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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Our Growing Press 'DIRECT ACTION.' English. Weeklv, 4s. per yeai1. Pub lished by the I.W.W., 330 Castlereagh Strret, Sydney, N\S..W 'SOLIDARITY.' English. Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. Pub . lished by the I.W.W. Publishing Bureau, 112 Hamilton Avenue Clevelant, Ohio, U.S.A. 'A BERMUNKAS.' (The Wage Worker.) Hungarian. Semi-Monthly, (is. 6d. per year. 350 East 81st St., New York, N.Y., U.S.A. 'ALL ARM.' (The Alarm.) Swedish-Norwegian-Danish. Monthly. 4s. pei' year. 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111., US.A. 'SOLIDARNOSC. (Solidarity.) Polish. Weekly. Os. (id. per year. 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111, U.S.A. 'DARBININKU BALSAS.' (The Voice of the Workers.) Lithunanian. Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. S6-) Hollins St., Blatiinore, U.S.A. 'HET LIGHT.' Flemish. Monthly, 4s. per year. Fran co-Belgian Hall, 9 Mason St., Lawrence, Mass., U.S.A. 'IL PROLETARIO.' (The Proletariat.) Italian. Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. Gen. Del. Hanover Sta Boston, Mass., U.S.A. 'EL REBELDE.' (The Rebel.) Spanish. B...
I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
I.W.W. Preamble. — : ? » ? _ The Avorking 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 tlm employing class have all the good things of life. Between these tAvo classes a struggle must go on until the Avorkers oi! 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 feAver and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope Avith the ever-growing poAver of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of Avorkers to be pitted against another set of Avorkers in the same industry, there by helping to defeat one another in Avage Avars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the Avorkers into the belief that the working-class have interests in common Avith their em...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
I entered Parliament with what I | thought to be the lowest possible opinion § of the average, member, I came out vntn 1 one still lower. — John Stuart Mill. I ? ? ♦ ? J There is only one working-class. 'Wlif ^ 1 a thousand unions ? A thousand isolated - j efforts united into one A'igorous tocK 1 would land the boss in — overalls. 1
I. W. W. in Mildura. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
I. W. W. in Mildura. The I.W.W. is now the most discussed institution in Mildura. Its propaganda has been met with much joy and much pain by different sections of the com munity: It is surprising to some how si little i.W.W. agitation can cause so much excitement. Jiul Ihe linn' is not far dis tant when our agitation will take ei'fed, and t In 'ii bosses and union parasites, be Avare! 111(1 DOSS CUCIUes riliU liiri! il-iiiii*.i .-. vn ha vi.' become quite disturbed at the in terest manifested in 1he I.W.W. and out methods of warfare. The A.W.U. officials have. :ilso become very angry that the I.W.W. should come out and disturb the peaceful atmosphere and cause them 1ln- pain of justify ing- Ilu'n1 '?xisi cnee. At 1tte eoi-ner ol' Langnve Avenue ;md High Hi Si reel on Sana-day, Febru ary 12, our meeting became the centre* of. al traction. Several fruit cockios gravitated to wards our meeting and urged some oi! tiie local lads on to interject and indulge in. inane behaviour, but as it...
Fitzgerald and "Civic Rights." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Fitzgerald and 'Civic Rights.' Referring to the soldiers' riot in Syd ney: J. 1). Fitzgerald, JU..LU., says, in an interview with the press^ that his view is 'that all the agencies of Uic Slate, public and private, the Government, the jmlice, the press, and each individual citizen, should combine at a time of trial ? to assert the civic rights oi: the whole nation us against the temporary passions and impulses of a few misguid ed men in uniform. ' ' (Jant about the ''civic rights' of the nation looks doubly hypocritical coming from an individual such as Fitzgerald. J.t was Fitzgerald who was prime mover i)i 1 ho. ?nvriKpr'.ritimi -if rl\im R.-it-ker I'm asserting his ordinary civic rights in calling upon capitalists and parables of 11) e Fitzgerald type to set an example to the ''misguided men in uniform' and take a turn in the trenches. it was Fitzgerald and his pals in the Labor Government who for the past three years gaoled dozens of men in as.S.W. for asserting their rights as c...
In the Days That Yet Shall Be. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
In the Days That Yet Shall Be. ? ? I Ah, it may be ! Oft meseeineth, in the days that yet shall be, When no slave of gold ^ibideth 'twixt the breadth of sea to* sea, Oft, when men and maids are merry, ere t.lw snnliolit Ipjivpr the onvtlj And Iho.v bless the day beloved, all too I short for all their mirth. I Some shall pause awhile and ponder on I the' bitter days of old, 1 !']]?(' the toil of strife and battle over- 1 threw the curse of gold; 1 Tlnin, 'twixt lips of loved and lover, sol- ? emu thoughts of us shall rise ; I We who once Avere fools and dreamers I then shall bo the brave and wise. m ThcM-p, amidst tho world new-buildod, I shall our earthly deeds abide, .'_? Though our names be all forgotten, and ' .. J the tale of how wo diod- = ? Life or Death, theii, who shall hood it, I what avo gain -or Avhat avo lose ? ~ w Fair flies life amid the-' struggle, and I tho Cause for- each shall choose! ;';.? —WILLIAM MORRIS. 1
STICKERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
STICKERS. ? » ? _ — The Press Committee have plenty of I.W.W. Stickers on hand. They are in large type, smart, and to the point. Each Sticker has an imprint on it, in accord ance with, the boss's lnAv* We Avill send along1 1.000 to any address in Australia for 2/9, 5000 for 32/, and 10,000 for £1/2/6. Please send cash Avith order. Orders Avill will be sent to New Zealand, provided 3d extra is enclosed per thousand for ad ditional postage. Address: Manasrer. Box 98, Haymarket, X.S.W. ' '
Insane or Otherwise. THE PERSECUTION OF CHIDLEY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
Insane or Otherwise, THE PERSECUTION OF CHIDLEY. — — : — — &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; By Ajax. A long series of attempts to persecute an individual and stifle an idea, culmin ated last week in a verdict to the effect that Chidley was insane. &nbsp; Chidley has been beforc the public for some time. He was formerly arrested on flimsy charges such as vagrancy, indecen cy, etc. His book was prosecuted ; he &nbsp; was also stopped speaking in the open, &nbsp; and when he engaged a hall, the authori ties prohibited the lecture. The police even went so far as to invade his lodg ings, seize his lantern pictures and books. &nbsp; He has also been the subject of con siderable abuse by people who declare &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; his dress is indecent, yet view with the greatest...
I.W.W. and the Law of Progress. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 26 February 1916
I.WW. and the Law of Progress^ ''Every force produces more than one change — every cause produces more than ono effect. '— Herbert Spencer. Nowhere is I he great and vast genius of Spencer shown to better advantage ihnn in his essay, 'Progress, its Law and Cause.' This admirable essay* shows with great clearness that progress con sists not necessarily in a movement from bad to better social conditions, but in a never-ceasing process from the simple to the complex in all things in. life. Nothing iu life is exempt from this law. It con cerns me mausu'iai unionist immediately at tho point of production ; for there we can see a further philosophical justifica tion for the basis and structure of the I.W.W. This is a fact that must force itself upon all serious students of Soci ology. Science is the description and relation of facts. Philosophy is their interpeta ii-m. Science is seeing in parts. Philos ophy is seeing as a whole. The science of Sociology is just a cold, formal, accurate a...
RAILWAY COMMISSIONER ON SABOTAGE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
RAILWAY COMMISSIONER ON SABOTAGE. Assistant-Commissioner Milne, of the New South Wales Railways, is seriously disturbed concerning sabotage. Speaking at Goulburn a few days ago, he said 'that there were men in the service who seriously and deliberately debated how they could best bring about a condition of chaos under the name oi' a scientific strike, which was really sabotage, thinly disguised.' He described the advocates of this form of strike as 'imported pests, bred in other lan^s, where freedom as understood by Australians, * was unknown.' It appears that the Railway Workshops are uemg jJiacarujea wiiu iiubLtis, wmcu, areuiu ing to the Commissioner, contains the follow ing advice By the 'imported pests': — 'Don't scab on the unemployed by working hard; slow work means more jobs, more jobs mean less unemployed : less competition means high er wages — less work, more pay. Slow down, slow down. Don't be slaves.' Truly awful! This sort of thing, hays the Commissioner, is calculated...
Arbitration and the A. W. U. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Arbitration and the A. W. U. The ' Australian Worker' of last issue contains a report of the debate on arbi tration which took place at the A.W.U. Convention. The debate arose out of a resolution moved by Delegate. Mc Naugkt: — 'That the the A.W.U. make direct ne gotiations with the employers and refuse to accept arbitration.' To judge by the remarks of those who cerned with discussing the alleged sins of I.W.W. men in tlie industrial move ment, and the 'I.W.W. in general, than with justifying their belief in the arbitra tion principle. It may be remarked, in cidentally, '.for the. education of those 'know ails,' most of whom gather their impressions of the basic principles of the I.W.W, from the columns- of the capitalist press, and from the lips of such unprejudiced critics as Billy Hughes^ that mere opposition to arbitration with the boss is not the whole of the I.W.W. philosophy, and by no means the most important principle -which1' distinguishes the I.W.W. from such a polyglot ...
SPEAKERS' CLASS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 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 mate^ owing to lack of practice in speaking aa« putting their case logically and' c.°,ncisfl The speakers ' class aims at starting f re§^| ones on the road to effective speaking. T£| is held every Saturday at 7.15 p.m., air 330 Castlereagh Street. f
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Our Growing Press 'DIRECT ACTION.' English. Weekly, 4s. per year. Pub lished by the I.W.W., 330 CastlereagV Strret, Sydney, .YS..W 'SOLIDARITY.' English. Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. Pub lished by the I.W.W. Publishing Bureau, 112 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. 'A BERMUNKAS.' (The Wage Worker.) Hungarian. Semi-Monthly, 6s. 6d. per year. 350 East 81st St., New York, N.Y., U.S.A. 'ALLARM.' (The Alarm.) Swedish-Norwegiaii-Danish. Monthly. 4s. per year. 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111., US. A. 'SOLIDARNOSC. (Solidarity.) Polish. Weekly. 6s. 6d. per year. 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111, U.S.A. 'DARBININKU BALSAS.' (The Voice of the Workers.) Lithunanian. 'Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. ? 869 Hollins St., Blatimore, U.S.A. 'HET LIGHT.' Flemish. Monthly, 4s. per year. Fran co-Belgian Hall, 9 Mason St., Lawrence, Mass., U.S.A. 'IL PROLETARIO.' (The Proletariat.) Italian. Weekly, 6s. 6d. per year. Gen. Del. Hanover Sta Boston, Mass., U.S.A. 'ELREBELDE.' (The Rebel.) Spanish. Bi- W...
Profit-Sharing. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Profit-Sharing. ^ — _ By W. Jackson. There is plainly a growing feeling among employers in favour of some sort of profit-sharing. This arises largely from a feeling that loyal and competent slaves, who take a partner's interest in the company, ought to be treated like partners; also it arises from a desire to put more energy and loyalty into the slaves. Hundreds of employers, worried at the slack and slovenlv mnnnpr in which their employees work, are looking about for some way to make them more efficient. Profit-sharing is the reward for increased work. It must always be figured on Extra Profits. If there should be no extra profits, nothing would be di vided among the employees. The bonus is not figured on the gross profits, but always on the net profits. 1 have known ' cases in which the gross profits were greatly increased, without adding to the net profits. In such cases the employees profit at the expense of the company. From our dear kind boss's point of view, no profit-sharing...
Mildura. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Mil d ii r a . The I.W.W. still continues to cause great consternation, not only amongst the employers of la'oor, but also amongst parliamentary aspirants and highly-paid union officials. If the I.W.W. is a night mare to the boss, it is a hideous day dream to. the many union parasites who for long years have enjoyed themselves at the expense and suffering of the toil ing- slaves. The continual corruption, duplicity, in famy, and lies which goes on in many trade unions and amalgamations of labor must be exposed and brought to light in order that the the slaves may see how they are side-tracked and sold-out by their officials. The plain talking which the I.W.W. adopts and the ever-pointing out of the uselessness of the present form of unionism, and the necessity of the I.W.W. has made many union officials feel wary about their jobs, so they have taken Billy Hughes' advice and are attacking1 the I.W.W. with the 'ferocity of a Bengal tiger. ' If the attacks of the A.W.U. officials and t...
BOOK OF POEMS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
BOOK OF POEMS. It is the intention of the Press Com mittee to print a booklet of revolutionary poems within 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 Hoe,' 'The Dishwasher,' 'Evolu- tion,' 'The Cry of Toil,' 'Born For What?' 'Might is Right,' 'Mask of Anarchy,' 'The Way of Kings, Crowned and Uncrowned,' etc. Iii all probability the booldet will run to 48 pages, and sell at 6d. per copy, with the usual reduction for quantities. Orders will be booked right away. Printed and Published on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World, by John Hamilton, Chairman of Press Committee. 330 Castlereagh - street. Sydney, N.S.W.
An Open Letter W. G. SPENCE, M.H.R., PRESIDENT, A.W.U. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
An Open Letter W, G. SPENCE, M.H.R., PRESIDENT, A. W.U. Sir, In your address to the Thirtieth An imal Convention of the A.W.U., hold in Sydney, you were indiscreet enough to make a splenetic attack upon the I.W.W. The trouble with you, sir, is that you are politically, economically, and indus trially dead; and it but remains, for the I.W.W. to road your funeral oration. Whilst you have vegetated beside the stagnant 'pool of Australian politics, the onward inarch of 'Progress has swept past you. This is the day of the young men who have do use for fossilized old derelicts such as you are, with your 17th cen tury idea of economics. You jabbered of economic lunacy, and rule by minority : mero. frothy, mouthing' of nothings. You quoted (ieorge Sorrell and Einile Pougot as the chief apostles of Syndicalism. Why, sir, the thickest bone head (and your address Avas evidently meant for bonoheads) could have told you that those Avriters are even rejected by the International Comrades of Europ...
"Lese Majeste." ABUSING THE PRIME MINISTER. THE CASE OP WILSON AND LAIDLER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
'Lese Majeste.' ABUSING THE PRIME MINISTER. THE CASE OF WILSON AND LAIDLER. On Tuesday the 22nd February Alt'. Wilson anci Percy Laidlcr appeared bo t'oiv tin District Court, Melbourne, to answer a charge of abusive language ut tered at the. Yarra bank on Sunday, the (-th February. The l.'ingauge complained of was used in reference to the Prime Minister, Mr. Hughes, and was uttered in speeches de liverod at a meeting held by J. J. O'Reil ley, strike delegate from Broken Hill. In referring to Mr. Hughes' attitude to the Broken Hill strike and his accusation that there was pro-Uerman influence be hind the strike, Laidlcr said the man who said that was 'Win. Hughes, the black est scoundrel the working class ever pro duced.' Wilson attacked Mr. Hughes similarly and stated that 'The Age' and the 'Argus' supported the double deal ing and -trickery of Billy Hughes^ who since the time when a warrant was out for him for horse stealing until the pres ent time lias never done any good for the ...
BAND NEWS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
BAND NEWS. The Band is making steady progress. There are good musters on practice evenings. New players are invited, as there are instruments waiting. The fund is still open, and cash will be received by the secretary with much plea sure. Fellow-worker Christie, of Nana Glen, N.S.W., has donated five shillings to the fund. Information re good instruments will be welcomed, as will players, on Monday even ings, after 8, at 330 Castlereagh-street. J. SMITHERS, Sec.