a very short time ago, is now being ad vocated in some queer quarters. The craft union leaders were not slow to see, that despite the criticism of aud hostility to the I.W.W., the sentiment in favour of class unionism on Industrial lines was taking hold of the rank and file of their followers. It therefore became necessary tor these gentry to put forward some schemes which might appease the ? anxiety of the workers for a more scientific form of organisation, and, at the same time, get a fresh lease on their own soft billets, while pos ing as the genuine pioneers of the One Big Union principle. Lip service galore is being given to this principle by men whose actions in the labor struggles of recent date in Australia have violated every prin ciple of working class solidarity — such men as Spence, Hughes, Kosser, and others — and we also find its ad voca cy taking a prominent place in labor journa...
From our Standpoint. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
From our Standpoint. ? » ? The Sydney 'Internationalist So cialist' has the following scintillating par : — - When a worker gets on the stump and advocates Sabotage and Direct Action, the boss hears him, and learns all about it. He says to himself, 'to be forewarned is to be forearmed.' Our Sosh contemporary evidently believes in leaving the boss a mon opoly of Sabotage for three years at a stretch, and then warning him off the grass with a ballot paper. # # * The quarterly report of the Rail way Workers' and General Laborers' Association shows a cash balance at the bank of £7,425 15s. 5d., and an increased membership of 12,269. The report is beaded 'The Best Quarter Yet.' For whom? The R.W. and G.L.A. has no doubt done its best to help the banks finance Fisher's War Loan, but this appears to us to be small consolation to tbe navvy who is still working in tbe construction camps of the country under condi tions that would make a Polynesian savage revolt. He is also still on his nine ...
Rents and the Remedy. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
Rents and the Remedy. ? ? t ' A meeting was held in the Protest ant Hall on Thursday evening, 21st inst., to protest against 'high rents and the high prices of commodities. The meeting was well representative of tbe political freaks which abound in Sydney. Political Laborites and Socialists put aside their differences as to which party should have the privilege of be ing saviours of the working class, and were touchingly sentimental in their admiration of each other as mutual enemies of the landlord and other sharks. So far as any solution of the prob lems is concerned, the meeting was remarkable for the various kind oi nostrums put forward. The chair man, a Laborite P.M., seemed to be under the impression that the Labor Party's Fair Rents' Bill would solve the rent question. A Court would be established, to which the tenant could apply for a reduction of his rent it he thought it exorbitant. What with Arbitration Courts, Wages Boards, Rent Courts, etc., the worker will soon be as w...
Who are the Materialists? To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
Who are the Materialists? To the Editor. It is interesting to note in the light of present day journalism, in its drivi lings and .. vituperative condemnation of materialistic Germany, the utter ances of 'the Darwin of Germany,' Ernst Haeckel. In the concluding re marks of his third lecture in 'Last Words on Evolution,' he says: — 'Luther would turn in his grave if he could see the dominance of the Roman Centre party in the Ger man Empire to-day. 'We find the Papacy, the deadly enemy of Protestant Germany, con trolling its destiny, and the Reich stag submitting willingly to be led by the Jesuits. Not a voice do we hear raised against the three most dangerous institutions of Roma nism, the obligatory celibacy of the clergy, the confessional and In dulgences. 'Unfortunately, many German princes foster the ambition of the Roman clergy, making their 'Ca- nossa Journey' to Rome, and bend ing the knee to the Great Charla ton of the Vatican. 'In view of the broadening ten dency in theology...
"ROSS'S MAGAZINE." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
-??'' 'ROSS'S MAGAZINE,' v.. :m A monthly under the above title, ed-. 3 itec and puaushed by R.:Ross, editor i of the Melbourne '?£oc:ai:s:.'! is to S make its appearance shoruy. The % preliminary anncc- cement Informs us :| that the magazine is -ro be 'anti-cleri- | caj. anti-mOiiarUt and anti-capital- ;| is:.' It is. to-be hoped :ha: the lat- | ter form of propaganca ~:II predom- J inate. Clericaiiim and MiJitariEm | /Stand or tali with Capi-alisin; ana if ^| the publication aspires :g. t-e scienti- | Sc, it must deal with fcncassentaflE | However. Austrsiia recuires a revo- | iutionary periccical. and militants | ?-=ill' fee in-eresrea tc see whether % 'E6s«'s Magazine' supplies that need. | The rates are. i numt-ers. 1/-.--1I J numbers, *.6. £1 '5rill entiile the j subscriber to tne msrsiine for a 1 lifetime. Address, ciz Q-«- slreet' 1 :£i\bozm. Victoria. j
ORGANISER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
OROAWiSER. ^m Members in the country ere noti-^ fied that- Fellow- Worker Larkin'' has7« been appointed organiser tor the m Sydney Local. Those in narry -fl camps or other jobs where there is a I possibOIty of musterins the slaves, m should; get into communication vrua -? Larkin, at S 30 Csstiereagh Street, jgjv- M ing particulars. In case of Jong B railway journeys ; some .-effort shoulilj be made ;by the members en the jobvfl to meet travelling expenses. '-M
Sydney [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
^ll|^ |j Weekend meetings and prop-gag£l were well maintained Respite afinie^V 1 tention from tthe police on ^ml night at Bathurst Street. M 1 ...;; Feilow-wbrkers Larkin and kE I addressed an exceptionally ia& I meeting in the Domain on .-g^- I afternoon. Sales of lUerature\ ^ I the paper were well in line with # I average. V '. ?_'_?- -^'m The latter was the speaker in $§Jm Hall on Sunday evening, and ma^l were unable to get admittanoe. -i| A series of weekly meetings are Hi be arranged for the Randwick woittfl shops. Efficiency schemes are fij^B ing their way here in a more marl^SlI manner than, perhaps, any ;;othpU place in Australia. : i^B The last meeting held there by FelSl low-worker King resulted in £2 voi^U of subs, for 'Direct Action,' as wefH as many new members joining up. -~^Sm The time is ripe for a more vigor-^ ous propaganda to he undertaken inM similar establishments round Sydney.U and members or others interested 'm should get into communication with +J Or...
BARKES DEFENCE FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
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The Marrickville Strike. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
The M^ip^pHe! Several hundred men and ?women, boys and girls, are still on strike at the Marriekville Woolen Mills. The strike niay be ^aid to be due to the modern craze of 'Efficiency.' The output of the mills has consid erably increased since the- -war broke out ?without the workers receiving any compensating advantage. The foremen have been paid bon uses, apparently for th*:.'-. altitude in ibe slave-driving business, while the workers, have been told by the mas ters thai they should be content with a ??patriotic' duty well done. The bosses' profits are increasing as the result of long hours, and the speeding. -up. process, other workers are kept out of a job in consequence of those employed producing too much, and yet we have politicians, r: or-leaders, and pseudo-economists, in face of numerous examples of the kind, going about preaching the gos pei of 'Economy, and Efficiency.' - The strike has so— been in pro gress for some weeks, and no stepE haTe ;. t-een taken by other wor...
THE A.S.E. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
DIRECT ACTION ?$? ?&? ?& if? *& 4* 4? 41 ?&? 4? 4? 4? 4* 4? 4? 4? 4? 4? 4? 4? ?£ 4? 4? 4? 4? WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Glynn. Manager: Tom Barker. Subscriptions: .4/ per year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, 8/ per year. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia) 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A.
An Appeal for Recruits. TO ALL PATRIOTS WHO WOULD DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY'S HONOR. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
An Appeal for Recruits. - — —+ — - — . TO ALL PATRIOTS WHO WOULD DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY'S V HONOR. - From 'The Masses,' U.S.A.) You are called upon to defend the sacred principle of tie freedom of the sea to., all shipments of araninni tion and otter contraband of war. Germany has insulted . our' nobie ideais by suaramejflLg protectioa to human life only. Our prosis are jeo pardised and bunianiiydenian-ds that *ive so ro TiTiar. Are Vou prepared 10 sacrifice the minor, .. and perhaps irksome4 auues oi devotion to your -.'family in order to aeiend our c-onimerce. '^'hlci: Ls the very life biooc o: earitai? ';. We effer-.-you free \iranjr-Drtation. iree :00c snc. d^rhin* . ~nh .pin t-^een skirnush~5 - Tier-; vill fee turn, Ycu-U: r- irr-e ;o:ike ^hat ycu »'s-t ^.-y Trc-ni-az' yoc fancy is s scJcier'f liie. If lirec 0.1 ycuc ^rlfe. ,fr' * »r^.^c* r*^rj*-:rr uir st^,'e '^'-—^ '_ rf-rrfiS, tz-~- — AT i--'~ -ni'^_Cr *^rm ;_-5-»7 -Z-r ;-----c*^sn--™ -c? i .^.-» :xl; . Trrr irr,hr=f z.x 'z-:?...
'Honest' Workers. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
'Hbnest' Wbifeeri C^miBentiiig upon the evils of Uie contract -.-system', in ' the ? ; coal-mining Industry, ilie Sydney 'Worker' says: it wouiu be iar better ror uie uade and ro:- tiie sake or peAce ii coaJ-uimers were iisid a nied daily wiicti : of, say, 12s. 6c. or 15s. Tais '.vooid uicuicaie ionesiy ind manU ness axaouc tiieai. and Broaden : their outlook. And at knock-oa ilse conscientious worker, wneiaer in a good. -or-, bad -piace. would put ais picis 2iice 'witii - tiie seii-satisfied i'eenixs 01 liavmg done, a fair cay's work. It -would be an easy sa::er 10 ceai with tiie ceilberate sii:rs -? er: tie Bonesx workers t-emselvaf wduic sj-piaud his removai from tiieir midst. - : The contract system is undoubted y an evil, .but- if :: is ozly £Oini %o be -eradicated ??' Isy 'e»t£b;i5h:n§ a *-vorse. or.e, better izn a should rer^siL. ;v,e ?ii2 see notlimi mere pisr.-.suig :othr caruiAlist class, and zoii;-^: u:cre i&;£l :o «vTi;^ class scUcanry. tikz ji,at ;i:e ' honei'.'...
"Justice" a la Heydon. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 6 November 1915
'Justice' a la Heydon. ? * ? Listen to the mellifluent voice of the angel who records working class misdemeanours in Sydney; that aus tere but upright and just personage. Arbitration Court Judge Heydou. When Nemesis, in the shape of a so called Labor Government, got after the coalies and hauled them before the Court, 'Hih Honor' in granting a- postponement with that love of jus tice for which he is famous, re marked, 'I do not want to say any thing about the merits of this con troversy between the men and their employers. It would be the wrong time to do so.' How impartial. How just. And then that there may be no mistake about his uprightness and impartial ity 'His Honor' tells us forthwith that 'It looks as if they (the strikers) wanted to imitate the Ger mans first by treating their agree ment as a scrap of paper only to be oberved as it suits themselves. . . . Really and truly one would have thought that such a thing was im possible in time of war, and the fact that we are living...