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I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 19 February 1916
LW.W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace, so long as hunger and want are found among millions of work ing- people, and the 'few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle, must go on until the workers of the world organise, as a class, take posses sion of: the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage sys tem. We find that the centreing of the man agement of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade, unions unable lo cope with the ever-growing- power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a stale of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another se,t of workers in Ihe same industry, there by helping- to defeat one another in wage wars. .Moreover, the trade unions aid flu; employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working-class have interests in common with their em ployers. These ...
'The Sanctity of The Home.' [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 19 February 1916
'The Sanctity of The Home/ 'Whenever and wherever revolution ists have attacked the property interests of the Capitalist class the above cry has been raised. The 'independent' work ing man is appealed to and told that those people who desire to overthrow the capi &nbsp; talist system are social incendiaries who would destroy society and dissolve all social ties. These accusations are made, of course, not through any real fear which exists on that score, but rather in the endeavor to conceal the tendency of the existing &nbsp; system to accomplish that which they ac cuse others of desiring to do. In England, at any rate, the war is rapidly bringing about a state of affairs which is destroying whatever apologies for homes the workers previously pos &nbsp; &nbsp; sessed. The December number of the 'British Medical Journal' informs us that when the war broke out workers in the factory districts worked over 100 hours per week. To quote : 'As soon as the wa...
SYDNEY LOCAL. Meetings, &c. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
SYDNEY LOCAL. Meetings, &c. Street Propaganda at Bathurst and Liverpool Streets every Friday and Sat urday Evenings, at 8 p.m.; also Sunday EveningyatT. Meeting's in Hall: ' -. 5 Sunday, 8 p.m.— Propaganda. Wednesday, 8 p.m.— -Economic Class. Thursday, 8 p.m.— Business Meeting. Saturday Evening.— Speakers ' Class. Also Public Meeting every Sunday Af ternoon in the Domain. ; -'-, \. Printed and Published on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World, by John Hamilton, Chairman of Press Committee, 330 Castlereaeh - street, Sydney, N.S.W.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. T?ooms. Palace Buildings, Sulphide- I Street. : ; _' v ~ V Wednesday Evening, at 7.30 p.m.— Edu- cational Class. Alternate Sundays, at 3 pan.— Business I Meeting. -'. ] Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Economic 1 Class. : ' ,/ : Sunday, at .-7.30 p.m. — Outdoor Propa ganda Meeting, near Post Office, in j Argent-street.' .. j Good Library. Also good collection of Literature for sale. All live rebels welcome. E.- J. 1UELY, Secretary, Local No. 3, I.W.W. FREMANTLE ACTIVITIES. Hallr35 Phillamore Street. Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Hall: Lecture night. j Friday, 8 p.m., at Hall: Economic Class. ! Saturday, 8 p.m., at Hall: Business Meet- \ Sunday Afternoon, 3 p.m., Esplanade, Perth. : Propaganda. Local 5 has now a library of up-to-date revolutionary economic working class literature at the Hall, and all rebels after some. mental dynamite are invited to blow in and help swell the ranks of the rebel army,
BOOK OF POEMS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
J BOOK OF POEMS. ii is the intention of the Press Coin- ?_ ? iiiitteo to print: a booklet of revolutionary ? poeuis yvitliiji the next few weeks. / Most :_ :? of the poems -that have appeared since ? the inception of 'Direct Action.' will ? be included. '-.' ' -'.' ? The contents will include :— 'Man With : ? the Iloe, ' ' The Dishwasher, ' ' Evolu- ? tion,' 'The Cry of Toil,' 'Born For ? What/' 'Might is Right,' 'Mask of :: I Anarchy,' 'The Way of Kings, Crowned ? and Uncrowned,' etc. ~ m In all probability the booklet will run ? to 48 -pages, and sell at^d. per copy, 'with ? the usual reduction for quantities. Orders ? will bo booked right away. I
Literature List. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
literata^ Capital: Karl Marx^ 3 vol., 8/- per vol. 1 Ancient Society: Morgan, Bound, 6/-. i Value, Price and Front : Marx, Bound 2/- ? i ?- :,i?J;;J;er,.;6cL. / ; - % ' ; :. '; v;1 iiiVCiUtiaiL of 'Proper L^: La f argue. Bound -? - 2/-/. ;, ' ;??. ?:='?;.' v- J' :: -,-.? The MiUtaai Proletariat: Lewis. Bound ?; 2/.- -?' . ; y; ;v ;'. ' \ i!iiG IVew Unionism: Tridon. Paper, 1/8. Sabotage: Pougot. Bound, 2/-; paper ^ v- - -:V r' : ; : ???:. ,.- '; -: Sabotage : W . C. Smith , Paper, 3d. Sabotage: JL. G. Flynn, paper, 3d. I. Wi W. iiistory, Structure, and Methods : ;':': -Jt. John. Papeiv 3d. i - devolution and the I.W.W. : Pease; Paper v. 3d. ; ;?-? ?_. , ;?-?_ ? ??;; , Sleven Blind leaders: B. H. Williams. :- Paper,; 3d. :?; ?' ./ - ;?'. : \-: Political Socialism, or Capturing the Gov ernment: 2s ilson. Paper, 3d. War— What For (Cai-toon) : Price 3d. revolutionary Unionism: E. J. B. Allen. Paper, 2d. : : Why the A.W.IJ . Cannot Become an In dustrial Union : Alex. George. Paper 3d. -:...
BAND FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
BAND FUND. We have to acknowledge on the behalf f ' of the_Band Committee the, receipt of f \ -: ; £1 9s., which was collected at the Inter- .?;?;_ . locking Department of the Railway ??,;' [? Workshops in Sydney last week. Many . -j thanks, fellow-workers, j J. SMITHERS, r ;
Outcasts. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
0 ii t calls. :-.':. By Eleanor .-.'Went worth'. 1 -.. 'Outside -the ''-Rotunda: of tiie: Fine arts BuiJdiiig ol the Panama'^'acnYc . i;mnwi noiiai ivxpositiou is jjuuciied -- ^I'-ipping, ? sorrowful -figure— a iiiiiire \hu\ tiMiioiVvs' : hark amidst the -iolia^e as u- mrn/hiy seeking to '.escape, me. -ye Oi. liie jjr.ssi r. jieek-Jy, it bears Uj.' .'n.iiiie -jj ?*-.:iitcii.si- ... ili.:out it, 'foLUji-aiiis .-rij[}j}ie ;-. ijoyond. tn1'1 i-v.it joyiuiiA' stis a'gieain lm soiiibjv givcijs of oiive; chuckling, sprightly Pans, wiili .uptilllrd '-pipes, .'laugh to iwirn ihc cjiiij auiiospjiere'.'of iiie sorroviult one, .set so far into the shadows 'that ila- -sun fyce.gjia.stly. : .'-' ?' '..''. ; That figure, -with arms -clenched and.--: head bov. ed» in its shadow... seel n- ion ii i- doiiiitabjy symbolises the .ciisowned of tire ages- — the '-'iron-collared' slave, the - brajided 1 iiief, the wandering disbeliever. tlic woiiiaii-scorned, the helpless debtor.' it syiiiliulikcs ])assi...
Fremantle I.W.W. PRESS "UP IN THE AIR." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Fremantle I.W.W. PRESS 'IIP IN THE ;UK.' The l.W.W. -Local ' in ' -Fr'o!n'an.t'W lias 'got busy' and, as usual, lias 'stuck in the gills' of some -cheap press .writer wl»o scents danger to the 'llenipiiv' in the activities of its jiiembers.' In tr.is iui-tance the pink.' press writer of '; i\;rt Paragraphs' is alarmed at the advocacy of Sabotage by our stump- ' speakers, : says he:— -?; - - 'Freniantle (for its sins) has iuvn afflicted with another scourge. The Int cst pest -is a branch of the i.W.W. . . . . Th civ motto, as far as dan.be gleaned, is 'Direct Action'. Jn other words this' i ^rjiliii i.Liu«it) - 4J\H i\ Ut LL* \ K ri 111 V. LI i i i i ii, the ills of the world by strikes, sabotage -uid other like gentle methods. ;They an1 ou1, they reckon, to pui the boot.' into Fat and Plute in no iiimieasurod manner, while of 'theii- views of the war and en listment the least said the the better This crowd lias set up an office, and the window of then1 premises is decorated with all...
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. 8, 243 William Street. )'y Monday, S p.m. — Business Meeting. b.. Thursday, 8 p.m. — Educational Class. :«'; Working Class Economics.— T. Turner, r Instructor. ^ Friday, 8.30 p.m. — Propaganda Meeting, '?- Brunswick, corner Sydney Road and \ Victoria Street. V Sunday. — Propaganda Meeting, Yarra -v Bank. ; The rooms are open to all workers every night. All working class papers on f file. Good Library. A welcome to all the 'disobedient ones.' f ?
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
DIRECT ACTION WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration) Office: 330 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Glynn. Manager: J. B. King1. Subscriptions: 4/ per year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, 8/ per year. HEADQUARTERS, I.W.W. (Australia) : 330 OASTLEREAGH-ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington-Street, Chicago, 111., U.S.A. ___ft___A ? /I ? ft ? \.n ? rt ? rt /*- /\ r% _ r\ ? rt
A Demonstration in Direct Action. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
A Demonstration m Direct Action. 1 had engaged a bed in a bush pub. Now, as everyone knows such a transac tion is always of a speculative nature, for the bed may be stuffed with some thing resembling road metal, it may sag in the middle to such an extent that with a slight effort one could bite one's toes, an offensive attack by a myriad army of bugs may start with the dark ness, or — but why enumerate further? There is usually something to detract from one's comfort or rather to add to one's discomfort. To-night my luck was out — as usual; *-* the person who was supposed to occupy the oilier bed in the. room, was drunk; ' , not half drunk, nor yet dead drunk, but uproariously, argumentatively drunk. I '* retired, and had just dozed oft' to sleep \] when he entered on the run. He lurched against my bed, placed a grimy hand over my mouth in an effort to retain Ids balance, .then staggered into the middle **, of the room. He lit the candle with ex ireme difficulty, and the expenditure...
Billy's Bunco Game Exposed. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Billy's Bunco Game Exposed. The proclamation issued by the Feder al Government under the War Precau ; tions' Act closing liquor bars at 6 p.m., shows the value oi' Billy Hughes' Refer endum stunts for the past few years. -i Billy posed as the great foe of the trusts ' and big exploiters, and told the people that his inability to deal with them was due to the fact that the Commonwealth Government did not have the necessary powers. When the war broke out and prices: leaped skywards, the workers instead of: seeing the true solution of the matter,, — that is, concentrating their attention on the real point of exploitation and wresting more of their products from, the boss — naturally turned to saviour Bill, who had all along been telling them that the passing of the Referendum proposals would solve the problem oc high prices. Billy and his friends who were looking for the plums of office at the time were not slow in encouraging the workers' credulity. On pledging their 'words of honor5*...
A Lesson in Surplus Value [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
k Lesson in Surplus Value — ^ — . — — — By W. Jackson. 1 recently made the acquaintance oi' a good and faithful slave who just recent ly completed a term of four years hard labor working for a caramel crook, half penny hawk, and loafing, lollie lickspittle little leech in Sydney. The unfortunate victim in his ignorance did not tumble to 'this great bunco game of exploitation un til recently. When he became wise to the game the dear kind benevolent, philan thropic, Christian, Patriotic boss dis pensed with his services, not because he was unable to perform his daily task, but lor rear ne snouio uiaKC me omor slaves wise to the fact that the boss had his prize steel game cock spurs full length into his ribs and extracting the very lii- blood out of his body. Now, you good and faithful working bullocks, who pride yourselves in work ing hard for a class of howling scoundrels and well-fed snobs, who see nothing in you but food for exploitation, kindly fo cus your eyes on the figures that...
Strikes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Strikes. One of the ape-like trails still retained by man is a strong tendency to imitate others. It being the custom of our capitalistic masters to bor.ow and lend large sums to aid each other in Uieir .speculative efforts, it is not surprising to see our unions en deavouring to do likewise. The imitaiiveness shown by the unions in this is certainly the outcome of instinct, and no1 of reason. The vital feature of up-1o-date intelligent tactics being to remain at work and make the masters pay the expenses of the strike, intelligent sabotage being the means nl' success. The collecting of contributions from one sec lion oi \-on\i'rs m sicp;w\ me Minus m keep another section of workers who are carrying on a stop work sirike, cannot' be approved by any who believe in ihe necessity of, and efficiency of. sabotage, on the job. li' sabotage is the effective weapon we believe it to be, it. is surely absurd ami retrogressive to assist, in any way ihe at tempt 1-i oppose Hie funds possessed b...
Spasms. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Spasms. ? *». ? By Tom Barker. Billy Hughes, the Labor Prime Minis ter, who has cleared oil' to London, evi dently thought that the ? Germans con sidered him of sonm importance, when he changed his passage from the 'Osterley'' to the 'Makura^. ' In spite oi' all the secrecy adopted by little Billee, it was common knowledge all over Sydney, the day after the 'Makura' sailed for Van couver, that he had funked on the Su^z passage. Although Billee has been bel lowing all along for men to risk their lives on the transports and in the trenches, he is too wise to risk his own parasitical carcase. Jt is evident, too, 1 hat ordinary courage, and 'the ferochy oi: the Bengal tiger' are two things widely separate and apart, * * # # The recent gyrations of the Sydney Trades and Labor Council on the subject of the Broken. Hill Strike, are remark able i'or their logic. First the Council endorses financial assistance for the strikers. Then it turns down the luiner's light from a moral standpoint. T...
The "Mirror" Mirrored. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
the 'Mirror' Mirrored. The jingo rag published in Sydney which goes by the name of The Mirror wauls l.W.W's and socialists interned. We are credited with being responsible for the. recent soldiers' riot and with being in the pay of the Germans. We expect, shortly 1o hear thai it is really the l.W-W. which was responsible for the retreat, from Mons, the sinking of the Lusitania, the recent departure of Ihe King from the siriet path of sobriety, and other Em pire disasters. It is interesting to .note, by the way, I | | * I I -»- 11*J A!*li A Ui. Ill Wl 1111V \i *?- } ?*? ***' _, * Worker printing establishment. As The t Worker is the official organ of thai much - tjj boomed ''one big union,' the A.W.U., J (. ' we have smother illustration of the con- f, sistency of present day 'unionism,' The Mirror being the most rabidly jingoistic and anti-labor paper in Australia. ? 1 li howls i'or Conscription, rants and , ; raves at the mention of the word strike, \ t i bleats nauseatingly about ...
A TESTIMONIAL TO THE WOODEN SHOE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
A TESTIMONIAL TO THE WOODEN SHOE. The Editor, 'Direct Adion'— It is with pleasure 1 lake up my pen 1o write you of my satisfaction with the wooden shoe. For many years I used other makes of shoes, and how 1 suffered ! What- a snare they were, to my feet, as they are yet for many oilier*: how Iheir promise of progress proved a delusion and their rottenness and inefficiency left me even deeper embedded in the slough of despond. In the absence of any other, and de luded by promises of improvement? 1 en deavoured to ignore the rottenness of the craft union brand, which, providing fat 1.^11 y.4-^ ?£.-..- .li^ ^,.iim^,i/iiiiiinii[. ,ini'l ii riTjlli O UlllCtS JAU lilt; JIlclLiuliitijUHJir) uuu uguiu)) left the unfortunate buyer stranded when the inevitable rapid disintegration set in. But enough of past troubles. For some time now I have been wearing your wooden, shoe, and am delighted wilb it, for though a man of few inches your shoe seems to elevate me and make me feel the equal of any ...
SPEAKERS' CLASS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
SPEAKERS' CLASS. The Speakers' Class has been restarted at the Sydney Local. There is a pressing need for an ever-increasing supply of able propagandists— fellows who can ex pound and explain the philosophy and methods of the I.W.W. and make more converts, especially on the job. There are plenty who have a fair understand ing of Industrial Unionism, but fail to make its principles clear to their mates owing to lack of practice in speaking and putting their case logically and concisely. The speakers' class aims at starting fresh ones on the road to effective speaking. It is held every Saturday at 7.15 p.m., at 330 Gastlereagh Street.