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The Substance and More Scraps the Shadow. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
The Substance and More Scraps the Shadow. We do move, but oh! how slowly. Thus the 'Labor Call' of 4/ll/'15: — 'Our Bogus . Democracy' is the heading of the leading article in the 'Australian Worker' of October 21. The article opens with the question: ' - ''???? ' t 'Are we Australians a selfgovern ing people?' and says that thous ands of honest citizens hugging their Vote to their bosoms, and turning gloating eyes on the Flag, will answer it with an Indignant 'Of course, we are!' 'But^are we?' continues our contemporary, and replies: 'In spite of the Vote, and in spite of the Flag, WE ARE NOT! , . , The Australian people don't govern themselves at all. They have the FORMS of selfgovern ment.' Then the 'Worker' sub mits a case for the Referendum, the carrying of which is to make us a real self-governing people. But it will not! However much the 'Yes' majorities to the Referendum questions are desirable, and how ever much the passing of the pro posals will advantage the people, we wi...
Warner v. Police. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
Warner v. Police. ? « ? Alderman Warner, a membe*' of the Socialist party, recently got into trouble with the 'powers that be' owing to too explicit definitions of 'Hunnism' in the Sydney Domain. Warner informed his audience that the recent prosecution and sentence of Jim Quinton was traceable only to that disregard of truth so charac teristic of the police force in general. The 'Huns' amongst us deemed this declaration so insulting and prejudi cial to their dignity that Warner was immediately arrested, and charged with insulting behavious towards the police. After appealing the sentence from the Magistrates' Court, tne poilfce view of the matter was upheld by Judge Docker in the Appeals Court. It seems, therefore, that the police force is a body which ordinary mor tals dare not criticise. In spite of this decision, however, militants have their own opinion to which they will doubtless give ex pression, as to the infallibility of the police, and police court procedure. Mrs. Warner (...
of Paper. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
of Paper. The cables give us one more il lustration of the capitalist ress pect for 'sacred' contracts. Hundreds of Irish labourers at Liverpool, after laving booked and paid for their passages to America by the Cunard Company Line, were, after boarding the* ship, all turned ashore again on the ground that they Were eligible for military service. ';We' have had a lot of hysterics about 'scraps of paper' lately, but not a murmur from the capi talist press,r which prints the news with: apparent approval, when a rich and powerful company dis regards its written obligations to defenceless and penniless emi grants. The same date on which this cable appeared, the capitalist papers featured the 'unreason- able' conduct of brewery em ployes in not abiding by a wages agreement entered into some 12 months ago, notwithsanding that the cost of living has gone up in the meantime by almost fifty per cent. The capitalist class never re spects contracts, laws or agree ments, except when it suits th...
The 'Argus' Wail. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
The 'Argus' Wail. ? » ? Mrs. J. MacDonald writes in refer ence to the 'Argus' lamentations on. Syndicalism, commented upon else where in this Issue: — The enclosed gem was published in the Melbourne 'Argus' last Saturday -6/ll/'15). Thought you would like to * laugh over it, more especially as thiB ^ paper is not a humorous publication, ? but intended to be educational, loyal, and patriotic (in addition of course, to being a handsomely paying business proposition) . There are individuals here and else where who will argue themselves pur- ^ pie in the face that syndicalism cuts no ice ,and cursed be they who advo cate it. 4 Yet here is the most conservative capitalistic newspaper in Australia de- ft daring that 'if Britain should be beat- *' en to her knees (which, of course, ul God forbid), the working man will not ? be so much to blame as union leaders who preach syndicalism.' 'Think of it, picture it, dissolute * man.' As a poet once sang. It Is news indeed that ''syndicalism thri...
Our Standpoint. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
Our Standpoint. ? « ? The characteristic generosity of the Labor Governments to their slaves, and the peculiar kind of benefits de rived from Arbitration Courts, are in stanced in the case of the Letter Car riers' Union. Recently the Arbitration Court granted the members of this un ion an increase of £6 per annum, whereupon they were immediately no tified by the Federal Government that they would have to increase their life insurance from £150 to £200 a year. One man, 53 years of age, who secured the £6 increase, had to pay an addi tional premium of £10 10s lid a year. Truly, 'the step at a time' policy of the unions and their political party achieves wonderful results. * # e Says a recruiting agent recently: — 'Think of the nine millions of Moha mmedans in Egypt, and the 230 mil lions in India who may rise against us if we cannot defeat the Turks.' It would appear from this, by the way, that the Turks must be defeated not because of any inherent depravity ot the Turk, but because i...
War Makes Gold Kings. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
War Makes Gold Kings. (From the Chicago 'Tribune.') j Not millions, but hundreds of mil lions, it is estimated by slock ex change insiders, will have come to I the house of Morgan by the time the last death dealing shell explodes in hell entangled Europe. The Rocke fellers will be outdistanced. What Waterloo was to Rothschild, the experts suggest, the Armageddon over yonder, on an infinitely larger scale, will be to Morgan. With the dwindling of fortunes on the contin ent Morgan is destined soon to become, according to intelligent men, the richest man in the world—riches garnered out of the world war while half a billion of peoples are engaged in the Christian job of converting their slice of the earth into grave yards and their places of abode in city and countryside into charnel houses. But more of Mr. Morgan later on. Rising Tide of Unrest. The immediate concern of this nar rative is the industrial situation, in ! the United States. | A cursory investigation of labor I conditions...
SOLDIERS AS SCABS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
SOLDIERS AS SCABS. A right loyal, patriotic Labor Go vernment would appear not to be content with betraying the Interna tional principles of the labor move ment, but must also show its trait orous instinct locally in its method of using its soldiers. Schweppes' employees went on strike with the brewery workers, and were rewarded for their loyalty in ,| voting labor politicians into office by V? the latter allowing the khaki-clad 'heroes' to be utilised by their em- ( ;. ployers as strike-breakers. This contemptible action is only equalled by that of the soldiers them- J selves. It appears that on enlisting they were given a patriotic 'blow- j out' by their fellow-employees at ? Sargent's, the cost of which came out of the sick and benefit fund run in. connection with the Schweppes es tablishment, to which all employees subscribe. Needless to state, quida week female slaves were not consult- ] ed as to their wishes in the matter, neither were they invited to the 'beano.' The 'heroes'...
Another Bogey Laid to Rest. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
Another Bogey Laid to Rest ? ♦ (By AJAX.) That much boomed reform known as the Referenda has been laid to rest. Having failed twice at the elec tions the politicians have now taken i* on themselves to pass the referenda out. Nominally the bill is postponed, but in political parlance the reft renda is passed out. It seems that the States have (without consulting the electors) given the Federal Govern ment alleged powers that the people, evidently, by their adverse vote on the 'referenda, do not approve of. So much for our alleged democratic con trol. The referenda was formerly said to be a most democratic measure, by which Parliament sought power \ic\ deal with the trust. The trust bust ers boomed the bogey for all it was worth. Now, we are too deeply in volved in the murder business to at tend to such trifles as exploitation of the people by the trust. The de mise of the referenda following so closely on the death of Miss Cavell is unfortunate. So many tears have been shed over the ...
LITERATURE LIST. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
LITERATURE LIST. Capital: Karl Marx, 3 vol.. 8/- per volume. Ancient Society: Morgan, Bound, 6/-. Value, Price, and Profit: Marx. Bound, 2/-; paper, 6d. Evolution of Property: Lapargue. Bound, 2/-. The Militant Proletariat: Lewis, Bound, 2/-. The New Unionism : Tridon. Paper 1/8. Sabotage: Pouget. Bound,, ,2/-; paper, 1/-. One Big Union: Trautman, Paper Gd. Sabotage: W. C. Smith, Paper, 3d. Sabotage: E. G. Plynn; paper, 3d. I.W.W. History, Structure, and Methods: St. John. Paper, 3d. Revolution and the I.W.W. : Pease. Paper, 3d. Eleven Blind Leaders: B. H. Wil liams. Paper, 3d. Political Socialism, or Capturing the Government: Nelson. Paper, 3d. War: What For (Cartoon). Price 3d. Revolutionary Unionism: E. J. B. Allen. Paper, 2d. Why the A.W.U. Cannot Become an Industrial Union: Alex. George. Paper, 3d. Industrial Efficiency and Its An tidote: T. Glynn. Paper, 2d. I.W.W. Songs: Paper, 3d. Summary of Marx's Capital: Hazel, 2d. The Diesel Motor: Prankenthal, Paper, Id. Industrial Unio...
Speeding-up Produces Insanity. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
Speeding-up Produces Insanity. We commend the f cowing to the Melbourne 'Argus,' which, lately, in its thoughtful consideration for 'wo- men and children,' defined the 'ca canny' tactic and syndicalism as 'sui- cidal, selfish, cruel, and destruc tive':— 'Speeding Up' systems are suffi cient to upset the mind of an ordinary individual and produce insanity. This is what the solicitor of the United States Department of Labour thinks of the stop watch method of production. The department has sustained this view, which is included in an opin ion by its legal advisor that a worker injured because of a strain from working under a 'speeding up' sys tem is entitled to relief under the federal Workmen's Compensation Act. The decision was made in the case of D. C. Manning, sailmaker at the Mare Island navy yard, California, who worked for 20 years without los ing a day from illness. A time card system was introduced, and in his plea for compensation. Manning brought out these points: — 'Under ...
"Britons Never Never —" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
V ' 'Britons Never Never --' Last week we referred to the opera tion of the Munitions Act in England, and bow it was being utilised by the master class for curtailing the lew vestiges of industrial and personal liberty which the workers previously enjoyed. ^m We publish herewith a report which ^B appears in the September issue of the ^m 'A.S.E. Monthly Journal and Report' ^m of the manner in which the Armament ^m Trust and other capitalist concerns ^E have taken advantage of the workers fl[ who have been fooled by patriotic '^Ej clap-trap into putting their necks into fl§ the noose which Lloyd George and Wm other 'friends of Labor' dangled be H| fore them. ^Hj industrial Feudalism was the term ^H we applied last week with regard to ^B industrial conditions under the Muni ^H tions Act. That term was altogether ^B too mild. If this report is a sample ^H of conditions prevailing there, it is in ^H dustrial Conscription and a form of ^B chattel slavery as vile and insidious ^B as could ...
E.-W. Strike. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
E.-W. Strike. ? « ? Writing from Platelayers' Camp, E.-W. Railway, under date November 3rd, 1915, a correspondent says: — Fellow Workers, — As I promised to report result of trouble here, 1 pen the following: — As stated before, we gave them the required eight days' notice, which ex pired on Monday night, November 1. The only reply that we received was that no word had yet come from Mel bourne, but the decision that was last given that we would not be paid for the two days still stands at that. Another threat was, if the platelay ers do not shift the police carap on shifting day, they will only be paid half a day for shifting camp. I was instrumental in securing the full day for shifting camp the last time the engineer-in-chief was here. Well, after putting these matters to the gang, I asked what action they intended taking in the matter, and one man moved that we cease work; the other motion was that we slow down. The ganger said his instructions were if the work wasn't going along...
SUBSCRIBERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
SUBSCRIBERS. Subscribers who do not receive their 'Direct Action' regularly and promptly, are requested to write to the Manager, and give particulars, so that he may take steps to get the matter remedied. Make the job last, if you don 't want to joiu the unemployed. A representative of the firm said that the boy had been with them six years, and it was hardly fair they should lose their apprentices that way, after they had trained them. The family only left Patriocroft last week. The complaint was dismissed.
Up From Your Knees! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
Up From Your I Knees ! I ? : ? ? ' ? ; ? ?? (By R. H. Chaplin). ? (Air: 'Song of -a Thousand Years'). I Up from your knees, ye fawning I serfmen- , I What have ye gained by whines I and tears? ] Crush ye the Beast of greed and 1 power — I Crush him or serve a thousand I years. J CHORUS, I A thousand years— then speed the I victory! I Nothing can stop us or dismay. I After the winter comes the spring- I time; I After the darkness comes the 1 day. I Break ye your chains; strike off 1 your fetters; — « I Beat them to swords ; forget your 1 fears. ; I Fools! they can. never break our I spirits , 1 Though they should try a thou- I sand years. I Join in the fight — the Final Battle; I Welcome the fray with ringing I cheers. I These are the times all freemen I dreamed of— I Fought to attain a thousand a years. 1 Over the hills the sun is rising, I Out of the gloom the light ap- I pears. ? See! at your feet the world is wait- I ing— I Paid for with blood a thousand m years. M — 'Solidarity....
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. Wednesday Evenings, in Hall— Class Meeting. Friday Evening, Boulder Post Office — Propaganda Meeting. $ Saturday Evening, Kalgoorlie — Propa- ganda Meeting. Sunday Morning, 10.30 a.m., Hall Business Meeting. Sunday Afternoon, Keane's Golafields Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30— Lec- ture. Sunday Evening, Boulder — Propaganda Meeting. Good Library at Hall. All Reds are invited to dig in and make Industrial Unionism the Topic of the Day. F. H. LUNN.
SYDNEY LOCAL. MEETINGS, &c. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
SYDNEY LOCAL. I MEETINGS, &c. ? Street Propoganda at Bathurst aud «j Liverpool Streets Every Friday and B Saturday Evenings, at 8 p.m.; also Sun- B day Evening, at 7. fl Meetings In Hall: B Sunday, 8 p.m., Fropoganda. fl Wednesday, 8 p.m., Economic Class. B Thursday, 8 p.m., Business Meeting- B Also, Public Meeting Every Sunday B Afternoon In the Domain. fl ''Capital is dead labor jthat, fl vampire like, lives only by suet B ing living labor, and live the Bj more, the more labor it sucks.'-- Bj Marx. If Marx lived to see tte B present war, he would say that B- Capital as personified by the ral- B ing class was not content with the Bi mere sucking of blood— it must B swim in it. ^1
I. W. W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
I. W. W. Preamble. I The working class and the employing class have nothing in I common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are 1 found among millions of working people, and the few who make I up the employing class have all the good things of life. J Between these t\vo classes a struggle must go on until the 1 workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the I earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage I We find that the centreing of the management of industries into I fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with I the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions I foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be I pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby I helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade 1 unions aid 'the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief I that the working-class have interests in coimhon with their eni- I ...
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 20 November 1915
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. I ..Rooms, Palace Buildings, Sulphide-.. 1 street. j Wednesday Evening, at 7.30 p.m.-— Edu- 1 cational Class. j Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Business j Meeting. j Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Econo- j nomic Class. _ :] Sunday, at 7.30 p.m. — Outdoor Propa- ] ganda Meeting, near Post Office, in j Argent-street. j Good Library. Also good collection j of Literature for sale. All live rebels j welcome. . 1 E. J. KIELY, Secretary, j Local No. 3, I.W.W. 1 # * # 1 ADELAIDE READERS j Can obtain copies of 'Direct Ac- 1 tion ' ' and Industrialist Literature J from Charlie Russell, bootmaker, 1 Gibson-street, Bowden, Adelaide, I S.A. J