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General Executive. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
General Executive. This committee met on Friday i : ¥ night of last week. Present : Com- S V rades Clark (chair), Carson, Drake, Holland, Batho, Neill, Proud, Thomson, Isaacs, and Moroney. Reports iu connection with 'The People ' and press co-nmittee were suomiicea, received and adopted. Correspondence from the secre tary of the -Vest Wallsend branch was received and dealt with. Several matters for consideration at the annual conference were dealt with, in addition to other routine '* business. The meeting adjourned to Friday February 14.
SPECIAL. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
&PECIAL. The General F xecutive having recommended the Organising Corps to convene a special meet ing of all members of the organi* sation, all interested and concerned [ about the future of the movement, are here notified that Monday next, Deb. 17, has been faxed upon. The business of the meeting will be to consider organising pro posals. Every member should, if at all possible, attend this meeting.
Economic Class, [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
Economic Glass, The class which has met continu ously every Sunday sinoe its inau guration (February 2 excepted) assembled on Sunday last at Marx Hall, when there was a good atten dance with comrade Batho in the chair. The subject was the ohap ter on ' Woman ' from the ' Co operative uommonweaicn. It was resolved that the last Sun day in February be set apart for a, debate, the eubjeot being, ' Do the workers pay taxes Members should try and glean some information on this question, and attend prepared to give their views upon it. G. Isaacs, Sec. Division of labor leaveB no stand ing room for individualism. All commodities are produced collec tively by the working olass, no sin gle individual being responsible for the sole production of any given commodity. The people who olaim to be individualists are but insigni ficant pigmies. Patriotism ! Senator O'Connor absented h'msolf from anti-Boer meeting beoause limelight would be diminished by his seoonding in stead of moving first resolu...
MARTIN-PLACE, [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
MARTIN-PL ACE, This spot as a Socialist propa- 1 ganda resort is almost as popular I | as Bathnrst street, and little effort I is now required to draw attention I to Socialist advocates. Comrades Carson, Klostermann, Smith, Isaacs (chair), Neill (spoaber), at tended to the carrying out of this meeting, and success crowned their efforts. Many copies oa the local .and New vork ' People ' were disposed of, The garden party eventuating on Satnrday afternoon last pre vented the carrying out of the usual propaganda meetings
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
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Key Note. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
Kev Note. Hnman nature is a noble and beautiful thing, not a fonl nor aj base thing; all the sin of men I eBteem as their disease and not their nature ; as a folly which may be prevented, not a necessity which must be accepted.— John Ruskih. THE PEOPLE The World for the World's Workers
DOMAIN. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
DOMAIN. The usual weekly meeting was carried out on Sunday afternoon last. Comrades Proud, Smith, and ftiisfeldt attended to detail work. Batho officiated as chair man, and the speakers, Isaacs, Neill and Morrish, succeeded in interesting the audience through out the afternoon.
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE. As idol seems necessary to the po pulace, and if one does Dot appear they generally make one. The workers, since in modern times they became somewhat conscious of their power, and gleaned a faint idea of their political power, have been played with, galled and flattered by so rue political 01 nm bo-Jura do who has been raised to a pedestal by their votes atid applaui-e, and have been miserably side-tracked. The proverbial stone has taken the place of the bread promised, asked for, and expected. Australia is strewn from end to end with political wrecks and burBted Utopians. Sioce the workers took politital action in this coautry some ten years ago, when they created ' Labor Parties,' every conceivable kind of 'social reform' lias been advocated on their behalf, and with the exception of a few minor measures, The People asks in what way has the burden of the workers been made lighter P Are tbeymore free economically and ind- atrial ly ; is life's outlook bright...
NEWTOWN. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
NEWTOWN. I On Wednesday night of last week a meeting was held on the bridge, when Comrades Johnson, Clarke (Camperdown), Kohler, Griffith, Riisfeldt, Drake, P. Christen sen (chair), and Isaacs (speaker) put in an appearance. The meeting was a successful one, and at the termination of the speeches an animated dissus sion was entered into by those assembled
HETTON MINERS. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
HETTCV4! 1INERS. A speoia ? At' y of the above Lodge was held on Thursday, Feb ruary 6th, to consider delegate mi nutes of January 30. CO-OPEBATIVE trouble. It was moved by the Delegate Board and adopted by the Lodge, that ballot papers for or against a strike be issued, and that the 28 miners cavilled out be supported according to rule. UETTON. Moved that if the two men who were dieohargt-d for an alleged vio lation of the rules be not reinstated, ballot papers be issued for or against' a strike at Hetton, It was also re solved that the two men be consi dered victimised and supported ac cording to rule. This case was reported in The People, February 1. Since the Delegate Board met a deputation consisting of the district officers and two local men have in terviewed the manager, M r, Mathie son. Ths directors having refused to meet the deputation, the mana ger decided not to reinstate the two men, and told the general secretary he could go and do what he liked. Another grievance was ...
Uncle Sam and Brother Jonathan. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
Uncle Sam and Brother Jonathan. p Brother Jonathan - I and some % other reformers, I mean those who i advocate public ownership of rail 5 roads, street cars, etc., were holding , discussion the other day. A man in the audience broke in upon ub with the following question : ' But how do you propose to get possession of those properties which are tied up with charters, deeds, and every con-- ceivable kind of legal protection r So you intend to confiscate them P' !? Uncle Sam— What answer did they make. B.J. — They answered ' No,' and , then the man went on to say : 'The value of these railroads, etc., of the - country represents about 10,000, 000,000 dollars ; do yon propose to .buy them; are you prepared to- tax .yourselves to this amount ?' v U.S. — I guess the same ' No ' oozed out of the capitalist brains. B J. — Yes : and don't yon really think that this squarely knocked I . Socialism out in twp rounds P U.S. (bristling tip) : Socialism .knocked out? Not^much. Do you know who tho...
What is Slavery? [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
What is Slavery? 'Tig to work and have such pay As just keeps life from day to day, In your limbs, as in a cell, For the tyrant's use to dwell. 'Tis to be a slave in soul And hold bo stronp control Over your own will, but be All that others make of ye. So that ye for them are made, Loom and plow and sword and spade, With or without your own will, bent To their defence and nourishment. 'Tis to see your children weak With their mothers pine and peek, When the winter's winds are bleak— They are dying whilst I speak. 'Tis to hunger for such diet, As the rich man in his riot Casts to the fat dogs that lie Surfeiting beneath his eye ; And at length, when you complain, with a murmur weak and vain, 'Tis to see the tyrant crew Ride over your wives and you. Men of labor, heirs of glory, HeroeB of unwritten story, Nurselings of one mighty mother, Hopes of her and one another, Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number ; Shake your chains to earth like dew Which, in sleep, has falle...
NUTS. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
NUTS. It is iust as easy to be heroes, as to ait the idle slaves Of a legendary virtue carved upon our fathers' graveB. — Lowell. . The workers are slaves to Capi talism beoause boary tradition has terrorised them into the sub missive belief that things can't be altered History and expe rience disproves this. Lowell's verse gave heart and courage to those fighting for the politi cal emancipation of the negro t laves The wage slaves of to-day can free themselves when i hey make up their minds 'to vote as a class for the col lective ownership of all the means of life. Therefore, be a hero in the fight for Socialism. Major-General Hntton won't have politics interfere with militarism — he says so. When last -here Damn Chicago Dibbs pulled him with a big stop, and Uurly Hut. ton had to cave in. The Major General h»s most complaisant bosses in Bar ton and Forrest backed up by their flunkey supporters. Every advan tage will be taken during the pre sent jingo madness of the populaoe to furt...
MEETINGS. MARX HALL. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
MEETINGS. MARX HALL. ? ' Whibi stands Demos' waa the subject of Comrade 3, 0. Moroney's discourse 011 Sunday night last. The exact point, said the lec turer, where Demos stands had been located by the ?' Daily Tele graph ' daring the past few weeks The people of Australia were being swept along by the tidal wave of Imperialism and militarism. Chamber'ain to-day WW won-uippcu« »uu nppooreu no the alpha and omega of the British Empire. Australia fol lowed the political footsteps and ideals of the robber class who con-, trolled the British Empire, and moulded the opinions of its sub jects, Apart from tbe Socialists, and a few of the radical section of England's politicians, no protest had been made against the injus tices perpetrated by the gang of unscrupulous capitalists who were fostering an active spirit of militarism in order to maintain their own class supremacy. Freedom to give expression of opinion ad verse to the attitude taken up by this small band of pirates, was discountena...
DARTS. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
DABTS. A.N. A. — Australian National Ass. Bernard Ringnose Wise haa taken the degrees of t( Friendship, Love, and Truth,' in the I.O.O, Whioh means Friendship to Wise, Love to Wise, and to the devil with Trut h Hughes, M.H.R., should go to the front. He'd get all the honor and glory without risking his pre M mi ? ? i ? vtuuo o u iu uuo iraout Axiero QcUS not yet een a rifle fired in Sonth Africa whose bullet could possibly find a billet in the invulnerable hide of this ex-champion of Labor. He now poodles after the class he was pledged to fight, and finds consolation in the fact that they tolerate hia company. Both Hughes and Watson accompanied -tbe site-hunting picnic crew. . . I am not talking for talking sake, but beoause I believe that the present position means the maintaining of oar privileges.— - John See. Exactly. The maintaining of John's privilege to fleece the workers. How clasa-oonscioos plain John is, to be sure. At the idiotic meeting in the Town Hall on Monday night, ...
THE COMING MAN. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
THE COMING MAN. The development of man has been one of the most interesting studies that the scientific mind has ever applied itself. His origin has been conclusively arrived at. Scientists aver that far away back in t he centuries past man was closely connected with ' an order of four-footed mammals, with short legs, and hand-shaped pre hensile feet, usually long arms with clasping hands, and almost always a prehensile tail,' which freely roamed the forests with no cares of the morrow to disturb their tranqnil minds. And un palatable though it be for the King Edwards, the Toby Bartons, the Reids, the *ees, and their ilk, to recognise in the chimpanzee and 'ourang-outang a semblance of their former selves, scientific researchers are emphatic on the point. And when the charac teristics of these modern men and their ancestors are compared, even the lay mind cannot but grasp the reasonableness of the conclu sions arrived at. Regarding the '? Coming Man ' an American scientiat, Professo...
"INDIVIDUALISM." [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
INDIVIDUALISM.' | IHt dialectical clearness and foroe fness of expression, the following gument by Hnrley is moat nely. Every Socialist Bhould be miliar with it. It ronts the ' in vidualist'a ' pretensions, leaving m bare of all claim to logic, Ipwledge, or morality : I am nnable to see that oivil so ft anything bat a corporation iahed for a moral object — y, the good of its members — lerefore that it may take each ires as seem fitting for the at ent of that whioh the general decides to be the general good, the suffrage of the majority is means a scientific test of so ood and evil is nnfortanately rae : bat in practice it is the test we can apply, and the re to abide by it means anarchy, rarest despotism that ever ex is as maoh based on the will e majority (which is nsaally iBsion to the will of a small ?ity) as the freest republic, is the expression of the opinion 3 majority ; and it is law, and lere opinion, because the n any ;rong enough to enfore it am as strongly convinced, as ...
The Cost of War. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
The Gost of War. The Boer war has cost the British so far the sum of 1,500,000,000. It is well to reduce this to a compre hensible sum, and no better way can be found than to express it in pro duct and wages. T'e working class is the only producing olass i it is the only class to whose energy and tireless labor sooiety owes its existence, the clasa that feeds and olovhes and sheltcs and transports the whole of civilised humanity, the GilaBs that furmeties alike the ne cessities of life — thia producing clasa mnst therefore necessarily furnish everything that the Boer war has cost. It has been estimated that each worker in a year produces 1,500 dollars in new values. So an immense army of 1 ,000 000 men have been steadily employed for over a year paying the devil's fiddler that is playing the capitalist tnne of death in South Afriea. The work ing class is the only wage receiving class. A worker receives on an average one-fifth of his product or 300 dollars a year. Then to pay this gr...
Compulsory Arbitration. [Newspaper Article] — People — 15 February 1902
Compulsory Arbitration. In King Seddon's land, the home of the workers' salvation and com pulsory arbitration, funny things are happening. Barney Wise told, when he returned from his picnio there, of the., glories of the patent strike preventer, how men working at gold dredging were receiving 9s a day and asked for 10s ; the bosses refused and sent the question to the Arbitration Conrt, which awarded the men os — a reduction instead of an increase. The latest case is the bootmakers, who have been fighting through the court, for the last two years for increases, each appeal turnirg out unsatisfactory. And now they threaten to come to Syd ney, and the bosses say they must close up as their profits are not suf ficient to keep the factory going. The bootmakers here have, the last two years, befen organising, have met the bosses, drawn up a log, and failed to agree, and now look to Barney Wise's court to fix things up With this new influx to in crease the number of surplus boot [ makers ...