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JOLTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
JOLTS. The new Song Book is on the Press right now. It contains 32 songs and choruses. The price will be 3d. each, or js. per dozen. Further reduction for larger quan tities. Samples sent on application to secretaries. All the very, best songs and1 tunes have been selected, and it contains twice the number of airs as the first edition. Every I.W.W. man on the job ought to have at least a dozen with him. They make rebels, lighten the swag, and blaze the trail for the One Big Union. Lets hear from you, ye rebel clan.
OUR EXCHANGES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
OUR EXCHANGES. The powers of Europe — the Tsars, Kaisers and Kings — are guilty of the deliberate and cold-blooded slaughter of thousands or human be ings. Why should they not be con sidered common murderers, and be dealt with accordingly 1 And if a Kaiser or King stands above the law, why should the people not act with the royal murdermon sters directly, without process oi law ? it would be incomparably more humanitarian to have a score oi' crowned beads bite the dust than to permit the war to go on. — 'Mother Earth.' The present European catastrophe is no accident. It was to be foreseen as an inevitable devlopruent of ex isting conditions. Our Christian civilization is a two-headed monster of capitalism and government, gorg ing itself on the body of humanity. Our whole social life is based on murder and mutual slaughter. War, extermination, is its very breath — the war of the classes against the masses, the war of man against man in the perverted struggle for existence. Capitalism...
Poor Guys. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Poor Guys. A group of twenty I.W.W. were rendering 'The Preacher and the Slave,' and other ditties outside Parliament House, while a Trades Hall unemployed deputation was inside. Some old dowager heard the sing ing in her Macquarie-street man sion, so she waddled out on to the verandah, saying to her daughter, 'Oh, May, come and listen to the poor men singing hymns.'
WAR. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
WAR. By Adolf Wolff. Behold the minions of 'Law and Order,' The guardian angels of 'Property'' and 'Life.' Behold their blood -drenched stan dards waving Ln breezes pestilential, sowing death, Disease, despair and devastation. Behold their priests implore their helpless Gods To grant their arms omnipotence, in murder. Oh, will those who survive this mighty carnage At last perceive that all these cursed rulers Stand only for the LAW of death And the ORDER of destruction ?
Dug Up and Still Sound. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Dug Up and Still Sound. 'The existence of the State and the existence of slavery are insep arable.'— Marx. 'He who has might has right: if you have not the former, neither have you the latter.' — Stirmir. 'Resistence to aggression is not simply justifiable, but imperative. Non-resistence hurls both Altruism and Egoism.' — Spencer. 'Violence is the midwife oF ever}' old society about to give birth to a new. Violence is an economic factor.'— Marx. 'Philosophers have only '»ioter- preted the world differently. The great thing, however, is to change it'— Engels. 'Art thou a statesman, andcans'l not 'be a hypocrite? Impossible! Do not mistrust thy virtues.' — Drydcn.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
lirect Action OFFICIAL ORGAN Of tht INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Aclm nistration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR: TOM. BARKER. MANAGER: A. E. GIFFNEY. Matter for publication only should be addressed to the Editor, Other matter to the Manager. subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS l.W.W. (Australia); 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A . V^* ???? ????* jM jBmmm^am^mmm^mf
Insurrection! Rather Than War. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Insurrection ! Rather Than War. ' j By Gustave Herve. (Though lierve has since repudiated his idea*, his arguments against patriotism and war have remained unanswered and unanswerable.) £ * # ?. WHAT is a Country i For anybody who is not satisfied with words, or anybody who wants to forget for a moment the fantastic definitions of the Country which have been taught him at school, a Country is a group of men living under the same laws : because they themselves or their aueestors have been brought willingly or by torce, more often force, to obey the same sovereign, the same government. Patriotism groups men according to their land of origin, as decided by the vicissitudes of history; within every country, thanks to the patriotic link, rich and uoor unite against the foreigner. Socialism groups men, poor against rich, class against class, without taking into account the difierences of i ace and language, and over and above the frontiers traced by history. ' * * * To the poor, to the cr...
A Homily on Hominy. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
A Homily on Hominy. As .innouncod in our Insl issue, the Police Department culled :iround and look the editor away to I he ozone laden atmosphere of Long Hay. There for seven days he wore the levee dress and the two lb. Panama, which are the property of our dearly beloved brother lieorge Wet tin, by the grace of -jod. King, etc. The editor was regaled with saw dust bread from our benevolent Labor party's State bakery, id. a lb. meat from the Meal Trusts's abbatoirs, and a certain daintv called by the classical name of hominy. Hominy is ground maize meal, that the editor used So feed to the calves in his boyhood days. After long and arduous brain racking, the prison experts and scientists have come to the con clusion that eight ounces of maize meal, 14 ounces of bread, 6 ounces ol meat. (?), and 8 ounces of vege tables will feed a man, serving a term for infringing the sacred laws which uphold private property. The bulk of short time prisoners are scandalously underfed, as can easily...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
t Then strife is perpetual, inevit able — nay, glorious. Yes! It is intended as :»n ordeal, a trial by combat. It unmistakably divides the guilty from the non-guilty. — Redbeard. * * * How can a slave recover his liberty? By re-conquering his con queror. If he feels lhat he is. not I mrm enough, 1l'cn he MUST sub mit, cut his own throat, or die fighting unsubdued. — Redbeard. !
Propaganda Notes [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Propaganda Notes Over 1600 ''Direct Actions' were sold at the protest meetings held to obtain F.-W. Barker's release from' Long Bay. * * _ # Some amateur policemen took a few1 names at Bathursl-street on that ocasion, but we take it that they were only getting their hands in, being new and nervous. * * * The Hall meetings are becoming so popular that it is usual to turn about ioo away every Sunday, on account of the lack of accommoda tion. The I. WAV. songs can get the crowd alright. * # * The membership arc reminded that the philosophy of 'Leave it to George' doesn't upset capitalism, or exploitation. Many hands make light work. * * # ,F..-W. Barker was to have de bated Stewart Robertson at an early dale, but the M.L.A. has not even had (he courtesy to reply to a letter which was sent him 1o arrange de tails. An invitation lo lunch :£ Government House would probably meet with the same fate. * * * F. W. Goldstein arrived from South Africa last week. He lec tured on Sunday, the nth i...
Adelaide Doings. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Adelaide Doings. By E. L Royals. « — — ? -a— — ? - — The slaves in Adelaide aro ex periencing a very bad lime. The tlnistie measures of the master class, and the dumb-founded, hum drum, crawling methods of the workers stand out in marked con 1 i' i CJ I There is a whisper going about i ill. 1 1 'the worm will turn,' but so 1 far there haye been no signs of this ? rumour materialising. The war I scare is dying very fast and now, B I he l/nion Jacks, etc., which a few 1 weeks ago met one's gaze at every 1 turn, are very conspicuous by their 1 absence. 5 At our open air meetings (which ? are splendidly attended) we very I often find cause to deal rather S severely wilh those peculiar things 1 called ''patriots.' But every body £ is nol patriotic mad, and tin- result i generally is, that we command the ? support of a great majority of large s gatherings when we deliver our R anti-war utterances. ? Fellow-worker Goldstein passed g through here, on his return from ? South Africa to Sydney...
More Prosecutions of Industrialists. F. W. Grant's Case Dismissed. Police Profundity Perplexed. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
More Prosecutions of Industrialists. F. W. Grant's Case Dismissed. Police Profundity Perplexed. Fellow-worker Donald Grant ap peared 011 the 15th on :i charge of taking up a collection in the Domain on the .,7th ultimo. I he '.:«sf lasted one and three quarter hours, and Grant handled his own ca^e. Mr. Smithers was up above, and the I.W.W. in (lie back in numbers. The prosecution bcemed more concerned with the number of speakers there on that occasion than with the collection. The jjoliceman who l.-tid the in formation was not capable of giving an interpretation to the by-law under which he had prosecuted Grant. The prosecution made out a very poor case, and the defence called eight witnesses, whose ac counts speedily put the pot on lo it. The police prosecutor had to be checked on several occasions for at tempting- 10 discredit statements of witnesses under oath and affirm- £ ation. j After Grant stated that the or- | ganisation was a thousand strong, - and that the other witnesses...
Reflections. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Reflections. A y«ar when lying in Wellington Gaol, N.Z., in company with pros pective Labor politicians, 1 was told by them, that if their Party was in power, that none of us would have been in jail. I replied then that the Industrialist would be| jailed with equal rapidity by Reform or Social Democratic Par lies. , I have just concluded a trip to Long Bay, which is under the con trol of the N.S.W. Labor Party, for selling I.W.W. literature. If the S.D.P. gets into pow*r in N.Z., the I.W.W. will find their way be hind prison walls just as easily as they did in the days of Masscy and Herdman, — Tom Barker. 'Whatever the State saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft; all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing, sanguinary, insatiate monster. It bites even with stolen teeth. It's very bowels are counterfeit.' — Xietzschc.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
SUBSCRIBERS ! I ' i- 1 ' \ blue pencil mark through this 7 * par denotes that your subscription j, * runs out with the next issue, nnd a 'j \ 'od mark denotes that vour sub. ,j| I runs oul with the present issue. If *%t you wish iho paper to continue, you }V,'' I should immediate! y renew. f *'?
The Diesel Motor. Barbara Lily Frankenthal. Concluded from last issue. To Coal Miners and Railroad Men. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
The Diesel Motor. Barbara Lily Frankenthal. Concluded from last issue. To Coal Miners and Railroad Men. W ilhot.it going into details as 10 what extent the world's ouipui of coal- will be affected by tho advent of the Diesel mulur as a power and heat -producing means, ii is safe 10 say ihat coal miners will lose thvir besi weapon in Ihe. struggle ag.inisl the oppressing class by it. » When the Diesel motor has sup planted the steam engine of the private rind municipal plants, also of railways and steamships, llx necessity of coal will be no more oi such an imperative nature as il is to-day. Coal will then occupy bill a secondary posiiion in modern industries. Therefore, the inline strikes --f the coal miners will not have the same compelling strength and im portant eonseqiienu-s .,-. lliev have at present. So more will il 1k possible lo slop the countrv's rail roads, lo shut down factories ,'.nd to cripple the world's coriime ?u bv tying up the steamships as it has been attained lat...
Industrial Unionism. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Industrial Unionism. A propaganda meeting under the auspices of the City Branch was held on September joth at the Trades Hall, Sydney, and at which Mr. \Y. Rosser presided. The chairman, in opening- the meeting, .said he was glad to see such a large attendance, and he hoped that ihese meetings would always be well attended, for we need lo educate ourselves thorough ly in regard to the working of ihe capitalist system.' The beller we understand it the easier will it be lor us to solve the problems with which we are confronted. The chair man then called upon Mr. King to address the 'meeting. Mr. King said : — Fellow-workers. — ] have received an invitation from your organiza tion lodelnera lecture on Industrial l.'nionism, and I 'have accepted the invitation with great pleasure. Unionism is a subject thai leaves room for a good deal of different opinions; ;-.t least every school of unionism has some evidence, con vincing or otherwise, to justify iis existence. It is my duty to-night t...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
How Jo Join. , Any wage worker wishing to join the Industrial Workers of the World can obtain information by applying tothe nearest local l.W.W. secretary. U there is no branch of the l.W.W. in your district you may become a member by making application through tho post to any secretary listed in the paper. Do you agree to abide by the constitution Will you diligently study its principles and mat yourself acquainted with, its purposes? Name Occupation Industry Street Atfdress City ' . State - ' *' The above applicant, having subscribed to the principles or the pre amble, and having answered in the affirmative to the questions, expresses his desire to become a member of tie Industrial Workers .of the World, and is therefore recommended for membership. To Local Union No. Initiation By ut this out, fill in. Post to Sec Trs., -with Initiation Fee.
Important. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 October 1914
Important. Fellow workers and locals are iu vited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and short snappy articles. Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to b-; disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, although criticism is always welcomed. The first idea of the organisation is to pro pa/?ate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos*1 ideas primarily. ? * * Should any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of tb.eir sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should immediately noti fy Manager, 330 Castlereagh-street. On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper.